Crystal Cruises

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Crystal Cruises
Subsidiary
Industry Transportation
Founded 1988
Headquarters Los Angeles, United States
Key people
Edie Rodriguez, President
Products Cruises
Parent
Website www.crystalcruises.com

Crystal Cruise Lines, most commonly referred to as Crystal Cruises, is a luxury cruise line[1][2] with its headquarters in Los Angeles in the United States. The line was established in 1988 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the large Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK).

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted the line Best Midsize Cruise Ship Line for 21 years.[3] Readers of Travel + Leisure have voted Crystal Cruises World's Best for 19 consecutive years.[4] The cruises offered by Crystal Cruises include an annual World Cruise on the Crystal Serenity of about 110 days in length.

In March 2015, NYK announced that it was selling Crystal Cruises to Genting Hong Kong (GHK), the owner of Star Cruises and a major shareholder in Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. The transfer was expected to close within the second quarter of 2015.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1988 and is notable for its two medium-sized, high-end ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, each of which carries about 1,000 guests. In 2003, the new Crystal Serenity entered service with Crystal Cruises. In 2005, the Crystal Harmony,[5] was retired from the Crystal fleet and transferred to the parent company, underwent some renovations, renamed the Asuka II, and now caters to the Japanese cruise market as part of Asuka Cruises.

On March 3, 2015, NYK announced that it was selling Crystal Cruises to Genting Hong Kong (GHK), the owner of Star Cruises and a major shareholder in Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.[6] The sale price was US$550 million in cash, subject to certain adjustment items, and the transfer was expected to close within the second quarter of 2015.[7] Simultaneously, NYK announced that Crystal Cruises would be building a new ship, but did not provide any specifics, such as the new ship's size, or date of entry into service.[6] In a statement accompanying NYK's announcement, GHK said that it would provide financial resources and proven expertise in innovative ship design, to build the new ship so as to set the highest standard in luxury cruise ships.[7]

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for Crystal
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
Crystal Symphony 1995 Kvaerner Masa-Yards 1995 51,044 tons  Bahamas Crystal Symphony 1.JPG
Crystal Serenity 2003 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2003 68,870 tons  Bahamas Crystal Serenity 01.JPG

Former fleet[edit]

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for Crystal
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
Crystal Harmony 1989 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 1990 50,142 tons  Bahamas Asuka II 001.jpg

Interiors[edit]

The Crystal Symphony is the smaller of the two, holding 940 passengers.[8] It was last refurbished in 2012. The Crystal Serenity can hold 1,050 passengers and about 650 crew, and was last refurbished in 2011.[9]

Each Crystal ship features two complimentary specialty restaurants, including the Italian restaurant Prego (overseen by Piero Selvaggio of Valentino restaurants), and Silk Road and the Sushi Bar (overseen by Japanese restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa[10]). Daytime activities include pools, lectures, a movie theater, lessons by Yamaha keyboard instructors,[11] and instruction by Berlitz language teachers.[12]

Casinos[edit]

Crystal Cruises enlisted Caesars World to operate an onboard casino, Caesars Palace at Sea, on its first liner, Crystal Harmony.[13] The partnership continued with Crystal's current vessels, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.[14] Each casino had about eight table games and 100 slot machines. Caesars received "minute" earnings from the casinos, but considered them good marketing.[14] The management agreements with Caesars expired in the spring of 2006.[15]

In February 2015 Crystal Cruises announce that passengers will be able to use on-board credit in the casinos on their ships, making it the first to allow credit other than cash in a cruise ship casino.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.crystalcruises.com/ExperienceShips.aspx?ID=2
  2. ^ Hutcheon, Helen (3 November 2013). "The fab four". The Australian. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.concierge.com/tools/travelawards/cruisepoll/
  4. ^ http://www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest/2009/
  5. ^ Miramar Ship Index: Crystal Harmony, ID#8806204.
  6. ^ a b Sloan, Gene (March 3, 2015). "Shake-up in luxury cruising as Crystal gets new owner". USA Today. Retrieved April 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Dake, Shawn (March 3, 2015). "Crystal Cruises Sold To Genting Hong Kong For $550 Million". Maritime Matters. Retrieved April 12, 2015. 
  8. ^ Cudahy, Brian J. (2001). The Cruise Ship Phenomenon in North America, p. 269; Haworth, R.B. Miramar Ship Index: Crystal Symphony, ID#9066667.
  9. ^ http://www.crystalcruises.com/MediaCenter.aspx?PR=692
  10. ^ Sloan, Gene. USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/travel/cruises/item.aspx?type=blog&ak=44498316.blog.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ http://www.yamaha.com/yamahavgn/CDA/ContentDetail/PressReleaseDetailPF.html?CNTID=29147&CTID=551577
  12. ^ Beyette, Beverly (28 May 2006). "What makes a cruise a 5-star experience? It's all in the details". Los Angeles Times. 
  13. ^ Yoshihashi, Pauline (5 April 1989). "Cruise line owned by Japanese bets on floating casino". Wall Street Journal (via ProQuest). Retrieved 2012-05-03.  (subscription required)
  14. ^ a b Berns, Dave (17 Mar 1997). "Cruise ships lure gaming clients". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  15. ^ Form 10-K (Report). Harrah's Entertainment. 14 March 2006. p. 15. 
  16. ^ "Crystal Move to end Casino Discrimination". Cruise.co.uk News. Feb 11, 2015. 

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