Since bringing the original launch date of Crystal River Cruises forward by a year, details are being released on a frequent basis. Following the purchase of the company by Genting Hong Kong, the company announced many exciting expansion plans, including the launch of a two-ship river brand. In November, this initial order was not only doubled but added to with the purchase of the largest European river cruise vessel, MS Mozart.
The river cruise industry oozes luxury, with lines such as AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways and Viking River Cruises offering the highest quality service to its guests. Crystal Cruises, a renowned six-star ocean cruise line, was expected to launch their river cruise line in 2017, but this has been brought forward to July 13th, 2016. MS Mozart, purchased by Crystal Cruises earlier this year, will receive an extensive refurbishment prior debuting as Crystal Mozart.
This week, Crystal River Cruises announced new details of scheduled itineraries for each of the five ships – which will sail along Europe’s most beautiful rivers. This week, Cruise Franchise takes a closer look at each of the new itineraries for Crystal River Cruises vessels.
The newly refurbished Crystal Mozart will be the first of the five ships to operate under Crystal River Cruises and will offer itineraries along the Danube. Selected itineraries will take you on a 10-day roundtrip from Austria to destinations in Germany, Slovakia and Hungary. After cruising through the gorgeous Wachau Valley, cruisers will also be able to enjoy overnight calls in Passau, Budapest and Vienna.
Other itineraries will allow you to sail further east along the Danube on an alternative 11-day roundtrip from Vienna. Cruisers will visit destinations in Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Slovakia and be able to enjoy sailing through the Iron Gate Gorge. Each cruise along the Danube will be themed to suit the occasion, with special Christmas markets and New Year’s Eve itineraries scheduled.
Sailing along the Seine River, cruisers on board Crystal Debussy can enjoy 10-day roundtrip itineraries from Paris, enjoying various destinations throughout France along the way. These itineraries will include overnight calls to Paris, Honfleur and Rouen – providing plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere and experience the nightlife.
From November 2017, guests will be able to enjoy shorter seven-day cruises along the Seine – sailing out of Paris and stopping at selected destinations.
Crystal Bach will operate 14-day itineraries along the Rhine, allowing cruisers to embark on a journey from Amsterdam to Frankfurt. Guests will be able to enjoy destinations such as Antwerp (excursion), Cologne, Mainz, Speyer and Basel; as well as an overnight stay in Rudesheim.
For those looking to experience Europe’s finest Christmas markets, there will also be a range of 10-day itineraries to enjoy from December 2017 – each of which will feature overnight calls in Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz and Basel.
Guests on board Crystal Ravel will embark on a fabulous journey through the wine regions of France. Sailing out of the city of Bordeaux, this seven-day round trip will take guests along the beautiful Garonne, Gironde and Dordogne rivers. With overnight calls in Cadillac, Pauillac, Blaye, Libourne and Bordeaux; there will undoubtedly be no shortage of opportunities to explore picturesque vineyards and sample some of the finest wines in the world.
Those who choose to sail on Crystal Mahler will embark on the longest of the new itineraries, with 16-day cruises from Amsterdam to Budapest. This itinerary will combine three of Europe’s finest rivers, providing guests with the opportunity to experience the delights of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.
Guests will be able to experience ports in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary during this epic journey. Ports of call will include Cologne, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Melk, Durnstein and Bratislava; with additional overnight calls in Amsterdam, Passau, Vienna and Budapest.
Whilst these details provide insight into Crystal River Cruises itineraries, we can expect further details about excursions in the coming weeks and months. This blog, however, should provide a decent insight into what to expect from the ‘new kid on the block’ on Europe’s rivers.
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