Crystal River unveils new excursion styles

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Crystal River Cruises introduced a collection of destination experiences for its 2018 Danube, Rhine and Main river cruises that focus on travelers’ individual interests, such as gastronomy and active adventures.

Crystal River Cruises’ Crystal Bach.

The excursions will consist of smaller group sizes, limited to 15 people each, and nearly 200 of them will be included, with some additional experiences priced extra.

They are comprised of five categories of experiences including: Personal Connections, excursions that explore the culture of a destination via tours hosted by local residents, artisans and experts; Tantalizing Gastronomy, designed to showcase signature culinary styles and specialties of the destination; Cultural Discoveries, expertly guided tours to historical landmarks, museums, iconic sites and architectural points of interest; Exhilarating Adventures, designed for active passengers; and Design Your Time, a concierge service that helps guests designs their own private tours and offers a menu of customized choices.

“Crystal River Cruises’ curated destination program has been revamped to focus on choices, and offer more intimate, immersive experiences,” stated Walter Littlejohn, the line’s managing director and vice president. “We recognize that every guest brings his or her own distinct style of exploration, and we strive to cater to that individuality.”

Examples of some of the 200 included excursions are an immersive culinary experience in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; a horse show and carriage ride at Lazar Equestrian Park in Hungary; a bike tour to Veitshochheim Castle in Wurzburg, Germany; and a behind-the-scenes tour of Amsterdam’s greenhouses, where tulips are cultivated.

Optional excursions that will be offered at an additional cost include a private home cooking lesson in Kehl, Germany; canoeing through the canals of Strasbourg, France; exploring Budapest in vintage Trabant cars; and horseback riding through Serbia’s Fruska Gora National Park.

Each river itinerary will also feature musical performances in iconic landmarks such as Vienna’s Belvedere Palace.

Crystal River Cruises consists of a fleet of three river cruise ships. The Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler are newbuilds that launched this year, joining the revamped Crystal Mozart, a refurbished vessel that kicked off Crystal’s debut into the river cruising market in 2016. They will be joined by two additional vessels, the Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel, that will launch in 2018.

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