The cruise company marked the new addition to its fleet with a christening of the fifth vessel in Budapest
Less than two years after Crystal launched its first river ship, Crystal Mozart, marking the company’s entrance into the Europe’s river cruising industry, Crystal River Cruises has welcomed its fifth ship and newest addition to the fleet.
Crystal Ravel was ‘christened’ in a ceremony in Budapest, Hungary on 13th July during the ship’s overnight stay in Budapest on its weeklong “Danube Serenade” voyage, with guests aboard the sailing invited to participate in the festivities and travellers from around the world watching via the Facebook Live broadcast on Crystal’s Facebook page.
Crystal’s President and CEO Tom Wolber was in attendance to mark the occasion. “Today is a proud day for the entire Crystal family. In just over two years, we introduced five ships, which is a tremendous accomplishment of growth for this expansion of the Crystal brand. But what makes us most proud is that with each new ship and new experience, Crystal’s commitment to superb quality and exceptional luxury and service has remained unwavering,” Wolber said.
Crystal River Cruises now comprises Crystal Ravel and her identical sister ships: Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Debussy; as well as Crystal Mozart, which launched the brand in July 2016 and is twice the width of any other river cruise ship, making it Europe’s most spacious river cruise vessel.
Crystal Ravel is currently sailing itineraries of six to 14 days between Vienna and Basel; and in 2019 she will be the only river ship to sail seven-night Danube cruises round-trip from Vienna to ports in Austria, Hungary and Slovakia.
Crystal’s new river vessels are all-suite, all-butler ships with every category of accommodation positioned above the water line. All suites feature Panoramic Balcony-Windows and walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms are featured in most categories. All of Crystal’s river ships feature acclaimed butler service in every room category, king-sized beds, ETRO amenities, robes and slippers, and wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs. Additional enticing features include farm-to-table cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the elegant Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the exclusive Vintage Room; and the Palm Court for entertainment, enrichment presentations and sweeping views of the countryside.