The Crystal River Cruise Experience

14 February 17

Author: Kacie Fogg

Known for luxurious boats, impeccable service, and gourmet food, Crystal Cruises provides travelers with a world-class experience on the European rivers. With the launch of two new river yachts this year and two more in 2018, Crystal is ready to take cruising to the next level by offering guests the best of everything imaginable in a river cruise.

With a 91 to 158 staff-to-guest ratio, Crystal Cruises is known for supreme service on all Europe’s rivers. Additionally, first-class amenities include a spa, a fitness area, and 24-hour room service. The well-appointed rooms are equipped with 40-inch state-of-the-art television systems and iPads for interactive, on-demand service. In-suite Nepresso machines allow guests to sip gourmet coffee on their balconies in the morning without the hassle of leaving their rooms.

Crystal’s exceptional service is as outstanding on the shore as is it on board the ship. For land adventures and city tours, Crystal has hand-picked more than 300 local guides throughout European cities so that guests can experience the best tours and shore excursions. Crystal also provides guests with Nordic Walking poles, bicycles, binoculars, and GPS units so that guests can make the most of each city that they tour along the cruise. Those who want to relax on the ship can lounge by the pool, enjoy the steam room and sauna in the spa, or unwind with a glass of champagne on the rooftop deck, which features a lovely garden space.

Crystal’s six-star gourmet experience parallels its accommodations and service. With elegant tableside service and a variety of dining options, Crystal provides a fabulous gastronomic encounter to satisfy the expectations of every guest. The Crystal Mozart, the company’s go-to yacht in Europe, provides multiple dining options for guests, including the elegant Waterside Restaurant, the signature Bistro Café, the exclusive Vintage room, Cove Bar, and Palm Court. The various dining options allow guests to experience true open seating and the opportunity to eat where they want, when they want, and with whom they want.

The chefs of Crystal Cruises ensure that guests eat locally sourced ingredients and authentic European fare, and they serve local and seasonal wine and beer with all meals. If guests want to splurge for a once-in-a-lifetime Michelin Star-rated dining experience, the Vintage Room offers impeccable wine, tastefully paired with an inspired gourmet meal for a modest upcharge. Crystal also offers the opportunity for guests to select a complimentary Michelin Star-rated restaurant experience on-shore as well, with a variety of options available in their many culinary enriched port cities. Guests can choose a romantic dinner on board or in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

State-of-the-art ships, personalized service, and first-class dining are just some of the reasons why Crystal Cruises are consistently rated at the top of the list when it comes to river cruising. With two more yachts arriving later in 2017 and two more in 2018, even more opportunities to travel with this top-notch company are on the way.

Ready to experience the Crystal Cruise difference? Request a consultation with one of our cruise specialists today.


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