Crystal River Cruises To Launch In 2017

Crystal Cruises River Yacht

Crystal River Cruises to launch 2017!!

Following last month’s exciting announcement to launch three new cruise ships PLUS expand into yachts, air tours and river cruises, Crystal Cruises, the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line, have revealed further details of two new Crystal river yacht vessels.

The two brand new river vessels will launch in Europe late March 2017; both will adopt a yacht-like design introducing both larger accommodations and space-to-guest ratio than any other river ship. Both vessels will of course include Crystal’s signature all-inclusive six-star service, plus a fresh approach to the traditional river itineraries and experiences.

“We continue to listen to what our guests and the luxury traveler want, and river cruises are what they’ve been telling us they want for some time – it’s a natural extension of the exceptional ocean cruise Crystal has offered for the past 25 years,” says Crystal President and CEO Edie Rodriguez. “But more importantly, they want to experience river cruises on a luxury Crystal vessel, and their desires will be fulfilled on our luxury Crystal river yachts.”

Both 70-suite luxury river yachts will be built by the German shipyard Lloyd Werft, surpassing current and planned river ships with exceptional features, amenities and itineraries!

- Most suites will be a generous 250 square-foot with walk-in wardrobes, American king size beds and bathrooms with double vanities.

- Both vessels will have two 500 square-foot Penthouse Suites with added comforts and conveniences.

- Amongst the spacious public areas there will be a Palm Court with a dance floor and glass domed roof and a well-appointed fitness centre and spa.

Crystal River Ship Suite

Crystal’s new river vessels will deploy itineraries that maximize time in port for meaningful shore-side excursions and experiences. This will afford Crystal guests virtually front-row access to some of Europe’s most charming cities and always guarantee the award-winning Crystal service and dining experiences without the hassle and uncertainties of local hotel services and standards. Crystal’s itineraries will also intentionally deviate from traditional river cruise routes to avoid congestion of other vessels in port.

Crystal will dedicate a portion of each cruise to sailing along some of the most picturesque rivers in central Europe – including destinations such as France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria – during daytime hours, allowing travellers to relish the extraordinary scenery. This timing also affords guests the opportunity to enjoy the nightlife in select destinations with port overnights, which will often present inclusive culinary experiences ashore at Michelin-starred restaurants and local eateries, and exclusive evening events and entertainment.

“The beauty of river cruising is not only that travellers enjoy close-up access to more fascinating inland locales, but also that the rivers themselves are coveted destinations that shouldn’t be overlooked,” says Rodriguez. “Our guests will have the opportunity to revel in the unique environment that sets river cruising apart from other travel experiences.”

During days spent in port, Crystal River Cruises will offer guests a bevy of the immersive Crystal Adventures as well as launch its newest shore-side program called Active Exploration Adventures. Tailored for guests wanting a high-intensity shore-side activity, Crystal is offering a complimentary active excursion for guests to explore the splendid European landscapes while staying fit on their vacation. Travellers may also choose to create their own active adventures using the many bicycles (electric or manual), Segaways and other active gear available on the ship for independent exploration. A luxury yacht tender will also be available for private yachting experiences that take guests to even more secluded areas within the destinations.

Itineraries, fares and bookings for Crystal River Cruises will be available beginning December 1, 2015.


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