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Cruise News & Reviews

12 January 2016
Author: Terry Hutson



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Crystal Espirit -- named in the Seychelles

The rapidly expanding Crystal Cruises has officially welcomed its baby sister tp the fleet of ships, with CRYSTAL ESPIRIT being christened at an elegant ceremony held at Eden Island Marina in Mahe, Victoria, Seychelles.

The yacht's godfmother was Lady Gaenor Anne Meakes, fiancee of Mark Richards, one of the world's most awarded and recognised yachtsmen. Richards is chief executive of Grand Banks Yachts, based in Australia and is an eight-times champion skipper of the famous Sydney to Hobart race.

Crystal Cruises' president and CEO, edie Rodriguez was host to a distinguished audience of local dignitaries, travel partners and executives from the line's parent new company, Genting Hong Kong (GHK).

"To say today is a special day is an understatement. Since joining Crystal just over two years ago, a personal goal of mine has been to see Crystal realise the next step in continuing to pioneer luxury travel and hospitality, and today I am seeing that dream fulfilled," said Rodriguez. She thanked GHK Chairman and CEO, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, for his and his company's support of her vision for Crystal's future.

Part of that vision includes Crystal Cruises launching its Crystal River Cruises later this year and next, with five luxury river yachts which will cruise the waterways of Europe, including the Rhine, Seine, Danube, Main, Garonne, and Dordogne Rivers.

In addition, Crystal Luxury Air will take to the skies with all-first-class outfitted Boeing 777-200LR and Boeing 787 Dreamliner taking guests on multi-week journeys to far-off destinations not typically served non-stop by major airlines.

Meanwhile, Crystal Espirit has embarked on her maiden voyage with Crystal Cruises and is set to sail to new destinations including new ways of getting there while catering for the adventurous and thrill seekers. She will sail throughn the Seychelles, the Emirates, and the Mediterranean and is outfitted to take care of outdoor opportunities as they are presented. This includes a two-passenger submarine, along with an assortment of water toys, four 10-passenger zodiacs and a 12-passenger Wider 32-foot super yacht tender for special boating adventures.

In addition the ship is equipped with water skis, wake boards, kayaks, jet skis, and fishing, svuba and snorkeling equipment. For those up toit, an acrobatic flight on a stunt plane in Croatia is also on the programme. Or of you fancy something less hair-raising, the ship caries a range of bicycles for guests to do their own exploring.

Crystal Cruises' ships have regularly taken some of the top awards handed out to cruise lines. It will be interesting to see how this evolves with new ships and new management.