ALMACO enters the river cruise market

Posted on September 27, 2016

ALMACO Group announced today that the German shipyard MV WERFTEN has awarded the company the newbuilding contract for luxury suites and galley areas for Crystal River Cruises’ four “Rhine class” luxury river yachts, which will be delivered in 2017 and 2018 from Wismar.

ALMACO’s first newbuilding project for passenger cabins and galleys in the river cruise market

The scope of work involves a total of 220 luxury suites and corresponding corridors as well as the visual turnkey delivery of the main galley and pantries, including galley equipment and lining for all four river ships. This project represents the first new construction delivery for ALMACO Group in the river cruise market. ALMACO previously refurbished the crew accommodation and catering areas onboard Crystal River Cruises’ Crystal Mozart earlier in 2016.

The first two luxury river yachts, “Crystal Bach” and “Crystal Mahler” will be delivered in June and August 2017, respectively, and are 135 meters in length and 11 meters in breadth. Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler ships sail along the European rivers Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube. Each ship will have 55 ALMACO-built cabins, all of them suites, for up to 110 passengers. The suites will be of up to 70.5 square meters and will feature high-quality and luxurious finishes, which are ensured given ALMACO’s expertise in luxury accommodations.

Vilhelm Roberts, CEO of ALMACO Group, is enthusiastic about the company’s entry into the river ship market,

ALMACO’s expertise in new cabin and galley construction in both the cruise ship and offshore industries allows for great flexibility and adaptation to the standards of the river cruise market. Our extensive experience with luxury accommodations and catering areas positions ALMACO well to satisfy the demanding taste and expectations of the high-end customer Crystal River Cruises will cater to.

Additionally, ALMACO is delighted to join the Genting Group team in their entry to the shipbuilding industry and the river cruise market. Roberts adds, “ALMACO has worked closely with the Genting Group since the 1990s and we are proud to continue to be a trusted partner in this exciting project.”

ALMACO Group proud to partner with the newly formed MV WERFTEN on the shipyard’s first ever river cruise ships newbuilding project

MV WERFTEN, the three-shipyard group in Wismar, Rostock and Stralsund, was recently formed to design and build a series of river ships, mega yachts and luxury cruise ships including the largest cruise vessels ever constructed in Germany. With extensive experience of 1,400 employees and modern production facilities, as well as the partnership with ALMACO Group, a market leader in accommodation and food handling solutions, the Crystal River Cruise vessels will provide the ultimate experience in luxury river cruising.

ALMACO Group’s complete interior building and refurbishing capabilities

The scope of this project demonstrates ALMACO Group’s competence to build and modernize all areas in a ship, both in the accommodations and food handling spaces, regardless of the size of the vessel. By selecting one vendor capable of delivering various areas onboard a ship, the owner can trust the work to a single accountable party facilitating the owner-vendor interfaces and reducing the risk. With a long story in both new construction and refurbishment of cabins, wet units, public spaces, galleys, provision stores and refrigeration machinery, ALMACO allows owners the ease of mind of trusting large scopes of work, whether it involves a mega ship or multiple smaller luxury vessels, to a qualified contractor with the expertise needed to carry out challenging projects within the required time schedule and to the highest standards.

ALMACO will initiate work on December 2016 and will continue through the second quarter of 2018.

Renderings of Crystal Rhine class suites by ALMACO Group:

For more information, contact

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Vilhelm Roberts

Executive Chairman

+1 954 232 5970

[email protected]

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Hanna Långström

Vice President, Marketing

+358 40 517 3811

[email protected]

About ALMACO Group

ALMACO Group is a full turnkey provider for Newbuilding, Modernization and Lifecycle services of Accommodation, Catering and Laundry areas for the Marine and Offshore industries. ALMACO builds, refurbishes and serves complete interiors and hotel areas of marine vessels and offshore units including galleys, provision stores, refrigeration machinery, laundries, public spaces, as well as complete living quarters. ALMACO works with owners and builders around the world providing full turnkey solutions comprising design and engineering, project management, construction, spare parts, and maintenance. ALMACO was founded in 1998 and has offices in Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore, and the USA. 

About Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line, having earned more “World’s Best” accolades than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. Crystal Cruises has won “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 22 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 consecutive years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for two-consecutive years (2014 & 2015). In summer 2015, Crystal embarked on the most significant brand expansion in the history of luxury travel and hospitality, introducing three new classes of cruising – the recently launched Crystal Yacht Cruises (December 2015), Crystal River Cruises (July 2016), Crystal Exclusive Class Ocean Cruises (fall 2019), Crystal Luxury Air (April 2016), and Crystal AirCruises (2017).


MV WERFTEN comprises of three shipyards in Wismar, Rostock and Stralsund in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (MV) and has some of the largest docks and covered fabrication facilities in Europe. The yards are located in a region with an excellent transportation and logistics infrastructure and have direct access to the Baltic Sea. Further investments in a laser thin-plate welding line, cabin manufacturing, state-of-the-art software and other automation will be made to make MV WERFTEN one of the most efficient cruise ship builders in the world.

In their 70-year history, the three shipyards have designed, produced and fitted out around 2,500 sea- going newbuilds, including two AIDA cruise vessels, Premicon river cruise vessels and Stena Line ferries. MV WERFTEN, headquartered in Wismar, is constantly investing in innovation and new technologies as well as employee training to guarantee excellent “made in MV” quality.