Crystal unveils details of river ships

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Crystal called its upcoming river ships yacht-style vessels.
Crystal called its upcoming river ships yacht-style vessels.

LAS VEGAS — Crystal Cruises’ first two river cruise ships will be 70-suite yacht-style vessels, Crystal President Edie Rodriguez unveiled Monday at the Virtuoso Travel Week show here. 

Crystal last month announced that the company would enter river cruising.

The 140-passenger vessels will feature 250-square-foot guests suites and two 500-square-foot penthouse suites. The river cruise ships will be launched in Europe in March 2017 and will be available for booking starting on Dec. 1.

The suites will feature walk-in wardrobes, American king-size beds and bathrooms with double vanities.

The vessels will sail in France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria.

Suites will have king-size beds.
Suites will have king-size beds.

The itineraries will “deviate from traditional routes to avoid congestion,” said Rodriguez. She added that a portion of each cruise will travel during daytime hours.

During the river cruises, Crystal will offer "Active Exploration Adventures," excursions that will incorporate options such as electric and manual bikes, hiking, Segways and kayaks. There will be one complimentary active excursion for each passenger on each sailing.

There will also be evening experiences such as dining at Michelin restaurants.

The vessels will be built by German shipyard Lloyd Werft.

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