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Broadway Star Rachel York Will Sail The Danube With Crystal

Rachel York will present Crystal River Cruises’ guests with her musical talents aboard Crystal Ravel’s September 1, 2019 sailing along the Danube River. The post Broadway Star Rachel York Will Sail The Danube With Crystal appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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David Sinclair Appointed Expedition Leader On Crystal Endeavor

Crystal Expedition Cruises has appointed explorer David Sinclair as expedition leader for its upcoming ship Crystal Endeavor launching in August 2020. The post David Sinclair Appointed Expedition Leader On Crystal Endeavor appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Unveils 30th Anniversary Voyage Collection

In 2020, Crystal will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a year-long celebration including commemorative gifts and special events aboard its ships as well as the gift of savings. The post Crystal Unveils 30th Anniversary Voyage Collection appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Mozart Exits Crystal’s Fleet

Crystal Mozart will depart the Crystal fleet for a Genting Cruise Lines’ (under Genting Hong Kong, Crystal’s parent company) venture that will be announced at a later date. The post Crystal Mozart Exits Crystal’s Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Cruise Line Loyalty Programs 101: Crystal, Seabourn, Silversea, And Regent Seven Seas

No matter how new you are to cruising, you’ve probably heard about the loyalty programs that various cruise lines offer. In this article, we look at the loyal programs offered by Crystal, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, and Seabourn. The post Cruise Line Loyalty Programs 101: Crystal, Seabourn, Silversea, And Regent Seven Seas appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Cruises 2022 World Cruise Open For Booking

Sailing aboard the Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises’ 27th annual World Cruise offers multiple embarkation and disembarkation options of 86 to 116 nights in Los Angeles, Miami, and Monte Carlo. The post Crystal Cruises 2022 World Cruise Open For Booking appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Announces 2022 World Cruise Details

Crystal Cruises has unveiled its 2022 Full World Cruise aboard the Crystal Serenity, a singular circumnavigation featuring five embarkation and disembarkation choices ranging from 86 to 116 nights, each option offering World Cruise benefits. The post Crystal Announces 2022 World Cruise Details appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Bookings Open For 2021 Crystal Endeavor Itineraries

Adventurous travelers can now book their 2021 expeditions aboard Crystal Endeavor, as reservations for the polar class expedition yacht’s first full year are now open. The post Bookings Open For 2021 Crystal Endeavor Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Endeavor’s 2021 Expedition Collection

Crystal Expedition Cruises announced the complete roster of 2021 itineraries for its luxury expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor. The post Crystal Endeavor’s 2021 Expedition Collection appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal River Cruises Announces New Spring 2019 Itineraries

Crystal River Cruises has announced a lineup of four- and six-day voyages, which are shortened segments of existing 10-day itineraries, suited perfectly for guests with busy schedules. The post Crystal River Cruises Announces New Spring 2019 Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Endeavor Will Transit The Northeast Passage In 2021

Crystal Expedition Cruises’ luxury yacht, Crystal Endeavor, will travel a route that has captivated travelers for centuries when she embarks from Anadyr, Russia for Tromsø, Norway on August 18, 2021. The post Crystal Endeavor Will Transit The Northeast Passage In 2021 appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Offers Savings Through February

Crystal Serenity © Ralph Grizzle (18)
Through the booking deadline of February 28, 2019, Crystal’s Book Now Savings offer cruise fare savings up to $2,000 per suite on select Ocean voyage and $4,100 per suite on select Yacht voyages. The post Crystal Offers Savings Through February appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal’s Offers Deals Through February

Through the booking deadline of February 28, 2019, Crystal’s Book Now Savings offer cruise fare savings up to $1,500 per suite on select River voyages; and $4,100 per suite on select Yacht voyages. The post Crystal’s Offers Deals Through February appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruise 101: Crystal River Cruises

Crystal River Cruises aims to redefine river cruising. It is the ideal choice for those who want to explore the rivers of Europe while still getting a splash of ocean-liner-like amenities.
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Crystal Serenity Completes Redesign After Four-Week Dry Dock

