Genting Hong Kong GHK will buy the top line in the industry Crystal Cruises Inc (CCI).
The current owner is the Japanese company, NYK Line. NYK owned the line for 25 years and drove it to be the best ultra-luxury line in the world. The estimated price is over half a BILLION USD.
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Genting also owns Star Cruises, the largest cruise line in Asia. NCL is another of their holdings. The ink will dry in Q2. Crystal current sails the Symphony and the Serenity. Both ships are 6-star but are getting a little “long in the tooth.” The two current ships hold about 1,000 each. The line also had the Harmony in their stable years ago.
The exciting news is that a new ship will join the current fleet. This means more destinations and speaking gigs. There are plenty of lecture opportunities on Crystal, but your credentials must be impeccable. Three talks are usually given every sea day – 10 am, 11 am and 1:30 pm. Rick has done many Crystal cruises – so can you!
Crystal’s new President, Edie Rodriguez, has driven many changes in her short tenure. The fitness area has been refreshed and wifi has been updated and is free in many classes.