Genting Hong Kong Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay (left) and Edie Rodriguez, President and CEO of Crystal (right) at the Steel Cutting Ceremony for Crystal River Yachts

Edie Rodriguez, president and CEO of Crystal, presided over a shipyard steel cutting ceremony on Tuesday to begin production of the line’s first four new-build luxury river yachts. Crystal Debussy, Crystal Ravel, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Bach which will all start service in 2017.

In the presence of Crystal parent company, Genting Hong Kong (GHK) Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, as well as Lloyd Werft Shipyard Managing Director Rüdiger Pallentin and representatives from local German chambers, Rodriguez pressed the button that initiated the massive steel cutting machine to begin the river yachts’ construction, said a press release issued by Genting Hong Kong

“This seemingly simple act was an absolute thrill, as it represents a very important milestone in the growth of the Crystal brand,” said Rodriguez. “It was my honor to stand with the leaders of our wonderful parent company and the acclaimed Lloyd Werft Shipyard, and to enjoy the support of the local community leaders, as we continue the process of ushering in the new era of Crystal with Crystal River Cruises.”