New owner to add third Crystal Cruises vessel to fleet.
Crystal Cruises’ owner, Japanese maritime giant NYK, has just confirmed that the cruise line is to be taken over by Genting Hong Kong, in a US$550 million deal which will settle in the coming months.
The new owner will add a third vessel to the fleet complementing the existing Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, which happens to be in Sydney Harbour tonight.
“After 25 successful years with NYK, we are excited to have Genting Hong Kong as the new owner of Crystal Cruises,” said Edie Rodriguez,President and COO of Crystal Cruises.
“The proposed expansion of our fleet will present our loyal Crystal Society members and new luxury cruise guests with more itinerary options, accommodation choices and exceptional vacation experiences, as we continue to position Crystal as the innovative leader in global luxury cruising. Additionally, Crystal’s veteran leadership, management and crew will continue to focus on our award-winning guest service and our strong partnership with the travel agent community – which now has a greater opportunity to grow their business with a larger menu of Crystal product offerings.”
Genting is a major shareholder in Star Cruises, as well as having a significant stake in Norwegian Cruise Line and in turn Prestige Holdings, parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas.
More details in tomorrow’s Travel Daily and Thursday’s edition of Cruise Weekly.