Crystal River Cruises has welcomed Crystal Debussy to its fleet. The latest addition to the Crystal portfolio brings the river fleet to four luxury river ships since Crystal launched its river experiences in 2016. The vessel was delivered to Crystal President and CEO Tom Wolber at MV WERFTEN during the official handover ceremony in Wismar, Germany. In attendance was Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman and CEO of Crystal’s parent company, Genting Hong Kong (GHK), Colin Au, group president of GHK, and Jarmo Laasko, CEO of MV WERFTEN.
Wolber said that the new ship will debut next month with the same onboard amenities as the company’s other river cruise ships.
The 106-guest Crystal Debussy will sail itineraries between Amsterdam and Basel along the Rhine River, beginning with its April 9 inaugural voyage roundtrip from Amsterdam. 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.
In addition, Crystal will welcome Crystal Ravel to the fleet next month, joining sibling vessels Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Debussy and the line’s first river ship, Crystal Mozart.
Crystal’s new river vessels are all-balcony, all-suite and all-butler, with every category of accommodation above the waterline. They also have king-sized beds, Panoramic Balcony-Windows, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, ETRO robes and slippers, and wall-mounted flatscreen HD TVs.
Additional features include farm-to-table cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the Vintage Room; and the Palm Court for entertainment, enrichment presentations and views of the countryside.
As with all Crystal River Cruises voyages, a recently announced Crystal Collection of more than 200 inclusive shore-side adventures is available. Each river itinerary also has inclusive Signature Events – special events that offer rare access and musical performances in iconic landmarks including Vienna’s Belvedere Palace, Linz’s St. Florian Monastery, Rüdesheim’s Monastery Eberbach, and others.
Excursion group sizes are limited to no more than 15 guests; for larger groups, guides are available to lead the tours in German, Spanish, Portuguese and other languages upon request. Crystal Collection shore excursions offer transport via spacious motor coaches that include free Wi-Fi.