Emerging from an almost four-week dry dock in Germany, Crystal Serenity is ready to welcome travelers aboard after its most extensive refurbishment ever. The post Crystal Serenity Completes Redesign After Four-Week Dry Dock appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Announces 2021 Itineraries

Crystal River Cruises announced the complete deployment for its fleet in 2021 featuring cruises on the Danube, Rhine, Main, and Moselle Rivers. The post Crystal Announces 2021 Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Bach To Host 2019 President’s Cruise

Crystal Bach will set sail on October 17, 2019 from Amsterdam on a 10-day “Enchanting Moselle” voyage hosted by Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber. The post Crystal Bach To Host 2019 President’s Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Announces 2019 World Cruise Excursions

Crystal Cruises' 2019 world cruise will feature a selection of shore excursions ranging from swimming with sharks to wine tastings to tracking gorillas. The post Crystal Announces 2019 World Cruise Excursions appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Offers Low Solo Fares On 2018 & 2019 Sailings

Crystal offers a deal for solo travelers, with solo fares starting at just 110% of regular cruise fares on select 2018 and 2019 bookings. The post Crystal Offers Low Solo Fares On 2018 & 2019 Sailings appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Cruises’ 2021 World Cruise Open For Booking

Crystal Cruises' 26th annual world cruise, The 'Ancient Dynasties & World Wonders,' embarks from Miami to London on January 5, 2021. The post Crystal Cruises’ 2021 World Cruise Open For Booking appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Outlines 2021 World Cruise

Crystal Serenity will host the company's 26th annual World Cruise - “Ancient Dynasties & World Wonders," a 139-day odyssey from Miami to London. The post Crystal Outlines 2021 World Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal River Cruises’ Rhine Cruise Itineraries

Crystal River Cruises offers 7- to 8-day Rhine River cruises & 10- to 16-day options that combine the Rhine with the Moselle, Main and Danube rivers. The post Crystal River Cruises’ Rhine Cruise Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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NEW: Crystal Endeavor Video Presents Compelling Expedition Ship

Crystal Cruises' newest video features an extremely compelling expedition ship (and program). We're impressed by Endeavor's sophisticated public areas and stylish staterooms and suites.  The post NEW: Crystal Endeavor Video Presents Compelling Expedition Ship appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Great Video From Crystal Cruises: Endeavor Keel Laying

Be sure to watch: Crystal Cruises released a video that captures the spirit of the keel-laying event for Crystal Endeavor, due to set sail in 2020. The post Great Video From Crystal Cruises: Endeavor Keel Laying appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Endeavor Now Open For Booking

Bookings can now be made for Crystal Endeavor’s inaugural season from August of 2020 through January 2021. Voyages range from 12 to 22 days, and will explore Japan and the Russian Far East; Indonesia, Borneo and the Philippines; New Zealand and Tasmania; Australia and the Great Barrier Reef; and Antarctica via the Ross Sea. “The... [Read More] The post Crystal Endeavor Now Open For Booking appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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At Crystal Endeavor’s Keel-Laying, German Chancellor Angela Merkel Expresses Awe & A Desire

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At Germany's MV Werften Shipyard in Stralsund, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would like to sail on Crystal's new expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor. The post At Crystal Endeavor’s Keel-Laying, German Chancellor Angela Merkel Expresses Awe & A Desire appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Endeavor To Boast Expedition’s Highest Space Ratio

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In Germany, Crystal Cruises executives tell me that space will be the key differentiating factor for Crystal Endeavor, entering service in 2020. The post Crystal Endeavor To Boast Expedition’s Highest Space Ratio appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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LIVE FROM HAMBURG: Crystal To Livestream Keel Laying Of Crystal Endeavor With German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Crystal will celebrate a milestone in the construction of Crystal Endeavor, as the keel will be laid at MV WERFTEN’s Stralsund shipyard. The post LIVE FROM HAMBURG: Crystal To Livestream Keel Laying Of Crystal Endeavor With German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Highlights 2020 Itineraries

