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    Question Crystal Launches Private Shore Excursions for a Fee - Would You?

    Crystal Launches Private Shore Excursions for a Fee - Would You?

    Crystal Cruises announced their plans to create a "Private Adventure Option" for passengers.

    "Beginning this August/September, parties of two, four or six can opt for a personal guide and private vehicle to tour Ephesus, Pompeii or the city of Barcelona, for example on a shore-side itinerary already carefully crafted by Crystal's Land Programs team and its worldwide tour operators."

    Launching August 14 and September 13 on Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, respectively, the "Private Adventure Option" can be pre-reserved at least one week prior to embarkation by emailing crystaladventures@crystalcruises.com. Prices will be at least 25% more than group tour fares, but vary depending on excursion length, vehicle size, guide costs and sites visited.



    What we want to know is the draw of a private shore excursion attractive enough to pay the 25% surcharge?


    Please let us know your thoughts!



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    I strongly suspect that the clientele of Crystal Cruises will be most happy to pay the fee to have a more customized tour experience.

    Fewer folks and a private driver and vehichle would be very appealing to most travelers and the upcharge probably wouldn't be too much of a consideration for the Crystal passenger.

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    Unhappy Why money is a problem

    I would do it, but nobody in my family is willing to spend extra money on a luxury ship when a wonderful experience can be had on a premier class line like Princess Cruises. That means to sail on a Crystal ship, I must travel solo, which would prevent me from doing the excursions. Maybe a miracle will happen to change Mom's mind so she will want to sail on Crystal with me but that is very unlikely.
    Last edited by Smart Traveler; 06-29-2011 at 11:59 PM. Reason: correction

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