Crystal River Cruises Orders Five Luxury River Yachts
Cruise News – Nov. 2, 2015
Crystal Cruises has announced that Crystal River Cruises will launch with five luxury river yachts — three more than previously announced — with the first ultra-luxury river vessel starting in 2016, a full year earlier than planned.
President and CEO Edie Rodriguez said that four newly built Crystal river yachts — twice the originally planned deployment — have been ordered for delivery in 2017 from the German shipyard Lloyd Werft. Additionally, Rodriguez said that due to travelers and agents strong demand for an earlier Crystal river experience, Crystal has also completed the purchase of the German built MS Mozart. Following an extensive dry dock to create the Crystal experience on board, the newly designed vessel will be renamed Crystal Mozart and embark on the Danube River on July 13, 2016.
Crystal Mozart is designed to fit into the wider locks of the Danube River from Passau to Budapest, and holds the record of being the largest river cruise vessel in Europe, measuring 75.1 feet wide, which is double the width of an average industry river boat. The 160-guest Crystal Mozart has window suites of 203 square feet, deluxe suites of 215 square feet, a penthouse suite of 322 square feet, and two, two-bedroom Crystal Suites of 860 square feet, the largest suite on any river vessels.
The vessel’s unique features will remain, such as the public area that spans a single level, multiple dining rooms, a wraparound promenade, a luxurious spa and fitness center, an indoor pool, beauty salon, and library.
The four new all-suite luxury river yachts will debut in June and August 2017, boasting suites of 220 square feet, deluxe suites of 250 square feet, a penthouse suite of 500 square feet, and a two-bedroom Crystal Suite of 750 square feet. The suites will feature plush amenities, king-size beds, walk-in wardrobes, and bathrooms with double vanities. Similar to Crystal Mozart’s concept, the luxury river yacht’s public areas and dining venues will all be on one level for convenient access. The new vessels will feature a Palm Court with dance floor and glass-domed roof, a library, fitness center, spa, and sporting equipment such as electric assisted bicycles, kayaks, and jet skis.
Designed with the maximum size to fit into the locks of rivers and under bridges, two of the Crystal River Yachts will cruise the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers with 110 guests. As for the other two, each with an 84-guest capacity, one will be cruising the Seine River and the other the Garonne and Dordogne rivers as well as navigating through the Gironde Estuary.
Crystal Mozart is named after the famous Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; the two newbuilds cruising on the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers will be named Crystal Bach after the German composer Johann Sebastian Bach and Crystal Mahler after the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler. The two newbuilds cruising on the Seine River and Garonne River will be named Crystal Ravel after the French composer Joseph Maurice Ravel and Crystal Debussy after the French composer Claude Debussy.
This announcement is the latest in Crystal Cruises’ major brand expansion plans, which includes the addition of Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Cruises, Crystal Exclusive Class ocean vessels, and Crystal Luxury Air.
Itineraries, fares, and bookings for Crystal Mozart, Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Ravel, and Crystal Debussy will be available on November 30, 2015 (Cyber Monday).
Photo: Crystal River Cruises
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