The fleet of five Crystal river ships will sail the waterways of Europe, with an array of seven to 16-day itineraries.  The post Crystal Highlights 2020 Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Unveils Itineraries For Crystal Endeavor

Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises unveiled the inaugural season of itineraries for Crystal Endeavor, spanning from August of 2020 through January 2021. The post Crystal Unveils Itineraries For Crystal Endeavor appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Offers Savings For Select Voyages

Crystal Cruises' new Book Now Savings program offers reduced fares featuring limited-time savings up to $2,000 per suite on hundreds of Crystal voyages. The post Crystal Offers Savings For Select Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Ravel Christened In Budapest

Crystal River Cruises welcomed its fifth ship and the newest member of the fleet, Crystal Ravel, during a christening ceremony in Budapest, Hungary. The post Crystal Ravel Christened In Budapest appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Ravel Christening To Stream Live On Facebook

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Crystal River Cruises will christen Crystal Ravel in Budapest on Wednesday, July 11 at 12:30 p.m. EST to be streamed on Crystal Cruises Facebook page. The post Crystal Ravel Christening To Stream Live On Facebook appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises Highlights 2018-2019 Itineraries

Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ 2018/2019 Atlas showcases the Crystal Esprit's 18 distinctive voyages through the Adriatic, West Indies, the Arabian Peninsula, and Holy Land. The post Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises Highlights 2018-2019 Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Will Offer A New Collection of ‘Grand Journeys’

Crystal Cruises has rolled out a collection of “Grand Journeys,” which are expanded sailings that allow guests to curate adventures ranging from 14 days to 57 days. The post Crystal Will Offer A New Collection of ‘Grand Journeys’ appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Debussy, Christening Images

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My good friend and photographer Mike Louagie was in Amsterdam last week for Crystal Debussy's christening. Mike sent me a handful of photos not only depicting the event but also Crystal's exquisite new river ship. Take a look at Crystal Debussy. The post Crystal Debussy, Christening Images appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Debussy Christened in Amsterdam

Crystal River Cruises officially welcomed its newest ship to the fleet today, as Crystal Debussy was christened in Amsterdam. Marking the occasion were Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber, Crystal River Cruises’ vice president and managing director, Walter Littlejohn, and Crystal Debussy’s godmother, Broadway star Rachel York. The ceremony took place during the ship’s three-day […] The post Crystal Debussy Christened in Amsterdam appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Highlights on Crystal’s 2020 Deployments

Crystal unveiled the comprehensive 2020 deployment for its ocean-going vessels, including Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity, and Crystal Esprit. 64 Crystal Cruises sailings and 44 Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises sailings will explore the oceans of the world. “Our 2020 itineraries for Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity deliver the culturally authentic and unforgettable vacations that savvy world travelers value... [Read More] The post Highlights on Crystal’s 2020 Deployments appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Esprit Will Visit Middle East on Arabian Nights Itinerary

Crystal Esprit will embark on a new season of voyages through the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Oman, and the Holy Land in October through December of 2019. The seven- to 11-day sailings will cruise the Arabian Peninsula. Overnights in Dubai and Abu Dhabi showcase the UAE culture, while a double overnight in Aqaba, Jordan, allows... [Read More] The post Crystal Esprit Will Visit Middle East on Arabian Nights Itinerary appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Endeavor Design Details Revealed

Crystal Endeavor Interior
Crystal revealed design details for its upcoming expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor. Aboard Crystal Symphony, Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber, shared the first glimpse of the luxury accommodations on the yacht during Crystal’s 27th Annual Sales Gala. At 19,800 GRT, Crystal Endeavor accommodates just 200 guests. The yacht will feature public spaces, a full-service spa... [Read More] The post Crystal Endeavor Design Details Revealed appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Singer Rachel York Named Godmother of Crystal Debussy

