Crystal River Cruises Review

Crystal River Cruises, a division of luxury brand Crystal Cruises, was established in 1988.  Their new river cruise line debuted in July 2016 with only one river ship; the recently-acquired and reimagined Crystal Mozart.  Now in 2018, there are four additional river ships added to the luxury fleet; Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel.

Ships: 5

How Many Passengers: From 106 to 154 passengers.

Personality: Luxurious, refined architecture and interior design with a modern, comfortable feel.  Very personalized service.

Fellow Passengers:  Crystal River Cruises is attracting many of their ocean cruise guests.  They are generally older, retired and well-traveled and can afford the time and money for some of the best in the travel industry. However, with active excursion options and high-tech amenities, the line is hoping to attract a younger demographic, too.  

Cabins:  Range from 203 to 860 square feet, and all suites with butler service.  Two-bedroom suites have a connecting bedroom.  These cabins are pretty high-tech, too – there’s customizable toilets, interactive  40″ TV’s, and iPads in each room.  There’s also an ample amount of space; the suites feature walk-in closets and a king-size beds, and all feature their exclusive balcony-window combination.  There’s also an indoor swimming pool on the newest four ships. 

Dining Experience: There are multiple dining venues to choose from, and they are open seating; so you can just go whenever you want within the hours that it’s open.  Crystal River Cruises heavily embraces the farm-to-table concept, so food is fresh and beautifully presented.

Amenities: Local entertainers come onboard in the evenings in select ports.  There is also a spa, fitness classes, many complimentary excursions, movies under the stars, an indoor swimming pool, and personal watercraft, kayaks, and electric bicycles that are free for guests to use.

Best For: Older couples, honeymooners, and well-traveled individuals who enjoy luxury.

Included Alcohol: Unlimited wine, beer, and spirits all throughout the ship – including in the cabins.

Gratuities: Gratuities are included in the cruise fare.

Where They Go: Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers.  Due to its extra-wide width, Crystal Mozart only cruises the Danube.  

Sarah Bretz, Contributor