(2:50 p.m. EDT) — Crystal River Cruises, the river arm of luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises, has published the list of shore excursions for Crystal Mozart’s maiden season, and the majority of them will be complimentary. Only "more over-the-top" excursions will cost extra, as will private tours, according to a company press release.
Each port stop will offer at least one included tour, as well as an alternative free excursion in most locations to give passengers choice. Often, tours will be offered in both the morning and afternoon so passengers can pick the time that best suits their schedule.
Options might include:
- Budapest, Hungary: Tour of Parliament and Great Market Hall, or a visit to the Jewish District and Dohany Synagogue
- Linz, Austria: Day trip to Salzburg or the Salzkammergut Lake District
Crystal claims to be the first river cruise line to offer experiences such as a full-day tour to Munich, with visits to the Olympic grounds and a BMW factory, and an evening concert with VIP access to art exhibits at Vienna’s Belvedere Palace.
In addition, Crystal will offer complimentary active excursions, such as a hike to the top of Linz’s Postlingberg, a bike ride through the Wachau Valley or a trek through Vienna’s vineyards — all accompanied by the ship’s fitness instructor.
"It is our pleasure to offer Crystal Complimentary Adventures with our river voyages as part of the ‘All Inclusive’ Crystal Experience, as we know how greatly these shore-side adventures enhance our guests’ understanding and perception of the destinations," says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s president and CEO in the press release.
Bus tours — as well as airport transfers — will be offered in Crystal’s new luxury motorcoaches. The 42-passenger buses feature plush seats, free Wi-Fi and included beverages. (There’s even an espresso machine onboard.)
The 160-passenger Crystal Mozart, the first of five riverboats, launches July 2016, and will sail the Danube River, offering European Capitals and Christmas Markets sailings.