Crystal River Cruises announced that singer and actor Rachel York will be the godmother of its newest river ship, Crystal Debussy. York will officially christen the ship on May 28 during a ceremony for Crystal Debussy at the Port of Amsterdam. York is part of the Crystal on Broadway program, which brings performers and producers […] The post Singer Rachel York Named Godmother of Crystal Debussy appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Tom Wolber To Host Crystal’s Annual President’s Cruise

Crystal Serenity © Ralph Grizzle (9)
Crystal President & CEO Tom Wolber will host the line’s annual President’s Cruise aboard Crystal Serenity. Beginning on July 29, 2018, fares for the 14-day journey from London to Monte Carlo start at $5,585 per person, double occupancy. The post Tom Wolber To Host Crystal’s Annual President’s Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Ravel Joins Crystal River Cruises’ Fleet

The fifth vessel for Crystal River Cruises was officially handed over to the company today in Wismar, Germany. Crystal president and CEO, Tom Wolber, took the “keys” to Crystal Ravel, welcoming the ship to the fleet ahead of its maiden voyage next month. The handover ceremony for Crystal Ravel took place at MV WERFTEN shipyard, […] The post Crystal Ravel Joins Crystal River Cruises’ Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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‘Crystal Getaways’ Offered On More Than 24 Cruises

Crystal River Cruises is unveiling more than two dozen new Crystal Getaways for three of its river ships, sailing between May and November of this year. The collection of Getaways for the Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, and Crystal Ravel feature multiple overnights on six- to nine-day voyages. “Crystal River Cruises hallmark is offering innovative itineraries […] The post ‘Crystal Getaways’ Offered On More Than 24 Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Cruises vs. Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Key Differences (Updated 2018)

They are two of the world’s most popular luxury lines: Crystal Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Sailing worldwide itineraries, both of these all-inclusive lines are distinguished by their high caliber of service, their exceptional cuisine, and sumptuous onboard appointments. Both Crystal and Regent have recently put their ships through multi-million-dollar makeovers intended to spruce... [Read More] The post Crystal Cruises vs. Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Key Differences (Updated 2018) appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal River Cruises Unveils 2018-2019 Atlas

Crystal River Cruises unveiled its comprehensive 2018-2019 Crystal River Cruises Atlas. The brochure is designed to showcase every facet of the Crystal River Experience, from destination highlights of the 35 separate itineraries available along the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers, to the facets and designs of Crystal Mozart, Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Debussy […] The post Crystal River Cruises Unveils 2018-2019 Atlas appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruise Welcomes Crystal Debussy to its Fleet

Crystal River Cruises welcomed Crystal Debussy to its fleet. The latest addition to the Crystal portfolio brings the river fleet to four river ships since Crystal launched its river experiences in 2016. The vessel was delivered to Crystal president and CEO, Tom Wolber at MV WERFTEN during the official handover ceremony in Wismar, Germany. In […] The post Crystal River Cruise Welcomes Crystal Debussy to its Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Endeavor: First Look

Crystal revealed the latest details and images of its upcoming expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor during a press briefing at Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale. Crystal president and CEO, Tom Wolber, shared some of the distinct design features planned for the yacht, with a focus on space and comfortable amenities. At 19,800 GRT, the all-suite,... [Read More] The post Crystal Endeavor: First Look appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Beverage Policies Across Different River Cruise Lines

Beverage Policies can vary dramatically from one river cruise line to the next. While nearly all of the major lines offer at least some complimentary beverages, some are more inclusive than others. Even if you’ve sailed with a particular line in the past, you may notice that beverage policies can change from year-to-year. Both Tauck […] The post Beverage Policies Across Different River Cruise Lines appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Active River Cruises:

River cruising can be surprisingly active. Unlike ocean cruises, river cruising throughout Europe, Asia and abroad requires a decent amount of physical mobility. Walking tours are prevalent in most, if not all, ports of call, and it should come as no surprise to those wearing FitBits that it’s easier than you might imagine to hit […] The post Active River Cruises: appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Cruises Unveils New Excursions for 2018

