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Shorter options highlight European river cruises on Crystal’s five ships in 2019

Crystal River Cruises has unveiled its enhanced schedule of voyages for 2019 - its first full year as a complete family of five river ships.

The voyages, setting sail in March 2019, offer more seven-day options in addition to the traditional 10-, 11-, 14- and 16-day routes.

The itineraries on Crystal’s fleet of five luxury river ships, including the “Queen of the Danube”, Crystal Mozart, plus four “Rhine Class” sister ships, Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel, span the most beautiful waterways in Europe.

Crystal Mozart
Crystal Mozart will be spearheading Crystal’s five-ship assault on Europe’s rivers in 2019

Each ship offers varied routes focusing on the Rhine and Danube rivers, with sojourns along the Moselle and Main Rivers incorporated into select sailings.

“We are thrilled to announce more options than ever for Crystal River Cruises,” says Walter Littlejohn, managing director of Crystal River Cruises.

“The Crystal River experience is definitively unmatched in the industry. With five stylish and superbly appointed ships sailing itineraries that can accommodate virtually any schedule in 2019, travellers can enjoy a wealth of choices for their dream river cruise.”

Each itinerary has been carefully crafted to showcase not only the medieval and modern towns along the rivers’ shorelines, but the tranquility, intimacy and beauty of river cruising itself.

Crystal sailings offer more extended and overnight stays in port, complimentary Crystal Adventures shore excursions in every port and a host of world-class culinary and cultural pursuits to enhance the journey.

Major hubs of commerce and government such as Amsterdam, Vienna, Frankfurt, Budapest and Basel display their prominence in the modern global landscape while paying homage to their history at every turn. Other quaint towns boast cobbled alleyways and pristinely preserved historical landmarks, along with welcoming hospitality and charm.

New for 2019

Wonders of the Danube
7 days, Linz to Budapest/Budapest to Linz
Crystal Mahler, Crystal Ravel
Bookended with overnight stays in Budapest and Linz, this voyage also offers two full days in Vienna, plus calls to Krems and Melk, Austria and Bratislava, Slovakia.

Danube Dreams & Discoveries
7 days, round-trip Vienna
Crystal Ravel, Crystal Mozart
Venturing from Vienna to Hungary’s Esztergom and Budapest (overnight), and Bratislava, Slovakia, this itinerary returns to Austria to visit Melk, Spitz (overnight) and Krems before concluding with an overnight in Vienna.

Magnificent Christmas Markets
7 days, Passau to Budapest/Budapest to Passau
Crystal Mahler
Showcasing the glittering sights and sounds of the traditional seasonal festivities, this itinerary offers longer stays in port throughout, with overnights in Passau, Vienna and Budapest, plus a visit to Linz.

Grand Danube Celebration
11 days, Budapest to Nuremburg
Crystal Mahler
This singular Christmas holiday voyage features a double overnight stay in Budapest, with Christmas Day spent sailing the Danube River. New Year’s Eve will call in Regensburg, Germany, with other destinations including Bratislava, Vienna (overnight), Krems, Melk, Linz, Passau and ending with an overnight in Nuremberg.
All-inclusive cruise fares start from £2,295 per person based on the seven-day cruise from Budapest to Vienna departing 23 November, 2019.

Posted on 7th October 2017 at 11:37 am in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Crystal Cruises |

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