Crystal Cruises Expands To Rivers With First Boat Launch

Crystal River Cruises marked its entry to river cruising with the christening of its first riverboat, Crystal Mozart, in Vienna.


Guests and company executives gathered at the city’s Millennium Pier (the ship’s new homeport) to witness the ceremony, which culminated in a blessing of the vessel and the successful breaking of a champagne bottle against her hull by godmother Elisabeth Gurtler, managing director of Vienna’s famed Hotel Sacher, as well as acting director of the historic Spanish Riding School.


Previously sailing as the MS Mozart, Crystal Cruises acquired the ship to launch river operations while also ordering 6 newbuilds. Notable as Europe’s largest river cruiser, she carries 154 guests and was reimagined to incorporate some of Crystal Cruises’ luxury hallmarks from its ocean-going ships. Her suites, ranging from 19 to 65 square meters, are especially spacious and feature King-sized beds, smart toilets, iPads and full butler service. Several restaurants, bars and lounges (including the main Waterside dining room) offer plenty of dining options. The ship’s Crystal Life Spa incorporates an indoor pool and hot tub, steam and sauna rooms as well as the latest beauty and wellness facilities, while its sun deck features a pop-up bar and alfresco space.


Crystal Mozart will sail itineraries along the Danube River, calling in some of the region’s most stunning locations throughout Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia and Serbia. At every stop, guests will be able to partake in complimentary excursions and all passengers are invited to a once-per-cruise evening at Vienna’s Belvedere Palace, complete with private art tour and concert.


In 2017, Crystal River Cruises will expand further to cruise the River Seine in France and Germany’s river Rhine and Main. The French sailings will be served by Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel, with German operations by Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler. A further 2 ships are planned for future growth.


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