European Splendours, Asian Service Excellence: An Inside Look at the Crystal Mozart River Cruise Ship

As river cruising’s popularity continues to grow, travel agents have a plethora of options to provide clients with exceptional sailing experiences. Crystal Cruises provides their guests with excellent service, and the new touches added to the award-winning Crystal Mozart are great for Asian travelers.

Crystal Mozart’s dazzling Danube journey

Crystal Mozart’s dazzling Danube journey

Crystal Mozart’s dazzling Danube journey

Watch the river roll by from your Crystal Mozart bedroom suite

Watch the river roll by from your Crystal Mozart bedroom suite

Watch the river roll by from your Crystal Mozart bedroom suite

Super Spacious

On many rivers, the cruise boats have to squeeze underneath the bridges along their route, which means the ship’s height is crucial.

European river ships have, at most, three decks plus an expansive sundeck. On a riverboat you can expect about 150 passengers while the biggest ocean cruise ships can handle more than 8,000 guests. The allsuite Crystal Mozart accommodates 154 passengers. Plus, it’s the widest and most spacious of any European river ship.

The full windows (as seen from the bedroom suite picture above) give travelers ample view of the gorgeous scenery when they start and end their day. And remember, on a river cruise, ships usually travel at night, meaning guests will wake up in a new destination.

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

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

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

Let’s get social

Fewer passengers equals more opportunities to make new friends or renew old friendships.

The elegant intimacy of a river ship offers many opportunities to socialize. Onboard Crystal Mozart, guests can mingle at its full wraparound 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.

The camaraderie continues onshore where small groups can linger over coffee and cake in a Viennese café, search for souvenirs in a busy Budapest market or cycle the river pathways together.

Cultural enrichment is key to Crystal Mozart river cruises

Cultural enrichment is key to Crystal Mozart river cruises

Cultural enrichment is key to Crystal Mozart river cruises

Entertaining Experiences

While the smaller size of river ships means there is no room for thrilling rides, multiple swimming pools, cabaret productions and Broadway-style shows like you would find on the big ocean cruise ships, that’s not to say that entertainment is limited.

Instead, river ships focus on knowledge and culturally-enriching experiences linked to the areas that the ship passes through. So, think lectures by local experts, food and wine tastings and musical interludes.

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

Michelin-inspired, farm-to-table excellence is a feature of fine dining on Crystal Mozart

Michelin-inspired, farm-to-table excellence is a feature of fine dining on Crystal Mozart

Michelin-inspired, farm-to-table excellence is a feature of fine dining on Crystal Mozart

Food and Beverage

River cruises have built a reputation for fine food, and quite often there is a well-known chef onboard to direct the kitchen.

What’s unique about Crystal Mozart is that in addition to its classically European experience, it offers both Asian and Western cuisine prepared with quality, Michelin-inspired, farm-to-table excellence so Asian guests can feel at home even when abroad. Guests also have the option to dine anywhere, whenever and with whomever they choose. With 24-hour insuite dining and a multitude of restaurants and bars to dine and sip at, there are plenty of ways to satisfy your food and beverage cravings.

No-one misses out on Europe’s greatest river cities and towns, such as Melk, with Crystal Mozart.

No-one misses out on Europe’s greatest river cities and towns, such as Melk, with Crystal Mozart.

No-one misses out on Europe’s greatest river cities and towns, such as Melk, with Crystal Mozart.

Fun Times Ashore


Crystal Mozart’s itineraries capture the best of the Danube towns and cities as she follows the spectacular Wachau Valley past vineyards, river-hugging villages and medieval towns.

From the grandest cities of Europe such as Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava, to the out-of-the-way gems like Melk - best known as the site of a massive baroque Benedictine monastery - and Krems, a place to find traditional restaurants and wonderful bars offering local wines and beers, Crystal Mozart’s journeys capture the essence of the Danube’s ever-changing spectacle.

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 Englishspeaking.

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

It’s not only the views that are sensational on Crystal Mozart – so, too, are the inclusions.

It’s not only the views that are sensational on Crystal Mozart – so, too, are the inclusions.

It’s not only the views that are sensational on Crystal Mozart – so, too, are the inclusions.

Outstanding Value

At first glance, river cruises appear more expensive than ocean cruises.

Often, all but the most upmarket ocean cruises charge for shore excursions, alcohol, Wi-Fi, specialty dining and gratuities, though this is slowly changing.

Most of these ‘extras’ are included in river-cruise fares, making for superb value for guests to have the best vacation.

Experience unparalleled standard of excellence on Crystal today. For more information, visit CrystalCruises.asia or contact Crystal Cruises representatives at [email protected].

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