Crystal River Cruises will have the youngest fleet of luxury ships in the river cruise industry when it launches its 2020 season next spring.
Crystal Mozart, popularly known as the Queen of the Danube, will depart the Crystal fleet for a Genting Cruise Lines’ (under Genting Hong Kong, Crystal’s parent company) venture that will be announced at a later date.
With the departure of Crystal Mozart, the average age of Crystal River Cruises’ remaining ships – identical new-builds Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel – will be under two years, having launched in 2017 and 2018. Crystal Mozart will sail its last Crystal voyage on December 2, 2019, from Vienna to Budapest.
Tom Wolber, Crystal’s president and CEO, said: “Crystal Mozart set the stage for Crystal River Cruises’ debut as its inaugural ship in the summer of 2016, and we are pleased to see her carrying onward with Genting Cruise Lines.”
Crystal guests currently booked aboard previously scheduled Crystal Mozart 2020 sailings will be accommodated on similar Danube itineraries offered by Crystal Mahler or Crystal Ravel.
Wolber continued: “Crystal River Cruises’ ships are not only the newest in the industry, they are the only to feature all-suite, all-balcony accommodations with every room category situated above the water line and offering Crystal’s signature personal butler service. While the new ships’ itineraries vary, our guests and travel advisers will now find a uniform ship experience across the full fleet.”
At 135 metres long, Crystal River Cruises’ new ships are the most spacious in the industry carrying only 106 guests, with staterooms averaging more than 40 per cent larger than the industry norm.