Crystal RIVER Cruising

Crystal Cruises now Offering River Cruises – Open for booking on November 30, 2015!

Inaugural sailings only available for Crystal Society members for the first 2 weeks.

Dear clients and friends,

I met virtually this morning with Crystal Cruises as they reviewed their entry into European river cruising.  All the details are not in including what Virtuoso Voyager Club benefits may be offered for the best in personal service and exclusive amenities, but please stay tuned. And email or call for more information.

Their first cruise is July 13, 2016 on the Danube on Crystal Mozart,. The first ship is the only one that is not a ‘new-build’ but I understand a fabulous ship.  It was the Mozart and guest capacity has been reduced and cabins enlarged.  Will now be 160 guests and  90 crew. This is the only ship without an elevator so keep that in mind for guests with physical challenges.

Itineraries | Danube’s Capitals and Wachau Valley, 10 nights (vs. the usual 7 on others) includes Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Hungary. Sailing round-trip from Vienna includes actual cruising time (a difference from others) plus extra time in port e.g. 1 1/2 days in Budapest for instance;  2 for 1 fares from $3,645 each.

Crystal Mozart is also doing  also 11 night cruises round-trip from Vienna to Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia & Slovakia (Countries of Eastern Danube). This is combinable with the 10 night sailing for a 21 night cruise.

The NEW ships welcome 140 guests only in 70 suites, no smaller than 250 square feet.

Ship #2 / The NEW Crystal Bach / 14 nights Rhine and Mosel including winter Christmas Market cruises with late stays to enjoy the ‘magic of the evening markets’

Ship #3  / NEW Crystal Mahler / Grand Europe  /16 night Amsterdam to Budapest or VV / starting August 29,  2017. Overnights in Amsterdam, Passau, Vienna & Budapest.  Dozens and dozens of locks on this cruise so Crystal’s 16 nights gives them flexibility over the usual 14 night for this cruise.

Ship #4 / NEW Crystal Ravel / Wine Region / 7 nights round-trip from Bordeaux starting  August 8, 2017.

Ship #5 / NEW Crystal Debussy /  On the Seine from Paris to Normandy for 5, 7 and 10 night cruises starting  June 4, 2017.  Overnights in Paris and 1 1/2 nights in Rouen and a visit to the port of Honfleur (near the Normandy beaches) on their 10 night cruises.

the Crystal difference

  • all gratuities included including those for butlers and  shore excursion staff
  • largest kitchen of any ship / allows prefect meals from scratch
  • complimentary high end (e.g. Michelin) restaurant experience once during cruise
  • premium drinks all day
  • more overnight stays
  • optional tours offering untouristic itineraries
  • complimentary airport transfers
  • 24/7 room service; complimentary wifi (limited); king beds(on new vessels
  • shore excursions /choice of tours and complimentary wifi on busses

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