Renowned as The World‘s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line, Crystal River Cruises debuted in 2016 with the launch of Crystal Mozart - the largest and most spacious ship on Europe’s rivers, ushering in a new era of luxury in river cruising. With a focus on more overnight stays and longer days in port to maximize guests‘ authentic experience in each destination, Crystal River Cruises showcases Europe’s most fascinating and fairy-tale locales.
The luxury river cruise experts at Sovereign are in the very best position to advise you about Crystal River cruises because many of our team have been fortunate to enjoy this wonderful experience first-hand. What we love about Crystal River cruises is the way in which Crystal have seamlessly carried over the opulent interiors, sublime cuisine and gracious service from their renowned ocean cruise ships to a river cruise experience. In so doing, they have created an incredible experience that is second to none and hence why it has quickly become is one of our clientele's favourite luxury river experiences. You really must try it; we think that you will be tremendously impressed.
Crystal River Cruises view of The Sovereign Cruise Club team is best summed up by Elaine Gillard, Crystal‘s Marketing Director, “Our relationship with Stefan and The Sovereign Cruise Club team is longstanding, and built on mutual respect, understanding and ultimately our love of luxury cruise. The team at Sovereign are fantastic at what they do - they take the time to understand your needs and match you with the right luxury cruise - whether that’s on a small boutique yacht; an epic expedition to your once in a lifetime destination; or a discovery of Europe‘s waterways on a river cruise. They also have first-hand experience of the ships they sell which is priceless when it comes to making sure your cruise is perfect. Huge thanks to Stefan and the team at Sovereign for their support of Crystal throughout the years - it’s always a genuine pleasure to work with you all.”
Crystal expanded its fleet in 2017 with the debut of the first two of four identical ships, Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler, which offer voyages along the Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle rivers. The two ships mark the *first and only all-suite, all-balcony river ships in Europe. In spring 2018, Crystal River Cruises further expanded its fleet with Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel.
Extraordinary personal attention, butler service for every suite and superb, farm-to-table cuisine are among the defining characteristics of Crystal River Cruises, as are plush onboard amenities, the largest luxury suites in river cruising, expansive social spaces crowned with skylights and glass roofs, and an ambience of boutique elegance. An unparalleled range of all-inclusive amenities and services exceeds the expectations of the most discerning travellers. Crystal's all-inclusive experience offers Michelin-inspired cuisine, unlimited Champagne, fine wines and premium spirits, all gratuities (shipboard and shoreside), daily fitness and yoga classes, unlimited Wi-Fi and use of Atlanta eBikes in select destinations.
Ashore, a curated “Crystal Collection” of complimentary experiences offers unmatched options for cultural enrichment and active adventure.
Europe‘s only all-suite, all-balcony river ships, Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel, offer incomparable luxuries and amenities featuring Crystal’s signature service, thanks to the highest crew-to-guest ratio in the industry. The 106-guest ships are serviced by 68 expert Crystal crew.
All suites feature king-sized beds with Panoramic Balcony-Windows and most feature walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms. Throughout the Crystal River fleet, each suite also offers Crystal‘s celebrated butler service to attend to guests’ individual wishes, as well as Caudalie amenities, ETRO robes and slippers, personal iPads, wall-mounted 42-inch, flat-screen HD TVs with streaming movies, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
With each dining experience, the philosophy of culinary creativity remains rooted in Crystal's commitment to using the freshest ingredients sourced from local suppliers and bold flavours that reflect the destinations.
The culinary journey takes place in restaurants on each ship that include:
• Waterside - The main dining area with an intimate ambiance serving elaborate breakfast and lunch options in a market environment, followed by evening dinner service that features diverse menus of locally inspired cuisine and specialties from around the world.
• Bistro - A European Bistro aboard each vessel named for its ship, serving coffees, pastries and charcuterie by day, and wines and tapas in the evenings.
• The Pantry - A self-service wine and beverage bar, ideal for a quick snack on the go.
• The Vintage Room - As aboard Crystal's ocean ships, offering extravagant optional dinners with extraordinary wine pairing menus.
In addition to numerous culinary indulgences on board, Crystal River ships feature a full-service spa and separate fitness centre, equipped with modern machines and cardio equipment as well as free weights - both with dedicated professionals for service and nearly unheard of in the river cruising market. All ships feature an indoor pool with those on Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel capped by a glass roof.
All ships feature the Palm Court, reminiscent of that found on Crystal's ocean ships, the main hub for dancing and live local entertainment, as well as casual cocktails and tea service. Top, open-air Vista Decks on each ship feature a pop-up bar, ideal for alfresco refreshments as travellers take in the riverside scenes. The area also offers outdoor movie screenings on cosy sofas situated under the stars.
The Crystal Collection of Authentic Adventures are a collection of curated destination experiences. These shore-side excursions highlight the multi-faceted character of each destination comprising five types of experiences, as follows:
• Personal Connections - Those looking to explore the culture of a destination first-hand can enjoy a one of-a-kind experience hosted by local residents, artisans and experts.
• Tantalizing Gastronomy - Guests can indulge in the signature culinary styles and specialties of the destination with a variety of dining and hands-on cooking opportunities.
• Cultural Discoveries - Guests will enjoy comprehensive insight from expert guides into historical landmarks, museums, iconic sites and architectural marvels.
• Exhilarating Adventures - Active travellers can participate in a selection of invigorating pursuits that combine historical and cultural experiences.
• Design Your Time - For a more tailored experience, guests can choose a concierge service that designs unique private tours and offers a menu of customized choices.
Nearly 200 enriching excursions are offered inclusively, with more extravagant pursuits available for an additional cost. Inclusive adventures range from hands-on culinary experiences on the foodie scene in Rotterdam and an owner-hosted tasting at Schlagkamp Winery in Cochem, to a string and opera performance in a historic Antwerp cathedral and a behind-the-scenes tour of Amsterdam's greenhouses, where the famous tulips are cultivated.
Guests can take their explorations further with optional experiences like horseback riding through the forests of Novi Sad‘s Fruška Gora National Park and a vintage photography adventure in Vukovar. Each river itinerary also features inclusive Signature Events - special events that offer rare access and musical performances in iconic landmarks including Vienna’s Belvedere Palace, Linz‘s St. Florian Monastery, Rüdesheim’s Monastery Eberbach, and others.
To ensure that every detail of each experience is in line with Crystal's exacting standards of service, excursion group sizes are limited to no more than 15 guests.
Crystal Collection shore excursions offer guest transport to iconic sites and regions via spacious Crystal exclusive motor coaches that though designed to normally carry 50 guests have been luxuriously outfitted exclusively for Crystal to hold only 40 guests with first-class seating, generous leg room, power outlets at every seat and complimentary Wi-Fi service.
We know, because we go - this is the Sovereign mantra and that is why there is no better place to seek insider knowledge and advice on the ideal luxury Crystal River cruise for you. It would be the pleasure of one of our luxury cruise experts to plan your Crystal River cruise and as always, only Sovereign guarantees the very best fares on all Crystal River cruises.