River cruising in style

The new high bar in river cruising

The fastest growing segment of the international travel industry is the river-cruise market. 

Bigger, better, more innovative ships are added to an ever growing roster of itineraries every season.

This year, the front runner is Crystal Cruise’s newest addition, The Crystal Mozart

Crystal, long defined as the ultimate in luxury travel and service, brings that same attention to detail and over-the-top inclusions to her river cruise product.

The Crystal Mozart’s inaugural sailing was July 11, 2016. She is the largest river cruise ship in Europe in size yet carries a maximum of only 154 passengers. 

Double the width of all other ships, the Mozart offers a true blend of ocean liner amenities and river cruise immersion.


  • A full-size fitness centre with dedicated professionals offering daily yoga and fitness classes.
  • Full-service spa offering over 20 different treatments including two separate massage rooms. 
  • Four different dining venues.
  • Imagine the Vista Sun Deck with its own sports bar complete with large hi-definition TV screen featuring sporting events during the day and Movies Under the Stars at night. An indoor swimming pool.
  • Imagine the Connoisseur Club. An intimate all-inclusive hangout for cigar and cognac aficionados.

The suites aboard ship all feature king-size beds and range in size from 203-880 sq. feet. Penthouse and Crystal Suites all have walk-in closets.

Every category regardless of size benefits from butler service.

Your onboard experience is fully inclusive. All meals, all beverages, self service laundry and airport transfers are included. There are two to five shore excursions offered in each port of call on a complimentary basis.

All transportation conducted on Crystal motor coaches with WIFI connectivity.

Exclusive to Crystal is the complimentary dine-ashore experience, which includes transfers to/from a Michelin rated local restaurant. Your meal, beverages and gratuities are compliments of Crystal.

Truly unique to the Crystal Mozart experience are the private champagne tours aboard her 34-foot Wider Yacht, which provides her passengers the opportunity to explore the smaller river tributaries that river ships are unable to navigate.

Onboard entertainment features high quality jazz trios and vocalists in the Palm Court. Intimate piano bar with a seating capacity of 40 is located in The Cove lounge.

Her size limits the Mozart to the Danube River. Ten and 11-day round trip itineraries from Vienna include overnights in Budapest, Passau and Vienna allowing for a more immersive experience and opportunity to sample local cuisine and entertainment.

Sister ships, Bach and Mahler, are scheduled for a 2017 inauguration. Eleven and 16 day itineraries along the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel or Budapest will be their route.

The demand for the Crystal River Cruise experience has been fierce resulting in 90 per cent occupancy for the 2016 Mozart season.

The Dec. 12 Christmas market sailing still has availability from $3,090USD per person. 

If you want to travel in style, don’t delay in booking your 2017 sailing. Join me for an informative evening with guest speaker Peter Nowicki of Crystal Cruises. Click here to RSVP.  


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