Crystal River Cruises Shifts Two New Ships to Rhine and Danube

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Following the launch of its first luxury river yacht, Crystal Mozart, Crystal River Cruises has announced that that it will increase its presence in the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers, deploying four of its planned new build river yachts in the region over the next two years (2017 and 2018). 

Based on guest feedback on the itineraries planned in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Amsterdam and Holland, the company said it has elected to delay its entrance into the French river cruise market, choosing instead to prioritize its offerings in the German and Austrian region in order to meet traveler demand. The shift in focus means redesigning and enlarging the two Paris-class river yachts, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel, as Rhine-class river yachts, and redeploying them east in 2018.

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Previously, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel were to travel along the Seine, Rhone and Dordogne Rivers in France beginning in June and August, 2017 respectively.

Unlike ocean-going ships, a river ship operates within more confined parameters and is unable to reroute easily, said Crystal President and CEO Edie Rodriguez

For guests who have already booked Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel, the line is offering incentives including: 

Crystal Debussy guests choose from one of the following:

Crystal Mozart voyage and $750 shipboard credit per person, plus $500 per person future cruise credit*;
Crystal Bach voyage and $500 future cruise credit per person*;
A 2017 Crystal Esprit voyage (7-night), plus $750 per person shipboard credit and $500 per person future cruise credit*;
A veranda room for a 2017 Crystal Symphony European voyage (up to 14 days) and $500 per person future cruise credit*;
$1,000 per person future cruise credit to apply toward any other 2017 Crystal Experience (booked at prevailing rates).

Crystal Ravel guests choose from one of the following:

Crystal Mozart voyage and $500 per person future cruise credit*;
A 2017 Crystal Esprit voyage (7-night), $750 per person shipboard credit plus $500 per person future cruise credit*;
A veranda room for a 2017 Crystal Symphony European cruise (up to 10 days) and $500 per person future cruise credit*;
$1,000 per person future cruise credit to apply toward any other 2017 Crystal Experience (booked at prevailing rates).

*Valid for 18 months and can only be used towards a second Crystal experience beyond the one chosen as an alternate to the Crystal Debussy or Crystal Ravel booking.

The redesign and subsequent redeployment of Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel will increase the size of the two ships from 110 meters to 135 meters, the maximum size permissible on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. The increased length allows for the addition of a swimming pool with a sliding glass roof and more of the ship’s larger suites, which range in size up to 759 square feet.

The new design places the ships as part of the line’s 106-guest Rhine-class series currently comprising Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler, which are due to enter service June 18 and August 29, 2017, respectively. Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel will be set for maiden voyages in April, 2018 and May, 2018 respectively with detailed itineraries to be announced shortly.

All four yachts will offer Crystal butler service, king-sized beds that face toward the Panoramic Balcony-Windows, walk-in closets, dual vanity in the bathrooms, ETRO robes and slippers, wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs, and Nespresso machines. Onboard dining options include the Waterside Restaurant, Bistro cafés and the Vintage Room; Cove Bar and Palm Court.

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