Crystal Cruises Yacht |Caribbean 

Year round in the Caribbean starting November 2017. This will be a great vacation for Millenials and even older folks in their 40s. Baby Boomers too.

Apparently promotional offers from just $2,995 each . Wow!

Call Josh for details, the ultimate in service & complimentary amenities with Virtuoso Voyages.

 

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– Silversea
– Seabourn Cruise Line
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– SeaDream Yacht Club
– AmaWaterways
– Viking Cruises & Viking River Cruises

 

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and my more recent review of Seabourn Sojourn in the Baltic
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Read my review of Silver Cloud
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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client, you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

 

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Adventure Log: Into the heart of Budapest’s government and culture on Crystal River Cruises

Exploration of the Budapest Parliament Building and Great Market Hall will unveil key components to the city’s storied past and bustling present.

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Crystal Cruises’ Northwest Passage

This is partly promotional, but I’m posting the press release to News as this really is different.  Taking a cruise from Alaska to New York City via the North Pole?

For the 2017  itinerary click here.

Crystal Cruises recently announced their second Arctic expedition, onboard the Crystal Serenity on August 15, 2017! The 32-day voyage begins in Anchorage/Seward, Alaska to New York City, along the legendary route that is 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The booking window opened on March 7 with all-inclusive “Book Now” fares starting at $21,855 per person, double occupancy, if booked by April 29, 2016.  Crystal has worked through their waitlist for the 2016 Northwest Passages and there are now a few staterooms that have become available for sale. This cruise sails August 16, 2016, again from Seward, Alaska to New York, New York. Itinerary details here, but call me at 415 987 0372 for availability and pricing.

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in san francisco
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Top Producer with Expert Knowledge on all Luxury Lines:
– Silversea
– Seabourn’s Pinnacle Club
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– SeaDream Yacht Club
– Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
– AmaWaterways
– Viking Cruises & Viking River Cruises

Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn
and my more recent review of Seabourn Sojourn in the Baltic
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit
Read my review of Silver Cloud
Read all my ship reviews with photos

 

Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

 

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

 

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

 

Crystal’s Northwest Passage 2017

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: CRYSTAL’S 2nd NORTHWEST PASSAGE in 2017!

Hot off the press from Crystal Cruises:

Today, we are thrilled to confirm that the 2017 Northwest Passage Explorer Cruise is the latest enhancement to Crystal’s robust roster of worldwide itineraries!

Due to continued strong demand for Crystal’s groundbreaking 2016 Northwest Passage expedition-style cruise, Crystal Serenity will once again transit the famed Northwest Passage on August 15 through September 16, 2017 on a 32-day grand expedition of this majestic route and region.

Do not miss a special Preview Sales period from March 1 through March 6 to sign up and book this voyage. A nominal $500 non-refundable deposit is all that’s needed for a coveted spot on this extraordinary adventure a full week before we officially open this for public sale on March 7.

for more information and to book contact:

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco

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Top Producer with Expert Knowledge on all Luxury Lines:
– Silversea
– Seabourn’s Pinnacle Club
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– SeaDream Yacht Club
– Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
– AmaWaterways
– Viking Cruises & Viking River Cruises

Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn
and my more recent review of Seabourn Sojourn in the Baltic
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit
Read my review of Silver Cloud
Read all my ship reviews with photos

 

Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

 

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

 

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

 

Crystal Cruises’ New Yacht Esprit

As part of Crystal’s major expansion beyond traditional ocean going vessels, learn about their new yacht, launching this month!

Crystal introduces a yachting experience December, 2015.         

Yachting.  Relaxed.  Unregimented.  All-inclusive.

  • Complimentary beverages – wine, beer, champagne and premium spirits.
  • Complimentary gratuities, including Butler in every stateroom
  • Complimentary water sports (not including the submersible)
  • Complimentary internet (one hour per guest per day)
  • Complimentary excursions (In many of the places we visit, there will be a choice of two– Cultural Soft/Extreme Adventures

Itineraries will vary, but the focus will be the smaller ports, eco-tourism, active excursions and water activities from the yacht.

  • Seychelles – 7 days, sailing round trip Mahe, with two-night pre-cruise in Dubai
  • Adriatic – 7 days, sailing Venice to Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik to Venice (option of back to back for 14 days with no repeated ports)
  • Suez Canal – limited sailings
  • Voyage 5601 (Holiday) will include three-night post-cruise in Dubai
  • Voyage 6601 includes four-night pre-cruise in Dubai – New Year’s Eve!

