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Luxury travel Blog post July 1, 2016
Digital rendering of the river ship Crystal Mozart.

Courtesy of Crystal Cruises

Digital rendering of the river ship Crystal Mozart.

Crystal unveils details about 7 super-elegant river yachts

Crystal Mozart will lead the way when it debuts in 2017

It’s not your grandpa’s riverboat, no siree. Luxury travel company Crystal Cruises has revealed the latest wow factors of the first of seven super-elegant riverboats, the highly innovative Crystal Mozart.

The new ships, set to launch in spring and summer of 2017, is expected to set a new standard for luxury river cruising experiences. Crystal River Cruises' new river yachts will showcase stylish and elegant design, creative itineraries and experiences ashore, and unmatched genuine service, the cruise line says. 

The quartet of nearly identical river yachts will each feature a few notable differences due to the variance in size. The 158-passenger Crystal Mozart is the largest river-going ship in Europe.

The other three vessels will carry about half that number for a more intimate environment. Sailing on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Bach are distinguished as “Rhine Class” yachts, at 135 meters in length with 53 suites for 106 guests. Meantime, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel will sail on the Seine, Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde Rivers and are considered “Paris Class” yachts, with a length of 110 meters and guest capacity of 78 guests in 39 suites.

Open-seating dining on board

In keeping with Crystal’s well-known style, each boat will offer butler service in all of its spacious suites. There will be plush king-size beds covered in Egyptian cotton linens, each facing a panoramic veranda window. Other comforts include walk-in closets, full-length mirrors, ETRO robes and slippers, wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs and caffeine-infusion Nespresso machines.

Meals will be served in several venues from the elegant Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the exclusive Vintage Room, Cove Bar and Palm Court. Another distinction is true open-seating dining, allowing guests to dine where they want, when they want and with whom they want. There will also be a spa, fitness center and partial indoor/outdoor pool on both the Bach and Mahler. 

All suites are located entirely above the waterline, providing spectacular and unobstructed views through panoramic windows. 

LA-based Crystal Cruises, which is also opening a lavish headquarters in Miami, also operates two luxury ships, Crystal Serenity and Symphony as well as a jet plane. 

Patti Pietschmann
I'm the LA Travel Diva and spend time cruising with first mate Richard, traveling the world, reviewing fine restaurants, going to plays, movies and events. It's the good life.