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Modern Travel of Palm Springs, a new division of internationally known and respected Josh Friedman Luxury Travel, is pleased to announce it’s first event for Palm Springs locals and their friends – a small group sailing on board Crystal Cruise’s Serenity, Labor Day 2022.

If the world calms down sooner, maybe we’ll have something before then but for now, how about 2022!

Departing September 2, 2022, this is a 7 night/8 day voyage round-trip from New York City visiting the New England ports of Newport, Provincetown, Boston, Bar Harbor as well as St. John, NB in Canada. The itinerary is here. The ship will even be in P-Town the festive Sunday of Labor Day Weekend from 8AM to 6PM!

The ultimate reason for this group is to enjoy comradery among the group, a very LGBTQ friendly mix of new and old friends. singles and couples. But that said, we want to make it extra special so we’re thinking the following:

  • Group get together/s in Palm Springs in August, 2022 (if not also before) for those of us that are there!)
  • Send off cocktail reception in New York City the night before sailing with optional group dinner. Maybe a show?
  • Josh and husband John will be onboard as your hosts
  • Group meals onboard coordinated throughout for those that wish to join
  • Group tours in ports available based on group’s interest
  • Hotel rooms available to book in NYC before and/or after the cruise. probably at a 4 star boutique property. Luxury option available.
  • At a minimum you can expect an board credit or Virtuoso amenity, valued at $150 per person. Will know more as we get closer.

Crystal has 2 ocean going ships which are considered at the larger end of ‘small ship’ cruising. For example, Serenity – recently reconfigured – has a capacity for 980 guests. The ship is perfect for a group like this – small enough to feel human and large enough to have plenty of entertainment options. And their menu of about 15 Manhattans in the Avenue Saloon piano bar is fabulous. You can read all my posts about Crystal, including a review of my 2019 sailing, here.

Prices are inclusive of wine, cocktails, gratuities, ice cream (ben & jerry’s bar), coffee, etc. Pretty much all you have to pay for are optional shore excursions, boutique items and super premium beverages such as Dom Perignon.

Because it’s so early and promotions change often please contact us for booking terms. As of June 2020, pricing for a well located cabin without a balcony, Category C1 runs $3,399 per person double, or $4,419 solo. Taxes are $350 extra, per person.

With a well located balcony, Category B1 pricing runs $3,899 per person double, or $5,459 solo. Taxes are the same.

Notes/ there are less expensive cabins, either far forward or with limited views. Likewise, suites are available. Pricing is subject to change.

Trip insurance is available, the cost to be determined by the cruise fare. Plan summary available on request.

Our agency will waive our booking and cancellation fees, and will offer complimentary assistance with flights and hotels before and after.

And why book now? Even though it’s early, the price will be protected if it goes down as long as you stay within all the rules of the promotion, and you’ll have the best selection of available cabins or suites.

Please contact us via email here or call us in Palm Springs at 415 987 0372 for more information, pricing, booking terms, to learn about us, the ship – whatever! We look forward to great event which will be here before you know it.

Modern Travel of Palm Springs is a local, fun, lgbtq+ and hetero friendly division of Josh Friedman Luxury Travel, an independent affiliate of Travel Experts Inc., a Virtuoso agency. CST #2080753-40.
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