The steel cutting ceremony held today at MV Werften in Wismar, heralds the construction of two new luxury river ships for Crystal River Cruises. The Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel, are scheduled to set sail in 2018.
The first plates of the luxury river ships were flame cut in the presence of the Genting Group executive chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s economics minister Harry Glawe and numerous other guests.
The structurally identical ships will measure approximately 135 metres long and 11 metres wide. Specifically designed for the growing European luxury river cruise market, the ships will cruise the Rhine, the Danube, the Main and the Moselle.
Europe’s only all-balcony, all-suite river ships will accommodate up to 106 guests, and offer luxurious services and amenities.
“Today is another crowning achievement in the growth of the Crystal brand, as we take another step closer in further delivering the growing demand for a true luxury experience on Europe’s rivers.” said Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s chairman, CEO and president.
“This is a moving moment for us, because it is the first steel cutting ceremony under the MV-Werften flag,” said Jarmo Laakso, managing director of MV Werften. “We are proud to be building these high-quality ships for Crystal River Cruises, which will meet highest safety and travel standards.”