I’m signing up to sail on Crystal Mozart for the Nespresso machine alone. Each suite – all cabins are suites – has its own Nepresso coffeemaker. If you’re already hooked on the primo brew from this excellent machine, you will be following suit. No surprise that Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Cruises’ new luxury-to-the-max river cruise line, is already beating its competitors with posh amenities – and it has yet to launch. The maiden voyage, sailing roundtrip Vienna, departs July 13, 2016.
The 158-guest Crystal Mozart is awash in beauty and elegance. Suites begin at 219-square-feet with a window only, and climb to French Balcony Suites of the same square footage, Penthouse Suites of 330-square-feet, and a two-bedroom Crystal Suite of 883-square feet. The Crystal Suite will be the largest suite on any river vessel afloat. And did I mention that each suite has a 40-inch flat-screen televisions and marble bath?
Every guest, no matter the suite category, is served by a butler. And if you’ve ever sailed with Crystal Cruises and experienced this line’s butler service, you know how well these butlers are trained. I will forever remember my butler on a Crystal ship who had worked at Buckingham Palace prior. He actually trained me how to properly utilize his services.
Spa devotees will enjoy the Crystal Life Spa – great name - fully-equipped fitness, spa, and salon facilities. This is the first time a spa onboard a Crystal ship is operated and staffed by the company’s own trained crew. Expect two treatment rooms, and male and female sauna and steam rooms. And an indoor pool. There’s no excuse not to stay in shape on this vessel.
I like the colors chosen for Crystal Mozart. Cream, gray, and white are the more neutral primary colors, accented by jewel tones of deep blue and green. Expect an occasional pop of vibrant print.
Unlike many riverboats, Crystal Mozart has much for guests to do onboard. For instance, the top Vista deck has a pop-up bar area, and a vanishing movie screen for al fresco evening screenings. The Vista deck also has a living rooftop garden area, with teak bench seating areas for guests. And here’s another great feature: Two custom tender boats are onboard, too, for more intimate exploration of the waterway.
What else can you do onboard? Head to the Palm Court – a venue beloved by Crystal Cruise devotees onboard its cruise ships – for live local entertainment, dancing, and cocktails and tea. This new Palm Court is reminiscent of the Palm Court aboard Crystal Symphony.
Waterside, the main dining area, has both indoor and outdoor seating. It serves elaborate breakfast and lunch buffets, and upscale dinner service. Blue, an aft indoor dining area, offers a menu of global comfort food, much like Tastes aboard Crystal Serenity. Bistro Mozart will be the spot for light bites, and freshly baked pastries, fruit, and snacks throughout the day. Knowing Crystal Cruises’ reputation for outstanding cuisine, I expect the same for Crystal Mozart.
I also love the crew-to-guest ratio: 1:1.75 – 91 crew to 158 guests. I’ll see you onboard for a Nespresso Ristretto and plenty of pampering this summer. (crystalcruises.com)