In a rare endeavour, Crystal Serenity has embarked on a 32-night journey through the Northwest Passage, the Arctic region north of Canada that was unattainable until just 100 years ago. Following more than three years of planning and preparation, Crystal’s vessel welcomed nearly 1,000 intrepid guests aboard in Seward, Alaska.
Helen Beck, vice president, international sales and marketing, Crystal Cruises talks to Breaking Travel News at Arabian Travel Market about victory at the World Travel Awards and the growing importance of the cruise sector in the Middle East.
Together with the SS United States Conservancy, Crystal Cruises today announced it will save the “America’s Flagship”, the SS United States, and embark on the enormous undertaking of bringing the ship into compliance with the latest standards, and returning her to oceangoing service. During the announcement, made today at a press conference at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City, Crystal also committed to covering all costs associated with preserving the ship while undertaking a technical feasibility study, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
Crystal Cruises will reposition one of its luxury ocean vessels in 2017, unveiling an entirely new line-up of itineraries. Following the 2017 “Southern Celebración” World Cruise round-trip from Miami, Crystal Serenity will sail throughout North America for the remainder of the year, offering routes along the east and west coasts, through Alaska, New England and Eastern Canada, as well as the eastern seaboard into the Caribbean.
Crystal Cruises has welcomed Crystal Esprit to its fleet of vessels, as the sleek yacht was christened in an elegant ceremony held at Eden Island Marina in Mahé, Victoria, Seychelles. Crystal president Edie Rodriguez welcomed a distinguished audience of local dignitaries, yacht guests, travel partners and professionals and executives from the line’s new parent company, Genting Hong Kong, for a day of celebration.
Crystal Cruises is pioneering new fronts in the luxury travel industry with the purchase of a Boeing Business Jet B777-200LR, offering an array of global itineraries for its expanded brand extension Crystal Luxury Air. The announcement comes on the heels of Crystal’s ground-breaking news in July of an extensive brand expansion, which will include extravagant air holidays around the world aboard a luxurious Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
Genting Hong Kong, a leading global cruise and resort company, has entered into an agreement to acquire Lloyd Werft, a shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany. The deal will see the company invest €17.5 million for 70 per cent of the new shipbuilding business and a 50 per cent ownership of the shipyard land.
Genting Hong Kong has completed the acquisition of Crystal Cruises from Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha for a total transaction of US$550 million. GHK also announced a new chairman of Crystal and promotions for Crystal’s current senior management team, guaranteeing a streamlined transition and virtually no interruption in operations and ensuring award-winning service.
Luxury cruise leader Crystal Cruises continues its commitment to enriching the lives of its guests and the destinations to which its award-winning ships sail with an expanded number of the popular “You Care, We Care” shore excursions in 2015.
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, parent company of Crystal Cruises’ since its inception in 1988, has announced it has entered into an agreement with Genting Hong Kong to sell the organisation. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015. With the support of GHK’s financial strength and expertise in ship design, Crystal Cruises’ fleet size will expand with a new ship, elevating the standard of luxury cruising and luxury cruise ships.
Crystal Cruises is putting a twist on its popular “Wine & Food” Experiences of Discovery motif by replacing the “wine” with lagers, stouts, IPAs, and “cold ones” that are barrel-aged, made with bacon, have names like “Funky Old Time,” and more – all for a new Microbrew-themed luxury cruise.
With continued growing interest in its Jewish Heritage excursions, Crystal Cruises is expanding its spiritual offerings ashore for 2014 luxury European cruises.