Lindblad picks up ‘Crystal Esprit’ – Celestyal ship sold

2021-09-10T22:08:56+00:00 September 10th, 2021|Ships|

Crystal Cruises has sold the 62 pax ‘Crystal Esprit’ to Lindblad Expeditions.

No other details were revealed at the time of the announcement. She started operating for Crystal in 2015.

Crystal claimed that the vessel had been a wonderful part of the Crystal fleet, offering a boutique yachting experience unmatched in the industry, earning the devotion of discerning travellers and winning awards since her debut in 2015.

“However, as we have been evaluating our focus post pandemic, the single, small yacht concept does not fit into future plans for the company as we continue to concentrate on the successful deployment of our Crystal Ocean, River and Expedition fleets, as well as exploring new builds for expansion,” Crystal explained.

Elsewhere, Celestyal Cruise has sold the ‘Celestyal Experience’, a year after acquiring her from Costa under the name of ‘Costa neoRomantica’.

She had not operated for Celestyal, due to the pandemic and was laid up in Piraeus.

According to a statement from Celestyal’s parent Louis, the sale took place on a purely commercial basis and generated an accounting profit of around $3.6 mill. No other details were forthcoming but it was rumoured that Chinese interests were involved.

Celestyal Cruises said that it had reviewed its forward-looking capacity requirements in the light of COVID-19. The company will continue to operate the same sized fleet that had served it well prior to the pandemic, ie the ‘Celestyal Olympia’ and ‘Celestyal Crystal’.

In addition, the sale is expected to further support the liquidity of Celestyal Cruises, the company added.

Meanwhile, the 1970-built ferry ‘Apollo’ arrived at Aliaga for recycling on 5th September.