We’ve touted Crystal Cruises in the past because of their delivery of excellence in all aspects of the cruising experience. In terms of the quality of their ships, cabins, crew, culinary prowess, itineraries and onboard and offboard experiences, Crystal sits atop most cruise lines.
When Crystal launched their river cruise arm in 2016 with the introduction of the Crystal Mozart, we wondered whether Crystal would successfully carry over their legendary reputation to this new experience. After a couple of years of pleasing river cruise customers and five new river vessels later, it’s safe to say that Crystal has not only pleased their existing customer base, but has also inserted themselves in the conversation for best river cruise line in a congested river cruise market.
What makes Crystal River Cruises stand out from the rest? First of all, they bring the Crystal value from their ocean liners to the river experience, while adding more value based on what river cruise customers are already used to. Gratuities, premium spirits, wine, coffee and tea, as well as all meals are included in your cruise fare in addition to complimentary shore excursions offered at every destination. The all-inclusive nature alone is already enough for Crystal to claim superiority over other river cruise lines. Yet it’s in the details where Crystal pulls even further ahead.
The legendary attentiveness of the Crystal staff is arguably more impressive than their ocean cruise counterparts. It begins with the sheer number of staff on board their river vessels. The staff-to-guest ratio is the highest among all European river cruise lines, starting at 1 to 1.67 for the Crystal Mozart and 1 to 1.55 for its Rhine Class vessels. Moreover, Crystal is the only line to offer European butler service for every room category.
Crystal River Cruises also touts some of the largest staterooms of any river cruise line. It’s fleet of Rhine Class vessels are the only vessels that contain 100% of their staterooms above the waterline. While the Mozart cannot boast the same, all of its staterooms are nonetheless larger than 200 sq ft. No other river cruise line can match that.
With 24-hour free unlimited Wi-Fi access, daily yoga and fitness classes, high-tech in-suite amenities including bedside iPad directory with ambient lighting and temperature controls, and the only full-service spa aboard each river ship, it’s easy to see why Crystal brings its best to the river market. While fares for a Crystal river cruise will typically run a little higher than the standard market rate, the value you receive is what matters the most. Crystal clearly delivers the most value out of any river cruise line.
If you’re ready to book a Crystal River cruise, we have the perfect introductory itinerary for you. On April 30, 2019, the Crystal Mozart embarks on a round-trip Vienna journey on the Danube River exploring Jewish heritage You will visit legendary spiritual landmarks and immerse yourself in the sites and events that have shaped generations. Learn the stories of Europe's first Jewish citizens, visit synagogues and other significant monuments, reflect on the trials and triumphs of Europe's Jewish people, and learn about the heroes, cuisine, and music that have brightened this rich culture for centuries. Crystal Mozart's Jewish Heritage cruise commemorates Europe's enduring Jewish past. This 10-day itinerary will provide you the luxury of Crystal’s service and combine it with the best in enrichment experiences. Book today and receive an additional $125 per person shipboard credit!