CruiseGo with the flow on a river cruise through Europe’s historical centre

East meets West on Crystal Mozart’s Danube adventure

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Set sail on Crystal Mozart’s dazzling Danube journey.
Set sail on Crystal Mozart’s dazzling Danube journey.

The Crystal Mozart experience begins the moment you step onboard. Words come easily to mind: Smooth. Sophisticated. Comfortable.

Smartly attired butlers welcome guests onboard with their smiles. You sense something special is about to happen. And you don’t have to wait long before the magic unfolds.

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Watch the river roll from Crystal Mozart’s Vista Bar.

The excitement of the first look at your spacious cabin and a pre-departure champagne toast set the mood for what will be a special time on the Danube, one of Europe’s greatest rivers, where the ebb and flow of history has embraced people and places along the river’s edge.

The ever-changing panorama, the views of riverside communities, the opportunities to moor alongside towns and villages and mix with locals, the breath-taking experience of arriving in Europe’s grandest cities… these are the special moments that set apart river cruising from ocean cruising.

European river ships have, at most, three decks (after all, they need to pass under bridges) plus an expansive sundeck. On a riverboat you can expect about 150 passengers (the all-suite Crystal Mozart accommodates 158 passengers) while the biggest cruise ships can handle more than 8,000 guests.

And remember, on a river cruise, boats usually travel at night which means guests awaken every day in a new destination.

Onboard Crystal Mozart, the widest and most spacious of any European river ship, guests can mingle at its full wrap-around promenade deck, the living rooftop garden on warm summer evenings or the first pop-up bar in riving cruising. On cooler evenings, they can get cozy indoors at the dedicated cigar lounge.

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The elegant intimacy of a river ship offers many opportunities to socialise.

In a few words, what makes river cruising so special? Intimate. Personalised. Unhurried. All of these. There are fewer passengers on river ships, so there are plenty of opportunities to socialise with fellow passengers and engage with Crystal Mozart’s multi-talented, multi-lingual crew.

Perhaps there is no better way to enjoy experiential travel than on a river cruise. Ships take you to the heart of a community – to walk, to chat, to dine, to immerse yourself in local culture.

And you’re never far from the ship and the next adventure, whether it be an exclusive cultural performance, a visit to Budapest’s biggest market or a guided tour of Vienna’s majestic buildings.

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Exquisitely executed Asian cuisine is a new staple on Crystal Mozart’s finely curated menu.

Not forgetting the simple pleasure of sitting back on deck and admiring Europe’s most enthralling scenery. There is always something new to capture your attention at every bend of the river.

Step ashore and you will walk into the heart of European history. Visit castles where kings once ruled, enter homes where great musicians once lived, or visit museums to admire paintings by some of Europe’s greatest artists.

And when it’s time to chill, stop for morning tea in a busy square in Bratislava, or drop into a café in Vienna to taste some of the world’s greatest apple strudel.


When Asian service meets European splendours

Food is such an important part of a Crystal Mozart cruise. The quality of the ship’s Michelin-inspired farmto- table cuisine is complemented by the elegance of the dining rooms and the impeccable service of the restaurant staff.

What’s unique about Crystal Mozart is that in addition to its classically European experience, it offers both Asian and Western cuisine so Asian guests can feel at home even when abroad. Guests also have the option to dine anywhere, whenever and with whomever they choose.

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Melk is one of the most delightful town on the Danube River.

Crystal Mozart’s itineraries capture the best of the Danube as she follows the spectacular Wachau Valley, passing vineyards, castles, river-hugging villages and medieval towns. At each stop, guests have time to absorb the rhythms of the riverside.

The small Austrian town of Melk is best known as the site of a massive baroque Benedictine monastery, while Krems, 70 kms from Vienna, is the place to find traditional eateries called “Heuriger” and wonderful bars offering local wines and beers.

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Budapest’s central area overlooking the Danube is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Vienna’s grandeur and historic places are unmissable, and Budapest’s central area overlooking the Danube is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with several notable monuments, including the Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, Gresham Palace, Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Matthias Church and the Liberty Statue.

Back on board, there’s plenty of time for relaxed living. There’s nothing quite like a butler-served afternoon tea of cakes and pastries as you watch the rhythm of life on the river banks.

Instead of the round-the-clock, adrenaline-packed entertainment associated with ocean liners, river ships focus on knowledge and culturally enriching experiences linked to the areas that the ship passes. So, think lectures by local experts, food and wine tastings and musical interludes.

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A once-in-a-lifetime Signature Event held at Belvedere Palace’s Marble Hall.

A special highlight of a Crystal Mozart sailing is a complimentary live musical experience, an intimately orchestrated Signature Event that combines privileged access to a landmark venue — such as Vienna’s famed Belvedere Palace — with an exclusive performance by skilled musicians.

Crystal Mozart’s Chinese and English-speaking professional guides are available to lead the onshore tours where guests are always treated to VIP experiences. Back onboard, the crew is also Chinese and English-speaking.

And for extra special caring, Crystal Mozart’s legendary butlers are available to assist every guest.


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