THE M/V HIKAWA MARU was operated by the NYK Line (now Crystal Cruises). She was the only Japanese passenger vessel to survive WW 2. In her 30 years of service, the HIKAWA MARU crossed the pacific 254 times, carrying around 25,000 passengers and a great volume of cargo.
5 Stars Rating: Crystal Cruises maintains the great glamor, first class standards and excitement of ocean travel. When getting there was half the fun.
Crystal Cruises Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NYK Line, currently has two large, luxury-class cruise ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. These ships are highly regarded around the world, and the company has won the prestigious Travel & Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line award for 16 consecutive years, an unprecedented achievement in the industry. Cruising The Past awards the Crystal Cruises one of the best and most reliable cruises lines operating. Carrying on the great tradition of the NYK Line.
A brief history of NYK Line…
Michael L. Grace is an authority on the history of NYK Line and trans-Pacific passenger services.