Crystal Cruises, an ultra-luxury line with offices in Miami, is canceling trips on its much-anticipated AirCruise program.
The cruise line will instead use the Crystal Skye, a converted Boeing 777 that will be delivered to the company on Aug. 1, for a chartered, 10-day “Golden Week Holiday AirCruise” from Hong Kong. The charter, departing Sept. 29, will be managed by parent company Genting Hong Kong, which bought the downtown Miami site where the Miami Herald was headquartered.
“The Golden Week Holiday in China is an opportune time for the launch of Crystal AirCruises in Asia,” Kent Zhu, president of Genting Cruise Lines, said in a statement.
The switch to charters will affect seven itineraries already scheduled for 2017 and 2018, which came with a $159,000 price tag for a seat on the 84-passenger planes. The Crystal Skye features 180-degree lie-flat beds, a social lounge with a stand-up bar and two state-of-the-art galleys.
The inaugural flight was set to depart on Aug. 31 from New York for a month-long tour with stops in 10 cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Paris. That AirCruise has been canceled, as well as the following:
▪ “Around the World: Iconic Sites” departing Oct. 21.
▪ “Holidays Around the World” departing Dec. 22.
▪ “Temples, Treasures & Safaris” departing March 31, 2018.
▪ “Savoring the Winelands” departing June 1, 2018.
▪ “Exotic Adventures” departing Sept. 8, 2018.
▪ “South Pacific Explorer” departing Oct. 13, 2018.
Travelers already booked on the canceled flights will get a full refund and a “complimentary” experience on a Crystal ocean or river cruise in 2017 or 2018.
After the inaugural voyage from Hong Kong, Crystal will operate charters and other special interest AirCruises.