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World renowned Crystal Cruises EUROPEAN river cruises... simply the BEST!


In early 2015, we wrote about the entry of Crystal into the river cruise space in 2017 with the launch of the Mozart sailing the Danube River with roundtrip voyages out of Vienna. Then, just 45 days later... they announced that the Crystal Mozart would enter the market in 2016! And, then in 2017, two new, purpose-built Crystal river ships — the Bach and the Mahler — were launched with 24 unique itineraries to choose from. Unfortunately, they continue to delay the launch of their ships in France for a couple of years.

The all-new Bach and Mahler were launched, respectively, in June and August of 2017. These new, very contemporary 110-passenger river ships are sailing innovative itineraries along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers.

In 2018, with both the new Debussy and Ravel launched, the number of itineraries available on the Rhine, Main and Danube jumped to 120 to meet growing demand.

For 2019, Crystal has added even more, shorter itineraries ranging from 7 to 11 days on the Danube, Rhine, Main, bringing the total number of exciting itineraries to 225 curated destinations. Crystal just keeps offering more and more choices to their guests. If you haven't yet booked your Crystal river cruise for 2019, please don't wait any longer — they are already well-booked, and 2019 (and even 2020 at this date) promise to be sell-outs! Call and speak to one of our river cruise experts as soon as you can.

Crystal is dedicated to the comfort and well-being of their guests.
As we mentioned above, while the vessels are full-size river ships at 443 meters, they only carry 110 pampered guests. Even more unusual is that there are no staterooms on the lower of the three passenger decks. They only have staterooms and suites, all with balconies, on the top two decks of the ships.

All the ships feature many Crystal favorites including the Palm Court with its wonderful dance floor, regular suites at 220sf, deluxe suites at 250sf, and one, 2-bedroom suite at 750sf. Other familiar features to Crystal past guests are multiple dining venues, library, fitness center, spa, and sporting equipment such as electric-assisted bicycles.

The Crystal Experience.
Everyone at Premier has sailed on Crystal's ocean cruises. We've experienced first-hand and up-close, the unmatched quality they offer to their ocean guests. We can truly say that those same immaculate qualities have been carried over to their river guests. For those of you looking to immerse yourselves in the totally unique, 6-star Crystal experience, please consider booking very early as we are seeing a significant level of demand for 2018 sailings. These new river gems are selling out very quickly.

With Crystal, not only will you enjoy the best of the best in the way of accommodations and cuisine. One of the things that our Premier team are really excited about is what Crystal will be doing with their onboard dining experience. We like to say that on all other river ships, "you eat," but on Crystal, "you dine." If you read between the words, we think you will understand that the dining experience aboard ANY of the new Crystal River ships will exceed the ordinary and your expectations as well.

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One of our favorite things is that Crystal River Cruises will feature a "farm to table" approach to meal planning and the acquisition of almost all organic foods. Yes, they can and will do this, even in Europe. They will use vendors along the rivers so that there were be no need to use any frozen foods or pastries on any Crystal ship.

For those who enjoy variety, you'll have your choice of dining in the type of restaurant you prefer as the Mozart and new build river ships will feature 5 unique dining venues to please your pallet. Choose to enjoy the water view of the Bistro, just as it sounds, a French bistro, but one that features "regional street foods" and other specialties... and from what we heard, the best gelato of any river ships, and it's made on board.

At the aft portion of the ship, you'll find a very novel grill, simply called BLU. Located at the rear of the ship, BLU has slidding glass doors and it will be a very casual place for any meal. Another fun spot will be a pop-up bar located on the top (Sun) deck. Here you can enjoy your favorite libation or, check out their 100" flat screen TV where Crystal will air movies and live sporting events of interest.

In addition to BLU, you can also enjoy Michelin rated food onboard at the main dining room, the Waterside Grill. For a lighter, more casual meal you can also enjoy tapas at the Bistro or a perfectly brewed coffee and pastry at the Pantry. This is only a glimpse at what you can expect when you enjoy a Crystal River Cruise.

If you are a "foodie," we've saved one of the most dynamic elements of the Crystal experience until now. On each Crystal river cruise, every guest will have the opportunity to select and then enjoy diner off the ship at a Michelin "star rated" restaurant. To make it the ultimate guest dining experience, there will be a choice of restaurants in selected ports with only 12-14 lucky guests going to any one restaurant. Once you have deposited your cabin, you can actually go on line and pick the Michelin restaurant of your choice. Oh, wait a minute, we forgot to tell you that dining at one of the Michelin restaurants is INCLUDED in your cruise price.

One of the other truly unique things Crystal will do is own their own fleet of busses that will shadow your ship. In addition to the ease of travel that will create, these buses will have expresso machines, bathrooms, and even WiFi for those who want to upload their unforgettable pictures to the Internet while touring. Speaking of staying connected, on the Crystal River ships' version of their successful Palm Court, you'll even be able to catch live U.S. sporting events, so (guys) no worries about that special game or your favorite team.

Here's a brief overview of what we know so far.
Crystal sailings on the Mozart, Bach, Mahler, Debussy and Ravel continue to receive incredible reviews
Bookings for 2019 — and now 2020 — cruises are selling briskly. Please don't wait!
Crystal river ships are as large as other river cruise ships
They carry fewer guests: Bach, Mahler, Ravel & Debussy – 110; Mozart just 154 (compared to 195 on Viking)
The smallest stateroom measures a very spacious 203 square feet.
Crystal itineraries feature a number of overnight stays
Crystal includes the opportunity for each guest to dine off the ship in a Michelin 1-2 Star restaurant
Crystal offers a minimum of FOUR included excusions at each port visited
Crystal uses their riverships for pre- or post-stays rather than hotels
Crystal river ships feature up to five unique, Michelin-quality dining venues
Crystal river ships offer room service and butler service
Crystal itineraries highlight various enrichment programs

The Premier Team has a long-standing relationship with Crystal. Please bookmark this page and check back frequently as we will continually update it with new information released by Crystal.

We are already seeing that Crystal river voyages will be some of the most in demand trips of 2019 & 2020, so please reach out to Premier team soon. We have special, exclusive offers and the experience to truly help you maximize your vacation dollars to maximize your enjoyment of your Crystal River Cruise.

Thank you and bon voyage,

Rick Kaplan
Premier River Cruises


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