Accommodations – 62 guests, double occupancy, in 31 suites (approximately 80 staff) 

  • Four decks – no elevators
  • Limited triples (13 per voyage) and connecting staterooms available.
  • Owner’s Suite (OS) – 515 square feet, with separate bedroom, separate tub/shower, dining area and walk-in closet.
  • Yacht Suite (S1, S2 & S3) – 280 square feet
  • Yacht Suite (S4) – 223 square feet (no triples)
    • All have a large picture window, IPad, espresso machine, safe, refrigerator and binoculars.
    • All suites have personal butler and suite attendants. 

Dining – All open dining venues

  • Yacht Club Restaurant – Elegant casual w/modern and classic choices (B, L & D)
  • Grill – Hamburgers, wraps, salads (L & D)
  • Pantry and Wine Bar – Light snacks, pastries and small bites with self-service wine bar. Open 24 hours!
  • 24 hour Room Service

Activities – Guests can be as active, or as relaxed as they choose! 

  • Marina/Water Sports Platform – two-guest submersible (additional charge), kayaks, jet skis, water skiing, fishing, etc.
  • Gym and Spa
  • Casino
  • Pool/Jacuzzi
  • Light evening entertainment – music, lecturers, casino

Remember, this is yachting – this is not the Crystal Symphony or Crystal Serenity.  The extensive onboard programming is replaced by whatever the day brings.  Both the atmosphere and the attire are Crystal casual…

More to come – watch for updates on Crystal River Cruising, Crystal Luxury Air, and Crystal Exclusive, including residences!

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency
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Top Producer with Expert Knowledge on all Luxury Lines:
– Silversea
– Seabourn’s Pinnacle Club
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– SeaDream Yacht Club
– Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
– AmaWaterways
– Viking Cruises & Viking River Cruises

Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn
and my more recent review of Seabourn Sojourn in the Baltic
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit
Read my review of Silver Cloud
Read all my ship reviews with photos

 

Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

 

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

 

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

 

Crystal RIVER Cruising

Crystal Cruises now Offering River Cruises – Open for booking on November 30, 2015!

Inaugural sailings only available for Crystal Society members for the first 2 weeks.

Dear clients and friends,

I met virtually this morning with Crystal Cruises as they reviewed their entry into European river cruising.  All the details are not in including what Virtuoso Voyager Club benefits may be offered for the best in personal service and exclusive amenities, but please stay tuned. And email or call for more information.

Their first cruise is July 13, 2016 on the Danube on Crystal Mozart,. The first ship is the only one that is not a ‘new-build’ but I understand a fabulous ship.  It was the Mozart and guest capacity has been reduced and cabins enlarged.  Will now be 160 guests and  90 crew. This is the only ship without an elevator so keep that in mind for guests with physical challenges.

Itineraries | Danube’s Capitals and Wachau Valley, 10 nights (vs. the usual 7 on others) includes Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Hungary. Sailing round-trip from Vienna includes actual cruising time (a difference from others) plus extra time in port e.g. 1 1/2 days in Budapest for instance;  2 for 1 fares from $3,645 each.

Crystal Mozart is also doing  also 11 night cruises round-trip from Vienna to Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia & Slovakia (Countries of Eastern Danube). This is combinable with the 10 night sailing for a 21 night cruise.

The NEW ships welcome 140 guests only in 70 suites, no smaller than 250 square feet.

Ship #2 / The NEW Crystal Bach / 14 nights Rhine and Mosel including winter Christmas Market cruises with late stays to enjoy the ‘magic of the evening markets’

Ship #3  / NEW Crystal Mahler / Grand Europe  /16 night Amsterdam to Budapest or VV / starting August 29,  2017. Overnights in Amsterdam, Passau, Vienna & Budapest.  Dozens and dozens of locks on this cruise so Crystal’s 16 nights gives them flexibility over the usual 14 night for this cruise.

Ship #4 / NEW Crystal Ravel / Wine Region / 7 nights round-trip from Bordeaux starting  August 8, 2017.

Ship #5 / NEW Crystal Debussy /  On the Seine from Paris to Normandy for 5, 7 and 10 night cruises starting  June 4, 2017.  Overnights in Paris and 1 1/2 nights in Rouen and a visit to the port of Honfleur (near the Normandy beaches) on their 10 night cruises.

the Crystal difference

  • all gratuities included including those for butlers and  shore excursion staff
  • largest kitchen of any ship / allows prefect meals from scratch
  • complimentary high end (e.g. Michelin) restaurant experience once during cruise
  • premium drinks all day
  • more overnight stays
  • optional tours offering untouristic itineraries
  • complimentary airport transfers
  • 24/7 room service; complimentary wifi (limited); king beds(on new vessels
  • shore excursions /choice of tours and complimentary wifi on busses

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency
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Top Producer with Expert Knowledge on all Luxury Lines:
– Silversea
– Seabourn’s Pinnacle Club
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– SeaDream Yacht Club
– Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
– AmaWaterways
– Viking Cruises & Viking River Cruises

Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn
and my more recent review of Seabourn Sojourn in the Baltic
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit
Read my review of Silver Cloud
Read all my ship reviews with photos

 

Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

 

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

 

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

 

 

Unpublished Crystal Mediterranean Sailing

Hi Sailors..  you won’t find this in Crystal’s brochure. Read on..

