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Crystal Announces 2021 Itineraries

Crystal River Cruises announced the complete deployment for its fleet in 2021 featuring cruises on the Danube, Rhine, Main, and Moselle Rivers. The post Crystal Announces 2021 Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Bach To Host 2019 President’s Cruise

Crystal Bach will set sail on October 17, 2019 from Amsterdam on a 10-day “Enchanting Moselle” voyage hosted by Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber. The post Crystal Bach To Host 2019 President’s Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Offers Low Solo Fares On 2018 & 2019 Sailings

Crystal offers a deal for solo travelers, with solo fares starting at just 110% of regular cruise fares on select 2018 and 2019 bookings. The post Crystal Offers Low Solo Fares On 2018 & 2019 Sailings appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Cruises’ 2021 World Cruise Open For Booking

Crystal Cruises' 26th annual world cruise, The 'Ancient Dynasties & World Wonders,' embarks from Miami to London on January 5, 2021. The post Crystal Cruises’ 2021 World Cruise Open For Booking appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Outlines 2021 World Cruise

Crystal Serenity will host the company's 26th annual World Cruise - “Ancient Dynasties & World Wonders," a 139-day odyssey from Miami to London. The post Crystal Outlines 2021 World Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal River Cruises’ Rhine Cruise Itineraries

Crystal River Cruises offers 7- to 8-day Rhine River cruises & 10- to 16-day options that combine the Rhine with the Moselle, Main and Danube rivers. The post Crystal River Cruises’ Rhine Cruise Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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NEW: Crystal Endeavor Video Presents Compelling Expedition Ship

Crystal Cruises' newest video features an extremely compelling expedition ship (and program). We're impressed by Endeavor's sophisticated public areas and stylish staterooms and suites.  The post NEW: Crystal Endeavor Video Presents Compelling Expedition Ship appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Great Video From Crystal Cruises: Endeavor Keel Laying

Be sure to watch: Crystal Cruises released a video that captures the spirit of the keel-laying event for Crystal Endeavor, due to set sail in 2020. The post Great Video From Crystal Cruises: Endeavor Keel Laying appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Endeavor Now Open For Booking

Bookings can now be made for Crystal Endeavor’s inaugural season from August of 2020 through January 2021. Voyages range from 12 to 22 days, and will explore Japan and the Russian Far East; Indonesia, Borneo and the Philippines; New Zealand and Tasmania; Australia and the Great Barrier Reef; and Antarctica via the Ross Sea. “The... [Read More] The post Crystal Endeavor Now Open For Booking appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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At Crystal Endeavor’s Keel-Laying, German Chancellor Angela Merkel Expresses Awe & A Desire

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At Germany's MV Werften Shipyard in Stralsund, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would like to sail on Crystal's new expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor. The post At Crystal Endeavor’s Keel-Laying, German Chancellor Angela Merkel Expresses Awe & A Desire appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Endeavor To Boast Expedition’s Highest Space Ratio

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In Germany, Crystal Cruises executives tell me that space will be the key differentiating factor for Crystal Endeavor, entering service in 2020. The post Crystal Endeavor To Boast Expedition’s Highest Space Ratio appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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LIVE FROM HAMBURG: Crystal To Livestream Keel Laying Of Crystal Endeavor With German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Crystal will celebrate a milestone in the construction of Crystal Endeavor, as the keel will be laid at MV WERFTEN’s Stralsund shipyard. The post LIVE FROM HAMBURG: Crystal To Livestream Keel Laying Of Crystal Endeavor With German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Highlights 2020 Itineraries

The fleet of five Crystal river ships will sail the waterways of Europe, with an array of seven to 16-day itineraries.  The post Crystal Highlights 2020 Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Unveils Itineraries For Crystal Endeavor

Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises unveiled the inaugural season of itineraries for Crystal Endeavor, spanning from August of 2020 through January 2021. The post Crystal Unveils Itineraries For Crystal Endeavor appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Offers Savings For Select Voyages

Crystal Cruises' new Book Now Savings program offers reduced fares featuring limited-time savings up to $2,000 per suite on hundreds of Crystal voyages. The post Crystal Offers Savings For Select Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Ravel Christened In Budapest

Crystal River Cruises welcomed its fifth ship and the newest member of the fleet, Crystal Ravel, during a christening ceremony in Budapest, Hungary. The post Crystal Ravel Christened In Budapest appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Ravel Christening To Stream Live On Facebook

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Crystal River Cruises will christen Crystal Ravel in Budapest on Wednesday, July 11 at 12:30 p.m. EST to be streamed on Crystal Cruises Facebook page. The post Crystal Ravel Christening To Stream Live On Facebook appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises Highlights 2018-2019 Itineraries

Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ 2018/2019 Atlas showcases the Crystal Esprit's 18 distinctive voyages through the Adriatic, West Indies, the Arabian Peninsula, and Holy Land. The post Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises Highlights 2018-2019 Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Will Offer A New Collection of ‘Grand Journeys’

Crystal Cruises has rolled out a collection of “Grand Journeys,” which are expanded sailings that allow guests to curate adventures ranging from 14 days to 57 days. The post Crystal Will Offer A New Collection of ‘Grand Journeys’ appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Debussy, Christening Images

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My good friend and photographer Mike Louagie was in Amsterdam last week for Crystal Debussy's christening. Mike sent me a handful of photos not only depicting the event but also Crystal's exquisite new river ship. Take a look at Crystal Debussy. The post Crystal Debussy, Christening Images appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Debussy Christened in Amsterdam

Crystal River Cruises officially welcomed its newest ship to the fleet today, as Crystal Debussy was christened in Amsterdam. Marking the occasion were Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber, Crystal River Cruises’ vice president and managing director, Walter Littlejohn, and Crystal Debussy’s godmother, Broadway star Rachel York. The ceremony took place during the ship’s three-day […] The post Crystal Debussy Christened in Amsterdam appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Highlights on Crystal’s 2020 Deployments

Crystal unveiled the comprehensive 2020 deployment for its ocean-going vessels, including Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity, and Crystal Esprit. 64 Crystal Cruises sailings and 44 Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises sailings will explore the oceans of the world. “Our 2020 itineraries for Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity deliver the culturally authentic and unforgettable vacations that savvy world travelers value... [Read More] The post Highlights on Crystal’s 2020 Deployments appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Esprit Will Visit Middle East on Arabian Nights Itinerary

Crystal Esprit will embark on a new season of voyages through the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Oman, and the Holy Land in October through December of 2019. The seven- to 11-day sailings will cruise the Arabian Peninsula. Overnights in Dubai and Abu Dhabi showcase the UAE culture, while a double overnight in Aqaba, Jordan, allows... [Read More] The post Crystal Esprit Will Visit Middle East on Arabian Nights Itinerary appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Endeavor Design Details Revealed

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Crystal revealed design details for its upcoming expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor. Aboard Crystal Symphony, Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber, shared the first glimpse of the luxury accommodations on the yacht during Crystal’s 27th Annual Sales Gala. At 19,800 GRT, Crystal Endeavor accommodates just 200 guests. The yacht will feature public spaces, a full-service spa... [Read More] The post Crystal Endeavor Design Details Revealed appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Singer Rachel York Named Godmother of Crystal Debussy

Crystal River Cruises announced that singer and actor Rachel York will be the godmother of its newest river ship, Crystal Debussy. York will officially christen the ship on May 28 during a ceremony for Crystal Debussy at the Port of Amsterdam. York is part of the Crystal on Broadway program, which brings performers and producers […] The post Singer Rachel York Named Godmother of Crystal Debussy appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Tom Wolber To Host Crystal’s Annual President’s Cruise

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Crystal President & CEO Tom Wolber will host the line’s annual President’s Cruise aboard Crystal Serenity. Beginning on July 29, 2018, fares for the 14-day journey from London to Monte Carlo start at $5,585 per person, double occupancy. The post Tom Wolber To Host Crystal’s Annual President’s Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Ravel Joins Crystal River Cruises’ Fleet

The fifth vessel for Crystal River Cruises was officially handed over to the company today in Wismar, Germany. Crystal president and CEO, Tom Wolber, took the “keys” to Crystal Ravel, welcoming the ship to the fleet ahead of its maiden voyage next month. The handover ceremony for Crystal Ravel took place at MV WERFTEN shipyard, […] The post Crystal Ravel Joins Crystal River Cruises’ Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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‘Crystal Getaways’ Offered On More Than 24 Cruises

Crystal River Cruises is unveiling more than two dozen new Crystal Getaways for three of its river ships, sailing between May and November of this year. The collection of Getaways for the Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, and Crystal Ravel feature multiple overnights on six- to nine-day voyages. “Crystal River Cruises hallmark is offering innovative itineraries […] The post ‘Crystal Getaways’ Offered On More Than 24 Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Cruises vs. Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Key Differences (Updated 2018)

They are two of the world’s most popular luxury lines: Crystal Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Sailing worldwide itineraries, both of these all-inclusive lines are distinguished by their high caliber of service, their exceptional cuisine, and sumptuous onboard appointments. Both Crystal and Regent have recently put their ships through multi-million-dollar makeovers intended to spruce... [Read More] The post Crystal Cruises vs. Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Key Differences (Updated 2018) appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal River Cruises Unveils 2018-2019 Atlas

