MV WERFTEN delivers the third luxury river ship to Crystal River Cruises
MV WERFTEN ceremoniously handed over “Crystal Debussy”, the third of four Rhine Class ships, to the client Crystal River Cruises, the company said in its press release. The handover took place ahead of schedule. Numerous representatives from the State Government, the Hanseatic city of Wismar, Genting Hong Kong, and Crystal Cruises attended the celebratory flag-changing ceremony at the dock hall in Wismar, with the state police orchestra performing as the shipyard flag was lowered and Crystal flag was raised.
The construction of the 135-meter-long, 11.40-meter-wide ship took approximately one year. First steel was cut in January 2017, with the keel laying in May. Equipped with state-of-the-art safety and navigation systems and an optimized bridge design with a single operator’s platform, “Crystal Debussy” meets the highest technical standards. With her elegant and comfortable facilities, she also sets new standards for design and ambience in the river cruise market. Fifty-three generous suites ranging in size from 17.5 to 70 square meters – all of them outside-facing suites with panoramic balcony windows – a spacious wellness and fitness area and designated spa, three gourmet restaurants, and the multiple award-winning Crystal service round out the travel experience for a maximum of 106 guests.
“Crystal Debussy” will embark on her seven-day maiden Crystal River Cruises voyage on April 9, and will sail routes between Amsterdam and Basel visiting the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland along the Rhine and the Moselle.
Crystal’s fourth identical ship, “Crystal Ravel”, will be handed over in April, bringing the Crystal River Cruises fleet to five. MV WERFTEN’s order book includes five more ships, to be completed by 2021; the company began construction on the first of its expedition mega yachts in Stralsund this past January. In addition, production kicked off today in Wismar and Rostock on the first of two Global Class cruise ships.