The announcement of groundbreaking changes, expansions, innovations brewing at Los Angeles, California-based Crystal Cruises that rocked the cruise industry this week was brokenby Edie Rodriguez, CEO and president during the line’s annual President’s Cruise. Rodriguez made guests sit up and take notice as she told them that the company is about to undergone the biggest changes in its 25 year history. Rodriguez revealed that within the next three years, starting Dec. 2015, Crystal will launch three brand new classes of cruising along with its own Boeing 787 Dreamliner. As of today the company operates two very popular ships, the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. The company was purchased by Genting Hong Kong several months ago and since then major changes have happened, the first was the announcement of a third ship and now the company will be adding Crystal Yacht Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, and the Crystal Exclusive Class of ocean vessels for Crystal Cruises.
Crystal announced via press release today, July 20, that the official proclamation of the changes were presented simultaneously on the President’s Cruises aboard Crystal Serenity and Symphony made by both Rodriguez and Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay. Rodriguez and Tan Sri Lim explained that Genting Hong Kong’s investment is to maintain Crystal’s award-winning reputation and begin writing a new chapter in the continuing story of Crystal Cruises. The Chairman stated, “Our intent is to make Crystal Cruises the core of what will become the world’s premier luxury hospitality and lifestyle brand portfolio, not only for the immediate future but for years to come.” During her Crystal Serenity appearance, Rodriguez spoke about e expansion saying, “We continue to think bigger, aiming to create unparalleled luxury experiences and adventures for our loyal and new guests, who – like Crystal – continue to seek broader horizons and new perspectives on the world.” She added, “We are ecstatic to continue pioneering new areas of luxury travel. Crystal’s newly expanded fleet will truly be travelers’ passport to virtually the entire world.”
The expansion, which is rocking the cruise industry, begins with the introduction Crystal Yacht Cruises – on Dec. 23, 2015 with the Crystal Esprit, a lavish reimagined, 62-passenger, 3,300-ton all suite vessel designed to reflect the Crystal’s stylish elegance. The inaugural voyage will head to the Seychelles Islands, followed by an inclusive, post-cruise New Year’s Eve celebration at the Taj Dubai Hotel. The cruises are open for booking now through August 31, 2015. Next year and through 2018, the Esprit will do the Seychelles, Dubai and Adriatic.
Ritzy river Cruises plus first class flying
Next on the expansion agenda is the debut of Crystal River Cruises in spring of 2017 with a series of curated itineraries followed by the launch of Crystal’s Dreamliner, a plush plane built for 300 but reconfigured to comfortably seat just 60 passengers in fully reclining seats.
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, similar to the capacity on Crystal Symphony (922) and Crystal Serenity (1,070), and weigh more than 100,000 gross tons. “With an impressive 100 tons of space per guest, the average space ratio for luxury cruise ships being 60 tons per person, our new ships’ guest-to-space rations will be vast in comparison to past, current and under construction luxury ships, reaching all corners of the world safely, smoothly and in the utmost style and comfort,” said Rodriguez.
Homes at sea
And for seafarers who want to call Crystal home the line is adding 48 innovative Crystal Residences on the top deck of the new ships. The residents will have a private restaurant, reception and facilities, and much 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.
If all that’s not enough Crystal announced that the new vessels will offer a whopping 400 square feet minimum for the guestroom suites – nearly doubling the size on other luxury vessels; increased ceiling heights to eight feet in all suites and decks. The line will offer boast 1,000 crew members that will provide an unheard of one-to-one crew-to-guest ratio along with its usual offering of award-winning cuisine.
The little two ship luxury cruise line that could and did is going a long way to become what is appears a leader in luxury travel. For more information and Crystal reservations, call 888-799-4625, or click here.