first_imgGenting Hong Kong has completed the acquisition of Crystal Cruises from Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha in a transaction worth US$550 million.GHK also announced a new chairman of Crystal and promotions for Crystal’s current senior management team, guaranteeing a streamlined transition and virtually no interruption in operations and ensuring award-winning service.Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, executive chairman of the Genting Group and the former chairman of Norwegian Cruise Line, assumes the position of chairman of Crystal, replacing Nobuyoshi Kuzuya who will return to NYK in a key executive position.Edie Rodriguez, a 34-year travel industry veteran who was previously president and chief operating officer will be promoted to president and chief executive officer.Thomas Mazloum, a 20-plus year veteran of Crystal’s management team who was previously executive vice president will be promoted to chief operating officer.Established in 1993, GHK is part of the Genting Group, a global hospitality and leisure company with business in over 20 countries, including the United States in New York, Florida and Nevada.GHK wholly owns Star Cruises and is a major shareholder of Norwegian Cruise Line.Crystal Cruises’ first award-winning luxury vessel, Crystal Harmony embarked in 1990, with sister ships Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity joining the fleet in 1995 and 2003, respectively.Crystal will continue its innovative momentum in 2016 when it becomes the first large luxury cruise line to navigate the elusive Northwest Passage. Looking ahead, the cruise line will expand its coveted World Cruise portfolio with four separate global itineraries come 2018.last_img