Crystal ramps up Europe
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.