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Luxury travel Blog post July 21, 2015

Crystal Cruises expansion includes three new ocean ships, yacht and river cruising, jet tours

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Crystal Cruises announced an expansion plan under new owners Genting Hong Kong that includes three 1,000-passenger vessels, its first new ships in decades.

Plus, Crystal will expand into adventure, yacht and river cruising, and luxury jet trips.

The line has signed a letter of intent with Lloyd Werft to build the ocean ships, which will have an unprecedented space ratio of 100 gross tons of space per guest, Crystal said. The minimum size of the cabins on the ships will be 400 square feet.

The first ship is due for delivery in late 2018. The ships will be built to sail in polar waters, Crystal said.

Patti Pietschmann, National Cruise Correspondent for, adds this in her spot-on coverage:

And there’s more, in late 2018 Crystal will introduce Crystal Exclusive Class” launching three new “Crystal Exclusive Class,” cruise ships that will make Crystal the first-ever cruise line to deliver expedition-capable ships 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 ...

Walter Christen's insight:

Crystal Cruises is doing a major expansion and is going to be offering more than just ocean cruising. 

  • Three new ships with the first being delivered in 2018.  These new ships will also offer residences for purchase on the top decks.
  • New Super Yacht, Crystal Esprit.  Only 62-passengers and some of the adventure amenities include a two-person submarine, four 10-passenger Zodiacs and a 12-passenger yacht tender.
  • Crystal Cruises will also offer branded river cruises and luxury jet tours.  The last, the jet tour, will be on a specially outfitted Boeing 787 Dreamliner holding only 60 passengers on 28 day luxury visiting 10 to 12 remote and/or sought-after locales.

These additions to the Crystal Cruise brand will be giving both the luxury and adventure cruise traveler new options.



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