Bookings open on 18 May 2021 for Crystal River Cruises’ 2023 deployment featuring 190 voyages exploring the Danube, Rhine, and Moselle rivers along with the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium.
The collection offers a range of new shorter five-night escapes and longer 14- to 17-night combination voyages that pair classic itineraries for immersive journeys.
The line’s perennially popular seven-night cruises return offering travellers 150 Danube and Rhine itineraries, as well as sailings featuring springtime among the tulips, and the treasures of Southeast Europe. A collection of 10-night journeys of the Rhine and Moselle river valleys, cruises to Europe’s festive Christmas markets, and special holiday sailings featuring New Year’s Eve celebrations in Vienna, Budapest and Amsterdam, round out the program.
The 2023 schedule is available on four all-suite, all-butler, all-balcony 106-guest Rhine Class ships – Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel, as well as Crystal Mozart. Voyages explore Germany, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Switzerland, as well as southeastern Europe destinations in Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia.
“The destinations along these rivers have fascinated travellers for centuries and continue to enchant visitors – some seemingly frozen in timeless charm and others strikingly contemporary and innovative, but all distinctly full of character, intriguing history and wonderful traditions,” said Walter Littlejohn, Senior VP and Managing Director of Crystal River Cruises.
“Every year, we strive to create itineraries that blend both the destinations our guests love most, as well as new highlights and experiences. The 2023 deployment aboard our five beautiful river ships is designed to offer choices that will appeal to luxury travellers of all ages and interests delivered with the personalised service, culinary experiences, spacious all-suite accommodations and attention to detail only found with Crystal.
“We are seeing tremendous demand for our 2022 deployment as the pent-up desire for global travel increases and we have announced 2023 now to give luxury travellers even more options to plan their future vacations,” Littlejohn added.
2023 Program Highlights
New in 2023 are five-night sailings that can be paired with optional pre- or post-cruise land programs to offer ideal ship-to-shore options. Danube Discovery aboard Crystal Ravel, cruises through the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley from Vienna to Vilshofen, featuring a maiden call to explore the charms of Grein. Playgrounds of the Netherlands & Belgium aboard Crystal Mahler departs roundtrip from Amsterdam to explore the port cites and waterways of the Netherlands, from the contemporary buildings and museums of Rotterdam to the historic architectural jewels of Ghent and Antwerp.
For those with more time, Crystal River Cruises has combined intriguing itineraries to create spectacular immersive journeys. The 14-night Pearls of the Danube voyage aboard Crystal Ravel pairs the picturesque Wachau Valley and the iconic landmarks of Vienna and Budapest, with historic sights and natural wonders cruising through Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania, including a daylight transit through the dramatic landscapes of the Iron Gates Gorge.
The 15-night Vineyards, Castles & Masterpieces sailing from Basel to Amsterdam aboard Crystal Mahler matches the charming waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium with the iconic architecture of Germany, including daylight cruising through the Middle Rhine Valley.
Grand Rhine & Moselle, a 17-night sojourn aboard Crystal Mahler, combines an exploration of the quaint waterways of the Netherlands with the endlessly charming villages of the Mosel Valley Wine Region. The voyage will feature the iconic cities of Amsterdam, Cologne and Strasbourg and the breathtaking castles of these two glorious European rivers.
For the first time ever, the seven-night Danube Serenade itinerary between Vienna and Budapest will sail aboard Crystal Mozart, the most spacious ship on Europe’s rivers. Guests will enjoy overnights in Vienna and Budapest, and explore the rich history of Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia, from magnificent Buda Castle to one of Austria’s oldest wine estates in Krems.
Crystal River Cruises 2023 itineraries include new Christmas market season options, with the seven-night Dutch & Belgian Christmas Markets aboard Crystal Bach calling in stunning Dordrecht, known as the “Venice of Holland” and host to the largest Christmas market in the Netherlands; and the 10-night Christmas Splendors of the Rhine & Moselle on Crystal Mahler visiting the markets and seasonal sites most beloved by the locals. Christmastime on the Rhine, a seven-night itinerary between Basel and Amsterdam aboard Crystal Bach and Crystal Debussy, combines the beauty of the Middle Rhine valley with visits to Germany’s traditional Christmas markets.
In addition to optional pre- and post-hotel stays in Amsterdam, Basel, Budapest and Vienna, Crystal River Cruises offers overland journeys to Prague (from Vilshoven), Zurich (from Basel), Reims (from Trier) and Bucharest (from Giurgiu) allowing guests extended explorations of these history-rich cities featuring five-star hotels in every city.
5-night Amsterdam Roundtrip aboard Crystal Mahler, departing 25 Oct 2023
Rotterdam, Netherlands; Antwerp, Belgium; Ghent, Belgium with an overnight in Amsterdam upon return.
AU$4,211 (all-inclusive – meals, beverages, shore ex, wifi, grats, butler & more).
Book Now Savings promotion represents a saving of $2,860 per cabin for the above itinerary.
7-night Budapest to Vienna aboard Crystal Mozart, departing 28 Oct 2023.
Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; Durstein, Austria; Cruising the Danube, and Melk, Krems and Vienna (overnight) in Austria.
AU$5,225.00 (all-inclusive – meals, beverages, shore ex, wifi, grats, butler & more).
Book Now Savings promo represents a saving of $2,860 per cabin for the above itinerary.
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