Luxury line Crystal Cruises announced a massive expansion that includes new cruise ships, yacht cruises, a line of river vessels – even an airline! This is exciting news, especially for meeting and incentive travel planners who are looking for fresh travel experiences and upscale venues.
Here are the highlights of Crystal’s Expansion:
Crystal Yacht Cruises (December 2015)
In December 2015, Crystal Esprit will embark on its maiden voyage as Crystal’s first extravagantly appointed yacht. The 62-guest, all-suite yacht will offer intimate, exclusive, and immersive experiences with a boutique ambiance. Features of the yacht include posh, high-end finishes and modern technology, and is outfitted with a two-passenger submarine, four 10-passenger zodiacs for special excursions and a 12-passenger Wider 32-foot super yacht tender for special boating adventures.
Crystal River Cruises (Spring 2017)
Crystal’s two river vessels will feature a yacht-like design with larger cabins and greater space-to-guest ratio than any over river cruise ship. The “luxury river yachts” will feature 68 suites measuring 250 square feet and two Penthouse Suites measuring 500 square feet. The twin yachts will also have a Palm Court with dance floor and glass-domed roof plus a fitness centre and spa. Itineraries in central Europe will maximize time in port for immersive experiences.
Crystal Executive Class Ships (2018)
Three new Executive Class cruise ships (scheduled for delivery starting in 2018) will feature 500 balcony suites and a one-to-one passenger to crew ratio. The spacious suites will be nearly double the size of those found on other luxury ships. Another first: A dedicated deck of 48 “homes” for sale. The exclusive Crystal Residences will have their own private restaurant, reception area and facilities.
Crystal Air (2017)
Luxury will soar to new heights with the launch of Crystal Luxury Air, offering extravagant around-the-world trips on the world’s most advanced twin-aisle Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The plush aircraft, which typically seats 300, will fly 60 guests in fully reclining business class seats to coveted destinations to which major airlines do not offer nonstop service.