MV WERFTEN has celebrated the cutting of the first piece of steel in Wismar, marking the ceremonial start of construction of Crystal River Cruises’ two additional Rhine Class luxury river yachts, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel, scheduled to sail in spring 2018. The first plates of the luxury river ships were flame cut in the presence of the Genting Group Executive Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's Economics Minister Harry Glawe and numerous other guests.
The structurally identical Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel will be built completely at MV WERFTEN’s Wismar site, and measure approximately 135 metres long and 11 metres wide. The ships will cruise the Rhine, the Danube, the Main and the Moselle, exploring the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary. The all-balcony, all-suite river ships will accommodate up to 106 guests, and offer services and amenities including a 1.55 guest to crew ratio, Crystal’s butler service for every suite, king-sized beds that face toward the Panoramic Balcony Windows, walk-in closets, and wall-mounted flatscreen HD TVs. Additional features include Crystal’s cuisine in multiple eateries and a swimming pool.
MV WERFTEN´s order book includes a total of nine ships for the next five years. In addition to four river cruise vessels, three expedition megayachts for Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises and two cruise ships of the Global Class for Star Cruises will be built at the Group´s three shipyards.