Crystal welcomes third river ship into fleet

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At the Crystal Mahler's handover ceremony in Germany were (from left) Colin Au, Genting Hong Kong; Gustaf Gronberg, Genting Cruise Lines; Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Genting Hong Kong chairman; Lauren Barfield, Crystal Mahler godmother; Harry Glawe, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's economics minister; and new Crystal Cruses CEO Tom Wolber.
At the Crystal Mahler's handover ceremony in Germany were (from left) Colin Au, Genting Hong Kong; Gustaf Gronberg, Genting Cruise Lines; Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Genting Hong Kong chairman; Lauren Barfield, Crystal Mahler godmother; Harry Glawe, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's economics minister; and new Crystal Cruses CEO Tom Wolber.

Crystal River Cruises welcomed its third river ship, the Crystal Mahler, to its fleet on Sept. 20.

The Mahler is a sister ship to the Crystal Bach, a ship that entered service last month. Crystal's first river ship, the Crystal Mozart, launched in the summer of 2016.

The vessel was received by Crystal's newly appointed president and CEO Tom Wolber, who less than a week earlier replaced Edie Rodriguez after she stepped down from a position she held for nearly four years.

Like the Bach, the Mahler is an all-suite ship with capacity for 106 guests. All suites get butler service. Many suites have walk-in closets and dual vanities in the bathrooms. In-suite amenities include ETRO robes and slippers, iPads, wall-mounted 42-inch flat-screen TVs with streaming movies, complimentary Wi-Fi, and Nespresso machines.

Guests can dine at one of four restaurants: the elegant Waterside, the casual Bistro, the Vintage Room and Palm Court.

Sailing seven-, 11- and 16-day voyages along the Rhine and Danube rivers, the Mahler will call in Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Netherlands and Hungary.

Godmother Lauren Barfield, an American volleyball player who plays for Bundesliga champion SSC Palmberg Schwerin in Germany, christened the ship. The volleyball team is sponsored by MV Werften, the shipyard that built the Mahler. Both MV Werften and Crystal Cruises are subsidiaries of Genting Hong Kong.

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