By Staff Writer
Luxury cruise line Crystal River Cruises has announced the complete deployment for its award-winning fleet in 2021, becoming the first river company to open its reservations nearly three years in advance.
The line’s five luxury river ships – Crystal Mozart and the four identical sister ships Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler, and Crystal Ravel – will sail the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers on itineraries of seven to 16 days in 2021, with 45 unique ports of call, dozens of which are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Every voyage also features at least one overnight stay, many with double and even triple overnights, allowing guests to further immerse themselves in the ports’ charm and history, or venture to nearby towns for broader experiences.
“We have seen such great demand and increasing desire by luxury travellers to secure their ideal European journeys earlier than ever and we are pleased to make our complete offerings for 2019, 2020 and now 2021 available for booking,” said Karen Christensen, Crystal’s senior vice president and managing director for Australasia.
The Book Now Savings on offer – up to $2000 off – also give more incentive to book early, guaranteeing the best fares for guests who plan ahead.
“In 2021, more than 180 Crystal River Cruises’ departures invite the most discerning travellers to experience the nuances of true luxury on Europe’s rivers. UNESCO-recognised Old Towns in Bamberg and Brugge, epicenters of art and music in Vienna and Salzburg and dramatic landscapes like the Wachau Valley and Middle Rhine Valley add historic and natural flavour to itineraries that also feature contemporary hubs like Düsseldorf and Basel,” Christensen added.
The “Eastern Danube Discoveries” voyage will debut on Crystal Mozart offering deeper exploration of Hungary as well as Serbia and Croatia. Other itineraries highlight the seasonal delights of riverside destinations, like springtime “Tulips & Windmills” sailings that explore the flower-laden fields of the Netherlands and Belgium; and winter sailings that focus on the dazzling spectacles of the region’s famed Christmas markets. Crystal will also sail the river less travelled, with “Enchanting Moselle” voyages through the scenic Mosel Valley.
Seemingly timeless medieval towns mix beautifully on Crystal River Cruises with modern hubs of culture and commerce. Guests can explore Germany’s oldest town of Trier, Beethoven’s birthplace in Bonn, the famed windmills of Amsterdam, Dusseldorf’s vibrant art and culinary scene and the stunning musical heritage of Vienna.
On every voyage, the Crystal River Collection of more than 200 inclusive, curated experiences ashore will enhance the journey for guests with an abundance of options that cater to varied interests. Complementary Signature Events, optional more elaborate excursions and exclusive dining experiences are also on offer.
Crystal’s new-build 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. Sister-ship Crystal Mozart is Europe’s most spacious river ship, at twice the width of any other, and offers an unrivalled number of social spaces, restaurants and the largest spa on the rivers.
All of Crystal’s river ships feature private 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. Crystal’s attention to detail reaches ashore, as guests are transported on the days’ adventures in luxury motor coaches equipped with complimentary water and Wi-Fi for added convenience and comfort.
Fares for Crystal River Cruises’ 2021 voyages start at US$2,574 per person. Book Now Savings are up to US$2,000 per suite on select voyages when booked by November 30, 2018. Crystal also recently unveiled the complete deployment for 2020, which features new itineraries and special programming, including the decennial Oberammergau Passion Play.
For Crystal’s full 2021 deployment, visit crystalcruises.com