Crystal River Cruises has unveiled its 2018-2019 Crystal River Cruises Atlas, highlighting its 35 itineraries along the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers, in addition to the various inclusions available and details on its fleet of five ships – Crystal Mozart, Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel – with the latter two being introduced in April and May, respectively.
“The Crystal River Cruises Atlas is, at its core, an exceedingly practical planning tool for travelers and agents, as it beautifully displays all of the possibilities available to guests who have dreamed of sailing Europe’s rivers,” said Walter Littlejohn, Vice President and Managing Director of Crystal River Cruises.
The 124-page guide comprises Crystal’s full roster of choices from ship to shore, with highlights including:
New itineraries including a 10-day “Enchanting Moselle” voyage roundtrip from Amsterdam; new seven-day routes round-trip from Vienna; seven-day cruises between Linz and Budapest with optional two-night pre-/post-cruise programs in Salzburg; new springtime sailings focusing on the tulip season in the Netherlands and Belgium; and a seven-day “Magnificent Christmas Markets” sailing between Passau and Budapest and visiting the famous markets along the Danube;
New pre- and post-cruise land optionsincluding optional stays at five-star hotels located in several cities; and optional three-night Extended Land Programs to Prague, Berlin, Paris and Slovenia;
The new Crystal Collection of free shore excursions. More than 200 shore excursions – and approximately 80 percent of them complimentary;
Signature Eventson every voyage that offer access to, and musical performances in, iconic landmarks including Vienna’s Belvedere Palace, Linz’s St. Florian Monastery, Rüdesheim’s Monastery Eberbach, and others;
Michelin-star dining experiencesavailable on every itinerary with reservations at acclaimed restaurants in Vienna, Budapest and Basel.
The Atlas also details the all-inclusive experience aboard Crystal’s river ships, including Michelin-inspired, farm-to-table dining in several venues, with open seating throughout and unlimited pours of fine wines, beers and premium spirits; the all-suite, butler-serviced accommodations; onboard fitness centre and spa; and the various technological amenities found on board.
Crystal’s new-build river vessels are all-balcony, all-suite, all-butler vessels, with every category of accommodation located above the waterline. They offer Crystal’s acclaimed butler service in every room category, king-sized beds, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, ETRO robes and slippers, and wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs.
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