An elegant wedding in the hills of Tuscany. A birthday blowout on a beach in Bali. A retirement roast at one of Cape Town’s top wineries. A renewal of vows “on top of the world” at sea. With Crystal Cruises’ new Crystal Celebrations soiree service, almost anything is possible just about anywhere Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity sail. Crystal has teamed with premier global event company Imagine VIP to create a first-of-its-kind bespoke event-planning service — only available with Crystal’s worldwide cruises. And, travel agents who book a Crystal Celebrations event will reap a 10% commission on the event, in addition to the cruise commission.
“Crystal Celebrations is a great tool to build new group business and gain new clients,” says Jack Anderson, Crystal’s senior vice-president, marketing and sales. “Savvy agents will not just wait for clients to contact them to celebrate an occasion. They’ll proactively suggest milestone events and reunions that can be celebrated around the world.”
What makes Crystal’s program distinctive?
!!! Not just for weddings, the comprehensive event program can be created to celebrate any event — from graduation parties to golden wedding anniversaries, and all important milestones in between.
!!! Celebrations can be organized on board or ashore throughout the world.
!!! Décor packages are exceptionally elegant, chic and upscale.
!!! Events are completely customizable.
The process starts before the cruise embarks. Via Imagine VIP, a Crystal Celebrations consultant works with guests to select the perfect location on the ship or an extraordinary venue in or near a port of call. Party elements can be arranged on an a la carte basis or as part of a more elaborate package, as needed, including a personalized web site, save-the-date cards, invitations, ceremony, legal documentation, catering, specialty cakes, flowers, photography packages, live music or DJ, and themed event décor options. On board, a Crystal host works with guests to arrange final details and ensure all runs smoothly. Special note: At this time, legal onboard wedding ceremonies can only be held in port; symbolic ceremonies can be arranged at sea.
A range of different, pre-planned Crystal Celebrations packages can be previewed at http://www.crystalcruises.com/crystalcelebrations , starting at $2,095 for a Crystal Vow Renewal Celebration and $3,795 for a Crystal Celebration Ashore, in addition to cruise fares.