Crystal River Cruises unveiled its comprehensive 2018-2019 Crystal River Cruises Atlas. The brochure is designed to showcase every facet of the Crystal River Experience, from destination highlights of the 35 separate itineraries available along the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers, to the facets and designs of Crystal Mozart, Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Debussy […] The post Crystal River Cruises Unveils 2018-2019 Atlas appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruise Welcomes Crystal Debussy to its Fleet

Crystal River Cruises welcomed Crystal Debussy to its fleet. The latest addition to the Crystal portfolio brings the river fleet to four river ships since Crystal launched its river experiences in 2016. The vessel was delivered to Crystal president and CEO, Tom Wolber at MV WERFTEN during the official handover ceremony in Wismar, Germany. In […] The post Crystal River Cruise Welcomes Crystal Debussy to its Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Endeavor: First Look

Crystal revealed the latest details and images of its upcoming expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor during a press briefing at Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale. Crystal president and CEO, Tom Wolber, shared some of the distinct design features planned for the yacht, with a focus on space and comfortable amenities. At 19,800 GRT, the all-suite,... [Read More] The post Crystal Endeavor: First Look appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Beverage Policies Across Different River Cruise Lines

Beverage Policies can vary dramatically from one river cruise line to the next. While nearly all of the major lines offer at least some complimentary beverages, some are more inclusive than others. Even if you’ve sailed with a particular line in the past, you may notice that beverage policies can change from year-to-year. Both Tauck […] The post Beverage Policies Across Different River Cruise Lines appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Active River Cruises:

River cruising can be surprisingly active. Unlike ocean cruises, river cruising throughout Europe, Asia and abroad requires a decent amount of physical mobility. Walking tours are prevalent in most, if not all, ports of call, and it should come as no surprise to those wearing FitBits that it’s easier than you might imagine to hit […] The post Active River Cruises: appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Cruises Unveils New Excursions for 2018

Crystal River Cruises announced details of its new collection of destination experiences for voyages along Europe’s Danube, Rhine and Main rivers. Debuting in 2018, the newly added offerings are tailored to travelers’ individual interests, featuring smaller group sizes. Crystal Bach docked in Cologne, Germany. Photo © 2017 Aaron SaundersNearly 200 enriching excursions are included, with additional […] The post Crystal Cruises Unveils New Excursions for 2018 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Profiling Crystal River Cruises’ Luxury Fleet

Even by the fast-paced standards of the river cruise industry, the debut of Crystal River Cruises on the waterways of Europe was lightning-quick. The river cruise arm of luxury oceangoing line Crystal Cruises went from being a dream to a one-line ship with an older, repurposed vessel (the elegantly-refitted Crystal Mozart), to a river cruise […] The post Profiling Crystal River Cruises’ Luxury Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Adds More Itineraries to Its 2019 Season

Crystal River Cruises has released its enhanced schedule of 2019 voyages, with more seven-day options in addition to the traditional 10-, 11-, 14- and 16-day routes. The voyages will embark in March 2019 with a fleet of five luxury river ships, including the “Queen of the Danube,” Crystal Mozart, plus four “Rhine Class” sister ships, Crystal Bach, Crystal […] The post Crystal River Cruises Adds More Itineraries to Its 2019 Season appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Mahler Officially Welcomed to Crystal River Cruises’ Fleet

Crystal River Cruises officially welcomed Crystal Mahler to its award-winning fleet in Germany during a handover ceremony held at MV WERFTEN Shipyard. The second “Rhine Class” river ship was received by Crystal’s newly appointed president and CEO, Tom Wolber and was then christened by godmother Lauren Barfield. Ms. Barfield is an American volleyball star who has led teams to […] The post Crystal Mahler Officially Welcomed to Crystal River Cruises’ Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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First Look: Crystal’s New Crystal Bach

We’re getting our first look at Crystal Bach, and we like what we’re seeing. Though it stands in a class apart, Crystal Cruises’ first purpose-built river cruiser looks to be as revolutionary as Viking River Cruises’ Viking Longships were when they first debuted in 2012. “As the first ‘Rhine Class’ river yacht, Crystal Bach will introduce a […] The post First Look: Crystal’s New Crystal Bach appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Cruises Christens Crystal Bach

Crystal River Cruises christened Crystal Bach, the first of its four new build “Rhine Class” river ships, on Sunday, August 20 in Rüdesheim, Germany. Crystal’s CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez, presided over the ceremony, along with emcee and longtime popular Crystal entertainer, Mark Farris. The ship’s godmother, beloved German opera star Anna-Maria Kaufmann, christened the ship […] The post Crystal Cruises Christens Crystal Bach appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Watch Crystal Bach’s Christening Sunday via Facebook

Crystal River Cruises will officially christen Crystal Bach, the first of its four “Rhine Class” river ships during a VIP ceremony in Rüdesheim, Germany this coming Sunday. The occasion will be presided over by Crystal CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez, as well as recently unveiled godmother, renowned German opera star, Anna-Maria Kaufmann. Crystal will livestream […] The post Watch Crystal Bach’s Christening Sunday via Facebook appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Anna-Maria Kaufmann Named Godmother of Crystal Bach

