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 Cruises first purpose-built river cruise ship. She’s still over a year away, but Crystal Debussy is notable for being the first river cruise ship that Crystal will have full design control of from the ground-up. We’ve talked in the past about what her deckplans have to say about her new, revolutionary design, and today we’re taking a look at her staterooms.
Category S3 and S4 Suites
Located on Deck 1, Category S3 and S4 suites are Crystal Debussy’s entry-level accommodations. There are two Category S4 suites with windows (Suites 100 and 101), and 14 Category S3 suites that are identical in all but their physical placement within the ship.
These suites pull out all the stops, even at the entry-level, with king-sized beds that are convertible to two twins, king-sized pillows, Egyptian cotton linens, nightstand with wireless charging pad and USB outlets, a 40” flat-panel television set, a Nespresso coffee machine, and even under-floor heating in the main living area of the stateroom.
These suites will also feature a refrigerator and a welcome drawer stocked with cups and Nespresso coffee pods.
Moving into the bathroom, guests will find a dual vanity, ETRO robes and slippers, and a shower equipped with both overhead and hand-held showerheads.
Most markedly, these suites – like every other category of suite aboard the Crystal Debussy – offer full butler service, including packing and unpacking by request, optional experience arrangements, and in-room hors d’oeuvres & canapes service.
Category S1 and S2 River Suite with Sash Window
Moving up to the next category of suites, these S1 and S2 River View Suites with Sash Window are located on Deck 2 and measure 250 square feet. Sleeping two adults, they offer all of the features found in their S3 and S4 counterparts, but with some notable additions.
These suites also include a seating area with a sofa bed or an ottoman which can function as an optional third berth; a rarity on river cruise ships, where the vast majority of suites are designed to sleep two occupants, maximum.
These suites also feature a full-height sash window that can be opened.
Crystal Suite (CS)
At the top of the pack is the Crystal Suite – Category CS. There’s just one of these suites aboard Crystal Debussy and her sister ship, Crystal Ravel, (Suite 217), so expect demand to be high. Coming in at 750 square feet, this Crystal Suite will likely be the largest suite on the rivers of Europe when Crystal Debussy enters service in 2017.
Capable of sleeping four adults, this massive suite features two separate bedrooms, two separate bathrooms, a spacious living area, and the obligatory walk-in closet. The bathroom features both a shower and a separate Jacuzzi tub, along with a privacy window that lets you see out without others being able to see in, so you can admire Europe’s passing vistas.
In the living room, you’ll find another unique feature: a faux fireplace, perfect for those chilly but beautiful Christmas Markets river cruises in December. Above the fireplace is a recessed flat-panel television, and the suite also features a Pullman-style berth that drops down from the ceiling for additional occupancy.
A seating area with a sofa is also provided, along with a writing desk, two arm chairs, and a full-height sash window that can be opened.
This is Europe’s most spacious river cruise ship suite, and it’s hardly surprising that Crystal should be the line to introduce it, given some of the lavish accommodations aboard the Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony oceangoing cruise ships.
Crystal Debussy is scheduled to make her debut on the waterways of Europe on June 4, 2017.