Crystal unveils luxury ‘river yachts’ to sail European waterways from 2017

Sleek: An artist's impression of the new vessel (Picture: Crystal Cruises)

Sleek: An artist’s impression of the new vessel (Picture: Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Cruises has unveiled the look for its river-cruising vessels, to be launched in Europe in March 2017.

With its reputation for luxury, the cruise line is promising more space-to-guest ratio than any other river ship.

The 70-suite ‘river yachts’, to be built by German shipyard Lloyd Werft, will feature a palm court with dance floor and glass-domed roof, as well as a fitness centre and spa. The 250sq ft suites will have walk-in wardrobes, American king-size beds and bathrooms with double vanities. There will also be two 500sq ft penthouse suites.

Suite dreams: A luxury room (Picture: Crystal Cruises)

Suite dreams: A guest room (Picture: Crystal Cruises)

Electric and manual bicycles, as well as Segways, will be available for guests to explore towns and cities where the ships dock.

Destinations will include France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria, although itineraries and fares will not be available until December 1 this year.

‘It’s a natural extension of the exceptional ocean cruise Crystal has offered for the past 25 years,’ said president and CEO Edie Rodriguez. ‘Our guests will have the opportunity to revel in the unique environment that sets river cruising apart from other travel experiences.’

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Ships, yachting, river cruises – even a plane… Crystal Cruises announces major expansion

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