Crystal River Cruises announced today that famed soprano vocalist and beloved German performer, Anna-Maria Kaufmann, will be the godmother of Crystal Bach. The newly-built “Rhine Class” river ship embarked on her maiden voyage from Amsterdam, Sunday, August 13, and will be christened by Kaufmann during her call to Rüdesheim, Germany, on August 20. Kaufmann’s decades-long career has […] The post Anna-Maria Kaufmann Named Godmother of Crystal Bach appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Welcomes Crystal Bach, The First Of Four ‘Rhine Class’ Ships

In Germany, Crystal River Cruises welcomed Crystal Bach to its award-winning fleet. The luxury river ship, the first of four “Rhine Class” ships set to sail the rivers of Europe, was delivered to Crystal by MV WERFTEN during the official handover ceremony in Wismar, Germany. In attendance to witness the occasion were Crystal’s CEO and president, […] The post Crystal River Cruises Welcomes Crystal Bach, The First Of Four ‘Rhine Class’ Ships appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Unveils New ‘Getaways’ For 2017 Sailings

Crystal is expanding its numerous options for travelers seeking to explore the world in luxury, as the company unveils brand new “Crystal Getaways” for both Crystal Cruises and Crystal River Cruises. The Crystal Getaways – which span the globe to include the British Isles, Western Europe, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the Caribbean, and Eastern... [Read More] The post Crystal Unveils New ‘Getaways’ For 2017 Sailings appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal’s New River Cruise Ships Are About to Become Reality

Crystal River Cruises’ first purpose-built river cruise ships are nearly here. Known collectively as the Rhine Class, a total of four new ships will be launched for Crystal over the next year. Crystal Bach will make her debut first, followed by Crystal Mahler. Two additional ships – Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel – will follow […] The post Crystal’s New River Cruise Ships Are About to Become Reality appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Unveils Four New Itineraries for Crystal Mahler’s Spring 2018 Season

Crystal River Cruises has unveiled four new 2018 itineraries for its second “Rhine Class” vessel, Crystal Mahler. In April and May next year, the brand new river ship will sail three seven-day “Danube Serenade” routes between Budapest and Vienna, and one 11-day “Reflections on the Danube” sailing. The new voyages are a shorter complement to Crystal Mahler’s 16-day “Grand Europe” itineraries, which sail between […] The post Crystal Unveils Four New Itineraries for Crystal Mahler’s Spring 2018 Season appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Wins Three Awards in Travel + Leisure Magazine

Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises earn top accolades from Travel + Leisure. In the magazine’s 2017 “World’s Best Awards,” Crystal River Cruises was voted “Best River Cruise Line” and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises was voted “Best Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Line.” Crystal Cruise has been named as one of the Best Large-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines. Readers rated ships on […] The post Crystal River Cruises Wins Three Awards in Travel + Leisure Magazine appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Unveils Crystal Bach’s Culinary Concepts

Crystal River Cruises has unveiled highlights of the culinary concepts and offerings to be featured aboard Crystal Bach, the first of the company’s “Rhine Class” river yachts, debuting in August. Sailing routes along the Rhine, Danube and Main Rivers, the all-balcony, all-suite vessel will offer menus of cuisine inspired by the region, crafted by a team […] The post Crystal River Cruises Unveils Crystal Bach’s Culinary Concepts appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Mozart Named “Best of Best” According to Robb Report

According to Robb Report, Crystal Mozart is among the “Best of the Best” travel experiences available to discerning travelers, in a spotlight piece that highlights the return of “slow travel.” Crystal Mozart debuted for Crystal River Cruises in summer 2016, marking an entirely new standard of luxury on the rivers of Europe and in the river cruising industry […] The post Crystal Mozart Named “Best of Best” According to Robb Report appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Becomes the First River Cruise Company to Use Simulation for Captain Training

Crystal River Cruises will be the first in the river cruise industry whose captains will complete their training and assessments in a simulator. The training will take place at the Simwave simulator center in the Netherlands as part of an agreement between Netherlands-based Simwave and Crystal parent company Genting Hong Kong, when the simulator is […] The post Crystal River Cruises Becomes the First River Cruise Company to Use Simulation for Captain Training appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Announces Officers for Crystal Bach

Crystal River Cruises announces the top officers for the first of its four upcoming “Rhine Class” river yachts. Crystal Bach, which embarks on her maiden voyage from Amsterdam in August, will be helmed by Captain Lukas Zatschkowitsch, a seasoned river captain on Europe’s rivers for the past 15 years. A native of Vienna and currently […] The post Crystal River Cruises Announces Officers for Crystal Bach appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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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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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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