Grand Prix pit lane access among Crystal’s new VIP adventures In Monte Carlo

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises announces four new privileged opportunities for guests to experience the fast cars and glamorous events of next spring’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix. Three options offer different, intimate ways to watch the world’s most prestigious automobile race: from either the uber-exclusive driver/team-prep paddock area, a chic private verandah/residence above the renowned Casino, or the best of the fan grandstands near the start/finish line, overlooking the stunning port. A fourth new excursion brings guests to the official Formula One VIP party celebrating the race’s end, where guests can dance ’til dawn. The four Crystal Adventures were created exclusively for Crystal Serenity’s May 18-30 Esprit du Grand Prix-themed Mediterranean cruise. The itinerary features two days positioned in Monte Carlo, from Sunday, May 26, the race’s last day, through May 27.

“At Crystal, luxury and choice are two of our biggest brand definers,” says Thomas Mazloum, Crystal’s senior vice president of hotel operations. “With the Monaco Grand Prix considered one of the most exciting events in the world, we planned a cruise that would not only take our worldly travelers there, but also bring them inside, with a variety of incredible options to enjoy the festivities.”

In addition to premiere locales from which guests can watch the race, the viewing Adventures include gourmet/catered meals and knowledgeable hosts to enlighten guests on the events and escort them to-and-from locales, with premium champagne, open bar and indoor-outdoor comfort also offered for the two more private options. The most exclusive “Team Paddock” viewing choice also brings guests shoulder-to-shoulder with Team Ferrari or Team Pirelli, to the pit lanes for driver-eavesdropping, behind-the-scenes to the garage, and to a private stand and hospitality area to watch the Driver Parade.

After the cars finish winding through Monte Carlo’s streets, many drivers and audience elite head to the posh Amber Lounge for the F1 party—and Crystal guests can, too, via the fourth Prix Adventure, which offers a VIP table, unlimited Dom Perignon, exquisite three-course dinner, free-flowing cocktails, dancing, and a private vehicle to take you “home” whenever you choose.

The 12-day Crystal voyage gives a wide sampling of the Mediterranean’s most popular destinations, including Mykonos, Santorini, Sorrento, Corsica, and Florence, in addition to overnights in Istanbul and Barcelona at voyage’s start and end.

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Editor in chief for eTurboNew is Linda Hohnholz. She is based in the eTN HQ in Honolulu, Hawaii.