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Crystal orders two new ships from Fincantieri

  • Cruises
  •   06-28-2024  7:09 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Crystal orders two new ships from Fincantieri
Rendering of Crystal's new ship design. (Crystal Cruises)
Pax Global Media

Crystal Cruises will double the size of its fleet with the order of two new ocean vessels from Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard.

The preliminary agreement, announced on June 27, calls for delivery of the first ship in the spring of 2028, while the launch plans for the second ship are expected in a few months. There is also an option for a third vessel for delivery in 2032.

The 690-passenger, 61,800-gross-ton ships promise a host of amenities and innovative designs, the company said, ensuring comfort and indulgence for guests.

Architectural firms Studio Ibsen led by Prof. and Architect Adriana Granato and Studio Gem headed by Naval Arch. Giacomo Mortola and Naval Eng. Lorenzo Mortola will be leading the design efforts, along with a third international design firm yet to be appointed.

Crystal's new ships

One standout feature, Crystal said, will be a promenade extending through the whole ships’ perimeter, similar to those loved by guests on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.

Culinary fans will enjoy all sorts of dining options. According to a press release, the venues will showcase a variety of world-class cuisines including Umi Uma, the only Nobu at sea as well as recently announced Beefbar.

Wellness and relaxation will be common elements on the new ships, with a comprehensive Spa and state-of-the-art fitness center available to all guests.

Families traveling with children will have a dedicated area, designed to provide engaging activities and a safe space for younger guests.

The new ships will feature all-suite accommodations, with private verandas including a popular single occupancy category, with veranda, designed for solo travellers.

The order will bring new ships to Crystal for the first time in more than 20 years.

“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,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Executive Chairman of A&K Travel Group, in a statement.

The move comes two years after the brand was purchased out of bankruptcy by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio for the A&K Travel Group and resumed operations a year ago.

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