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Kent and Lefebvre d'Ovid bring Crystal Cruises back to life

Buy the ships "Crystal Serenity" and "Crystal Symphony" that will return to the sea next year

A&K Travel Group, the tourism company established by Geoffrey Kent, founder and CEO of the group tourism Abercrombie & Kent, and the Heritaghe Group chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, bought the cruise ships of luxury Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony that made part of the fleet of the crystal cruises company of the group Genting Hong Kong which was placed in liquidation. Beyond to the two ships, A&K Travel Group has also acquired the brand Crystal Cruises and it is under this brand that Crystal Serenity and the Crystal Symphony will return to service next year after being subjected to a wide restructuring. For the management of ships A&K Travel Group has signed an agreement with the Monegasque V.Ships Leisure, the main cruise ship manager of the world.

For the Monegasque Lefebvre d'Ovidio the relaunch of the brand Crystal Cruises represents his return to the world of cruises from which he had left temporarily two years ago having sold the his company Silversea Cruises to the American group Royal Caribbean Cruises ( of 10 July 2020). "I'm thrilled," said Lefebvre. d'Ovid - to start this new chapter and return to a sector that has always had and always will have a special place in my heart. Thirty-five years ago - he recalled - my family acquired control of Sitmar Cruises by building the first three ships specially made for cruises and thirty years ago mine Family paved the way for a new way of doing cruises. The our goal was to offer the best experience, taking care of guests from all over the world with a 24-hour butler service with amazing experiences Culinary. Sell cruise activities that they had belonged to my family for a quarter of a century - he admitted Lefebvre d'Ovid - it was a difficult decision, given that I knew that I would miss this sector immensely. Therefore when the opportunity to acquire Crystal Cruises, I didn't think twice. Have next to me Geoffrey Kent, my amazing friend and leader able to to inspire, makes this adventure even more enjoyable." "Even if it seems like yesterday - confirmed Kent - they have passed thirty years since the Lefebvre family and I got together our first ship. Since then Manfredi and I have been the best friends and business partners."

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