The Da Vinci Code Inspires New Crystal Adventure in Italy

Crystal Cruises Also Welcomes Math and the Mona Lisa Author Bulent Atalay

Aboard Two Mediterranean Cruises



28 Mar, 2006, 00:00 ET from Crystal Cruises

    LOS ANGELES, March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Fans of Dan Brown's best-selling
 Angels & Demons -- prelude to his blockbuster The Da Vinci Code -- will relish
 the opportunity to follow the "Path of Illumination" on a new Crystal
 Adventure in Rome this summer.  Given the growing fascination with The Da
 Vinci Code and works of Leonardo himself, Crystal Cruises will also welcome
 the author of Math and the Mona Lisa aboard two new Mediterranean cruises this
 summer.
     "With the motion picture release of The Da Vinci Code just two months
 away, interest in Dan Brown's novels is at an all-time high.  From the Sistine
 Chapel to the Castle St. Angelo, the Angels & Demons tour offers a topical
 look at some of Rome's most historic, artistic and architecturally significant
 monuments and churches -- all with a dash of religious and scientific
 intrigue," says John Stoll, Crystal Cruises' director of land programs.
     Walking in the steps of protagonist Robert Langdon, the new shore
 excursion showcases the four symbols along the "Path of Illumination" together
 with the exceptional works of renowned Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini:
 
     * Earth -- the Chigi Chapel where "Habakkuk and the Angel" points the way
       down the Path of Illumination;
     * Air -- the "west wind medallion" in St. Peter's Square;
     * Fire -- the "Ecstasy of St. Teresa" at the church of Santa Maria della
       Vittoria; and,
     * Water -- the "Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi," or Fountain of the Four
       Rivers, in Rome's famed Piazza Navona.
 
     Showcasing the key symbols and landmarks in Angels & Demons, the tour also
 visits the Spanish Steps and the Church of St. Ignatius; the Pantheon, Rome's
 best-preserved ancient temple devoted to the goddess of the earth; St. Peter's
 Basilica, the largest shrine on earth; and, the many Egyptian obelisks so
 prominently displayed throughout the city and featured throughout the book.
     With the escalating buzz surrounding The Da Vinci Code, Crystal will also
 welcome author Bulent Atalay aboard two Mediterranean cruises (July 19 and
 July 26) to discuss his book Math and the Mona Lisa.  A mathematician and
 scientist, Atalay's amazing lectures examine the unity of art and science in
 all of Leonardo Da Vinci's works -- including two of the most famous paintings
 in history -- "The Last Supper" and the "Mona Lisa."
     The 10 1/2-hour Angels & Demons excursion is $249 per person and includes
 a three-course lunch at a local restaurant.  Fares for cruises that offer this
 tour in Rome start at $3,395 per person, double occupancy.  The two
 Mediterranean cruises featuring Bulent Atalay start at $2,390 per person,
 double occupancy.
 
     The Crystal Difference
     With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, the 940-guest,
 50,000-ton Crystal Symphony and 1,080-guest, 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity are
 distinguished by classic service, abundant space, exceptional quality, and
 extensive choices.  Their unique size allows for smooth sailing and a wide
 range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations.
     In the February 2006 issue of Conde Nast Traveler, Crystal Symphony and
 Crystal Serenity were awarded with the coveted No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the
 magazine's 6th annual "Best Cruise Ships in the World" readers' poll.  For the
 past ten consecutive years, Crystal Cruises has been voted "World's Best
 Large-Ship Cruise Line" by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel +
 Leisure magazines -- the only cruise line, resort or hotel to have achieved
 such distinction.
 
     For additional information, contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625.
 Visit the luxury line's website at www.crystalcruises.com.
 
     CONTACT: Mimi Weisband 310-203-4302
              publicrelations@crystalcruises.com
 
 

SOURCE Crystal Cruises
    LOS ANGELES, March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Fans of Dan Brown's best-selling
 Angels & Demons -- prelude to his blockbuster The Da Vinci Code -- will relish
 the opportunity to follow the "Path of Illumination" on a new Crystal
 Adventure in Rome this summer.  Given the growing fascination with The Da
 Vinci Code and works of Leonardo himself, Crystal Cruises will also welcome
 the author of Math and the Mona Lisa aboard two new Mediterranean cruises this
 summer.
     "With the motion picture release of The Da Vinci Code just two months
 away, interest in Dan Brown's novels is at an all-time high.  From the Sistine
 Chapel to the Castle St. Angelo, the Angels & Demons tour offers a topical
 look at some of Rome's most historic, artistic and architecturally significant
 monuments and churches -- all with a dash of religious and scientific
 intrigue," says John Stoll, Crystal Cruises' director of land programs.
     Walking in the steps of protagonist Robert Langdon, the new shore
 excursion showcases the four symbols along the "Path of Illumination" together
 with the exceptional works of renowned Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini:
 
     * Earth -- the Chigi Chapel where "Habakkuk and the Angel" points the way
       down the Path of Illumination;
     * Air -- the "west wind medallion" in St. Peter's Square;
     * Fire -- the "Ecstasy of St. Teresa" at the church of Santa Maria della
       Vittoria; and,
     * Water -- the "Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi," or Fountain of the Four
       Rivers, in Rome's famed Piazza Navona.
 
     Showcasing the key symbols and landmarks in Angels & Demons, the tour also
 visits the Spanish Steps and the Church of St. Ignatius; the Pantheon, Rome's
 best-preserved ancient temple devoted to the goddess of the earth; St. Peter's
 Basilica, the largest shrine on earth; and, the many Egyptian obelisks so
 prominently displayed throughout the city and featured throughout the book.
     With the escalating buzz surrounding The Da Vinci Code, Crystal will also
 welcome author Bulent Atalay aboard two Mediterranean cruises (July 19 and
 July 26) to discuss his book Math and the Mona Lisa.  A mathematician and
 scientist, Atalay's amazing lectures examine the unity of art and science in
 all of Leonardo Da Vinci's works -- including two of the most famous paintings
 in history -- "The Last Supper" and the "Mona Lisa."
     The 10 1/2-hour Angels & Demons excursion is $249 per person and includes
 a three-course lunch at a local restaurant.  Fares for cruises that offer this
 tour in Rome start at $3,395 per person, double occupancy.  The two
 Mediterranean cruises featuring Bulent Atalay start at $2,390 per person,
 double occupancy.
 
     The Crystal Difference
     With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, the 940-guest,
 50,000-ton Crystal Symphony and 1,080-guest, 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity are
 distinguished by classic service, abundant space, exceptional quality, and
 extensive choices.  Their unique size allows for smooth sailing and a wide
 range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations.
     In the February 2006 issue of Conde Nast Traveler, Crystal Symphony and
 Crystal Serenity were awarded with the coveted No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the
 magazine's 6th annual "Best Cruise Ships in the World" readers' poll.  For the
 past ten consecutive years, Crystal Cruises has been voted "World's Best
 Large-Ship Cruise Line" by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel +
 Leisure magazines -- the only cruise line, resort or hotel to have achieved
 such distinction.
 
     For additional information, contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625.
 Visit the luxury line's website at www.crystalcruises.com.
 
     CONTACT: Mimi Weisband 310-203-4302
              publicrelations@crystalcruises.com
 
 SOURCE  Crystal Cruises