Crys­tal ramps up Europe

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS -

Z Zs d KE have opened overnight for the maiden voy­ages of Crys­tal River Cruises two new ships, Cr stal ebuss and Cr stal Ra el, which are set to launch in Europe in 2018.

Orig­i­nally de­signed to sail on the Seine between Paris and Nor­mandy and the Garonne & Dor­dogne Rivers from next year, Crys­tal shifted fo­cus for Cr stal ebuss and Cr stal Ra el back in late Jul, elect­ing in­stead to stepup its pres­ence in Cen­tral Europe.

The de­lay into French wa­ters saw Cr stal ebuss and Cr stal Ra el re­designed, with an ex­tra 25 me­tres added to each ves­sel al­low­ing a swim­ming pool to be in­tro­duced ( 02 Aug).

Cr stal ebuss will com­mence ser­vice on 09 Apr 2018, of­fer­ing a mix of seven- & 10-day voy­ages on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers between Am­s­ter­dam and Basel.

Itin­er­ar­ies in­clude the Tulips & Wind­mills, Leg­endary Rhine and Splen­dours of the Rhine.

One month later, Cr stal Ra el will en­ter op­er­a­tion (on 10 May 2018), sail­ing the Rhine, Moselle, Main and Danube Rivers.

Ra el will em­bark from si­enna, Bu­dapest and Basel, with calls in Ger­many, Aus­tria, Hun­gary, Slo­vakia and Switzer­land on its seven-day Danube Ser­e­nade and 14-day Ma­jes­tic Europe sail­ings.

Crys­tal ceo Edie Ro­driguez said trav­eller en­thu­si­asm for the river cruise prod­uct has been tremen­dous” since launch­ing Cr stal Dozart ear­lier this year.

We’re de­lighted to in­tro­duce even more choice for guests to en­joy the ac­claimed Crys­tal Ex­pe­ri­ence aboard a river voy­age, and to fur­ther ex­pand our of­fer­ings to meet trav­ellers wishes and in­ter­ests,” she added.

ebuss and Ra el will join sis­ter Rhine Class ves­sels, Cr stal ach and Cr stal Dahler, which will en­ter ser­vice in 2017.

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