January is over and what a busy month it’s been!
We had a great time at the Telegraph Cruise Show at ExCel at the start of the month, nice and busy and it was lovely to see so many Crystal Society guests coming over to the stand to say hi! With so many new products such as Crystal Yacht Cruises and Crystal River Cruises we really did have so much to showcase and the Cruise Show was a great place to do it.
At the show we also spoke to a couple who actually saw the Crystal Esprit in the Seychelles over Christmas and wanted to know more about her! They showed me the photos they’d taken and said she looked so beautiful and were keen to know all about how to get onboard.
Anyone who knows The Cruise Portfolio team should know we love an excuse to celebrate, so when Australia day came around we were very excited as this year we had our very own Australian – Jenna in our Reservations team.
Jenna joined us towards the end of 2015 after moving here from Australia, and anyone who’s done it knows it’s not always easy to pack up and move across the other side of the World so we thought we’d make her feel at home by celebrating her country…. along with reminding her just how wonderful we were as a team!
We went for subtlety in the form of flags and balloons everywhere – oh and of course cake!
The big news that came in yesterday was Crystal’s purchase of the S.S United States. Together with the SS United States Conservancy, Crystal announced it will save ‘America’s Flagship,’ the SS United States and embark on the enormous undertaking of bringing the ship into compliance with the latest standards, and returning her to oceangoing service.
In order to meet modern demands and be in full regulatory compliance, the SS United States will have to be extensively re-built to meet over 60 years of new maritime rules and shipbuilding practices. The modern United States by Crystal Cruises will be transformed into an 800-guest-capacity vessel, featuring 400 luxurious suites measuring about 350 square feet with dining, entertainment, spa and other luxury guest amenities that are true to the ship’s storied history. Features of the original SS United States such as the Promenade and Navajo Lounge will be retained, while new engines and sophisticated marine technology will be installed to maintain her title as the fastest cruise vessel in the world.
Adds Rodriguez: “It is truly a privilege for the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line to be entrusted with the opportunity of restoring a ship that served as a symbol of patriotism and maritime supremacy and bring her into the modern day, while also giving guests a taste of a bygone era of luxury travel.”
Crystal will be examining exciting new itineraries for the 60,000-gross-ton United States by Crystal Cruises including not only the traditional transatlantic voyages from New York City, but cruises from key U.S. ports as well as international voyages around the globe which are a signature offering of Crystal and part of the line’s “World Cruise.”
The epitome of American post-war innovation and design, the SS United States was launched in 1952 and captured the transatlantic speed record on her maiden voyage – a record to this day that still stands. She remains the largest passenger ship ever designed and built in America. Before her retirement in 1969, the SS United States was the most glamorous and elegant ship in the world, having transported four U.S. presidents, international royalty, many of Hollywood’s “golden era” celebrities, as well as a million passengers. While the ship captivated travelers with its features and elegance, the ship’s origin was equally intriguing. She was designed as part of a top-secret Pentagon program during the Cold War, which stipulated it could be quickly converted from a luxury liner into a naval troopship in the event of a war, carrying 15,000 troops with a 240,000 shaft horsepower propulsion plant capable of traveling 10,000 nautical miles – almost half way around the globe – without refueling.
February’s here and love is in the air….
- Paul Gauguin have brought back their ever popular ‘Take your Sweetie to Tahiti’ Valentine’s offer. Bookings made up until 14th Feb will get a box of chocolates, a bottle of champagne and $200 onboard spa credit. For more details click here.
- Our selfie competition for agents is back! Any agent to take a ‘Valentine’s selfie’ with one of our sales team between 8th-19th February can enter for their chance to win a £25 gift voucher so keep your eyes peeled and your camera at the ready!
And finally… Crystal Cruises will be exhibiting at the Daily Mail London Cruise Show on 20th-21st February 2016 at London Olympia so keep the date in the diary and make sure you come and see us on stand B21.