Crystal Bach Gets a Godmother

Rendering of the design concept for Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler
The new Crystal Bach ship will be christened by Anna-Maria Kaufmann.

Crystal River Cruises has announced that famed soprano vocalist and German performer, Anna-Maria Kaufmann, will be the godmother of Crystal Bach, the line’s new “Rhine Class” river ship. 

The ship will make its inaugural voyage from Amsterdam August 13 and will be christened by Kaufmann during her call in Rüdesheim, Germany, on August 20.

Kaufmann has performed around the world and will perform again during the christening. Appropriately, at the ceremony she will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Air.”


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The 55-suite ship will travel along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers for its first voyage between Amsterdam and Frankfurt, as well as Amsterdam and Basel, heading through the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.

Crystal Bach is the first of four Crystal “Rhine Class” river ships to be unveiled on the rivers of Europe, joining Crystal Mozart. Crystal’s “Rhine Class” river ships are the river cruising industry’s first and only all-balcony, all-suite ships in Europe, according to the company. All four river ships will offer butler service in every room category, king-sized beds, Panoramic Balcony-Windows, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories. There will also be ETRO robes and slippers, wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs, and Nespresso machines. Additional features include Crystal’s farm-to-table, Michelin-inspired cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the exclusive Vintage Room; and the Palm Court.

Crystal Bach was delivered earlier this month in Wismar, Germany during an official ceremony. Crystal’s CEO and President Edie Rodriguez, as well as several local VIPs, were in attendance.

Crystal River Cruises was recently named “World’s Best River Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure and has also been named “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 23 years. 


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