Crystal Cruises may not be the first airline we have covered to rethink branded jets for hospitality and cruise operators. In fact, we covered the Four Seasons jet a year and a half ago, but it seems Crystal cruises doesn’t want to be outdone, taking a 777 to a whole new dimension of comfort for passengers wishing to explore the world by plane.
The 777-200LR aircraft is normally built to accommodate up to 380 passengers, however, Crystal Cruises plans for just 84 guests, giving them unparalleled comfort, and the lowest passenger count for any commercial 777.
The company is touting Crystal butlers, a social lounge with a stand-up bar serving premium wines and spirits, and a dining area to enjoy Michelin star-inspired cuisine prepared by the onboard executive chef as well as fully flat beds which are laid out in a 2 x 2 x 2 configuration, which works perfectly for couples travelling together.
The newly dubbed “Crystal Exclusive Class” seating stretches out to 73″ and features amenities like Bose noise-cancelling headsets, iPads and individual mobile phone connections and power source.
The interiors, akin to a private jet, are delightfully opulent and provide luxury in abundance. The finishes resemble a private jet, rather than commercial aircraft and the dining zone is a testament to the flexibility of commercial aircraft and how they can be utilised outside of the traditional LOPA treatments we have become accustomed to.
The aircraft will be utilised on 14, 21 and 28 day itineraries, spanning the globe, and will feature destinations that passengers cannot currently visit by water on the cruise liners. It plans to start flying October 2017.