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Bonus savings for Crystal's Bali cruises plus noted filmmaker, chef, Kecak dancers

Bonus savings for Crystal's Bali cruises plus noted filmmaker, chef, Kecak dancers
Four new Crystal cruises featuring Bali this fall and in early 2015 include local overnights aboard Crystal Symphony, Balinese dancers, an Emmy Award-winning anthropologist/filmmaker and perhaps the island's most renowned traditional chef.

Departing Nov. 24, Dec. 7, Jan. 5 and Jan. 17, the 12- to 14-day itineraries also call at several other Indonesian ports while sailing between Bali and Singapore, along with visits to Australia and Southeast Asia, depending on the cruise.

Limited time 'Book Now' fares offer $800 in air credit, and up to $2,100 in savings on the cruise pricing.

The expanded on-board programming includes Heinz von Holzen, local chef and author behind the island’s only authentic Balinese cuisine restaurant, bringing aboard his latest modern-meets-traditional recipes to share via hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations, a guest chef dinner for all and a limited-availability Vintage Room dinner featuring multiple courses paired with rare wines. Von Holzen is booked for the Jan. 5 cruise.

Scheduled to be aboard all the voyages is Bali resident Dr. Lawrence Blair, anthropological expert, to share personal tales from his Emmy Award-winning PBS series and book 'Ring of Fire,' which explores the region’s volcanic eruptions, gypsy pirates, man-eating animals (and people) and Blair’s own homesteading in a Balinese village.

All the cruises will feature traditional Kecak dancers, a group of approximately 100 men clad in checked waist-cloths depicting the epic Hindu battle of Ramayana via dance, chanting and music.

Until the June 30 'Book Now' deadline, all-inclusive cruise fares for the Bali sailings start at $3,110 per person, with special perks and offers available for solo cruisers and families with kids under 17, plus air credits of up to$800 per person. Shorter segments are also available on the 2014 departures.