Crystal River Cruises’ Crystal Mozart was officially welcomed to the luxury line’s fleet Monday (July 11) in Vienna, Austria.
During an elegant ceremony attended by local dignitaries, media and distinguished executives from Crystal, the “Queen of Europe’s Rivers” was christened by Godmother Elisabeth Gürtler, managing director of both the Hotel Sacher, Vienna’s most famous hotel, and the city’s historic Spanish Riding School.
Mozart’s maiden voyage on July 13 will mark the official launch of Crystal River Cruises, which will see four additional river yachts launched by the end of next summer.
Hallmarks of the “all-inclusive, all-exclusive” Crystal Experience include spacious suites, personal butlers, six-star service featuring the highest guest to crew ratio in river cruising at 1.74, luxurious amenities, world-class cuisine and the only river ship with a full wrap around promenade.
“This is an extraordinary time for our company, as our expansion from the world’s oceans to its rivers and air allows for numerous new opportunities and ways for travelers to explore the world with us,” says Crystal president Edie Rodriguez. “Each new vessel and adventure is another step for Crystal toward our goal of providing savvy global travelers with virtually every luxury travel experience they can possibly imagine.”
Measuring 120.4 metres long and 22.9 metres wide, the all-suite Crystal Mozart is the largest of all European river vessels and boasts numerous public areas. On Crystal Deck Three, guests will find an array of elegant and casual dining options, lounges and bars. On the uppermost deck, Vista Deck 4, a pop-up bar sets the scenes for celebrations under the stars while during the day guests can attend a yoga session or relax in expansive sun loungers as they sail along the Danube River. Fitness and wellness enthusiasts can indulge themselves at the Crystal Life Spa, which features an indoor pool and fully equipped fitness, spa and saloon facilities.
The 154-guest capacity vessel will sail itineraries along the Danube River, calling in some of the region’s most stunning locales throughout Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia and Serbia. And for the first time on a Crystal voyage, most excursions are complimentary. Guests can also reserve electronic bicycles on the ship for independent exploration, while VIP Champagne boat tours will also be available for private cruising and sight-seeing along Europe’s narrower waterways.