Genting HK said that over the next two years Crystal Cruises is planning to expand into fast-growing ocean yachts and river cruises by leveraging its luxury client database.
In its interim report, Genting HK said the 3,300-ton MegaStar Taurus, to be renamed Crystal Esprit, “will undergo extensive conversion and upgrade to transform into a 62-passenger luxury yacht equipped with a two-passenger submersible and a 32-feet powerboat.”
Crystal Esprit’s inaugural cruise is scheduled in December 2015, sailing in Seychelles.
“Crystal Cruises is also planning to order new river ships with sizable suites and sport amenities, which can offer innovative itineraries and activities in select scenic rivers in Europe.”
In mid-2017, Crystal Cruises is expected to launch “Crystal Luxury Air”, featuring 14 to 28-day round-the-world private jet journey.
Genting HK recently announced that it had entered into an agreement to buy a stake in shipyard operations and related leasing rights in the German port of Bremerhaven to facilitate its fleet expansion.