Edie and the jets

Crystal Cruises CEO/president gets keys to spiffy new Boeing 777

edie and the jet It’s luxury travel provider Crystal Cruises latest extravagance. An amazing, over-the-top  swank aircraft that will fly the friendly skies with  Crystal AirCruise.    Edie Rodriguez took possession of her company’s spirited member of its expanding fleet of luxury liners, river boats and yachts,  Crystal Skye.
 The official passing of the keys took place  at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington where the keys to the exquisitely outfitted Boeing 777-200LR were delivered to Crystal’s CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez from Greenpoint Technologies. Crystal Skye, the largest privately owned tour jet in the world and probably most deluxe, will be used for chartered service. Steep fares, and posh interiors,  will most likely attract celebrities and other wealthy  travelers. Crystal Skye will be christened in Las Vegas on August 12.
 “We are ecstatic to welcome Crystal Skye to the family, as she marks the beginning of a new chapter and realm of luxury travel for guests who seek the unmatched Crystal Experience,” said
 Rodriguez. “As we embark on new global adventures with Crystal Skye, we are inspired by the shared vision of our own experts and those at Greenpoint Technologies, who brought this sky-high dream to fruition.”
Just how luxurious is it?
With a spacious design for up to 88 guests,  Boeing 777, Crystal Skye is appointed with features rarely found in even the most luxurious private jets.
 She has the highest crew to passenger ratio of any twin-aisle aircraft and a non-stop range of 19.5 hours, allowing travelers to explore the far reaches of the earth while enjoying the personalized service.
  •  Bespoke Crystal Exclusive Class™ seats are designed for maximum personal space and ergonomic comfort, and convert to 180-degree lie-flat beds.
  • An  expansive social lounge with stand-up bar fosters friendly camaraderie among luxury travelers.
  • Cuisine will be prepared by an executive chef, in two state-of-the-art galleys and paired with an elegant premium wine list from the Crystal SkyeCellar.
Crystal collaborated with Greenpoint Technologies for the extremely specialized development of Crystal Skye, as the company is renowned for its innovation and leadership in the creation of superior aircraft design. Greenpoint Technologies worked alongside Crystal’s own experts to conceive the standard of excellence and luxury required to ensure the unparalleled guest experience aboard a Crystal vessel, then brought the vision to life. The interior installation of Crystal Skye began in August 2016 at Greenpoint’s Moses Lake facility in Washington, focusing on exclusive features such as a 24-seat lounge with a central bar, sofas, custom coved ceilings, the largest wine cellar in the sky and ample space to socialize. Stone veneers, colored LED lighting and other premium details adorn the extraordinary interior.
Feeling flush?   For charter inquiries contact in the U.S. 855-207-2778 and/or 1-786-971-1010 (international calls); and in China 86-400-800-0348 and Hong Kong 852-2378-5760.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.  Follow the Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises.
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Pick, plan, put it together on Cruiseable.com


While I hope you will continue reading the Savvyseafarer for all the cruise news, tips and ideas you can use, I write for another site which does that PLUS books and helps you plan your cruise down to the most finite details.

It’s cruiseable.com and you really need to go there before you plan that first or next cruise. The site has everything from articles on packing, preening, picking a ship, choosing destinations, budget tips, family cruises, LGBT cruises, millennial favorites and scores of readable reviews from a team of top writers/experts on the industry.

A gorgeous well-kempt ship

Bon voyage.

A definitive guide to picking the right ship

The last thing you want to do is get on the wrong ship. To prevent this from happen and have a happy cruise you may want to consider your priorities and match them with this handy guide I wrote for Examiner.com, really it will save you time and anquish and there’s lots of photos like these:

Engin our butler
Engin our butler



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Cruise views by the Savvyseafarer

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How to make your cruise the best one ever


Shore excursion in St. Lucia
Shore excursion in St. Lucia

Carnival breezeReally want to know? Read this: http://www.examiner.com/article/six-top-ingredients-for-the-best-cruises-ever-plus-some-savvy-seafaring-advice Me in blue dressrich in tuxeBest butler


Cruises are wonderful when you’re on the right ship

Carnival breezeMe in blue dressDon’t book a cruise until you read this:  http://www.examiner.com/article/a-matchmaker-s-guide-to-picking-the-ship-that-s-right-for-yousansebastian on spirit1porthole galley Read more:   http://www.examiner.com/article/a-matchmaker-s-guide-to-picking-the-ship-that-s-right-for-you



Just call me the ‘yenta of the sea’, but you really need to read the story on Examiner.com at the link above


Cruise industry news: Crystal bans smoking, Princess cops eco-award, Seabourn gets swanker

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puffing on Crystal Cruises except in special smoking room and on designated deck spots

Los Angeles, California-based Crystal Cruises  made a bold  statement today (April 22, 2013)with the announcement that the luxury cruise operator is banning smoking in all indoor areas, except for its Connoisseur Club smoking lounge.  While the announcement will most likely be overwhelming welcomed by environmentalists and anti-smoking groups, those addicted to the habit might take exception to the new rule. However, the cruise line is still allowing people to puff in designated areas on the decks of its Symphony and Serenity.

The smoking ban will take effect  in 2014 with the January 5th  and January 8 cruises of both ships and of will extend to  staterooms and balconies. In keeping with lifestyle trends, most areas of Crystal ships have been non-smoking for several years, including restaurants and main entertainment lounges, as well as stateroom and suite verandahs. Crystal eliminated smoking in its popular Avenue Saloon and Casino in 2013.

Princess gets honored, Seabourn spoils paxwith luxurious penthouse spa suites

In other news Princess Cruises copped a green award from the Port of Seattle see: http://www.examiner.com/article/princess-cruises-picks-up-green-getaway-award-from-port-of-seattle and Seabourn Lines is pampering elite pax with penthouse spa suites, see: www.examiner.com/article/penthouse-spa-suites-raise-the-bar-on-seabourn-s-luxurious-fleet .