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 Mozart – an existing river cruise ship that Crystal heavily refitted for entry into service this summer – these four ships will boast an entirely new design and have been created from the ground-up to deliver Crystal’s award-winning brand of luxury.
“Emulation has never been part of our formula for success, rather, we have enjoyed a long reputation for innovating and leading the way in luxury travel experiences,” says Crystal CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez. “Crystal River Cruises river yachts will showcase the most celebrated parts of the Crystal Experience – stylish and elegant design, creative itineraries and experiences ashore, unmatched genuine service – while also creating a brand new niche in river cruising that will appeal to the world’s most discerning travelers.”
Designed for the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Bach will measure 135 metres in length (442 feet) and will carry just 106 guests. Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel, meanwhile, have been designed to sail on the Seine, Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde rivers in France. Crystal identifies these as its “Paris Class” yachts, each of which will be 110 metres (360 feet) long and will carry just 78 guests in 39 different suites.
What is common between these four newbuild river cruise ships is that they will all feature the same unique brand of luxury that Crystal has been perfecting on its oceangoing product for decades. All four river cruise ships will feature butler service for every suite – suites that reach up to 759 square feet and feature plush king-sized beds that face toward the Panoramic Balcony. Suites feature Egyptian cotton linens, walk-in closets, full-length mirrors, ETRO bathrobes and slippers, wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs, and convenient Nespresso machines.
Crystal’s four new river cruise ships will be among the first to feature all-suite accommodations, all of which are located entirely above the waterline.
“We have ensured that, in designing Crystal River Cruises’ yachts, we remain committed to the cornerstones of the Crystal brand that travelers throughout the world have come to love: service, space, quality and choices,” says Walter Littlejohn, vice president and managing director, Crystal River Cruises. “It is imperative that our guests’ experience aboard these vessels conveys this commitment to the ‘Crystal Difference’.”
Each ship also includes multiple dining venues, from the elegant Waterside Restaurant to the cozy Bistro café and the exclusive Vintage Room, Cove Bar and Palm Court. Crystal also claims it will be the first to offer “true open-seating dining, allowing guests to dine where they want, when they want, and with whom they want.”
Presumably, Crystal intends to offer flexible dining hours, where guests arrive whenever they choose between a set timeframe window – which is currently not the case on most river cruise ships.
Public amenities and services for each ship include full-service spa and separate fitness center, equipped with modern machines and cardio equipment as well as free weights – both with dedicated professionals to attend to each. Onboard Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler, a partial indoor/outdoor pool will be featured on the aft end of the ship.
Crystal’s reimagined Crystal Mozart sets sail this month. Crystal Ravel, Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, and Crystal Mahler will set sail in 2017.