CruiseCrystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony will resume services under the revived Crystal Cruises brand in 2023 after refurbishments.

It's official: Crystal Cruises will sail again under A&K

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A&K Travel Group acquires the Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, as well as the Crystal Cruises brand.
A&K Travel Group acquires the Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, as well as the Crystal Cruises brand. Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

The Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, as well as the Crystal Cruises brand, have been acquired by A&K Travel Group, the company owned by Abercrombie and Kent CEO Geoffrey Kent and Heritage, the holding company chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio.

Crystal Cruises and Abercrombie & Kent will report to Cristina Levis, CEO of A&K Travel Group.

The company said it has partnered with cruise ship management company V.Ships Leisure, which has been managing the two ships since they ceased operations earlier this year.

Lefebvre had previously expressed interest in the ships, and in a statement he said that he was "thrilled to start this new chapter and to be back in an industry that has always had, and always will have a special place in my heart .... Selling the cruise business that belonged to my family for a quarter of a century was a difficult decision, as I knew I would miss this industry immensely.

"Therefore, when the opportunity arose to acquire Crystal Cruises, I did not think about it twice."

A&K Travel Group did not confirm the purchase price, but earlier reports put the sale at a combined US$128 million for the pair. There was no indication from A&K Travel if the Crystal Endeavor expedition ship was part of the deal.

Source: Travel Weekly

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