Riverside Cruises Adds Four More Former Crystal Ships to Fleet

Riverside Luxury Cruises has announced the expansion of its fleet with the acquisition of four former Crystal Cruises ships to its fleet. The additional ships, MS Bach, MS Ravel, MS Mahler and MS Debussy, will join the Riverside Mozartwhich the company acquired late last year to sail on the Danube—with the first of the bunch setting sail in April.

The Riverside Ravel will include sailings on both the Rhône and Saône, providing guests a chance to indulge in all that Southern France has to offer, sailing from Burgundy to Provence. Riverside Debussy will sail along the Rhine and pass sheer cliffs, castles, ancient princedoms and shining destinations from Amsterdam to Switzerland. Itineraries for the Riverside Bach and Riverside Mahler are slated for 2024 and will be announced later this year for booking. These ships were originally designed and operated by Crystal Cruises.

Said Gregor Gerlach, founder of Riverside Luxury Cruises: "This acquisition allows us to expand our itinerary offerings, showcasing a level of space, personalized service and elegance not found with any other river cruise line."

Riverside Luxury Cruises says it aims to be defined not only by its crew-to-guest ratio but by its service culture. Its butlers will assist guests with any and all needs from reservations and excursions to special requests and one-of-a-kind experiences. Each excursion is organized and designed by a shoreside team, with the goal of providing guests an open door to a world of exclusive experiences.

On shore and on board, the cruise line suggests wellness experiences will be curated to encourage guests to enjoy the river and surrounding countryside with all their senses. From a culinary perspective, Riverside aims to provide the best cuisine and wine cellar on the water and will place an emphasis on the freshness and quality of all ingredients on board. Each ship will have a crew of trained sommeliers and bartenders will have access to special regional and global wines as well as some of the best spirits available, with a wine cellar. 

Good to know: Riverside Luxury Cruises is offering 21 percent commissions on all 2023 sailings, as well as special introductory FAM rates for travel advisors. Reservations and more information are available at www.riverside-cruises.

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