Crystal signs MOA for two new ocean ships, third option

Fincantieri locked in for two firm ship orders plus a third as an option

Crystal and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri have signed a binding Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for two ships set to “redefine high-end travel on the seas”.

The 690-passenger, 61,800-gross-ton ships will feature a host of amenities and innovative designs. Interior design will feature the most precious marbles, Italian fabrics and natural materials, offering a level of research and sophistication typically reserved for high-end private residential properties. The two classic ships – flagged by Cristina Levis, CEO A&K Travel Group in July 2023 on a shakedown voyage of Crystal Serenity – will feature all-suite accommodations, with private verandas including a popular single occupancy category, with veranda.

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

Culinary enthusiasts will be delighted by a variety of dining options, showcasing a variety of world-class cuisines including Umi Uma, the only Nobu at sea as well as recently announced Beefbar. Additionally, Crystal will continue its legacy of offering exclusive entertainment along with a sophisticated casino that includes an array of gaming options in an elegant setting.

Umi Uma aboard one Crystal Symphony

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Wellness and relaxation will be at the heart of the new ships, with a comprehensive Spa and state-of-the-art fitness centre. Families traveling with children will appreciate a dedicated area, designed to provide engaging activities and a safe space for younger guests.

Announced in May, 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.

The expected delivery of the first ship will be in the Spring of 2028. The construction and delivery timeline on the second ship will be announced at a later date.

The announcement comes two years after A&K Travel Group acquired Crystal in 2022, marking a new chapter for the cruise line. Under A&K Travel Group’s leadership, Crystal has been focusing on enhancing its offerings both at sea and on shore and expanding its fleet to provide unparalleled experiences for its guests.

Crystal has also secured the option to build a third sister ship with delivery in 2032.

“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.

“Our aim is to continue setting a new standard in cruising, offering our guests an unmatched level of service and sophistication,” said Cristina Levis, CEO of A&K Travel Group.

“These new ships will receive the same level of attention I have reserve to my own house.”

“This order not only highlights the robust recovery of the cruise sector, in line with our Industrial Plan, but also reaffirms Fincantieri’s leadership, thanks to the operational excellence of our shipyards and the execution quality of our world-class supply chain,” stated Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of Fincantieri.

“We are thrilled to partner with Crystal in our pursuit of innovation and excellence, under the guidance of a shipowner who has always been close to our Group, like Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio.”

Two previously mooted new-build expedition ships were not mentioned in this announcement.

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