Crystal Cruises ups stake in river cruise

Luxury line increases order for river vessels
Crystal Cruises has upped its investment in the growing river-cruise sector, adding two more river ships to an existing order because of “increased demand”.
The order for two extra boats takes the number of new river yachts up to six. The previously announced four ships, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Ravel, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Bach, are due to be unveiled in summer 2017. All six ships will be operating on European rivers by 2019.
The US-based luxury cruise line is also building its first purpose-built Polar Class yacht, Crystal Endeavor, which will sail to the Arctic and Antarctic regions when it launches in August 2018. Also being built is the first of the line’s new Crystal Exclusive Class ships, which will cater for up to 1,000 passengers. It is set for delivery in autumn 2019.
All eight new ships are to be built by the Lloyd Werft Group of shipyards in Germany.
“The new Exclusive Class ships, yachts and river yachts planned for the coming years provide travellers with an exhilarating glimpse into the future of luxury travel of all kinds, from rugged expedition adventures to indulgently relaxing river cruises,” said Crystal chief executive Edie Rodriguez.
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