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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

Crystal Cruises Continues to Make a Splash on the River and Ocean

If one cruise company is making the single biggest expansion right now, it is Crystal and its ever growing collection of travel brands. 

Crystal River Cruises

Following the launch of Crystal River Cruises with the deployment of its first Crystal Mozart riverboat, the brand has laid the keel for its first entirely new “Rhine Class” vessels – the Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler – at the MV WERFTEN shipyard in Wismar, Germany. Both are slated to set sail along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers in Europe in the summer of 2017.

Present for the shipbuilding ceremony (pictured above) were Tan Sri Lim, Chairman of Crystal parent company Genting Hong Kong; Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s CEO and president; Erwin Sellering, Prime Minister of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommen and other guests.

“This keel laying marks an important milestone for us. These river yachts are not only the first brand new vessels under the Crystal River Cruises brand, but also the first constructed in our very own shipyard,” said Genting Chairman Tan Sri Lim.

The lowering of the initial building block into place comes shortly after Genting HK acquired the Lloyd Werft shipyards for such new construction, including six riverboats, a polar megayacht and three Exclusive-class ocean ships to come.

“This phase of the expansion of Crystal

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