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MV Werften cuts steel for Crystal's 2018 river yachts

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Genting's Tan Sri KT Lim and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's Economics Minister Harry Glawe push buttons to start the steel-cutting
MV Werften started the construction of two additional Rhine-class yachts for Crystal River Cruises with a steel-cutting in Wismar Monday.

Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel are scheduled to sail in spring 2018.

'This is a moving moment for us, because it is the first steel-cutting ceremony under the MV Werften flag,' shipyard md Jarmo Laakso said.

The first plates were cut in the presence of Genting Group executive chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's Economics Minister Harry Glawe and other guests.

The twin vessels will be built entirely at MV Werften's Wismar site. Each will measure approximately 135 meters in length and 11 meters at the beam, with all-suite accommodations for up to 106 passengers.

Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel are to cruise the Rhine, Danube, Main and Moselle rivers, exploring destinations in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary.

Vessel features include butler service for every suite, king-sized beds that face toward the panoramic balcony windows, walk-in closets and wall-mounted, flat-screen HD televisions. Other amenities are multiple eateries and a swimming pool.

Crystal chairman, ceo and president Edie Rodriguez called the event another step toward meeting demand for a 'true luxury experience on Europe's rivers.'

'Every steel cut for a new ship is a positive signal for the entire maritime industry,' added Economics Minister Glawe.

MV Werften's orderbook includes nine ships over the next five years—four river vessels, three expedition megayachts for Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises and two Global-class ships for Star Cruises.

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