Wild Encounters In Store For Crystal Symphony Guests

From kangaroos to koalas to crocodiles, Crystal guests can closely encounter some of the wildest residents of Australia and Singapore. On Crystal Symphony’s April 11 sailing from Sydney to Singapore, dozens of Crystal Adventures explore some of nature’s most treasured habitats and species, trekking through rainforests, jungles, wildlife conservatories and sanctuaries.

“Our guests seek experiences that take them to the heart of a destination and allow them to discover things they couldn’t anywhere else in the world,” says John Stoll, director of land programs. “These excursions highlight the fundamental beauty of the region.”

Ideal for rugged outdoorsmen as well as urban jungle dwellers, the excursions include such natural marvels as:

* The Great Barrier Reef (Cairns, Australia) – Either by helicopter or with mask and snorkel in hand, get a comprehensive look at the world’s richest marine habitat, home to endangered sea turtles, humpback whales and thousands of other sea life.

* Koala Park Sanctuary (Sydney, Australia) – Guests can greet the cuddly marsupials, along with fellow inhabitants, the dingo, kangaroo, wombat and emu.

* Crocodylus Park (Darwin, Australia) – Guests watch the dramatic feeding process of the toothy reptiles, and learn about the animal’s habits and efforts toward their preservation; adventurous guests may even hold a baby croc!

* Jurong Bird Park (Singapore) – Southeast Asia’s first and largest ever bird sanctuary, housing more than 8,000 birds.

In addition to nature and wildlife adventures, the 15-day voyage offers dozens of boutique shore options to suit most any interest in Sydney, Cairns and Darwin, Australia; Bali and Semarang, Indonesia; and Singapore. 2010 two-for-one cruise fares begin at $7,090 per person, double occupancy, and include a $1,000 per person All Inclusive – As You Wish shipboard credit, plus complimentary air transportation from more than 20 North American gateways.

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