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The debut of Crystal River Cruises

When Crystal Mozart, Queen of Europe’s rivers, was christened in her home port of Vienna, Austria, this summer, she introduced a level of luxury and enriching, all-inclusive elegance never before seen in river cruising. The inaugural season of this all-suite, butler-serviced river yacht, the first in what will be a fleet of seven brand new, state-of-the-art vessels, heralds the debut of Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Only Luxury River Cruise Line™.

Completely reimagined to the exacting standards of Service, Space, Quality and Choices for which the award-winning Crystal Experience is renowned, Crystal Mozart journeys round-trip from Vienna on 10- and 11-day Danube River cruises; westward into the heart of the picturesque, UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley, and eastward to explore Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Slovakia. Among the most defining characteristics of the Crystal River experience is the collection of dynamic and cultured experiences ashore. Expertly curated itineraries are distinguished by an abundance of overnight stays and as several complimentary Crystal Adventures options in every port of call, allowing for authentic and immersive activities in some of the world’s most fascinating places.

Looking ahead to the holidays, Crystal Mozart’s late December voyages bring a sparkling grandeur to the season on two itineraries spotlighting Europe’s renowned Christmas Markets. The 10-day, December 12, 2016, Danube Christmas Markets promises a wonderland of enchantment as Alpine villages fill their town squares with culinary specialties, singing and dancing, and unique artisan craft shops. Munich’s Bavarian-imbued Nicholas Market, and Vienna’s age-old Christmas Market and Village at Belvedere Palace are among the oldest and most spectacular in all of Europe. (Plan ahead for next year’s Danube Christmas Markets cruise, December 13, 2017!)

A 13-day Dazzling Danube Celebration celebrates Christmas Day in the charming village of Vilshofen ad der Donau on the edge of the Bavarian Forest, and rings in the New Year in Vienna with stunning firework displays, and the chance to experience the Silvesterpfad (New Year’s Eve Path), Vienna’s grand street party. (So popular is this itinerary, it’s time to set your sights on 2017’s December 23rd departure!)

Welcoming 154 guests in the most spacious, well-appointed suites, Crystal Mozart is the largest of all European river vessels, making it an ideal home for many of the favorite public spaces found aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity such as Palm Court, the Connoisseur Club, Bistro Mozart and the Vintage Room for rare wine pairing dinners. The brand new Crystal Life Spa is Crystal’s first fully-owned and operated full-service spa.

Crystal Mozart’s elevated dining experience serves superb farm-to-table cuisine in two open-seating restaurants, Waterside and Blue, and offers guests a complimentary invitation to dine at a choice of Michelin-starred restaurants in both Vienna and Budapest on every itinerary.

Contact your Ensemble travel agent today, and discover the elegant charms and all-inclusive luxuries of Crystal River Cruises!


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