November 7, 2000
Crystal Cruises has made the long-awaited announcement that it will add a third ship to its fleet. The line has signed a letter-of-intent with French shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique for the construction of a 68,000-ton, 1,080-passenger vessel. She's expected to launch in fall 2003. The ship, yet to be named, will increase Crystal's capacity by almost 60% and feature an even greater space-per-guest ratio than sister ships Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony. Plans include expanded areas for spa services, an increase in number of penthouses, and enlarged cabins with verandahs. 85 percent of all outside staterooms will have balconies. Otherwise, expect the tried-and-true features that Crystal’s known for, such as a full outside promenade, a grand observation lounge, a variation of the ships' popular Palm Court lounge, multiple dining venues, and a variety of entertainment lounges, including a state-of-the-art theater to showcase Crystal's critically-acclaimed production shows.