Crystal Harmony transfers to NYK as Asuka II
Apr 5, 2005
Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has announced it intends replacing its 1991-built cruise ship Asuka with the luxury Crystal Harmony from the second quarter of 2006. Crystal Harmony will then be renamed Asuka II and flagged in Japan.
The present Asuka (28,856gt) is currently in service under the management of Yusen Cruises Co. Ltd., a 100% subsidiary company of NYK. Crystal Harmony (48,621gt) is currently operated and managed by Crystal Cruises Inc., a NYK affiliate in the United States.
“The decision to replace the Asuka took into account a desire to increase guest capacity in response to an over-demand for places on the Asuka, particularly during summer. In the summer season, the Asuka, which has a capacity of 592 guests, is often fully occupied, meaning many potential customers miss out on the cruises they desire. Replacing the ship with the Crystal Harmony will increase guest capacity to 720,” said NYK.
“The new cruise ship will also improve customer service. Crystal Harmony will be remodelled to meet the needs of the Japanese market. In particular, a new public space will be added in the form of an observation bathroom, similar to the highly regarded bathroom in the original Asuka. When remodelled and introduced from the second quarter 2006, the Asuka II will be a luxury cruise ship meeting Japanese specifications and the highest international standards.”
NYK says Asuka II, which was originally constructed in Japan, will provide an environment in which customers will experience the Japanese hospitality and service that has become synonymous with the Asuka.
- source: NYK
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