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Crystal River Cruises: In A Class Apart?

Crystal Mozart stands apart because of its width alone. At 22.85 meters (roughly 75 feet) across, Mozart is nearly twice the width of the standard river cruiser. With so much real estate, Mozart can boast features that most river cruise vessels cannot, such as an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, a spacious gym, four restaurants, an ultra-wide sundeck […] The post Crystal River Cruises: In A Class Apart? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Cruises Announces Savings for Select 2017 Voyages

Crystal Cruises announced a lineup of savings and incentives for select 2017 voyages aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. With its “You’ve Sailed the Rest, Now Enjoy the Best” campaign, new-to-Crystal guests are invited to enjoy best available fares starting as low as $1,995 per person on sailings in the Caribbean, New England, South America,... [Read More] The post Crystal Cruises Announces Savings for Select 2017 Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Announces Special Concert at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam

Crystal River Cruises’ newest vessel embarks on her maiden voyage this June, and guests will be treated to numerous experiences specially designed to showcase destinations along the Rhine and Moselle River. A Crystal Signature Event will be held in Amsterdam where guests will enjoy a complimentary exclusive concert at the Royal Concertgebouw. The 19th-century neoclassical […] The post Crystal Announces Special Concert at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: A Visit To Vienna For Crystal Mozart’s Christening

This is a continuation of a series featuring my favorite cruises of 2016 to be compiled in an ebook that will be published on January 31, 2017. I was on Crystal Mozart for less than 48 hours. Even so I quickly came to appreciate what Crystal Cruises, a leader in luxury blue-water cruising, was attempting […] The post My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: A Visit To Vienna For Crystal Mozart’s Christening appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The Bright Future of Expedition Cruising

Coming Soon: An Armada Of Expedition Ships There was once a time when those looking to take an expedition cruise were left with few choices. Old Soviet-era icebreakers and decommissioned research ships that were pressed into adventure cruise service offered little in the way of creature comforts, and cruisers had to make compromises on everything... [Read More] The post The Bright Future of Expedition Cruising appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Cruise Through The Skies With Crystal AirCruise

You could say the grandeur of air travel went out with the Zeppelins, but Crystal Cruises is bringing it back. Taking off on August 31, Crystal is offering a luxury “air cruise” that it has dubbed, “The Peninsula Grand Inaugural Crystal AirCruise.” It’s a 27-day journey to 10 international destinations that has been developed in... [Read More] The post Cruise Through The Skies With Crystal AirCruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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The Ships Of 2017: Coming Soon to the Rivers of Europe

niworld's new S.S. Joie de Vivre begins operating on the Seine in March of 2017. Rendering courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.
Next year promises to be another great season for river cruising through Europe, with companies launching new itineraries, new destinations, and of course, new river cruise ships. While the overall numbers are down a bit from 2016 (largely in part due to the fact that Viking River Cruises will only be introducing two new vessels […] The post The Ships Of 2017: Coming Soon to the Rivers of Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises: 2018 Itineraries For New Ships

Crystal Debussy will set sail in June, 2017. Illustration courtesy of Crystal Cruises
In the spring of 2018, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel embark on their maiden voyages on April 9 and May 10, 2018, respectively. Just published are the European itineraries for the inaugural year of the two vessels, which will join Crystal Mozart, Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler on the waterways through Germany, Austria, Hungary and […] The post Crystal River Cruises: 2018 Itineraries For New Ships appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Christmas Markets Roundup 2016

Avalon is increasing the number of Christmas Market river cruises it has on offer for 2017 with five new itineraries. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
If we could only pick one more river cruise to take, it wouldn’t be a difficult decision. Both River Cruise Advisor’s Ralph Grizzle and myself would, without hesitation, hop aboard one of the festive Christmas Markets river cruises that close out the year on the rivers of Europe. Typically operating between November 25 and December […] The post Christmas Markets Roundup 2016 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Lays Keel for Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler

Crystal is introducing its first four purpose-built river cruise ships to the waters of Europe next year. Rendering courtesy of Crystal River Cruises.
Crystal River Cruises’ first two purpose-built river cruise ships are one step closer to reality. On August 19, the keels were laid for Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler, which will be the lead ships in Crystal’s new Rhine Class river cruise vessels. Scheduled to debut in the summer of 2017, the two vessels are being […] The post Crystal River Cruises Lays Keel for Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Mozart: What Sets Her Apart

