Crystal Announces Partnership With The Peninsula Hotels for Crystal AirCruises Inaugural Journey

Glamorous Peninsula-curated events await guests aboard the
first-ever Crystal AirCruise; open for booking on November 1

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Crystal CEO and President Edie
announced today a partnership with The Peninsula Hotels
for the maiden journey of Crystal
ultra-luxury Boeing 777-200LR jet, taking off on August
31, 2017.

The 27-day “The Peninsula Grand Inaugural Crystal AirCruise” flies from
New York to Paris, stopping in 10 glamorous cities, where guests will
embark on cultural, culinary and exhilarating adventures. In each
destination, The Peninsula Hotels will welcome Crystal guests, offering
the superior standard of luxurious hospitality for which both companies
are celebrated. Additionally, in each destination, guests will be
treated to exclusive events that showcase the locale.

Remarkable Peninsula-curated events that depict the authentic spirit of
each destination await Crystal AirCruises guests, including four special
galas, beginning with a rooftop cocktail reception with the New York
skyline as the glittering backdrop; a private party and dinner on the
Great Wall of China in Beijing; an over-the-top dinner reminiscent of
the glamour of “Old Shanghai” at The Peninsula Shanghai; and a special
Loy Krathong “Festival of Lights” celebration at The Peninsula Bangkok.
Additionally, in Tokyo, guests will enjoy a private performance of the
ancient art of Kabuki, while the conclusion of the program in Paris
takes guests on a journey to the Champagne region for an exclusive
glimpse behind the scenes and private lunch at a famed Champagne house.
In each destination, guests will be treated to The Peninsula’s famous
Afternoon Tea experience.

“It is our honor to partner with The Peninsula Hotels for the landmark
occasion of Crystal AirCruises’ inaugural journey, as their reputation
for excellence is legendary, and their philosophy of exceeding guests’
expectations and wishes aligns beautifully with Crystal’s own,” says
Rodriguez. “For more than two decades and throughout our tremendous
expansion, our guests continue to expect innovative experiences and new
heights of luxury with their Crystal vacations. Crystal AirCruises will
offer these with our signature meticulous service and attention to

Travelers aboard the inaugural journey will be treated to truly
immersive destination experiences from takeoff to landing, as each
Peninsula Hotel visited boasts authentic cultural atmosphere and
heritage of its location. Destinations and Peninsula Hotels set to
enhance this journey of rare privilege include:

The Peninsula New York, with its glamorous Fifth Avenue
address, offers the perfect scene for a rooftop toast to the inaugural
journey, set against the Manhattan skyline and setting an enchanting
tone for the adventures ahead.

The Peninsula Chicago, delivering a landmark location in
the heart of Michigan Avenue’s famous dining, museums, music, shopping
and theater.

The Peninsula, Beverly Hills, just steps from the
world-renowned shopping found on Rodeo Drive, and just a bit farther
from the quintessential Southern California beaches that are shrouded in

The Peninsula Tokyo, steeped in the ancient history of its
surroundings while simultaneously an icon of modern chic, the property
is surrounded by lush Hibiya Park, as well as Tokyo’s vibrant and
unconventional fashion scene at every turn.

The Peninsula Beijing, with its grand pagoda gateway
entrance, symbolizes the ancient culture that continues to permeate
every facet of the city, from the Temple of Heaven to shopper’s paradise
Wangfujing Road.

The Peninsula Shanghai, boasting an exclusively striking
vantage point of this chic city from The Bund, including the sleek
skyline, iconic Pearl Tower and a world of colors, sounds, and treasures
in between.

The Peninsula Hong Kong, affectionately known as the
“Grand Dame of the Far East,” is a luxurious home base for Crystal
AirCruises guests, who will likely savor the hotel’s world-renowned
Afternoon Tea as much as their many other memorable experiences in the

The Peninsula Manila, which is nestled lavishly into the
city’s mix of old world and new flavor, treats guests with inspired
cuisine and impeccable service amidst their explorations of Manila’s
edgy art galleries and lively music scene.

