Broadway Star Rachel York Named Godmother of Crystal Debussy

Crystal Debussy Godmother Rachel York

York to perform on Crystal Mahler’s May 28 cruise as part of Crystal on Broadway

MIAMI, April 17, 2018 – Today, Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line™, announced that internationally acclaimed singer and actor Rachel York will be the godmother of its newest luxury 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 a Crystal guest favorite as part of the Crystal on Broadway program, which brings performers and producers from the biggest shows on Broadway to Crystal’s theatres and lounges for special performances and presentations. She will next perform as part of the Crystal on Broadway program on Crystal Mahler’s May 28 cruise out of Amsterdam to Budapest.

“Rachel’s tremendous talents and charm transcends demographics and connects with audiences throughout the world,” said Tom Wolber, president and CEO of Crystal. “We are so pleased she is part of the Crystal family, as her grace and passion for excellence are representative of the experience found aboard Crystal voyages.”

York’s latest project on Broadway is “Head Over Heels,” a new musical comedy produced by Gwyneth Paltrow, Jordan Roth and others, and featuring the distinctive hits of the GO-GOs.  Her portfolio has also included critically acclaimed Broadway turns in “City of Angels,” “Victor/Victoria” with Crystal Serenity godmother Dame Julie Andrews and most recently, “Disaster! The Musical.” Onscreen, she is best known for her starring role in the Lucille Ball biopic “Lucy.”

“It has been a privilege to be part of the Crystal Family through the Crystal on Broadway program and I am honored to be the Godmother of Crystal Debussy,” York said. “To fulfill such an enduring tradition and represent a ship of such style and elegance – as well as a crew dedicated to superb service and experiences day in and day out – is truly my pleasure.”

Crystal Debussy joins Crystal River Cruises, which was voted “Best River Cruise Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure in the magazine’s 2017 World’s Best Awards. Sailing itineraries between Amsterdam and Basel, the 106-guest Crystal Debussy embarked on her maiden voyage along the Rhine River on April 9. Guests will visit ports in the Netherlands and Belgium on the seven-day itinerary, with 10-day voyages also calling in Germany. Throughout 2018 and 2019, the ship will sail routes of seven and 10 days between Amsterdam and Basel along the Rhine and Moselle rivers, visiting Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.

Crystal’s new river vessels are the river cruising industry’s first and only all-balcony, all-suite, all-butler vessels in Europe, with every category of accommodation perched above the waterline. They offer Crystal’s acclaimed butler service in every room category, king-sized beds, Panoramic Balcony-Windows™, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, 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.

About Crystal

The world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Luxury Air – continues to entice the world’s most discerning travelers with incomparable luxury and unparalleled personal service. Crystal will expand its fleet with the upcoming Crystal Ravel river ship, the Crystal Endeavor expedition yacht and an entirely new class of ocean ships over the next five years.

Celebrating 27 years of excellence, Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line, having earned “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 24 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by travel professional organization Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016).  The readers of Travel + Leisure also voted Crystal River Cruises the “World’s Best River Cruise Line” and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises the “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” in 2017. Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of ASTA.

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