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Crystal Cruises To Add Three New Cruise Ships, River Ship, Yacht And Airplane

The world’s most luxurious cruise line, Crystal Cruises has announced – in its 25th anniversary year - a major expansion plan that will see the addition of three new cruise ships, a river line, luxury yacht and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The announcements came during the Crystal Cruises annual President’s Cruise on Crystal Serenity and Chairman’s Cruise on Crystal Symphony, Crystal’s president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez and Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay announced the plans.

This will be the most signifigant brand expansion in the history of luxury travel.

Crystal Yacht Cruises

Crystal Esprit will be delivered to Crystal Cruises by Genting Hong Kong (GHK), and extensively redesigned to reflect the stylish elegance for which Crystal is renowned. The 62-guest, 3,300-tonnage yacht will offer intimate, exclusive, and immersive experiences with a boutique ambiance. The all-suite yacht will feature luxurious, high-end finishes and an abundance of modern technology. She will also be outfitted with some seriously extreme features, like a two-passenger submarine, four 10-passenger zodiacs for special excursions and a 12-passenger Wider 32-foot super yacht tender for special boating adventures. Additionally, there will be water skis, wake boards, kayaks, jet skis, fishing, scuba, and snorkel equipment.

Crystal Esprit is due for delivery in November 2015 and will debut the all-inclusive Crystal Yacht Cruises programme. The first voyage sails December 23, 2015, exploring the Seychelles Islands, followed by an inclusive, post-cruise New Year’s Eve celebration at the Taj Dubai Hotel.

For 2016 and 2017, and early 2018, Crystal Esprit routes for the Seychelles Islands, Dubai and Adriatic Coast include:

  • Seychelles Islands – Mahé, Victoria; St. Anne Island, La Passe, la Digue; Baie Ste. Anne, Praslin; Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island; Anse Saint Jose, Curieuse Island; Cousin Island; Aride; Big Sister Island; and Desroches Island
  • Dubai - Khasab and Muscat, Oman; Doha, Qatar; Sir Bani Yas Island and Abu Dhabi
  • Venice, Italy/Dubrovnik, Croatia - Rovinj, Sibenik, Trogir, Vis, Hvar, and Korcula, Croatia
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia/Venice, Italy - Kotor, Montenegro; Split, Zadar, and Opatija, Croatia; and Piran, Slovenia
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia/ Athens, Greece - Kotor, Montenegro; Corfu, Parga, Itea, Hydra, and Navplion, Greece

Crystal River Cruises

Crystal River Cruises will offer the hallmarks of the all-inclusive Crystal experience – six-star service, world-class dining, and enriching shore-side adventures. Spacious suites with exquisitely designed interiors and elegant public rooms will punctuate Crystal’s entry into worldwide river cruising.

Crystal Luxury Air

Also in 2017, Crystal luxury will soar to new heights with the launch of Crystal Luxury Air, becoming the first in the luxury travel industry to offer extravagant around-the-world trips on the world’s most advanced twin-aisle Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The aircraft, which typically seats 300, will fly just 60 guests in fully reclining business class seats to coveted destinations to which major airlines do not currently offer a nonstop service. Each approximate 28-day itinerary will visit 10-12 remote and/or sought-after locales, with accommodations at some of the world’s finest hotels and resorts.

Ocean Vessels: “Crystal Exclusive Class”

“Crystal Exclusive Class” cruise ships will arrive in 2018 - the first expected for delivery at the end of the year.

With the introduction of these new ships, Crystal will be the first-ever cruise line to deliver expedition-capable vessels with all the signature features and amenities of a luxury ship or private yacht. The all-suite, all balcony ship will accommodate 1,000 guests and weigh more than 100,000 gross tons.

In 2018, guests will also have the opportunity to call a Crystal ship “home,” with innovative Crystal Residences. Located on the top deck of the new ships will be 48 unique homes, offering their own private restaurant, reception and facilities, and higher ceilings (9 feet) than residences on any other cruise ships or yachts; and equal to most land apartments. Residences will start at 600 square feet and go to more than 4,000 square feet of interior living area, which will be the largest on the high seas.

Other revolutionary features being introduced are: a whopping 400 square feet minimum for the guestroom suites - nearly doubling the size on other luxury vessels; increased ceiling heights by one foot to 8 feet in all suites and decks; raising the bar on personal attention and service with 1,000 crew members on the ships to provide an unheard of one-to-one crew-to-guest ratio; an abundance of mouth-watering options centred on the art and expertise of Michelin-starred and celebrity chefs; and intrepid yacht-like amenities including submarines, helicopters and zodiacs.

Crystal Cruises has certainly raised the bar when it comes to the luxury cruise market – we can’t wait to see everything fall perfectly into place.

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