Crystal River Cruises announced details of its new collection of destination experiences for voyages along Europe’s Danube, Rhine and Main rivers. Debuting in 2018, the newly added offerings are tailored to travelers’ individual interests, featuring smaller group sizes. Crystal Bach docked in Cologne, Germany. Photo © 2017 Aaron SaundersNearly 200 enriching excursions are included, with additional […] The post Crystal Cruises Unveils New Excursions for 2018 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Profiling Crystal River Cruises’ Luxury Fleet

Even by the fast-paced standards of the river cruise industry, the debut of Crystal River Cruises on the waterways of Europe was lightning-quick. The river cruise arm of luxury oceangoing line Crystal Cruises went from being a dream to a one-line ship with an older, repurposed vessel (the elegantly-refitted Crystal Mozart), to a river cruise […] The post Profiling Crystal River Cruises’ Luxury Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Adds More Itineraries to Its 2019 Season

Crystal River Cruises has released its enhanced schedule of 2019 voyages, with more seven-day options in addition to the traditional 10-, 11-, 14- and 16-day routes. The voyages will embark in March 2019 with a fleet of five luxury river ships, including the “Queen of the Danube,” Crystal Mozart, plus four “Rhine Class” sister ships, Crystal Bach, Crystal […] The post Crystal River Cruises Adds More Itineraries to Its 2019 Season appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Mahler Officially Welcomed to Crystal River Cruises’ Fleet

Crystal River Cruises officially welcomed Crystal Mahler to its award-winning fleet in Germany during a handover ceremony held at MV WERFTEN Shipyard. The second “Rhine Class” river ship was received by Crystal’s newly appointed president and CEO, Tom Wolber and was then christened by godmother Lauren Barfield. Ms. Barfield is an American volleyball star who has led teams to […] The post Crystal Mahler Officially Welcomed to Crystal River Cruises’ Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Fact Or Fiction? Crystal Cruises, World's Best?

It's our last day here on Crystal Symphony. Over the last 11 days we put Crystal to the test to see if it lived up to its world's best status? We've experienced a variety of choices, including enrichment programs and Broadway-style shows, that only a large luxury ship can deliver. And the quality and level of service is what we would have expected of a world's best resort. No other large ship can match Crystal Cruises. So Kudos to Crystal.
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Crystal Cruises, Activities That Are Traditional, Tried & True Or Something New & Fresh?

It's a beautiful morning at sea here on Crystal Symphony. Today, I am putting Crystal to a test. Are Crystal's activities and enrichment programs the same old, same old or does Crystal have something truly fresh to offer? My day started with a watercolor class. It was fun to express my creativity and to get in touch with my inner artist. Next, I ventured outside, where I got some good tips from a PGA golf instructor. Then I spent some time playing paddle tennis, and afterward went for an acupuncture treatment, to give some relief to my paddle tennis elbow. While these were interesting activities, none were truly breakthrough, and if you're going to be the world's best cruise line, you need to have something that goes beyond the tried and true. Then I stumbled upon a Berlitz language glass. I've never had the opportunity to take a French class on a ship. Now I can say with confidence, Oui, Je parle Francais . And I wasn't expecting to learn about the latest social media trends on a cruise ship, but I discovered an afternoon lecture that was both informative and insightful. I'm not a musician, but I quickly learned to play a few notes by ear in Crystal's Yamaha music classes. ; All of these activities left me feeling more educated and enriched.
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Crystal Cruises’ Vintage Room

Crystal Cruises Vintage Room pairs some of the worlds best wines with specially prepared dishes. With a capacity for 12, the special dinners are served in a private dining room. Patrons, who pay on average $210 per person depending on the wines they have selected, are attended to by the ships head sommelier. Want to
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Cruising With Crystal Cruises' President

When you spend $23.5 million on something, you want to show it off. That's just human nature. And that's just what Crystal Cruises did a few weeks ago for the travel trade and press. The cruise company had doled out that princely sum to upgrade its 12-year-old Crystal Symphony, and they invited us to come take a look.But has the upgrade improved the passenger experience? Crystal Cruises President Gregg Michel thinks so. I sat down with him during our sailing to talk about how the investment made Crystal Symphony a better ship.
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