Enriching, luxury sailings along Europe’s rivers offer travelers a glimpse of the journeys that lie ahead
MIAMI, April 28, 2020 – For travelers planning beyond the current pause of global exploration, Crystal River Cruises has unveiled an enticing collection of 2021 voyages aboard its award-winning sister ships Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel. With the release of its 2021 River Atlas, Crystal presents more than 145 all-inclusive luxury sailings of four to 16 nights exploring the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers and the storied cities and landscapes that wind along their shores. Featured on each curated itinerary are an array of destinations and experiences that showcase highlight the centuries of cultural, architectural, culinary and creative innovation and achievement. Travelers can easily download the digital version of the Atlas here; travel advisors can order a printed version here.
“The 2021 River Atlas is a beautifully illustrative resource to inspire our guests as they begin to think of the journeys that lie beyond this current challenging time,” said Walter Littlejohn, Crystal River Cruises’ vice president and managing director. “It’s a comprehensive collection of every voyage, easily navigable for guests to select the perfect itinerary to suit their interests, schedules and wish lists.”
Highlights of Crystal River Cruises’ 2021 deployment range from medieval hamlets to modern hubs of commerce and art; sprawling natural delights to iconic playgrounds for foodies. Along the Danube, guests can sail four-, seven or 10-night itineraries between Vienna, Vilshofen and Budapest, visiting UNESCO wonders like the spectacular Wachau Valley, Budapest’s Parliament Building and Vienna’s Belvedere Palace and Historic City Centre. The Rhine river itineraries presents seven- and 10-night options between Amsterdam and Basel with majestic castles and cathedrals, such as those of Cologne and Koblenz, highlighting the journey; the Moselle river transports guests through the vine-covered hills of the Mosel Wine Region.
Seasonal highlights and elaborate itineraries are also featured, such as seven-night springtime Tulips and Windmills sailings beginning and ending with overnights in Amsterdam. The voyages explore the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium when the countryside is most resplendent with colorful tulip blooms, also visiting the architectural hub of Rotterdam and the timelessly charming Ghent and heart of design innovation of Antwerp. Guests can also choose 16-night Grand Europe sailings between Budapest and Amsterdam, which encompass the multifaceted cultures along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.
The famed Christmas markets of Europe take centerstage during November and December itineraries aboard all ships, traveling from one dazzling destination to another while showcasing the fascinating history that is woven into the sparkling cities.
Crystal@Home: A Virtual Cruise Experience
The release of the new 2021 Crystal River Cruises Atlas corresponds with a special Crystal River Cruises’ edition of Crystal@Home: A Virtual Cruise Experience, which features a week of content focused on the company’s river experience. This week’s programming highlights include a special Friday Nights at the Galaxy performance by Austrian Tenor Stephan Mullan on Friday May 1 at 6 p.m. on Crystal’s Facebook page, Sunday Cooking with Chef Jon Ashton featuring Viennese Wiener schnitzel and potato salad at 3 p.m. on May 3 live on Crystal’s Facebook page, and much more.
Crystal Assured Savings Program
Crystal Assured Savings program invites travelers to make a non-refundable open booking deposit of just $500 per person by June 30, 2020, locking in additional savings of 2.5 percent — that’s an extra savings from $50 to over $6000 or more, depending on sailing and category — for any seven-night or longer itinerary on the Crystal Experience of their choice including Ocean, River, Yacht or Expedition in 2020, 2021 or 2022. Guests have until March 31, 2021 to select their preferred voyage.
Crystal River Cruises’ Fleet
Crystal’s new-build river vessels are Europe’s most spacious river ships, accommodating just 106 guests with an intentional focus on maximizing personal and public spaces throughout their 135-meter hulls (a size typically designed to accommodate twice the number of guests). The ships comprise Europe’s newest river cruise fleet and are the industry’s first and only all-balcony, all-suite, butler-serviced vessels in Europe, 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 private butler service in every room category, king-sized beds, Caudalie 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.
Crystal’s Health Protocols
With more than 30 years cruising to the far reaches of the world, Crystal has a long tradition of implementing and maintaining the highest health and safety policies at sea. Please visit this link to learn more about Crystal River Cruises’ Health Protocols.
Only the world-renowned Crystal Experience offers an unwavering, unparalleled standard of excellence and luxury across four distinct cruising options: Crystal Cruises, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line; Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line; Crystal Yacht Cruises, offering boutique luxury and bold adventure in the world’s most elite harbors; and Crystal Expedition Cruises, taking Crystal’s acclaimed elegance to the farthest reaches of the world. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast TravelerReaders’ Choice Awards for a record 26 years including, in 2019, for Best Medium-Ship Cruise Line for Crystal Cruises, Best Small-Ship Cruise Line for Crystal Yacht Cruises and Best River Cruise Line for Crystal River Cruises. Crystal was also voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 23 years; and won “Cruise Line of the Year” and “Most Luxurious Guest Experience” by Virtuoso for 2018 & 2019. Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA.
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Susan Robison or Christina Baez
Crystal Global Public Relations
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