Genting Outlines Bold Plans For Crystal Cruises

Genting Hong Kong, the new owner of Crystal Cruises, has outlined its ambitions for the luxury cruise brand. In one of the boldest moves for the cruise industry in recent times, the Asian giant will add 3 new polar ice-class cruise ships, a luxury yacht, river cruising and a private Boeing 787 Dreamliner to the Crystal product.


Greater Space, Residences and Yacht-like Amenities

To be built by Germany’s Lloyd Werft, Crystal Cruises’ new 100,000-GRT cruise ships will boast a vast guest-to-space ratio of 100 and offer accommodations with a minimum floor area of 400 square feet and 8-feet ceiling height. On the top deck, the ships will also incorporate 48 Crystal Residences ranging from 600- to 4,000-square feet. Giving guests the opportunity to own a home at-sea, these will have their own private reception, restaurant and facilities.


1,000 crew members provide a 1-to-1 crew-to-guest ratio for personal attention and service, akin to that of intimate expedition ships and yachts. Each ship will also carry an array of amenities, including submarines, helicopters and zodiacs.


Yacht Cruising with Crystal Esprit

Crystal Cruises will also be acquiring a yacht from Genting. Currently sailing charters for sister-line Star Cruises, the 3,300-GRT Crystal Esprit will embark on her maiden voyage later this year as the third member of the Crystal fleet. Carrying just 62 guests, the yacht promises a boutique ambiance and carries a 2-passenger submarine, 4 zodiacs and a 32-passenger tender.


Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Luxury Air

Venturing beyond its traditional ocean sailing, Crystal Cruises will launch its river cruising division in the spring of 2017. Operating a duo of purpose-built river cruisers, the sub-brand promises expertly curated itineraries, 6-star service, world-class dining and enriching shore-side adventures. Complementing the river product will be Crystal Luxury Air, the line’s private jet travel service utilizing a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. 60 guests will be flown in utmost luxury on a 28-day itinerary to some of the world’s most sought-after destinations, with accommodations in the finest hotels and resorts, celebrity chef dining and world-class entertainment.


Award-winning Crystal Cruises currently operates a pair of mid-sized cruise ships around the world. Until recently one of the slowest growing luxury lines that has risked falling behind rivals such as Silversea, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the expansion plans breathe new life into the brand and raise the bar for luxury cruising.


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