The Crystal Cruises fleet is composed of two cruise ships. The 51,044-ton, 922-passenger Crystal Symphony was launched in 1995. Roughly a third larger, the 68,000-ton, 1,080-passenger Crystal Serenity debuted in 2003. The line has committed significant funds to refurbishment of both ships.
The cruise line plans to expand its cruise ship fleet with three new vessels, the first of which will be delivered in 2019. It also added a 62-passenger yacht, Crystal Esprit, in December 2015, with an expedition-focused megayacht, the 200-passenger Crystal Endeavour, to launch in 2018.
Crystal is also introducing five river ships under Crystal River Cruises. The refurbished 160-passenger Crystal Mozart debuts in July 2016, while four new river ships -- the 84-passenger Crystal Ravel and Crystal Debussy and the 110-passenger Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler -- will launch in 2017.
Crystal also promotes social responsibility, offering free excursions during which passengers can participate in a local volunteering effort -- for example, helping in a school or working on a neighborhood cleanup in an underprivileged area. Donations are made towards the preservation of fragile or historic sites visited on shore excursions.
In 2012, Crystal caught up with the rest of the luxury cruise industry by making its fares more inclusive. Fares cover beverages (including fine wines and premium spirits, plus all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soda, juices and specialty coffee drinks); gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; and one meal in each of the ships' specialty restaurants and sushi bars.
In March 2015, Crystal was sold to Genting Hong Kong, which owns Star Cruises. As a result of the acquisition, Crystal has embarked on a period of rapid expansion, with the first of three new all-suite, all-balcony, 1,000-passenger "Crystal Executive Class" ships on order and expected for delivery in 2019. Each ship will have 48 "homes," available to buy, with their own private restaurant, reception and facilities.
In addition, the line launched a 62-passenger yacht, Crystal Esprit, in December 2015, and will debut an expedition-style mega-yacht with polar capabilities, named Crystal Endeavour, in 2018. Crystal has also signed a purchase option to restore the S.S. United States, a historic and out-of-commission ocean liner, and bring it back into service; it is covering the costs of preserving the ship while conducting a technical feasibility study in 2016.
In addition, the line is branching into river cruising with Crystal River Cruises, with a refurbished ship launching in 2016 and four new ships in 2017. It's also getting into aviation with the launch of Crystal Luxury Air, which will start flying a 12-seat Bombardier Global Express XRS jet in May 2016 for private charter, and Crystal AirCruises, which will offer around-the-world private jet tours using a specially configured and outfitted Boeing 777-200LR, beginning in 2017. Crystal announced a second Crystal AirCruises plane, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but has not revealed plans for it yet.