The Peninsula Bangkok, its riverside locale an ideal
take-off point for adventures along the Chao Phraya River, or into the
bustling town center for an array of colorful experiences.

The Peninsula Paris – The Grand Finale of the journey and
itself an architectural masterpiece in a city that boasts some of the
world’s finest, as the hotel’s rooftop affords 360-degree perspective of
the City of Light. Surprise events showcasing the romance, history and
culinary arts of Paris will conclude guests’ journey in the most magical

“Two world-class brands are partnering to create the ultimate global
journey with ‘The Peninsula Grand Inaugural’ Crystal AirCruise,” says
Simon Yip, Vice President of Sales, The Peninsula Hotels. “We couldn’t
imagine a more perfect partner than Crystal to offer a guest experience
reminiscent of the historical ‘grand tours,’ now elevated to include a
private air experience unlike any other paired with our incredible
hotels and bespoke destination programs.”

As an introduction to each city, The Peninsula will arrange for a
special welcome cocktail reception hosted by a “local insider” – from
renowned artists and gallerists to fashion and jewelry designers – who
will share their first-hand knowledge of the city’s cultural heartbeat.

The luxury hotel group’s famed Peninsula Academy programs will also
integrate into the itineraries across all 10 cities, from dumpling
making class in Beijing to Chinese tea appreciation with The Peninsula’s
Tea Master, each program is masterfully arranged.

The dramatically redesigned aircraft is larger and newer than any global
jet tour travel option, appointed with features rarely found in even the
most luxurious private jets. The Crystal Exclusive Class seats are
designed for maximum personal space and ergonomic comfort, and convert
to 180-degree, lie-flat beds. The expansive social lounge with stand-up
bar and dedicated table seating fosters friendly camaraderie among
luxury travelers. Cuisine will be prepared by a dedicated executive chef
in two state-of-the-art galleys and paired with an elegant premium wine
list. For the inaugural AirCruise, special Peninsula amenities will also
be present on-board, creating a seamless experience both on the ground
and in the air.

Guests will also enjoy comforts and conveniences including Bose®
Noise Cancelling headphones, Apple® iPads, complimentary
global Wi-Fi, interactive TVs with on-demand programming and music
library, individual USB ports and power outlets, and a live
cockpit-to-ground listening channel. Additionally, spacious lavatories
appointed with amenities offer more than the comforts of home during the
global journeys.

’ maiden journey will open for booking on November 1, 2016
with voyages starting at $159,000 per person. Aircraft operated for
Crystal AirCruises by Comlux Aruba NV.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel
professional, call 855-207-2778, 789.971.1010 (international calls), or
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Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™, having
earned more “World’s Best” accolades than any other cruise line, hotel,
or resort in history. Crystal Cruises has won “World’s Best Cruise Ship”
in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 23 years; been voted
“World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20
years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for three
consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016). In summer 2015, Crystal embarked
on the most significant brand expansion in the history of luxury travel
and hospitality, introducing three new classes of cruising – the
recently launched Crystal Yacht Cruises (December 2015), Crystal River
Cruises – The World’s Only Luxury River Cruise Line™ (July 2016),
Crystal Exclusive Class Ocean Cruises (Fall 2019), Crystal Luxury Air
(April 2016) and Crystal AirCruises (September 2017).

The Peninsula Hotels operates ten luxury hotels in key international
cities with properties in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing, New York,
Chicago, Beverly Hills, Paris, Bangkok and Manila. All efforts are
dedicated to providing luxurious comfort and modern facilities combined
with exceptional, personalized service. For more information, please
and visit us on social via Facebook
and @peninsulahotels on Instagram
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PHOTO: Crystal
Air Cruises Inaugural


Crystal Cruises
Paul M. Garcia
Director, Global Public
Molly Morgan
Publicist, Public Relations
Peninsula Hotels
Tricia Rosentreter
Regional Director Brand