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CRYSTAL HOSTING ‘THRILL SEEKERS’ CRUISE

Crystal Cruises’ new “Extreme Thrill Seekers” Experiences of Discovery theme cruise will see guests hunting crocodiles, encountering “great whites,” and sailing in an around-the-world yacht race — figuratively — via stories from renowned “extreme” experts speaking onboard. During a March 10, 2014 Singapore to Cape Town World Cruise segment, Crystal Serenity will be abuzz with stories of harrowing adventures and the world’s fiercest predators from:

!!! Shark diver Chris Fallows, who will discuss his thousands of encounters with Great White Sharks around South Africa’s Seal Island and other breaching grounds throughout the world, in an effort to not only capture their striking images on camera, but also to educate others about the realities of the creatures and their conservation.

!!! Round-the-World Yachtswoman and adventurer Rona Cant, whose inspiring story takes her from being a middle-aged secretary and single mom to sailing the world’s most difficult yacht race, the BT Global Challenge, as a tremendously novice sailor, to trekking Vancouver’s West Coast Trail (one of the world’s 10 toughest trails) just two days after, and dog-sledding across a 600 km Arctic path that had never been traversed before.

!!! “Crocodile Mick” Pitman, considered a real-life Crocodile Dundee, who will share his 30-plus years of dynamic Aussie Outback experience hunting and capturing crocodiles.

“Our Experiences of Discovery programming is always riveting and insightful,” says Bret Bullock, vice-president of entertainment. “But the ‘Extreme Thrill Seekers’ theme goes a step beyond, giving even our most worldly guests a fascinating peek into a life most could never imagine.”

The guest speakers are presented as part of a lineup of enhanced enrichment planned for Crystal’s World Cruise voyages. The segment offers travellers a peek into the rugged terrain and exotic coastlines renowned for adventurous endeavours, first visiting Bangkok, Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia as part of a complimentary pre-cruise land program, then sailing from Singapore to Jakarta, Indonesia; Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius; Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, South Africa. Dozens of Crystal Adventures ashore allow guests to explore wild — and not so wild — life in the destinations, from big game safaris to food and wine. Cruise fares start at US$7,520 p.p. if booked by Jan. 3, with shorter “Getaway” cruise legs also available from Singapore to Mauritius and Mauritius to Cape Town. (http://www.crystalcruises.com)

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