Crystal Cruises, the world’s most awarded luxury
cruise line, brings its expertise and excellence to river cruising. Five luxury
all-suite, yacht-style river vessels, built by German shipyard Lloyd Werft, are
scheduled to launch late March 2017. Each will feature Crystal’s signature
all-inclusive six-star service, plus a fresh approach to traditional river
itineraries with generous provision of overnight stays and unique shore experiences.
Destination immersion is a focus for each voyage and an on-board expert accompanies
each departure. There are also destination-focused entertainment and enrichment
Each river yacht has been named after a legendary composer
– Mozart, Mahler, Debussy, Bach, and
Ravel, reflecting their association with many of the regions featured in
the itineraries. While Crystal Mozart
is the only river yacht operating throughout 2016 (from July), itineraries and reservations
for all five are now open through end 2018.
Among the complimentary inclusions are: premium
beverages including champagne, fine wine and spirits; gratuities for shipboard
staff; a butler for every suite; 24 hour wi-fi access with complimentary internet
of 60 minutes per guest per day; choice of curated Crystal Adventures shore
excursions in every port; complimentary culinary experience at a renowned local
establishment, and complimentary airport transfers to/from the river yacht to the
Crystal’s river yachts offer cruises on some of
Europe’s fabled rivers such as the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Seine and Rhône. Along the way, the cruise
visits landmark cities such as Vienna and Budapest, Paris, Amsterdam and more. Cruising
on these magnificent rivers, you’ll drift past castles and fortresses, abbeys,
terraced vineyards, picturesque towns with half-timbered houses and window boxes
brimming with colour.
(160 guests) 10-night Christmas Markets on Danube, 22
Ports: Vienna, cruising the Wachau Valley; Melk; Linz/Salzburg (overnight);
Passau (overnight), Vilshofen; Bratislava, Vienna
(110 guests) 16-night
Grand Europe – Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Netherlands, 30 September, 2017
Ports: Budapest, (overnight), Bratislava, Vienna (overnight), scenic cruising
Wachau Valley, Durnstein; Melk; Passau (overnight); Regensburg; Rhine-Main-Danube
Canal locks; Nuremberg; Bamberg; Wurzburg; Miltenberg; Koblenz; Cologne;
(84 guests) 10-night Best
of Paris, Seine River and Normandy, 24 June, 2017
Ports: Paris (2 nights); Honfleur (2 nights); Rouen (overnight); Vernon; Conflans,
(110 guests) 14-night Classic Rhine – Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland,
13 May, 2018
Ports: Amsterdam (overnight); Antwerp; scenic cruising on Rhine; Cologne;
scenic cruising Rhine to Moselle; Cochem; Koblenz; Rudesheim (overnight);
Mainz; Speyer; Kehl; Breisach; Basel (overnight); Frankfurt.
(84 guests) 7-night
Bordeaux and Beyond, 10 July, 2018
Ports: Bordeaux (2 nights), cruising the Garonne; Cadillac (overnight);
cruising to Gironde estuary and Dordogne; Pauillac; Blaye (overnight); Libourne
(overnight); Bordeaux overnight.
True to Crystal’s reputation for fine food and wine– dining is an exceptional experience. There are multiple high-end venues with
open seating, à la carte or buffet. Chefs are European sourced and trained.
Entertainment is lively, destination-related and often locally sourced.
As for fitness, there are yoga and fitness classes,
TechnoGym equipment and for onshore use, Nordic walking poles.