Are you looking for that perfect cruise  with a great itinerary and an even better price point?  It’s Crystal’s  NEW voyage departing next September 25, 2016. This is a newly revised itinerary that you will not find in our 2016/2017 Atlas.

This is an incredible 11-day cruise sailing in and out of Rome- to some of the most beautiful and picturesque ports in the world.

Imagine  “World’s Best”- All- Inclusive Crystal Cruises -11 days starting in at just $2750 per person.

Click here for the itinerary – v.6225

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency
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Top Producer with Expert Knowledge on all Luxury Lines:
– Silversea
– Seabourn’s Pinnacle Club
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– SeaDream Yacht Club
– Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
– AmaWaterways
– Viking Cruises & Viking River Cruises

Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn
and my more recent review of Seabourn Sojourn in the Baltic
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit
Read my review of Silver Cloud
Read all my ship reviews with photos

Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

Crystal Cruises Expansion

What is Crystal Cruises up to these days? New Owners. New Cash. New Products. Here’s an update:

The Crystal Esprit, the owner’s former yacht is currently taking reservations for 7 day itineraries beginning this November. Up until August 31st,agents can only book Crystal Society members, but after that anyone can be reserved. The yacht will have 31 staterooms and will spend the Winter in the Seychelles and then in April will move to an Adriatic itinerary. The yacht has a two person “submarine” as well as a 32 foot Widder boat within its structure. Please note, there is no elevator onboard and zodiacs will be used in many landings, so this is not an option for anyone with physical disabilities.

Crystal Riverboats – Differentiating them from all the others out there, they will be all-suite, butler service with 70 suites onboard. They will visit 6 countries and the cruise length will be slightly longer as itineraries will attempt to avoid the unpacking/packing of pre and post hotels, by adding upfront overnights and ending overnights onboard, so that guests will have to only unpack once. There will be multiple included shore excursions, but also options to purchase distinct adventures.

Crystal Cruise Ships (traditional)– three new ships with 1,000 guests and 1,000 staff. They will have marinas off the back, a helicopter and a submarine. They will be ICE class. Up to 48 residences will be featured at a beginning cost of $US 5Million. The cabins will be all suites and open seating dining with multiple venues.

Crystal Luxury Air – A 787 Dreamliner is reconfigured for 60 guests. The first of every month will offer a 28 day itinerary with differing themes such as 3 star Michelin dining around the world, best spas of the world, Unesco sites of the world for example. Prices start at $100,000 per person. Unlimited baggage is included so if clients purchase large artwork or whatever, it will be in the cargo hold with them and then sent on to their homes upon return.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & complimentary amenities with Virtuoso Travel’s Voyager Club.

 Top Producer with Expert Knowledge on all Luxury Lines:
– Silversea
– Seabourn’s Pinnacle Club
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– SeaDream Yacht Club
– AmaWaterways
– Viking Cruises & Viking River Cruises

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency
twitter  flickr  facebook   you tube  tripadvisor

four seasons preferred partner,
Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn

and my more recent review of Seabourn Sojourn in the Baltic
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit
Read my review of Silver Cloud
Read all my ship reviews with photos

Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

Crystal Caribbean Sale 11 Dec 2014

Click here for this really great “between the holidays” cruise round-trip from Miami with all-inclusive Crystal.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & complimentary amenities with Virtuoso Travel’s Voyager Club. To receive our periodic destination and/or promotional emails, click here.

Top Producer with & Knowledgeable Person for All Luxury Lines:
– Seabourn’s Pinnacle Club
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– Silversea

– Windstar Cruises

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency

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four seasons preferred partner,

Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn

and my more recent review of Seabourn Sojourn in the Baltic
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit
Read my review of Silver Cloud
Read my review of Oceania’s Marina
Read all my ship reviews with photos

Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals. His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays. He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own

Virtuoso ASAP October 2014

Click here to view Virtuoso Travel’s ASAP October Edition

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso. To receive our periodic destination and/or promotional emails, click here.

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency

twitter flickr facebook you tube tripadvisor
four seasons preferred partner,

Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals. His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays. He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.
His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own