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Crystal Cruises Expands Fleet With New Ocean, River And Expedition Vessels

In recent months, Crystal Cruises has undertaken unprecedented steps in what has been the most significant brand expansion in the luxury travel industry and the ultra-luxury cruise line has announced details of a further fleet expansion.

Crystal’s recently launched experiences have already broadened the company’s reach to wider audiences. With Crystal Esprit’s voyages and extreme water toys - including the first ever submarine in the cruise industry.

With the successful completion of Crystal Serenity’s Northwest Passage voyage this summer, the volume of guests seeking luxury adventure travel has prompted Crystal to rebrand its current Crystal Yacht Cruises as Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises. The new banner will encompass three new build expedition mega-yachts, including the previously announced Crystal Endeavor. The purpose-built polar class mega-yachts will navigate “first year ice” and be outfitted with submarines, helicopters and remote operated vehicles, feature spacious Penthouses and Villas and other luxurious amenities. Crystal’s expedition ships will cruise in the Arctic; then follow the route of migrating whales along the coast of the Americas and Europe to Antarctica during winter. Crystal is scheduled to take delivery of Crystal Endeavor in mid-2019, with the additional two expedition vessels debuting in succession the following years.

In the ocean-going category, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity continue to captivate travellers with guests thoroughly enjoying their experiences and making their high levels of satisfaction publicly known. In maintaining continued guest satisfaction, Crystal will heavily invest in massive enhancements for both ships in 2017 and 2018, similar to past refurbishments, such as the $52-million “extreme makeover” to Crystal Serenity in 2013 and the $20-million redesign to Crystal Symphony in 2014. The most significant outcome of these investments will feature full open seating dining for guests on both ships and more suites.

In the first quarter of 2022, Crystal will introduce the first Crystal Exclusive Class™ ocean ship that will set a new standard of luxury travel with signature features and guest amenities, and boast luxurious Crystal Residences, allowing travellers to literally call a Crystal ship “home”. The privately owned apartments will range from 600 to 10,000+ square feet and have access to private amenities, dining and other services.

In the first months since the newly reimagined Crystal Mozart launched, Crystal River Cruises has garnered a near 100 % favorability rating from its guests. In summer 2017, Crystal will introduce Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler, while Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel will follow in 2018, with two additional new builds to follow. The first four vessels will sail stunning itineraries along the Danube, Rhine and Main Rivers calling in charming locations in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Amsterdam.

For more information on Crystal Cruises, please contact one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.

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