At 22.8 meters wide, Crystal Mozart is nearly twice the width of the standard river cruiser. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
After having taken “The Queen of Europe’s Rivers” down to her steel structure, Crystal River Cruises introduced a vessel in July of 2016 that is as beautiful as it is innovative — and it was all done in an extremely crunched timeframe. It was late last year when Crystal announced the purchase of Dertour’s 1987-built MS […] The post Crystal Mozart: What Sets Her Apart appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Redesigns Two River Cruise Ships, Cancels Sailings

Crystal Debussy will set sail in June, 2017. Illustration courtesy of Crystal Cruises
Crystal River Cruises has announced that it will be increasing its presence on the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers next year due to demand from travellers for more voyages through Germany and Austria. The line will redeploy Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel – both of which were scheduled to enter service in France along the […] The post Crystal Redesigns Two River Cruise Ships, Cancels Sailings appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Mozart Photo Gallery

I’ve just returned from Vienna, Austria, where I stayed for two nights on Crystal Mozart before her christening this past Monday. She is one impressive ship, nearly twice as wide as the standard river cruiser, and, accordingly, with lots of space in public areas and in staterooms and suites. Crystal had to take Mozart, once […] The post Crystal Mozart Photo Gallery appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Announces New Details For 2017 River Yachts

Crystal is introducing its first four purpose-built river cruise ships to the waters of Europe next year. Rendering courtesy of Crystal River Cruises.
On the heels of launching its first-ever river cruise product, Crystal River Cruises has announced new design details for its first four purpose-built river cruise ships, all of which will debut along the waterways of Europe next year. Crystal Ravel, Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, and Crystal Mahler will all enter service in 2017. Unlike Crystal […] The post Crystal River Cruises Announces New Details For 2017 River Yachts appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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How Crystal River Cruises Intends To Stand Out From The Crowd

In Linz, Austria, crews are working around the clock to ready Crystal’s first river cruise vessel for sailing in July. Meeting the deadline won’t be easy. The “Queen of the Rivers” was showing her age when Crystal acquired her late last year. To introduce the elegant vessel that Crystal envisions requires stripping Mozart to her […] The post How Crystal River Cruises Intends To Stand Out From The Crowd appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Video: Crystal Cuts Steel & Orders Two Additional River ‘Yachts’

Genting Hong Kong not only bought Crystal in the spring of 2015 but also the German shipyards to build Crystal’s expansive fleet of river, ocean and expedition vessels. I traveled with Crystal execs last week for the steel-cutting of Crystal’s four river ‘yachts,’ which begin service next summer. During our trip, a surprise: Crystal ordered […] The post Video: Crystal Cuts Steel & Orders Two Additional River ‘Yachts’ appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Why Crystal Cruises Chose To Launch With Crystal Mozart

Crystal Mozart is not a new ship, not by a long stretch. Nonetheless, Crystal Cruises chose to launch its river cruise division with Mozart, a ship that Crystal President & CEO Edie Rodriguez explains has a “lot of hallmarks” of Crystal Cruises, including a full wrap-around promenade. A refreshed, reimagined version of the ‘Queen of […] The post Why Crystal Cruises Chose To Launch With Crystal Mozart appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal To Build Two Additional River Cruise Ships

Crystal Debussy will set sail in June, 2017. Illustration courtesy of Crystal Cruises
If there were any doubts about Crystal Cruises’ entry into the river cruise market, those were erased earlier this week as Crystal CEO Edie Rodriguez announced the company would build two additional luxury river cruise ships, bringing the luxury line’s European river fleet to seven ships by 2019. The two as-yet-unnamed vessels were announced earlier […] The post Crystal To Build Two Additional River Cruise Ships appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Lifts The Curtain To Reveal An Elegant Mozart

Crystal today unveiled an ultra-chic design for the first vessel in the Crystal River Cruises fleet. Crystal Mozart will set sail on July 13 on its maiden voyage round-trip from Vienna, with spacious and stylishly outfitted guest suites, public lounges and dining venues. Beyond the stylish décor – fashioned by London’s AD Associates and Toronto’s […] The post Crystal Lifts The Curtain To Reveal An Elegant Mozart appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Unveils Roster of Shore-Side Adventures for Crystal Mozart

