Crystal Mozart will return to the fleet of Crystal River Cruises, operating week-long sailings from Vienna on the Danube from late March 2022. The luxury ship will also be reconfigured to better cater for solo travellers.
Two years ago, Crystal’s parent company Genting Cruise Lines announced plans to reposition Crystal Mozart under a new Asia-friendly sub-brand, Crystal International Asia, to target that burgeoning market. Itineraries were set to operate on the Danube from Vienna in March last year.
Crystal Mozart was the luxury line’s “double-wide” inaugural river ship which debuted in July 2016.
The vessel will now be reconfigured to offer 38 deluxe window suites dedicated to solo travellers, reducing capacity to 120 guests. Crystal Mozart‘s single suites will not have a single supplement charged on all voyages.
She rejoins Crystal River Cruises’ fleet of four European based Rhine Class sister ships – Crystal Mahler, Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel – which accommodates 106 guests.
“This expansion meets the increased demand and pent-up desire to explore expressed by our guests across the globe as indicated by our strong advanced bookings,” said Walter Littlejohn, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Crystal River Cruises.
“We are delighted to reintroduce Crystal Mozart to the global marketplace. She launched Crystal River Cruises’ wonderful journey five years ago and holds a very special place in the hearts of those of us at Crystal and to many along the Danube River.”
“Now with her abundance of dedicated suites for solo travellers, Crystal Mozart also becomes more widely available to a burgeoning solo market that has proven to be extremely popular on our ocean cruises,” Littlejohn added.
Crystal Mozart will offer weekly seven-night voyages Danube Dreams & Discoveries itineraries sailing round-trip from Vienna, beginning 28 March 2022.
With Crystal Mozart’s return, Crystal Mahler will reposition to the Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers with a variety of new itineraries.
Crystal Mozart’s Danube Dreams & Discoveries itineraries will sail from Vienna on Mondays with overnights in the Austrian capital and Budapest, as well as calls to the historic city of Esztergom, Hungary; Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia; Linz, Austria, with day trips to Salzburg; Dürnstein and daylight sailing through the breathtaking Wachau Valley.
Crystal Mahler will now sail a variety of new itineraries ranging from five- to 16-nights on the Rhine, Moselle, Main and Danube rivers, including some voyages that combine three rivers in one journey.
Her new itineraries highlight the seasonal beauty of the region, including;
- five-night summer Rhine & Moselle Summer Escapes sailings between Amsterdam and Trier;
- 10-night fall Splendors of the Rhine & Moselle voyages between Amsterdam and Basel;
- and 14-night Magnificent Europe sailings between Amsterdam and Budapest on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.
“Crystal Mahler’s repositioning to the Moselle, Rhine and other rivers and available shorter itineraries offer options that appeal to more travellers, whether multi-generational families or busy professionals with limited time to explore. It is always our goal to accommodate our guests’ varied preferences.”
Crystal Mahler begins her season on 2 April 2022 with a series of Legendary Rhine and Romantic Rhine seven-night sailings between Amsterdam and Basel followed by springtime Tulips & Windmills voyages on Dutch waterways and the Rhine River, beginning 30 April, round-trip from Amsterdam. These voyages showcase the once-in-a-decade Floriade Expo near Amsterdam. The voyage also visits Hoorn, Kinderdijk, Middleburg and Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Antwerp and Ghent, Belgium.
The seven-night Romantic Rhine and Legendary Rhine itineraries between Amsterdam and Basel, which Crystal Mahler will again offer from October through December of 2022 and are also featured on Crystal Bach and Crystal Debussy, feature overnights in Koblenz and Amsterdam; calls in Cologne, Rüdesheim and Mannheim, Germany; and Strasbourg, France, and daylight cruising through the Rhine Gorge (Middle Rhine Valley).
Along the Moselle and Rhine rivers, guests can explore the vineyard-flanked river in the heart of the Mosel Wine Region. Convenient, new five-night summertime Rhine & Moselle Summer Escapes voyages sail between Amsterdam and Trier, with late-night stays in Cochem and Bernkastel; the UNESCO World Heritage City of Cologne; and overnights in Trier for exploration Roman heritage sites or day trips to Luxembourg. From Trier, guests can extend their vacation with optional two-night pre- or post-cruise Extended Land Programs in Reims, France, the unofficial capital of the Champagne region. The land package includes sightseeing, tastings and transfers between Paris and Reims.
The new 10-night autumn Splendors of the Rhine & Moselle sails north- and south-bound departures between Amsterdam and Basel in September and October, during peak harvest season in the vineyards. The voyages sail through the Middle Rhine Valley and UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge, wine valley cities of Cochem, Trier and Bernkastel; offer day trips to charming Heidelberg via Mannheim; Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the two rivers; Rüdesheim and extended stays or overnights in beautiful Strasbourg.
For longer luxury journeys, guests can sail Crystal Mahler’s 16-night and 14-night springtime Grand Europe and Magnificent Europe itineraries, respectively, which combine sailing along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Beginning and ending with overnights in Amsterdam and Budapest, the voyages offer immersive experiences throughout Germany’s riverside towns of Cologne, Rüdesheim (overnight), Miltenberg, Würzburg, Nuremberg, Regensberg and Passau; Vienna (overnight) and Dürnstein, Austria; and Bratislava, Slovakia.
Both Crystal Mozart and Crystal Mahler will offer special holiday sailings in late December. Crystal Mozart’s Danube Holiday Wonders voyage spends Christmas and Hannukah sailing roundtrip from Vienna on 19 December 2022, visiting Melk and Linz, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Esztergom and Budapest, Hungary. Guests can ring in the New Year aboard a Spectacular Danube Holiday voyage, embarking in Vienna on 26 December 2022, visiting Melk, Linz, Krems and Dürnstein, Austria; Passau, Germany and ending with two nights in Vienna for an extraordinary New Year’s Eve.
Crystal Mahler will sail a new 10-night Holidays on the Rhine sailing from Basel to Amsterdam on 23 December 2022, spending overnights in Strasbourg, Mannheim and Amsterdam (two nights) and exploring the winter wonderlands of Rüdesheim, Cochem, Koblenz, Bernkastel, Trier and Cologne, Germany. Guests will spend Christmas Eve in Strasbourg, France and enjoy a midnight mass and Christmas Day in Mannheim, allowing visits to Heidelberg. On New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam, Crystal Mahler will be joined by sister ship Crystal Bach for a special celebration.
The new 2022 deployment for Crystal Mozart and Crystal Mahler opens for reservations on 11 March 2021.