Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2023

27 Luxury cruise brand Crystal is to launch four new ships before 2029. It is working with advisors, lenders and export credit agents to finalise an agreement with two European shipbuilders for two classic ships and two expedition vessels. “We have ambitious growth plans for Crystal and are proud of what we have accomplished in just under a year,” said Cristina Levis, CEO of A&K Travel Group. “We are now thrilled to announce we will be growing our fleet.” The brand, which was saved from liquidation by A&K Travel Group in June 2022, already operates two ocean cruise ships, both of which have been extensively refurbished at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Trieste, Italy (read more on page 117). Crystal Serenity re-entered service from Marseille in France on 31 July, while Crystal Symphony departed from Athens in Greece on 1 September 2023. Crystal to debut four new ships in the next six years Photo: Crystal Cruises Intero-Line from Hera is an individually configurable linear luminaire made from high-quality matt brushed aluminium and is available in stainless steel and black. The Intero-Line can be used for a variety of applications but is an ideal solution for spaces that would benefit from indirect lighting, such as guest cabins. It has a diffused upward light and a focused downward light, both of which can be individually controlled to provide users with optimal lighting conditions no matter what they are doing. Intero-Line also has freely placeable and movable clip-on shelves (available measuring 20, 40 and 60 centimetres). Other features that can be integrated include USB sockets and an automatic timer. Intero-Line by Hera ETC has developed Source 4WRD Color II, a budgetfriendly upgrade for its Source Four incandescent lighting fixture. The original Source Four incandescent fixture proved popular in onboard theatre spaces, and Source 4WRD Color II enables cruise lines to easily transform their existing fixtures into more energy-efficient LED fixtures. Installing the Source 4WRD Color II instantly gives existing fixtures more features, including a notable intensity increase via a snap-in reflector and a Red Green Blue Amber colour-mixing array. ETC offers a five-year fixture and 10-year array warranty with Source 4WRD Color II. Source 4WRD Color II by ETC Product picks