Dreamstime s Salzburg, provided by Crystal Cruises
Complimentary excursions and Crystal Adventures along the Danube River will open for Pre-reservation May 3 When Crystal Mozart, the first vessel in Crystal River Cruises’ fleet, embarks on her maiden voyage along the Danube River this July, guests aboard will be treated to dozens of inclusive experiences ashore that highlight the European locales on the […] The post Crystal River Cruises Unveils Roster of Shore-Side Adventures for Crystal Mozart appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Cruises Launches Its First Jet & Unveils Crystal Endeavor

It's A Brand New World: Crystal Cruises will begin offering luxury charter air services using a Bombardier BD-700 Business Jet. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Crystal Cruises Takes On Air Travel & Introduces Crystal Endeavor When you write about the cruise industry, you tend to see a lot of ship launches. You see keel-laying ceremonies, shipyard tours where the skeleton of the vessel is barely recognizable, and christening events that take place, as they have for hundreds of years, before... [Read More] The post Crystal Cruises Launches Its First Jet & Unveils Crystal Endeavor appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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What You Should Know About Crystal’s Suites & Staterooms

Rendering of a Category S2 Suite aboard Crystal Debussy. Illustration courtesy of Crystal Cruises.
Crystal Cruises is preparing for its first-ever year of river cruise operations. Using the new Crystal Mozart (formerly the ms Mozart), the well-respected luxury ocean line will begin offering up its first season of European river cruise itineraries using this heavily-refitted ship. But the real ship to talk about will be Crystal Debussy – Crystal […] The post What You Should Know About Crystal’s Suites & Staterooms appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Cruises Signs Purchase Option For S.S. United States: Plans To Launch United States By Crystal Cruises

The S.S. United States is closer than ever to returning to service, thanks to Crystal Cruises. Illustration courtesy of Crystal Cruises
After decades spent languishing at her berth in Philadelphia, the historic ocean liner S.S. United States has been given an unexpected reprieve by Crystal Cruises. The luxury line, which has recently embarked on an aggressive expansion of its all-inclusive cruise brand that includes new cruise ships, expedition vessels, river cruise ships and a small fleet of... [Read More] The post Crystal Cruises Signs Purchase Option For S.S. United States: Plans To Launch United States By Crystal Cruises appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Esprit Itineraries: Worth The Trip?

Crystal Esprit submarine
It’s Small. It’s Luxurious. It’s Got Its Own Submarine.  Crystal Cruises marked a major milestone back in December when the rapidly-expanding luxury cruise line officially welcomed Crystal Esprit into the fleet at a lavish ceremony in the Seychelles. “To say today is a special day is an understatement,” said Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s president and CEO. “Since... [Read More] The post Crystal Esprit Itineraries: Worth The Trip? appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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What You Should Know About Crystal’s River Yacht Deck Plans

courtesy Crystal Cruises
Beginning this year, Crystal Cruises will make its foray into river cruises using the ms Mozart, which will be renamed Crystal Mozart when she enters service this summer. The real game changer, however, will come next year, in the form of Crystal Debussy – Crystal Cruises first purpose-built river cruise ship. She’s still well over a year away from […] The post What You Should Know About Crystal’s River Yacht Deck Plans appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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2016 Small Ship Caribbean Cruising

Crystal Serenity will circumnavigate the glove in the winter and spring of 2015. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle
When most of us think of Caribbean cruising, we picture the huge megaships of lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean. But there’s more than one way to explore the Caribbean. Unlike big ships, small luxury cruise ships can call on ports that big ships simply can’t. While megaliners line up three and four abreast to... [Read More] The post 2016 Small Ship Caribbean Cruising appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Reports ‘Tremendous Response’ For Its Inaugural River Cruise Voyages

Deck plan for Crystal Mozart.
Crystal’s new river cruises are selling well. Within hours of unveiling fares this past Monday, the company reported a “tremendous response” in bookings for its five luxury vessels, the first of which is set to embark in July 2016 and the other four in 2017. The five inaugural voyages, which are exclusively open to Crystal […] The post Crystal Reports ‘Tremendous Response’ For Its Inaugural River Cruise Voyages appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal’s River Cruise Itineraries Just Announced: Open For Booking On Cyber Monday

