Double plus one for Crystal Cruises’ recently announced European River cruising division.
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Meeting advance demand, Crystal Cruises has not only doubled its recent order for two river cruise ships to four, it is also purchasing the largest European river cruise ship, the MS MOZART, which will be extensively refurbished and make its debut as the CRYSTAL MOZART on July 13, 2016.
CRYSTAL MOZART rendering, courtesy of Crystal Cruises.
At 75.1 feet, the CRYSTAL MOZART is twice the width of most European river boats but can still transit the locks and bridges between Budapest, Hungary and Passau, Germany. She will carry 160 guests and feature two 860-square-foot Crystal Suites, the largest on any river cruise ship. The ship will have an entire deck of public areas, multiple dining venues, a spa, fitness center, indoor pool, beauty salon and library as well as a wrap-around promenade.
Meanwhile, four newly built Crystal river yachts have been ordered from the German shipyard Lloyd Werft for delivery in June and August of 2017. Named for composers representing the regions they will visit, the 110-guest CRYSTAL BACH and CRYSTAL MAHLER will cruise the Rhine and Maine Rivers and the 84-guest CRYSTAL RAVEL and CRYSTAL DEBUSSY will operate on the Seine and Garonne Rivers.
Rendering of Crystal’s newbuilding river cruise ship, courtesy of Crystal Cruises.
The new all-suite river yachts will feature accommodation ranging from 220-square-feet to 750-square-feet, all boasting king sized beds (an industry first), walk-in wardrobes and bathrooms with double vanities. The newbuilds’ public areas and dining venues will all be on one level, including 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.
“In response to travelers and travel agents’ enthusiasm for Crystal River Cruises, and through Crystal’s innovation, we are upping the ante once again, bringing ‘true luxury’ to the river cruise sector with the largest guest suites and public spaces, the highest crew-to-guest-ratio and Crystal’s award-winning service,” stated Crystal Cruises CEO Rodriguez. “Once the transformation of CRYSTAL MOZART is completed, it will be the crown jewel of the European rivers.”
The announcement comes just months after Crystal Cruises unveiled its intention to embark on the most significant brand expansion in the luxury travel and hospitality history with the addition of Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Cruises, Crystal Exclusive Class ocean vessels and Crystal Luxury Air.
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 www.midshipcentury.com 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."
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