Around the World on a Luxury Cruise 30,000 feet in the Air


It’s like voyaging around the world on a cruise, except you would be 30,000 feet in the air.

Crystal Cruises has just unveiled the interior design of its new luxury jumbo jet – a 84-seat 777-200 plane that will start flying passengers next year on round-the-world itineraries spanning 14, 21 or 28-days ranging from $50,000 to $100,000.

The American company recently acquired two long-range airliners, including a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Plans for their brand extension, Crystal Luxury Air, will include both the 777-200 and the 787-8 Dreamliner equipped with customized VIP interiors. Only 88 guests will be accommodated in the twin-aisle 777-200LR, redesigned with a posh lounge and bar and flat-bed first-class seats. The twin-aisle Dreamliner will also be refurbished, hosting a mere 52 guests though it previously seated up to 300.

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"Market reception has been phenomenal and not just in the American market, demand comes from all over the world," said Crystal Cruises CEO Edie Rodriguez. "Some of our clients have their own jets, but they come to us for the experience."

While VIP flights set for round-the-world voyages including multiple stops on the way isn’t a new concept, with Four Seasons and Abercrombie & Kent also having their own round-the-round packages that include similar world trips that stopover at selected resorts en-route.

But instead of wet-leasing, Crystal Cruises’ fleet of VIP-configured aircraft will be their very own, including having their own staff of butlers and pilots. As for the food, Rodriguez disclosed that he wanted a Michelin-level, with Crystal’s corporate chef is as its overseer.

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