CruiseThe US$13.3 million deal will see the refurbished ship replacing the National Geographic Islander, and sailing the Galapagos.

Crystal Cruises finds her new home with Lindblad Expeditions

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Crystal Esprit in the Seychelles. New owner Lindblad Expeditions plans to operate the yacht in the Galapagos after it is refurbished.
Crystal Esprit in the Seychelles. New owner Lindblad Expeditions plans to operate the yacht in the Galapagos after it is refurbished. Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

Lindblad Expeditions plans to operate the former Crystal Esprit in the Galapagos after it is refurbished, eventually replacing the National Geographic Islander.

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings said in an 8K filing that it had entered into an agreement with Crystal Cruises to purchase the vessel for US$13.3 million.

"This was a unique opportunity to acquire a ship that will allow us to continue our tradition of offering amazing expeditions to one of the world's most remarkable destinations for years to come," the company said in a statement, adding that further details would be announced as they are finalised.

Crystal revealed earlier this month that it had sold the Crystal Esprit, saying that the small-yacht concept does not fit into its future plans.

Lindblad filed the 8K in August. The company said then that it expects to operate the vessel in the Galapagos with 48 passengers.

"Crystal Esprit has been a wonderful part of the Crystal fleet, offering a boutique yachting experience unmatched in the industry, earning the devotion of discerning travellers and winning awards since her debut in 2015," Crystal said in a statement. "However, as we have been evaluating our focus post-pandemic, the single, small-yacht concept does not fit into future plans for the company as we continue to concentrate on the successful deployment of our Crystal ocean, river and expedition fleets, as well as exploring newbuilds for expansion."

Source: Travel Weekly

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