Crystal Cruises is making it easier for its global guests to stay in touch, whether cruising off the coast of Salalah or Sorrento. The luxury line is introducing "Newspaper Direct," a same-day service enabling guests to receive a choice of more than 370 full-format newspapers from 65 countries. Effective immediately with the World Cruise on Crystal Serenity and later in the year on Crystal Symphony, the papers are ordered on board and delivered directly to one's room.
Crystal Cruises' sophisticated clientele join its ships worldwide from hundreds of cities in North America. Additionally, the line's international guest mix has increased almost 30% in the past five years. Since its inception, Crystal has distributed news on board but from a limited number of sources.
"Guests can access news through the Internet, but some travelers savor sitting on deck with a newspaper. They appreciate the connection with their hometowns - from keeping up with local politics and financial news to sports and the social scene," says Thomas Mazloum, Crystal Cruises' senior vice president, hotel operations. "We're continually adding choices and services, large and small, to make our guests feel that a Crystal ship is one's most welcoming home away from home."
Newspaper Direct uses satellite communications to create full-format, same-day editions of an extensive menu of worldwide newspapers.
In addition to 74 U.S. editions and more than 40 from the U.K., the extensive menu includes options from the world's highest circulation publications to small, hometown news.
* New York Times
* Los Angeles Times
* USA Today
* Wall Street Journal
* Boston Globe
* Dallas Morning News
* Chicago Tribune
* The Kansas City Star
* Albuquerque Journal
* Charlotte Observer
* Investor's Business Daily
* Hollywood Reporter
* Playbook (available for football and basketball)
* Canada's Globe and Mail
* Great Britain's Daily Telegraph
* Australia's Sydney Morning Herald
* Japan's Okinawa Times
* Mexico's El Economista
* Germany's Financial Times Deutschland
* Brazil's O Globo
* South Africa's Sunday Times of Johannesburg
The service will offer multiple publication choices from many of the regions. Many papers are offered daily, while some are offered only on selected days.
Papers are available for $6.50 each, with a full list of selections and order forms in every stateroom.