More Details Released On Crystal River Cruises Experience

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Crystal Cruises has announced more detailed plans for its 2 river vessels, scheduled to launch in Europe in late March 2017.

The line says the new series will feature a yacht-like design featuring larger accommodations and space-to-guest ratio than any other river cruise ship, and include Crystal’s all-inclusive ‘6 star service,’ plus their own approach to the traditional river itineraries and experiences. 

“We continue to listen to what our guests and the luxury traveller 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 & 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.”

The 70 suite vessels, to be built by German shipyard Lloyd Werft, will offer highlights including:

  • 250 sq. ft. guest suites with walk-in wardrobes, king size beds and bathrooms with double vanities
  • Two 500 sq. ft. Penthouse Suites will come with added comforts and conveniences
  • Spacious public areas, including the Palm Court with dance floor and glass domed roof as well as a fitness centre and spa

Crystal says its river vessels will deploy itineraries that maximize time in port and that itineraries will intentionally deviate from traditional river cruise routes to avoid congestion of other vessels in port. 

The line says it will dedicate a portion of each cruise to daytime sailing, allowing travellers to enjoy the scenery. The timing will also give guests the opportunity to enjoy the nightlife in select destinations with port overnights, which will feature events such as 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 selection of 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 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), Segways and other active gear available for independent exploration.

Itineraries, fares and bookings for Crystal River Cruises will be available 01DEC.

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