(2:35 p.m. EDT) — Crystal River Cruises, the river cruise division of luxury line Crystal Cruises, today unveiled itineraries for its five new river yachts and has opened bookings for sailings from 2016 through 2018. The first river cruise, on refurbished 160-passenger Crystal Mozart, will set sail on its maiden voyage from Vienna in July 2016 — a year earlier than planned, due to overwhelming demand. Four brand-new river ships will launch between June and August 2017.
Fares start from $3,435 per person and include all onboard meals and soft drinks, most alcoholic beverages, overseas transfers, use of bicycles in port, a choice of complimentary shore excursions in each port, free Wi-Fi, port taxes and gratuities.
Edie Rodriguez, president and CEO of Crystal Cruises said "It’s truly thrilling for us, as well as our loyal guests and new-to-Crystal travelers, as more details of what’s in store for Crystal River Cruises unfold. We are going to deliver the most luxurious river experience in the industry with a combination of innovative vessel designs, unmatched guest service and fascinating itineraries."
The itineraries are listed below:
Maiden voyage: July 13, 2016
This ship will offer two Danube itineraries, lasting 10 or 11 nights. These sailings explore Austria’s Wachau Valley (Vienna, Passau, Bratislava) or the Eastern Danube (Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade). Special Christmas and New Year’s itineraries are also available.
Maiden voyage: June 4, 2017
Five-, seven- and 10-night Seine River cruises offer multiple overnights near the Eiffel Tower in Paris and sail to such destinations as Honfleur, the beaches of Normandy and Deauville, and Rouen.
Maiden Voyage: June 18, 2017
The 14-night sailings include stops in Amsterdam, Basel, Antwerp and Cologne as the ship travels along both the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. A 10-night festive itinerary explores the region’s Christmas markets.
Maiden Voyage: August 8, 2017
See the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers and the Gironde Estuary on seven-night sailings that offer two nights in Bordeaux and stops in Pauillac, Blaye and Libourne.
Maiden Voyage: August 29, 2017
Explore the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers on epic 16-night Grand Europe voyages that include overnights in Budapest, Vienna, Passau and Amsterdam.
Onboard its ships, Crystal River Cruises will offer amenities not usually found on river vessels, including king-size beds, walk-in closets, an indoor swimming pool and a host of equipment — kayaks, electric bicycles, personal watercrafts — for passengers to use while in port, free of charge.
During the day, the line will offer culturally immersive shore excursions and complimentary active tours and will focus on longer and overnight stays in port, as well as sailing less-traveled routes to avoid congestion.