Crystal Cruises to become leader in luxury travel of all types with river ships, yacht, airplane

Published on : Wednesday, July 22, 2015

crystal cruisesCrystal Cruises is all set to start a new era in luxury cruising with massive expansion plans. The plans include the addition of the most spacious ocean- going ships ever as well as river ships, a yacht and even an airplane.



To this effect, Crystal Cruises has signed a letter of intent with Germany’s Lloyd Werft shipyard to build three ocean vessels with all-suite accommodations that are nearly twice the size of those on other luxury ships and such over-the-top, yacht-like amenities as submarines and helicopters.



This was announced by Crystal president and CEO Edie Rodriguez to USA Today.



Two custom-built luxury ships defined by first-rate service, world-class dining, spacious suites and elegant public rooms will be part of a new brand extension called Crystal River Cruises, informed Rodriguez.



The new cruise line will enter the fast-growing river cruise market in the spring of 2017.



The Cruise lines super-high-end, yacht-like cruising will start in December 2015 with the addition of a water toy-filled, 62-passenger vessel. It’ll carry a 32- foot boat for adventuring, zodiacs, jet skis, kayaks and even a two-person submarine will allow for such innovative offerings as underwater weddings. This will be called Crystal Esprit.



Crystal plans to acquire a Boeing 787 configured to hold just 60 passengers in sumptuous, fully reclining seats. It’ll be used to offer extravagant, around-the-world trips as part of a new brand extension to be called Crystal Luxury Air.



Crystal is aiming to become a leader in luxury travel of all types.



In a first for large luxury ships, they’ll also be designed with polar ice-rated hulls to allow for travel to the most remote regions of the Earth including the Arctic and Antarctica.



The new ocean ships also will have 48 residences that wealthy travelers will be able to buy as second homes. Ranging from 600 to 4,000 square feet, they will occupy a top deck and come with their own private restaurant, reception and facilities.


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