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The finest, for the best.

— Saud Kruger's slogan[1]

Saud Kruger is an independent corporation based in Bedaho that manufactures luxury passenger ships and equipment for the wealthy in the galaxy. It runs its own shipyards in Bedaho and a number of other systems across independent and Imperial space. Its subsidiary, Astrogator Corporation, sells adventure holidays to the less wealthy. It also has a thriving star chart and exploration business.[2] Ships produced by Saud Kruger emphasize form over function for the sake of luxury, with designs incorporating tapering curves, tinted windows, and glossy white exteriors. Saud Kruger liners are also the only ships that can be fitted with luxury-class Passenger Cabin suites.

History

Formation

The Saud Kruger Corporation is relatively new on the corporate stage, but built on much earlier foundations. It was a small, specialist yacht manufacturer that had been very successful as a family business in a small niche, but this specialisation hindered its capacity to grow. Stanislav Kruger took over the family firm from his father in 3270, and immediately purchased the struggling Astrogator touring company to help Saud Kruger expand into multiple systems.[3][1]

A luxury ship manufacturer, and interstellar tourism business, the Astrogator Corporation prided itself on delivering the most stylish of holiday experiences. It claims the legendary explorer Augustus Brenquith as its long dead patron and bought up all image rights to the man's legacy several hundred years ago.[3]

The corporation was based in Bedaho, but maintains office facilities in 80% of all colonised systems and through its contractual support program, helps local tourist attractions develop their portfolio for the discerning interstellar explorer.[3]

Growth

Saud Kruger has gone from strength to strength, and has turned around the flagging Astrogator Corporation. It now makes a range of luxury ships under its own brand name, and still competes in the tourism business under the Astrogator name, and in the star chart area too.[4]

Astrogator cruises always used their own custom-built ships, and they continue to do so under Saud Kruger ownership, though of course now although the holidays still go under the Astrogator brand, the ships carry the Saud Kruger name.[4]

These cruises are seen by many as once-in-a-lifetime experiences for those that would otherwise never get to see space.[4]

Luxury

Saud Kruger is a popular luxury brand, making passenger ships and yachts for the wealthy under its main brand name, and selling luxury holidays (using luxuriously equipped Saud Kruger vessels) to the less wealthy. It also has a thriving star chart and exploration business.[2]

Saud Kruger ships are made under license in a great many shipyards, including the Imperial Gutamaya yards. It runs its own shipyards too, with its main yards in Bedaho, but with other yards mostly in Independent and Imperial space, with many especially valued and super-rich Imperial clients.[2]

Astrogator holidays range from cruises around groups of local systems, to the more extreme, and Astrogator Extreme holidays carry the image of the legendary explorer Augustus Brenquith. The holidays tend to include extreme, and frequently quite dangerous, activities in distant locations, like atmospheric wave-riding, volcano diving and magnetic surfing. Trusted intrepid pilots take these adventurers 'to the edge' for 'life-changing experiences'.[2]

Tourism campaign

CEO Stanislav Kruger announced a new campaign on September 23, 3307 to gather data on Earth-like Worlds in unpopulated systems to assess their suitability as future holiday destinations for Astrogator Tours. Saud Kruger partnered with Vistaenis Incorporated of the Vistaenis system to run the campaign, and pledged to offer discounts on its ships and luxury-class Passenger Cabins should it be successful. Furthermore, independent pilots who submitted images of the most visually-impressive sites for Saud Kruger's marketing department would be credited in new Tourist Beacons that would be posted at those locations by October 28.[5] Kruger declared the initiative a success on September 30, and confirmed that the discounts on its products would go into effect from October 1 to October 8.[6]

Products

Name Type Image
Beluga Liner Passenger Liner D1-Ship.png
Dolphin Passenger Liner Dolphin Asteroids.jpg
Narwhal Liner Passenger Liner N/A
Orca Passenger Liner Orca-Earth-like-Planet.png

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Elite Dangerous Knowledge Base > Corporations > Saud Kruger
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Tourist Beacon 0228
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Tourist Beacon 0226
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Tourist Beacon 0227
  5. GalNet: Saud Kruger Seeks New Holiday Worlds
  6. GalNet: Saud Kruger Receives Exploration Data
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