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Discover Europe's great rivers with Crystal River Cruises

Sail into a classic celebration and discover an entirely new standard of travel along Europe’s majestic rivers and see for yourself how the region’s dazzling color bursts into full glory during Christmas Market season. Where twinkling lights, snow-dusted rooflines, spectacularly decorated squares, and markets redolent of gingerbread, pine and mulled wine are everywhere and Crystal carries you into the midst of it all.

Experience the incomparable thrill of a Christmas-time cruise along the Rhine or the Danube — or better yet, both. On journeys both cultured and adventurous, every aspect of your Crystal Experience® is wrapped in all-inclusive luxury coupled with genuine hospitality. Come explore and discover firsthand why Travel + Leisure named Crystal River Cruises the “World's Best River Cruise Line” in 2017.

Crystal River Cruises has reimagined luxury river cruising across Europe with an extraordinary attention to detail. Life on board flows to the rhythm of the rivers, an invitation to immerse yourself in the culture, history and wonder of legendary lands.

This is river cruising at its finest, with butler service for every suite, superb cuisine and unrivaled social spaces. Service is friendly and uncompromising, and enrichment both aboard and ashore provides authentic insight into each destination.

Explore Europe’s grand rivers aboard Crystal Ravel or the picturesque views from a Panoramic Balcony-window™ aboard all sister ships, with 360-degree promenade and comfortable loungers, here is the perfect spot to relax, wrap yourself in a tartan and watch the heart of Europe unfold before your eyes – the rolling vineyards, the castles, the villages and iconic landmarks. Individual audio guides offer a narrative of sights along the rivers.

With the highest staff-to-guest ratio among all European river lines, the all-suite, butler-serviced ships featuring the largest standard accommodations available and professionals chosen for the expertise and friendly demeanor, Crystal employees showcase genuine hospitality and set the stage for a journey beyond compare. Dine on gourmet cuisine, enjoy premier entertainment and relish the pampering service of an extraordinary staff.

The Crystal River Experience showcases the wonder of each destination with cultured insight. Enjoy immersive exploration ashore aligned with enriching pursuits on board, inviting you to come and go from your ship at your leisure. Discover an entirely new standard of travel along Europe’s majestic rivers and see for yourself how the region’s dazzling color bursts into full glory during Christmas Market season.

Streets filled with crafts and foodstuffs have been held across Europe for centuries, dating back to 1628. While today’s markets are more brilliantly lit, and visited by far more than locals, these gathering places are in many ways still authentic time capsules of what medieval yuletide celebration was all about.  

Take in the traditional sights and sounds of the street markets and celebrate onboard while enjoying the beautifully decorated ship interiors to match the ever-changing scenery of the season.

Enjoy a complimentary signature event on every voyage, from a delightful evening of Classical Music in the Electoral Palais in Trier, Germany, to celebrating Art & Music at the Belvedere Palace in Vienna.

An exceptional standard of all-inclusive amenities and services elevates the comfortable luxury aboard each ship, from spirits and wines and all gratuities aboard and ashore to complimentary Wi-Fi, touring bikes, shore experiences, airport transfers and more. With multiple overnights and extended stays in port, customize your time ashore with the Crystal Collection of curated destination experiences, both inclusive and optional in every destination.

With Crystal River Cruises, cuisine transcends mere excellence and enters the sublime. Menus of Michelin-inspired envy are sourced with the freshest ingredients and paired with the finest wines. Every meal is a celebration of the ever-changing riverscape.

Savor the extraordinary Waterside, the open seating dining venue plays host to farm-to-table cuisine featuring continental favorites and regionally-inspired menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, making mealtime an intrinsic part of your experience. Enjoy breakfast as charming villages and pastoral life slowly come into view, fueling your anticipation of the day’s imminent discoveries; return for lunch between morning and afternoon adventures ashore. Later, share tales of the day over superbly crafted dinner menus, allowing the local flavors to play their own role in the memory of each new destination.

Elevate your experience with the acclaimed wine tastings and lectures by day and enjoy a gastronomic experience at the Vintage Room at night, certified by the Master Sommelier, and let Crystal customize a wine-pairing dinner just for you; created for the true connoisseur, as an optional one-of-a-kind experience, featuring some of the rarest vintages in the world.

Relax at the Crystal Life Spa — a natural home on the rivers of Europe — with complimentary yoga classes on deck, fitness centers and swimming pools on every ship.

There is a place where luxury is comfortable, and where supreme indulgence creates a sense of wellbeing. Here, day breaks with enchanting views, and night falls into a dreamy slumber in your beautifully spacious suite.

With dozens of ports and dozens of countries, across seven continents, every great voyage begins and ends with Crystal.

Find the best available fares when you book early, and enjoy book now savings of up to $4,000 per suite when you book by April 30, 2019.

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Aldergrove travel

Joan and Laura
Aldergrove travel

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