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Crystal AirCruise by Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Cruises is offering has yet another first up its sleeve – a trip to the world’s 10 Peninsula Hotels on a private Boeing 777-200LR jet.
Departing from the Peninsula New York on August 21, the 27-day inaugural Crystal AirCruise visits two additional U.S. cities (Chicago and Los Angeles) before crossing the Pacific to Tokyo for two days. Guests then explore three Chinese cities (Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong) and venture south to the capitals of the Philippines and Thailand, ending a four-day trip to Paris. Activities are customisable, but expect brand new rooms and suites at Peninsula Chicago, which underwent a remodel last year for its 15th anniversary, and Peninsula Beijing, which is still undergoing a US$123 million renovation.
At Peninsula Tokyo, check out Imperial Palace across the street, take a sushi class with the hotel’s head chef Teruyuki Kojima, and watch a private showing of a traditional kabuki performance. Other standout offerings include Tai Chi classes at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Temple of Heaven, a private dinner at the Great Wall of China, and a dinner and fireworks celebration during the Loy Krathong festival of lights.
With Crystal AirCruise, service is comparable to the white-gloved attention to detail that Peninsula is known for. Each of the 84 guests has fully reclining seats that extend flat into 73.5-inch beds, Bose noise canceling headphones, Apple iPads preloaded with personal itineraries, free WiFi, USB ports and power outlets, and an 24-inch interactive TV with on-demand programming and a music library.
Meals are prepared by an onboard executive chef and served with a premium wine list with over 300 world-class vintages and can be enjoyed at your seat or in the separate social space, which includes dining tables and a stand-up bar. There is also a team of Crystal Skye Butlers to attend to your every whim.
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