Cry-Stal Me A River!

Details about Crystal’s forthcoming European river cruise debut!

Crystal Cruises

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An artist’s impression of Crystal’s new river cruise ships.

In the wake of Crystal’s recently announced acquisition by Genting and its remarkable expansion plans (which include a fleet of four new expedition-class luxury cruise ships, a new “luxury yacht” division and even its own luxe airline) the six-star cruise line is now releasing details about its new Crystal River Cruises brand.

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Crystal River Cruises suite rendering.

In late March of 2017, the first of two sleek river vessels will debut, offering larger accommodations and the highest space-to-guest ratio of any current river cruise ship.  To be built by Lloyd Werft, the ships will feature a Palm Court with a dance floor and glass domed roof, a fitness center and spa as well as 250 square-foot suites with walk-in wardrobes, American king size beds and bathrooms with double vanities in addition to two 500 square-foot Penthouse Suites with added comforts and convenience.

“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 – it’s a natural extension of the exceptional ocean cruise Crystal has offered for the past 25 years,” says Crystal President and 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.”

More information on itineraries and fares are forthcoming but the ships will sail itineraries that maximize time in port for meaningful shore-side excursions and experiences, intentionally deviating from traditional river cruise routes to avoid congestion of other vessels in port. Places to be visited include France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria.

During days spent in port, Crystal River Cruises will offer guests a bevy of the immersive 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 the splendid European landscapes while staying fit on their vacation.  Travelers may also choose to create their own active adventures using bicycles (electric or manual), segaways 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.


Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
Peter Knego

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