Archive for the ‘Crystal Cruises’ Category

Crystal Cruises’ Edie Rodriguez Resigns

September 18, 2017

Edie Rogriguez (Courtesy of Crystal)

Edie Rodriguez, who has led Crystal Cruises in its expansion since October 2013, resigned on Friday 15/09/17.

Rodriguez said her sudden departure from the luxury cruise line, which has offices in Miami, was “very amicable.” She expects to announce plans to join another venture in the coming weeks, she said.

Rodriguez will be succeeded by travel veteran Tom Wolber, effective immediately.

Wolber has worked at the Walt Disney Company for nearly 30 years, including 10 years at Disney Cruise Line as senior vice president of operations.


Malcolm says: Unfortunately my outstanding memory of Ms. Rodriguez, is that she is the woman who suggested that Crystal would return the classic ocean liner, ‘SS United States’ (1951) back to service. However they didn’t!

The concept proved to be too difficult/expensive. I could have told them that and I’m not an expert. It is always going to be cheaper to construct a newbuild than renovate a piece of maritime history.


Crystal Bach, Christened

August 23, 2017

(Rendering by Crystal)

Crystal River Cruises has christened Crystal Bach, the first of its four newbuild Rhine-class river ships.

The ceremony took place on Sunday, August 20 in Rüdesheim, Germany.

Crystal’s CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez, presided over the ceremony.

The ship’s godmother, German opera star Anna-Maria Kaufmann, christened the ship with the traditional blessing and the breaking of a champagne bottle.

“The enthusiasm surrounding this groundbreaking ship has been tremendous already, and we could not be prouder to welcome her to the award-winning Crystal River fleet,” said Rodriguez. Addressing the crowd in attendance, she elaborated on the innovative approach to creating Crystal Bach and her upcoming sister ships. “The fact that she is Crystal’s first-ever new build river ship means that we had the opportunity to go beyond the best and create a luxury river cruise experience that is truly unprecedented. She is the first – and, until her sisters join her – the ONLY all-balcony, all-suite river ship.”


Malcolm says: I will be cruising on this ship and reviewing it, as soon as I win  the national lottery!

Crowded Waters

January 10, 2017

There has been a lot of talk about the increasing number of ocean cruise ships in the past decade. In particular about the negative impact of mega-ships on the environment and their ports of call.

There are now ships on order that will carry in excess of 6,000 passengers, plus crew.

However, what about European river cruising which is a now booming business?

‘Viking River Cruises’ are a good example of success and expansion…

Read more…HERE

A busy Danube - Three Amadeus vessels (Click to enlarge)

A busy Danube – Three Amadeus vessels (Click to enlarge)


Crystal Symphony @ Tilbury

July 24, 2016

Crystal Symphony (Crystal Cruises) was berthed at Tilbury cruise terminal yesterday (23rd July 2016). She’s did a turn-around, bound for Guernsey, the Channel islands.

To see a ‘luxury’ ship Tilbury is quite rare. Crystal use the Tilbury terminal only very occasionally.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages ‘budget’ fleet are the regulars. Occasionally Fred Olsen vessel’s also make an appearance.

Symphony at 51,044 gross tons, must be one of the biggest ships to use the terminal.

She was built in 1992 and carries just 922 passengers, hence the ‘luxury’ tag.

She is the sister-ship of Crystal Serenity and Crystal Harmony.