MAY 25, 2017 — Crystal River Cruises yesterday moved forward with the expansion of its “Rhine Class” fleet of river vessels. The keels were laid for the company’s next two new-builds, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel in a ceremony at the MV Werften shipyard in Wismar, Germany.
In spring 2018, the two all-balcony, all-suite vessels are set to embark on their maiden voyages along the Rhine, Main and Danube.
Both Crystal River Cruises and MV Weften are subsidiaries of Genting Hong Kong, whose Chairman and Chief Executive, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, attended. Also present were Jarmo Laakso, Managing Director of MV Werften; Josef Lumetsberger, Crystal River Cruises’ General Manager of Operations; Manfred Korous, Managing Director of Future Development and Director, Crystal River Cruises; and Harry Glawe, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Economics Minister.
Tan Sri Lim and Minister Glawe placed the traditional lucky coins on the keel blocks before the first two sections, each weighing 170 tons, were laid down.
“We are pleased to celebrate this important milestone, the start of the block assembly, for two more ships for our brand Crystal River Cruises today at our own shipyard. These ships will offer their guests the highest standards in luxury cruising on Europe’s most beautiful river routes,” said Tan Sri Lim.
“This ceremonial act represents a tremendous achievement for Crystal River Cruises and the entire Crystal fleet, as we introduce the next chapter of the continuing story of Crystal innovations throughout the travel and hospitality industry,” said Crystal CEO and President, Edie Rodriguez.
Crystal’s “Rhine Class” vessels are the river cruising industry’s first all-balcony, all-suite designs. All four river yachts will also offer Crystal’s butler service in every room category.
Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel will measure approximately 135 meters in length and 11.5 meters in breadth, accommodating 106 guests in Crystal’s signature, all-suite luxury.