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Crystal River Cruises’ collection for 2016 through 2018 opens for sale on Cyber Monday As reported earlier today, Crystal Cruises is opening the books for its new river cruises. River Cruise Advisor has received the luxury cruise operator’s collection of river cruise itineraries from 2016 through 2018, available for booking on Cyber Monday, November 30 at midnight […] The post Crystal’s River Cruise Itineraries Just Announced: Open For Booking On Cyber Monday appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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On Cyber Monday, Crystal River Cruises Opens For Business

Rendering of Crystal Mozart.
On Cyber Monday (that’s November 30) Crystal Cruises opens the books for its five river cruisers. First out of the gate (or locks?) is Crystal Mozart, which begins Danube river cruises on July 13, 2016. Additionally, four new river cruisers begin sailing in 2017. Let’s take a look at Crystal Mozart. Earlier this month, Crystal announced the purchase of the […] The post On Cyber Monday, Crystal River Cruises Opens For Business appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Cruises Expansion, What’s To Come For The Next 25 Years?

© 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Only a Rip van Winkle could have missed the news of what is probably the most aggressive expansion ever in the luxury travel segment: Crystal Cruises’ addition of three new ocean cruisers, two new river “yachts,” a 62-guest yacht, a Dreamliner, a smaller jet to complement the Dreamliner and a substantial stake in Lloyd Werft, the German... [Read More] The post Crystal Cruises Expansion, What’s To Come For The Next 25 Years? appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Huge Suites On Crystal Cruises ‘Luxury River Yachts,’ Launching In March 2017

courtesy Crystal Cruises
Game changer? Launching in March 2017, Crystal‘s two new river cruisers will feature 68 suites measuring 250 square feet and two Penthouse Suites measuring 500 square feet. The latter are larger than Scenic Jasper’s 475-square-foot Royal Panorama Suites. The 250-square-foot guest suites will feature walk-in wardrobes, American king size beds and bathrooms with double vanities. The two 500... [Read More] The post Huge Suites On Crystal Cruises ‘Luxury River Yachts,’ Launching In March 2017 appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Fact Or Fiction? Crystal Cruises, World's Best?

It's our last day here on Crystal Symphony. Over the last 11 days we put Crystal to the test to see if it lived up to its world's best status? We've experienced a variety of choices, including enrichment programs and Broadway-style shows, that only a large luxury ship can deliver. And the quality and level of service is what we would have expected of a world's best resort. No other large ship can match Crystal Cruises. So Kudos to Crystal.
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Crystal Cruises, Activities That Are Traditional, Tried & True Or Something New & Fresh?

It's a beautiful morning at sea here on Crystal Symphony. Today, I am putting Crystal to a test. Are Crystal's activities and enrichment programs the same old, same old or does Crystal have something truly fresh to offer? My day started with a watercolor class. It was fun to express my creativity and to get in touch with my inner artist. Next, I ventured outside, where I got some good tips from a PGA golf instructor. Then I spent some time playing paddle tennis, and afterward went for an acupuncture treatment, to give some relief to my paddle tennis elbow. While these were interesting activities, none were truly breakthrough, and if you're going to be the world's best cruise line, you need to have something that goes beyond the tried and true. Then I stumbled upon a Berlitz language glass. I've never had the opportunity to take a French class on a ship. Now I can say with confidence, Oui, Je parle Francais . And I wasn't expecting to learn about the latest social media trends on a cruise ship, but I discovered an afternoon lecture that was both informative and insightful. I'm not a musician, but I quickly learned to play a few notes by ear in Crystal's Yamaha music classes. ; All of these activities left me feeling more educated and enriched.
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Crystal Cruises’ Vintage Room

Crystal Cruises Vintage Room pairs some of the worlds best wines with specially prepared dishes. With a capacity for 12, the special dinners are served in a private dining room. Patrons, who pay on average $210 per person depending on the wines they have selected, are attended to by the ships head sommelier. Want to
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Cruising With Crystal Cruises' President

When you spend $23.5 million on something, you want to show it off. That's just human nature. And that's just what Crystal Cruises did a few weeks ago for the travel trade and press. The cruise company had doled out that princely sum to upgrade its 12-year-old Crystal Symphony, and they invited us to come take a look.But has the upgrade improved the passenger experience? Crystal Cruises President Gregg Michel thinks so. I sat down with him during our sailing to talk about how the investment made Crystal Symphony a better ship.
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