It’s great to hear that Crystal Cruises is back on the water and ready to expand under the ownership of Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group. Here’s a summary of the key points from the information you provided:
Acquisition and Resumption of Sailings
Crystal Cruises, which went bankrupt in early 2021, was acquired by luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group in June 2022. The cruise line has resumed operations with its two ocean vessels, Serenity and Symphony. Serenity embarked on its inaugural journey from Marseille, France, to Lisbon on July 31, and Symphony followed suit on September 1, sailing from Athens to Istanbul.
Crystal Cruises has ambitious plans for expansion. The company intends to add four new ships to its fleet by 2029, including two expedition vessels. Construction on a 650-passenger ocean ship and a 220-person expedition ship is expected to begin next year. These ships will be used for both traditional cruising and expedition cruising, with the expedition ship traveling to the Arctic and Antarctica.
Collaboration with A&K’s Arctic and Antarctic Expeditions
Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group already offers robust Arctic and Antarctic expedition experiences using Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot ships. While A&K will continue to charter Ponant ships for expedition cruises, over 40 crew members from the former Crystal team will be onboard these voyages.
Both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony have undergone significant renovations and updates before welcoming guests back on board. The refurbishments went beyond simple refurbishing, as the ships’ rooms and public spaces were rebuilt extensively.
During this summer, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony are sailing the Mediterranean Sea and Northern Europe, visiting destinations like Istanbul, Santorini, Greece, and the U.K.’s Isle of Man. Fares start from $3,800 per guest. Symphony will then continue its journey in Asia, Africa, and Australia during the fall and winter, while Serenity will tour the Caribbean.
Integration of Land Tours
Crystal Cruises plans to integrate Abercrombie & Kent’s land tours into its 2025 world cruise. Passengers will have the opportunity to enhance their cruise experience by taking A&K’s exceptional land expeditions during scheduled breaks between port calls. This integration will provide passengers with unique opportunities to explore destinations more comprehensively.
While Crystal Cruises will announce more itineraries for 2025 in the upcoming months, guests can already book sailings for 2023 and 2024 through the official website, crystalcruises.com.
This expansion and collaboration between Crystal Cruises and Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group seem to offer exciting new possibilities for luxury cruise experiences and in-depth exploration of various destinations.
Bali and Bangkok Luxury Cruise
Experience the beauty of Bali and the vibrant energy of Bangkok on this 13-night luxury cruise aboard the Crystal Symphony. Explore two of Asia’s most captivating destinations and immerse yourself in their rich cultures, stunning landscapes, and unique experiences.
- Dates: February 3, 2024 – February 16, 2024
- Starting from: $6,600 per guest*
- Bali: Discover the serene beaches, lush rice terraces, and vibrant cultural scene of Bali. Indulge in the island’s beauty and tranquility as you explore its temples, markets, and natural wonders.
- Bangkok (Laem Chabang): Immerse yourself in the bustling streets, intricate temples, and lively markets of Bangkok. Experience the harmonious blend of modernity and tradition that defines this vibrant city.
Join us on this unforgettable journey, where the luxurious comforts of the Crystal Symphony meet the enchanting allure of Bali and the dynamic spirit of Bangkok.
Book your spot now to secure this incredible voyage and create lasting memories aboard the Crystal Symphony.
Note: Prices and availability are subject to change. Please visit the official website, crystalcruises.com, for the most up-to-date information and to make reservations.
(* Fares listed are starting prices per guest and are subject to change based on cabin type and availability.)