Crystal River Cruises officially welcomed its newest ship to the fleet on Monday, May 28, as Crystal Debussy was christened in Amsterdam. Marking the occasion were Crystal’s President and CEO, Tom Wolber, Crystal River Cruises’ Vice President and Managing Director, Walter Littlejohn, and Crystal Debussy’s Godmother, Broadway star Rachel York.
The ceremony took place during the ship’s three-day stay in Amsterdam on its 10-day “Splendors of the Rhine” cruise, allowing guests on the sailing to participate in the traditional festivities, while Crystal crew members looked on from the decks of the ship.
Godmother Rachel York sang her rendition of “Defying Gravity,” a nod to her career on the stages of the world, including those aboard Crystal’s ships as part of the Crystal on Broadway program.
Sailing itineraries between Amsterdam and Basel, the 106-guest Crystal Debussy embarked on its inaugural voyage along the Rhine River on April 9. Guests 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 sails routes of seven and 10 days between Amsterdam and Basel along the Rhine and Moselle rivers, visiting Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.
Crystal’s new river vessels have an all-balcony, all-suite, design, with every category of accommodation positioned above the waterline. They offer Crystal’s butler service in every room category, king-sized beds, panoramic balcony windows, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, ETRO amenities, robes and slippers, and wall-mounted flatscreen HD TVs. Additional features include farm-to-table cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the Waterside Restaurant, Bistro cafés and the Vintage Room; and the Palm Court for entertainment, enrichment presentations and views of the countryside.