Crystal River Cruises, the new luxury river ship line that debuts next year, announced itineraries for its five vessels, which are now open for bookings. The river line is an offshoot of ultra-luxe blue water cruise line Crystal Cruises.
Crystal Mozart will begin sailing in July 2016, and four more ships, Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler, and Crystal Ravel, will take to Europe’s rivers in June and August 2017.
Says Edie Rodriguez, president and CEO of Crystal Cruises: “We are going to deliver the most luxurious river experience in the industry with a combination of innovative vessel designs, unmatched guest service and fascinating itineraries.”
The luxury river yachts will maintain the celebrated Crystal Experience for savvy world travelers, featuring all-inclusive amenities, elegantly appointed suites and six-star service for which the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line is renowned, says Crystal. The river itineraries will offer a fresh take on traditional river cruising, focusing on longer and overnight stays and daytime cruising, in addition to sailing less-traveled routes to avoid congestion of other vessels in port.
* Crystal Mozart will sail the Danube River and its maiden voyage is July 13, 2016. Carrying 160 guests, the river yacht will sail two itineraries of 10 and 11 nights along the Danube, plus a special 10 to 13 night Christmas and New Year’s Eve voyage.
* Crystal Debussy, sailing the Seine River, will cruise its maiden voyage June 4, 2017. As Paris is a year-round dream destination, five-, seven- and 10-night voyages will explore the City of Light with multiple overnights. The ship’s smaller size (84 guest capacity) will allow the opportunity to conveniently access berths near the Eiffel Tower for guests to extend their stay in Paris.
* Crystal Bach will sail the Rhine River starting June 18, 2017. The vessel’s 14-night itinerary boasts overnight stays in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Basel, Switzerland; and Ruedesheim, Germany, as it travels along the Rhine and Moselle rivers. A special 10-night voyage will expore the quaint Christmas markets that are synonymous with the region.
* Crystal Ravel will cruise France’s Garonne and Dordogne rivers, and the Gironde Estuary beginning Aug. 8, 2017. The 84-guest capacity ship visits the UNESCO-designated cultural site of Bordeaux, which boasts more protected buildings than any other French city outside of Paris.
* Crystal Mahler will sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, and its maiden voyage is Aug. 29, 2017. The 16-night “Grand Europe” itinerary is the longest offered by the Crystal river fleet; it’s also two nights longer than most other lines sailing the same route to provide guests more time to explore this iconic route at a more leisurely place than currently offered.
Cruise fares will vary. On Crystal Mozart, the first ship to debut, fares range from about $3,400 to $5,400 per person, double.