After suspending operations earlier this year, Crystal Cruises will set sail again.
AK Travel Group, owned by Geoffrey Kent of luxury travel company Abercrombie Kent and industrial holding company Heritage, purchased the Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony ships, the companies announced Wednesday.
AK Travel Group also acquired the Crystal Cruises brand, and following “extensive refurbishment,” the vessels will resume operations in 2023, according to a press release. Heritage is chaired by former Silversea Cruises owner Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio.
“The idea of combining the unparalleled onboard service that Crystal Cruises is known for, with the extraordinary tailor-made experiences Abercrombie Kent has been successfully providing for our guests for the past 60 years, fills me with excitement, enthusiasm and pride,” Kent said in the release.
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Crystal Cruises reportedly shut down at least its U.S. operations earlier this year after an arrest warrant had been issued for the Crystal Symphony due to unpaid fuel bills. The cruise line had previously suspended sailings for several months after its parent company, Genting Hong Kong, declared bankruptcy in January.
was directing visitors to crystalcruiseclaims.com by March, where passengers who had already paid could file a claim.
A source told USA TODAY in February that U.S. staff had been given termination notices.
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Lefebvre d’Ovidio, who is also co-chairman of AK Travel Group and Abercrombie Kent, said when the “opportunity arose to acquire Crystal Cruises, I did not think about it twice,” per the release. “Having next to me my incredible friend and inspiring leader Geoffrey Kent makes this venture even more enjoyable,” he added.
Heritage did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how operations might change when Crystal Cruises relaunches.