Watch: Crystal Christens New Crystal Bach

Crystal River Cruises Rhine Class
Crystal River Cruises Rhine Class

Crystal River Cruises has officially debuted and christened its newest river cruise ship, the Crystal Bach. It is the first of four “Rhine Class” ships scheduled to be launched by Crystal. 

Crystal CEO and President Edie Rodriguez presided over the ceremony that took place in Rüdesheim, Germany. Emcee and longtime Crystal entertainer Mark Farris also appeared, as did German opera star Anna-Maria Kaufmann, who is godmother of the ship. Kaufmann christened the ship with the traditional blessing and champagne breaking. She also performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Air.” The entire ceremony was streamed live on Facebook for the world to see:

Crystal Bach is the first all-balcony, all-suite river ship, according to Rodriguez. Rooms also have features including king-sized beds and Crystal’s personal butler service, panoramic balcony-windows, walk-in closets and dual vanities in the bathrooms in most categories, ETRO robes and slippers, wall-mounted flatscreen HD TVs, and Nespresso machines. Also onboard is a luxurious spa and separate fitness center as well as Crystal’s farm-to-table dining options in multiple, open-seating eateries: the Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the exclusive Vintage Room; and the Palm Court.

This ship joins Crystal Mozart as part of the Crystal River Cruises fleet - recently named “World’s Best River Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure. Sailing 10- and 14-day voyages mainly along the Rhine River, she will call in medieval towns and modern centers in Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.

Crystal also recently launched Crystal Skye, Crystal’s fully custom B-777 luxury private tour jet, last week in Las Vegas.

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