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For most cruisers who aren’t homeporting, getting to the ship can be highly stressful. Maybe you’re driving to the port and have to figure out where to park for a week without paying an arm and a leg. If you’re flying, you have to choose between arriving the same day and hoping there are no delays or coming in a day early and spending the night in a hotel.

Now, close your eyes for a moment and imagine being whisked to your port in a private jet, surrounded by such luxuries as a three-person divan that opens into a large bed, a lounge, XM radio with surround sound, in-flight phone service and, of course, a high-temp oven. Hey, you never know when you might wanna bake some cookies while jetting off to the yacht of your dreams!

Did We Mention The Bathroom?

Turns out that you, too, can jet off to your cruise in luxury… for a price, of course. This month, Crystal Cruises raised the bar with the launch of Crystal Luxury Air, which the company’s president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez, said would “open tremendous possibilities for luxury travelers seeking the next level of ease and exclusivity during their journeys.”

We’re talking major, high-end luxury here, folks. How high-end? Well, here’s how a writer for Travel Weekly described a certain feature found aboard the Bombardier Global Express XRS jet: “I have to admit, we were especially wowed by the back bathroom,” wrote Jeri Clausing. “Complete with a square leather seat covering the toilet, it’s large and plush enough to serve as the proverbial office.”

Have special requests? Never fear! Rodriguez assures clients that, “in the spirit of all things Crystal, and ensuring we offer customization to our guests, Crystal Luxury Air allows our travel agent partners and guests the ability to truly customize their vacation experiences to privately fly to combine our cruise, yacht, river, residence and air experiences.”

The jet is the first entry in Crystal’s soon-to-expand fleet, which will see them adding a Boeing 777 in 2017 and a 787 Dreamliner in 2018. For more on all things Crystal, click here.

Featured photo: Crystal Cruises

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