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Crystal order for new ships

Back in January 2022 Crystal Cruises ‘sank’, a high-end victim of Covid. 

Such was the esteem of the line which invented ‘6-star’ cruising it was not going to disappear and was rescued by the British A & K Travel Group, noted for luxury travel.

Last year saw both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity re-enter service after a major refurbishment by the Italian yard Fincantieri, reducing capacity by around 25% and taking the ships to an even higher level of indulgence.

A & K have now gone back to Fincantieri and signed an agreement to build two ships with an option for a third vessel also included in the deal. Bigger and even more spacious than the sister ships, the 61,800-ton cruise liners will accommodate just 690 guests. Solo travellers will be provided for says Fincantieri.

The first vessel is slated to be delivered in spring 2028, while the ‘in service’ timeline of the second ship will be confirmed “in due course”.

Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Executive Chairman of A&K Travel Group which owns Crystal, said: “This order is another milestone in the 40 years of productive collaboration between Fincantieri and my family that started with Sitmar Cruises, continued with Silversea and now is flourishing again with Crystal.

“Our aim is to continue setting a new standard in cruising, offering our guests an unmatched level of service and sophistication”.



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