If there were any doubts about Crystal Cruises’ entry into the river cruise market, those were erased earlier this week as Crystal CEO Edie Rodriguez announced the company would build two additional luxury river cruise ships, bringing the luxury line’s European river fleet to seven ships by 2019.

Crystal Debussy will set sail in June, 2017. Illustration courtesy of Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises announced it will construct two additional river cruise ships, entering service in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Illustration courtesy of Crystal Cruises

The two as-yet-unnamed vessels were announced earlier this week following the steel cutting for Crystal’s first purpose-built river cruise ship. Crystal Debussy, Crystal Ravel, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Bach are all expected to enter service between June and August of 2017, with the two additional river cruise ships to follow after, with launches in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

“The new Exclusive Class ships, yachts and river yachts planned for the coming years provide travelers with an exhilarating glimpse into the future of luxury travel of all kinds, from rugged expedition adventures to indulgently relaxing river cruises,” said Rodriguez. “In the agreement with Lloyd Werft for the building of these astounding new vessels, we are again reinforcing Crystal’s position as the leader in luxury travel and hospitality, as we continue to cater to virtually every wish of the discerning modern traveler.”

The new river cruise ships will be constructed by the Lloyd Werft Group, a conglomeration of four shipyards owned by Crystal’s parent company, Genting Hong Kong.

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