Crystal River Cruises to Launch March 2017
Cruise News – Aug. 10, 2015
Following last month’s major expansion announcement, which included the brand-new Crystal River Cruises, the line unveiled more details about its two river yacht vessels, which will be launched in Europe starting in late March 2017. The new vessels will boast a yacht-like design featuring larger accommodations and space-to-guest ratio than any other river cruise ship, and will include Crystal’s signature all-inclusive six-star service, plus a fresh approach to the traditional river itineraries and experiences.
“We continue to listen to what our guests and the luxury traveler want, and river cruises are what they’ve been telling us they want for some time,” says Crystal president and CEO Edie Rodriguez.
The 70-suite luxury river yachts, which will be built by German shipyard Lloyd Werft, will feature industry-first amenities and itinerary highlights including:
- 250-square-foot guest suites with walk-in wardrobes, American king size beds and bathrooms with double vanities
- Two 500-square-foot Penthouse Suites with added comforts and conveniences
- Spacious public areas, including Palm Court with dance floor and glass domed roof and a well-appointed fitness center and spa
Crystal’s new river vessels will sail itineraries that maximize time in port for meaningful shore-side experiences and will intentionally deviate from traditional river cruise routes to avoid congestion of other vessels in port. Destinations will include France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria. Guests will also have the chance to enjoy nightlife in select destinations with port overnights, which will often include inclusive 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 travelers enjoy close-up access to more fascinating inland locales, but also that the rivers themselves are coveted destinations that shouldn’t be overlooked,” adds Rodriguez.
Crystal River Cruises will offer guests immersive Crystal Adventures as well as its newest shore-side program, Active Exploration Adventures, which are tailored to guests seeking a high-intensity shore-side activity. Travelers may also choose to create their own active adventures using the many bicycles (electric or manual), segways, and other active gear available on the ship for independent exploration. A luxury yacht tender will also be available for private yachting experiences that take guests to even more secluded areas within the destinations.
Itineraries, fares, and bookings for Crystal River Cruises will be available on December 1, 2015, online at Crystal Cruises; by contacting a travel agent; or by calling (888) 799-4625.
Photo: Crystal Cruises
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