Crystal River Cruises Celebrates Resumption of European River Cruises
WHY IT RATES: Crystal River Cruises resumed its European river cruises today as Crystal Ravel embarked on her first voyage in almost 18 months, with the ship Crystal Debussy which will also sail tomorrow. For the remainder of 2021, Crystal will offer trips of seven to 11 nights along the legendary rivers Rhine, Danube and Moselle. – Laurie Baratti, Associate Editor of TravelPulse
Today Crystal River Cruises celebrated the resumption of European river cruise operations and their return to the beloved rivers of Europe as Crystal Ravel departed Vilshofen for a seven-night Danube itinerary with stops in Germany , in Austria and Hungary, overnight stays on board in Vienna and Budapest, and cruise in the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At Vilshofen, officers and crew once again welcomed guests to Crystal Ravel after an almost 18-month hiatus from operations. Tomorrow, August 30, sister ship Crystal Debussy will depart Basel on a seven-night Rhine itinerary with stops in Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands and overnight stops in Koblenz and Amsterdam.
“After months of planning and preparation, we are delighted to welcome our guests once again on board to experience the attentive service and personalized care of our dedicated staff on cruises to the most beloved destinations of scenic rivers and waterways. Europe, “said Walter Littlejohn, Crystal senior vice president and general manager of River Cruises.
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“We know our customers are also incredibly eager to return to the luxurious accommodations, Michelin-level cuisine and unparalleled social spaces on board our ships and the enriching discoveries that await them ashore,” said Littlejohn. “The luxury and effortless relaxation of river cruising seems perfectly crafted for the moment we find ourselves in, allowing our guests to escape to a world of natural beauty along the rivers of Europe, highlighted by great art, architecture and history, and with unique opportunities for cultural immersion to create treasured memories of a lifetime.
Ship personnel prepared ships, updated their training, and implemented new Crystal Clean + procedures that address the unique challenges of COVID-19 with strict health protocols in place to provide passengers with a safe and enjoyable experience. Crystal River Cruises requires all guests and crew to be fully vaccinated as part of Crystal Clean +, which, due to the mandatory vaccination requirement, allows guests to explore the land independently.
Inherently spacious, the line’s luxury river vessels, consisting only of suites, allow great social distancing, accommodating half the guests of similar-sized vessels and offering à la carte restaurants, open-plan dining and an abundance of tables for two.
In 2021, Crystal River Cruises will offer 32 trips ranging from seven to 11 nights to explore the historic towns, cultural treasures and UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Rhine, Danube and Moselle, with a focus on the seven most popular and richest destinations on the line. night itineraries of the Rhine and Danube, as well as trips highlighting the magical beauty of the Moselle wine region. Each 2021 river trip is also highlighted by at least two overnight stays, with many trips offering three overnight stays, allowing guests to further immerse themselves in the charm and history of the ports, or to venture into nearby towns for broader experiences.
The deployment of Crystal River Cruises in 2021 reflects a gradual return of service and the consolidation of crossings from Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler to similar voyages on their identical sister ships, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel. There is still time and availability to book on some trips, including limited availability on Holiday 2021 trips. Crystal Ravel is expected to ring New Years in Vienna on an extended three-night call, while Crystal Debussy will celebrate New Years Eve. Year in Amsterdam with a two night call to enjoy all the festivities and enrichment the city has to offer.
On the routes of Crystal River Cruises, timeless medieval towns blend beautifully with modern cultural and shopping centers. Guests can explore the Benedictine Melk Abbey, Vienna’s famous Ringstrasse, and Amsterdam’s windmills, and sail through the stunning scenery of the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On every trip, Crystal’s Destination Discoveries offers organized ashore, inclusive and optional experiences, as well as signature events and extended trips designed to enhance guest travel with selections that cater to a variety of interests, including an event free signature at Belvedere Palace in Vienna for certain Crystal Ravel 2021 crossings.
Crystal’s award-winning Rhine-class river vessels are the first and only industry vessels fully equipped with balconies, suites and butler in Europe, with each accommodation category positioned above the waterline. All suites have panoramic balconies ™ and walk-in closets and double sinks in the bathrooms are found in most categories.
All Crystal River Ships feature private butler service in each room category, king-size beds, Caudalie toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, and wall-mounted flat-screen HDTVs. Other attractive features include farm-to-table cuisine at several open restaurants: the elegant Waterside Restaurant, the Bistro cafes of the same name and the exclusive Vintage Room; and the Palm Court for entertainment, enriching presentations and panoramic countryside views. Crystal’s attention to detail reaches dry land, as guests are transported on adventures in luxury coaches equipped with free water and Wi-Fi for added convenience and comfort.
For more information, visit crystalcruises.com.
THE SOURCE: Crystal River Cruises press release.