Luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises is expanding its horizons with a dazzling new endeavour that will see a duo of vessels light up rivers across Europe. Set to operate under the name of Crystal River Cruises, the brand will launch in 2017 and will treat passengers to the line’s world famous “six-star service” encompassing designer suites, boutique-style surrounds, superb food and complementary shore excursions.
According to Crystal’s president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez, the new brand is part of the line’s commitment to delighting its passengers with an ever dynamic range of holiday options. “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,” he explains.
Introducing the ‘Executive’ experience
As well as making its grand debut on rivers, Crystal Cruises will also be expanding its presence at sea. The line has just announced that it has three Crystal Exclusive Class cruise ships on order, with the first set to hit the seas in late 2018. One of the most talked about new features is the exclusive top deck Crystal Residences area which offers guests the chance to call a Crystal ship ‘home’ throughout their voyage. Boasting a private restaurant, reception and plethora of luxury facilities, the experience is the epitome of Crystal’s commitment to offering its passengers unsurpassed luxury. Other highlights of the Crystal Exclusive Class line include higher ceilings, a crew-to-guest ratio of one-to-one and a tantalising new range of menus created by a team of Michelin-starred celebrity chefs. For Crystal Cruises, the new ships win it the crown of the first ever leisure cruise line to launch expedition-capable ships featuring all the on-board amenities of a luxury craft or private yacht. The polar ice class vessels will be manufactured by Germany’s Lloyd Werft shipyard which means they’re guaranteed to be top notch!
Not to mention the brand spanking new Crystal Yacht Cruises concept, as well as Crystal Air which will see the company operate its very own Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Talk about taking over the world!
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