This summer, Crystal Cruises’ guests on Mediterranean voyages can explore UNESCO declared national parks, the fragile ecosystems of a Spanish nature reserve and various wildlife habitats with Crystal Eco-Adventures.  Several options ashore highlight Southern Europe’s environmental treasures and natural wonders on dozens of Crystal Serenity voyages from May through October. 

“With increasing consciousness of and sensitivity to the environment, travel-savvy guests are seeking more opportunities to become aware of and intimately enjoy the natural beauty of a destination,” says John Stoll, vice president, land operations.  “Crystal Mediterranean voyages offer opportunities to discover some of Europe’s most precious ecological sites and learn about the region’s environmental history.”

Among the eco-adventures are:
* Horseback Riding at Montseny National Park – (Barcelona, Spain) Ride through this UNESCO declared Biosphere Reserve;

* L’Albufera Nature Reserve – (Valencia, Spain) Protected by many European environmental organizations, the reserve is a habitat for thousands of aquatic birds; and

* Krka National Park – (Trogir, Croatia) Home to dramatic waterfalls that cascade over 17 natural barriers.

In addition to these protected environmental attractions, many European Crystal Adventures ashore allow guests to explore the natural beauty of the destinations in a variety of ways, from mountain biking in Greece to paragliding in Spain and scuba diving off the coast of Turkey.

In 2010, the award-winning Crystal Serenity sails 19 voyages in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Canary Islands ranging from seven to 12 days.  Per person (double occupancy), Two-for-One cruise fares start at $3,680, and include up to $1,000 ‘All Inclusive – As You Wish’ shipboard credits and complimentary air transportation from many North American gateways – Business Class air for Penthouse guests.

In March, Crystal Serenity was awarded the Venice Blue Flag environmental award for its earth-friendly practices in the Adriatic port.