Crystal to build two new ocean cruise ships

Luxury cruise line Crystal has signed a deal with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of two ships.

It is expected that the first ship will be delivered in spring 2028. The construction and delivery timeline for the second ship will be announced at a later date.

Crystal has also secured the option to build a third sister ship with delivery in 2032.


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The two 690-passenger vessels will both feature a promenade throughout their perimeter, similar to those on existing ships Crystal Symphony (pictured) and Crystal Serenity.

Dining options will include Umi Uma, the only Nobu at sea, as well as recently announced Beefbar.

The new ships will feature all-suite cabins with private verandas including a popular single occupancy category, with veranda, designed for solo travellers.

Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, executive chairman of parent company A&K Travel Group, said: “This order is another milestone in the 40 years of productive collaboration between Fincantieri and my family that started with Sitmar Cruises, continued with Silversea and now is flourishing again with Crystal.”

Cristina Levis, chief executive of A&K Travel Group, added: “Our aim is to continue setting a new standard in cruising, offering our guests an unmatched level of service and sophistication.”

The announcement comes two years after A&K Travel Group acquired Crystal in 2022.

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