Luxury hotelier named Crystal Mozart godmother

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Elisabeth Gurtler will christen the Mozart on July 13.
Elisabeth Gurtler will christen the Mozart on July 13.

Crystal River Cruises has announced that Elisabeth Gurtler, managing director of the Hotel Sacher in Vienna, will serve as the godmother of the Crystal Mozart when it relaunches on July 11.

The christening ceremony will take place in Vienna, and the Crystal Mozart will embark on its maiden voyage, a roundtrip cruise from Vienna, on July 13. The inaugural cruise will stop in Durnstein, Melk, and Linz, Austria; Passau, Germany; Bratislava, Slovakia; Budapest, Hungary; and end with two nights in Vienna.

“It is fitting that such a pillar of the Viennese community as Ms. Gurtler would join the Crystal family as we expand into the stunning waterways of Austria and the surrounding areas,” said Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s CEO and president. 

In addition to being managing director of the Hotel Sacher, Gurtler is acting director of Vienna’s Spanish Riding School.

The 158-passenger Crystal Mozart, a former Peter Deilmann vessel purchased last year that is undergoing an extensive redesign, is Crystal Cruises’ first river cruise ship. In addition to the Mozart, the company has plans to build six river yachts, bringing to seven the total number of river ships the company plans to deploy across Europe by 2019.

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