June 27, 2017

Crystal Cruises: New Ways to Give Back as a Family

crystal cruisesThe cruise industry is taking a beating these days (yes, another one of Carnival’s ships is having problems in the Caribbean), but I have noticed one bright spot lately, courtesy of Crystal Cruises. I’ve written in the past about giving back while ashore, but I was excited to read about the expansion of Crystal’s You Care, We Care program.

Take a look at five new opportunities for guests and crew to give back to local communities while sailing aboard Crystal Serenity or Crystal Symphony:

Rescue and Care for Animals: During port stops in Barcelona, Rostock (Germany) and Bergen (Norway), passengers can assist in the rescue and rehabilitation of animals, ranging from dolphins to cats.

Support Disadvantaged Communities: Provide company, gardening, dining or decorating assistance for residence of caretaking facilities in Dubrovnik, Livorno, Naples and Valencia.

Care for Children: At stops in Odessa, Singapore and Boston, cruise guests can play with and teach less fortunate children to read at organizations, like Cradles to Crayons.

Feed the Hungry: At food banks in Halifax, Tallinn (Estonia) and Santa Barbara, passengers can pick fruit in orchards, serve meals or organize and distribute food donations.

Aid in Conservation Efforts: At Fort Stevens State Park in Astoria (Oregon), guests can work to keep natural landscapes clean for the next guests to the park.

Most volunteer opportunities are available to passengers of all ages, though some shore excursions with Crystal Cruises are best for those ages 12 and up. These volunteer shore excursions generally last between two and five hours.

Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

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