Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio appears poised to enter the posh cruise market as a number of sources have informed Cruise Business Information the previous Silversea founder and chairman is believed to be the client for the Crystal Serenity and Symphony.
The ships have been bought with the Serenity going for $103 million and Symphony for $25 million.
Authorized proceedings within the Bahamas ought to wrap up quickly, in response to sources.
Whether or not Lefebvre purchased the ships instantly, partnered with a financial institution or one other funding agency, or via one other celebration, stays to be seen.
“He’s restarting “Crystal Cruises”,” stated one supply, whereas one other informed Cruise Business Information that Lefebvre already has “individuals within the Bahamas” the place the ships are.
It’s unknown whether or not the model identify and associated belongings have been bought.
Lefebvre is finest identified for serving to primarily create the posh cruise market, launching Silversea within the Nineties and rising it aggressively earlier than promoting to Royal Caribbean Group in 2018.
Since transferring on from Silversea, he has change into chairman of the Heritage Group, a personal fairness participant in journey and tourism; and is co-chairman of Abercrombie & Kent, a serious participant in luxurious journey.