Austrian businesswoman and travel industry expert will christen the river ship July 11
LOS ANGELES, June 23, 2016 – Crystal River Cruises has announced Ms. Elisabeth Gürtler as the Godmother of its first river ship Crystal Mozart. On July 11, the reimagined “Queen of Europe’s Rivers,” will be officially welcomed to the fleet in Vienna, Austria, in a christening ceremony that will culminate when the ship’s newly announced godmother, breaks the customary champagne against the bow. Ms. Gürtler is no stranger to the finer nuances of luxury travel, as the managing director of Vienna’s most famous hotel, the Hotel Sacher. Her expertise on Vienna and its cultural wonders stretches to the city’s historic Spanish Riding School, where she is also acting director.
“It is fitting that such a pillar of the Viennese community as Ms. Gürtler would join the Crystal family as we expand into the stunning waterways of Austria and the surrounding areas,” says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s CEO and president. “As we prepare to embark with Crystal Mozart on her journeys along the Danube River, we are honored to do so with the blessing of one of the region’s most respected citizens, who also shares Crystal’s commitment to a superior standard of excellence in global travel.”
As godmother of Crystal Mozart, Gürtler joins an esteemed group of Crystal matriarchs that have come before, including Mary Tyler Moore (Crystal Harmony), Dame Angela Lansbury (Crystal Symphony), Dame Julie Andrews (Crystal Serenity) and Lady Gaenor Meakes (Crystal Esprit). Crystal Mozart will embark on her maiden voyage round-trip from Vienna on July 13, calling in picturesque locales lining Europe’s second-largest river. Visits to Dürnstein, Melk, and Linz, Austria; an overnight in Passau, Germany; Bratislava, Slovakia; a second overnight in Budapest, Hungary; and ending in with two nights back in Vienna will afford Crystal’s world-savvy guests intimate, immersive exploration of the region.
As the World’s Most Luxurious Travel and Lifestyle portfolio continues to expand, Crystal will welcome six newly built additional river yachts to its luxury fleet over the next three years. The sleek vessels will cruise rivers in France, Eastern Europe and the surrounding regions.
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Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™, having earned more “World’s Best” accolades than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. Crystal Cruises has won “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 22 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 consecutive years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for two-consecutive years (2014 & 2015). In summer 2015, Crystal embarked on the most significant brand expansion in the history of luxury travel and hospitality, introducing three new classes of cruising – the recently launched Crystal Yacht Cruises (December 2015), Crystal River Cruises (July 2016), Crystal Exclusive Class Ocean Cruises (Fall 2019), Crystal Luxury Air (April 2016) and Crystal AirCruises (2017).