(4:50 p.m. EDT) — Just a few months from its July debut, Crystal has unveiled design concepts and ship amenities for its new riverboat. Crystal Mozart.
Crystal Mozart is a complete revamp of MS Mozart, a former riverboat owned by Peter Deilmann. The vessel is the largest river ship in Europe, nearly double the width of other ships, and is designed to sail the Danube.
The ship will set sail on its maiden voyage, roundtrip from Vienna, on July 13, 2016, and will have a crew-to-passenger ratio of 1 to 1.75, with 91 crew members for 158 passengers.
The ship’s new color scheme aims to be soothing with cream, gray and white base colors accented with deep blue and green, as well as contemporary prints. The line also added an elevator and will have the largest suite for a river cruise ship, at 883 square feet.
"We’re bringing what was already a grand dame of European rivers up to the superlative Crystal level, with a modern but ‘classically Crystal’ twist," Crystal’s President and CEO Edie Rodriguez said, in a press release.
Here are some additional details, broken down by category:
The river ship will offer six dining venues. The main venue is Waterside, which serves breakfast and lunch buffets and sit-down dinner in an indoor/outdoor setting. For a more intimate special occasional dinner, The Vintage Room will seat 12 for dinner; it’s also found on Crystal’s ocean ships.
The casual Blu will serve global comfort food, akin to Tastes on Crystal Serenity. Palm Court, a Crystal Symphony hallmark, will offer afternoon tea (as well as dancing, live entertainment and cocktails). Bistro Mozart will offer light bites, such as fruit, pastries and hot beverages, and The Pantry is a self-service wine and drinks bar with to-go snacks.
Butler service will be available in every cabin, from 219-square-foot window and French balcony suites to the 883-square-foot, two-bedroom Crystal Suite. Cabins will also feature king-size beds, Nespresso machines, marble bathrooms and 40-inch flat-screen TVs. The Crystal Suite and the 330-square-foot penthouse suites will also come with French balconies, walk-in closets and bathrooms with separate showers and large bathtubs.
The top deck will be outfitted with a pop-up bar and outdoor movie screen, as well as a living garden with teak bench seating. Inside, The Cove is the main gathering space, where Crystal Mozart’s entertainment host will entertain passengers by playing a Yamaha AvantGrand Piano.
The Crystal Life Spa will be operated by Crystal and not outsourced to a third party company like Steiner or Canyon Ranch. It will offer a spa with two treatment rooms, a salon, fitness center, indoor pool and sauna and steam rooms.
Crystal Mozart will have four decks and an elevator, which will run between three decks (but won’t reach the top sun deck, typical for river ships). It will also have an exterior promenade on Deck 3, a library and a self-service laundry room.
The ship will also carry two custom made tender boats, used for scenic cruising.