Crystal Cruises is Launching Round-the-World “AirCruises”

Mar 27, 2017

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One of the great things about taking a cruise is the convenience of being able to visit a ton of places with a single reservation: book a trip, hop onboard and set sail for a few days (or weeks) of sightseeing. But who says that kind of journey has to be limited to the open seas? Certainly not Crystal Cruises. Though the company has made its name as one of the world’s most beloved luxury cruise lines, its latest endeavor — Crystal AirCruises — is an attempt to elevate the water-based cruise experience to 35,000 feet.

One of the lounge areas on Crystal's new AirCruise.
One of the lounge areas on Crystal’s new AirCruise.

On August 31, 2017, Crystal’s inaugural AirCruise will take travelers on a curated, 27-day trip around the world, where they’ll stop in 10 exciting cities — including Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok, Paris and New York City (which will serve as the trip’s place of departure and final arrival point). Dubbed “The Peninsula Grand Inaugural Crystal AirCruise,” the trip is being presented in partnership with The Peninsula Hotels, which will provide shelter for travelers when they’re on the road. The trip, of course, doesn’t come cheap; prices start at $159,900 per person, while shorter trips, like 2018’s 16-day South Pacific Explorer, will start at $69,500 per person.

An artist's rendering of what Crystal's 777 cabin and sleeping arrangements will look like.
An artist’s rendering of what Crystal’s 777 cabin and sleeping arrangements will look like.

When airborne, AirCruisers will be traveling in serious style, too; Crystal has purchased its own Boeing 777, where guests will be treated to personalized service via a team of Crystal Skye Butlers, Michelin Star-inspired dining, a full-service bar with lounge seating, a wine cellar and handcrafted Welsh flatbed sleeper seats (there are just 84 in total), which will allow guests to bask in ultimate luxury as they jet from one location to the next. Once on the ground, travelers will have the chance to customize their own itineraries, whether that means arranging for some sort of adrenaline-inducing adventure or soaking up an area’s cultural or culinary scene.

A full-service bar, lounge area and wine cellar are just a few of Crystal AirCruise's amenities. Image courtesy of Crystal Cruises.
A full-service bar, lounge area and wine cellar are just a few of Crystal AirCruise’s amenities. Image courtesy of Crystal Cruises.

Though Crystal isn’t the first hospitality company to launch this kind of private jet adventure — the Four Seasons hotel chain has been doing it since 2012 — it’s breaking with tradition by purchasing its own jet. And the Peninsula Hotels trip is just the beginning; Around the World: Iconic Sites will take travelers from Los Angeles to Easter Island to Prague in 29 days; Holidays Around the World will have you in Bora Bora for Christmas and ringing in the New Year in Sydney. Bon voyage!

Is this something you’d be interested in? Sound off, below.

H/T: Bloomberg

All images courtesy of Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page.

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