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“World’s most luxurious river ship” delivered

Wednesday, 09 Aug 2017

Crystal River Cruises has taken delivery of the first of four identical Rhine-class river cruise vessels from German shipyard group MV Werften.

The Crystal Bach was recently delivered

The 135m-long Crystal Bach and its three sisterships have been described as the world’s most luxurious river cruise vessels. The ship is designed to transport up to 106 passengers in 55 large suites on European rivers including the Rhine, Danube and Main through the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.
The Crystal Bach offers a range of features associated with first-class cruising, including the award-winning Crystal service, a personal butler, and the highest crew-to-passenger ratio in the river cruise sector. The suites are all located above the waterline, with horizontal sliding windows. Most of the public areas have floor-to-ceiling glass and the ship’s Palm Court has a glass-domed ceiling to see the sky by day and the moon and stars by night. The ship also has three gourmet restaurants, a spacious spa and gym, a counter-current swimming pool, electric bicycles, a piano bar and a bistro.
Key safety features have been incorporated into the Rhine-class vessels, including four azimuth thrusters for good manoeuvrability, and a forward bridge equipped with the latest navigation systems for two navigators seated at all times. River-going seafarers have undergone special training at the Simwave simulator centre in Rotterdam.
Commenting on the delivery, Jarmo Laakso, CEO of MV Werften, said: “Today we proudly hand over this exclusive ship. The Crystal Bach is the first newbuilding to be completed under the MV Werften flag. Our employees have done wonderful work and proven that they can meet the highest quality standards.”
Edie Rodriguez, CEO and president of Crystal Cruises, thanked MV Werften for a wonderful ship. “With the Crystal Bach, we now welcome the second member of the Crystal River Cruises fleet. We have had the pleasure of working with this shipyard as an experienced and reliable partner and look forward to our cooperation in the coming three projects,” he said.
The second ship – Crystal Mahler – is due to be delivered in a few weeks’ time. Construction of the third and fourth vessels, the Crystal Debussy and the Crystal Ravel has been underway since January, with deliveries scheduled for spring 2018.
Meanwhile, the management team of MV Werften has been strengthened with the appointment of Janne Luukkonen as Director of Project Management reporting directly to the CEO. Luukkonen is a naval architect by background, having studied at Helsinki University. He has built up significant experience of cruise ship building, having had spells working as a project manager for companies including Royal Caribbean Cruises. His most recent position was on the Meyer Werft management team at the company’s Turku shipyard in Finland. Following delivery of the three remaining Rhine-class river cruise vessels, Luukkonen will be working on projects including two 5,000-passenger Global-class vessels for Genting Hong Kong, and three Endeavor-class expedition vessels for Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises.