Crystal River Cruises Redesigning 2 New Builds For German/Austrian Rivers
Based on guest feedback following the launch of the Crystal Mozart on the Seine this summer, Crystal River Cruises has elected to delay its entrance into the French river cruise market, choosing instead to prioritize its offerings on the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers in 2017 & 2018.
Previously, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel were to travel along the Seine, Rhone and Dordogne Rivers in France beginning in June and August, 2017 respectively.
Therefore, the line will be deploying 4 of its planned new build river yachts in the German, Austrian, Belgian and Dutch regions over the next 2 years.
The shift in focus means redesigning and enlarging the 2 Paris-Class river yachts, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel, as Rhine-Class river yachts, and redeploying them east in 2018.
“Unlike an ocean-going ship that can accommodate a change in itinerary with short notice, a river ship operates within more confined parameters and is unable to reroute easily,” says Crystal’s CEO & President, Edie Rodriguez. “We are listening carefully to what travellers are telling us and have concluded that the best way to anticipate, meet and surpass their expectations is by making this move earlier than later.”
Crystal is offering pax already booked on 2017 Debussy and Ravel voyages a selection of incentives to help them choose a change in ships and itineraries.
Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel will be increased in size from 110 meters to 135 meters, the maximum size permissible on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. The increased length allows for the addition of a swimming pool with a sliding glass roof and more of the ship’s larger suites.
The new design places the ships as part of the line’s 106-guest Rhine-class series currently comprising Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler, which are due to enter service June 18th and August 29th, 2017, respectively. Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel will be set for maiden voyages in April, 2018 and May, 2018 respectively with detailed itineraries to be announced shortly.