Crystal orders two more expedition ships

Crystal Endeavor

Crystal Cruises has added two more expedition yachts to its order book while delaying the launch of the first to 2019, instead of 2018.

The company will also push back its Exclusive-class vessels – originally slated for delivery in 2019 – to 2022.

Crystal also announced that it will be adding another jet to its fleet and that Serenity and Symphony will have full open seating dining after their upcoming refurbishments in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

“Not only do our ocean cruise ships continue to earn the highest guest satisfaction feedback, they do so in record-breaking margins,” Edie Rodriguez, president and CEO, said. “This enthusiasm only validates our commitment to continuing to invest in the most innovative itineraries and onboard spaces and amenities, as those are the features that are resonating with our discerning guests.”

The success of the northwest passage cruise has prompted it to rebrand its Crystal Yacht Cruises as Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, the company said.

The polar class mega-yachts will navigate “first year ice” and be outfitted with submarines, helicopters and remote operated vehicles. Accommodation will include Penthouses and Villas. Crystal’s expedition ships will sail in the Arctic and then follow the route of migrating whales along the coast of the Americas and Europe to Antarctica during winter.

Crystal is scheduled to launch Crystal Endeavor in mid-2019, with the following two expedition vessels being released in “the following years”.

The new aircraft for Crystal Luxury Air will be a second Global Express Jet.

“The breadth of development we’ve achieved since our expansion announcement in July 2015 has been astonishing and thrilling, and we’ve only just begun,” added Rodriguez. “We are completely redefining the luxury travel segment and what it means for discerning travellers to truly customise their ideal experiences. As the market and industry evolves, it remains our priority to offer unparalleled luxury experiences that evolve with it, while maintaining our commitment to the utmost attention to detail and service levels that has earned us the loyalty of the savviest world travellers for decades.”

Sam Ballard

Sam Ballard is the publisher of CRUISE ADVISER and has been writing about the cruise industry for a number of years. His CV includes the likes of shipping magazine International Cruise & Ferry Review and the digital publication Cruise News. He can be contacted on:sam@cruise-adviser.com.

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