MV Werften has delivered what it is calling the world's most luxurious river vessel, the Crystal Bach, which is the first in a series of four Rhine-class river ships being built for Crystal.
The 135-meter long and 11.4-meter wide Crystal Bach was designed for river cruising in Europe, the company said.
Up to 106 passengers will sail along the Rhine, Danube and Main Rivers through the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland in 55 large suites, all designed to be above the water line with horizontal sliding windows.
"Today, we proudly hand over this exclusive ship,” said Jarmo Laakso, Managing Director of MV WERFTEN, during the ceremony. "The Crystal Bach is the first newbuilding project to be completed under the MV Werften flag. Our employees have done wonderful work and proven that they can meet the highest quality standards."
Edie Rodriguez, CEO and President of Crystal Cruises, stated: "With the Crystal Bach we now welcome the second member of the Crystal River Cruises fleet. We would like to thank MV Werften for this wonderful ship. In the past months, we have had the pleasure of working with this shipyard as an experienced and reliable partner and look forward to our cooperation in the coming three projects."
"We have incorporated the best navigational and safety standards on ocean ships to the Crystal fleet of river ships with four Azimuth thrusters for easy maneuverability, forward bridge with two navigators seated at all time with state-of-the-art navigation system and had river ship training at the Simwave simulator center in Rotterdam," said Gustaf Gronberg, SVP of newbuilding and marine operations.
The Crystal Mahler will follow later this month, with two more ships scheduled for delivery next year.