MV Werften delivers cruise vessel to Crystal Cruises


MV Werften has delivered the first of the four Rhine Class river cruise vessels to Genting Cruise Lines' brand Crystal Cruises.

The newly delivered vessel has been named Crystal Bach and features a length of 135m and a width of 11.4m. It will be capable of accommodating up to 106 passengers.

The cruise ship also includes 55 suites, which are designed to be located above the water line with are equipped horizontal sliding windows.

Additionally, floor-to-ceiling glass windows have been installed in various public areas to offer customers views of the surroundings.

The Palm Court of the vessel has a glass-domed ceiling, which will provide views of the sky to passengers both day and night.

Crystal Cruises services such as personal butler service, spa and gym and others will be offered to customers on-board.

Crystal Bach represents the first vessel of the Crystal River Cruises fleet and is set to travel along Europe’s Rhine, Danube and Main Rivers via the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.

"We have incorporated the best navigational and safety standards on ocean ships to the Crystal fleet of river ships, with four Azimuth thrusters for easy manoeuvrability."

Genting Cruise Lines Newbuilding and Marine Operations SVP Gustaf Gronberg said: “We have incorporated the best navigational and safety standards on ocean ships to the Crystal fleet of river ships, with four Azimuth thrusters for easy manoeuvrability, forward bridge with two navigators seated at all time with state-of-the-art navigation system and had river ship training at the Simwave simulator centre in Rotterdam.”

The company is set to receive the line's second ship, Crystal Mahler, over the next few weeks.

The third and fourth Rhine Class ships will be known as Crystal Debussy and the Crystal Ravel respectively, and are currently under construction at MV Werften's yard in Wismar, Germany, with delivery scheduled for early next year.

MV Werften will also construct three Crystal ‘Endeavor Class’ yachts for Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises and two Global Class, 204,000t cruise ships for Genting Cruises in Asia.


Image: Ship delivery ceremony. Photo: Courtesy of MV WERFTEN Wismar GmbH.