Today marks exactly one year since the “Queen of Europe’s Rivers” was christened the first stunning vessel in the Crystal River Cruises’ fleet, officially setting a new bar of luxury in the river cruising industry. This morning it was announced that the travel-savvy readers of Travel + Leisure named Crystal River Cruises the “Best River Cruise Line,” giving Crystal Mozart a happy first anniversary with the top honors of the magazine’s 2017 “World’s Best Awards.”

The pop-up bar on Crystal Mozart’s Vista Deck affords spectacular views of Europe’s iconic sites, plus the personalized service of Crystal’s experts.

As we celebrate this tremendous milestone for one of the newest experiences of “All Things Crystal,” we invite you to look back with us through the past year as we reflect on the game-changing, wanderlust-inspiring revelations that launched on July 11, 2016 with the launch of Crystal River Cruises.

*Crystal Insider note: Click the links included in this article for more details about each extraordinary feature found aboard Crystal Mozart voyages.

Crystal Mozart’s first year along the Danube River saw a number of firsts and innovations that will soon expand to the upcoming members of this elegant fleet (you may have heard, Crystal Bach will embark on her maiden voyage in August!). The ship itself boasts some remarkable features never before see aboard river vessels, including the most advanced technological amenities in the industry. From the pop-up bar on the top Vista Deck that sets a perfect scene for evening cocktails and al fresco movie nights, to remote-controlled toilets (yes, toilets), the tech aboard Crystal Mozart puts convenient, seamless luxury travel right at guests’ fingertips.

Budapest is one of the profoundly beautiful cities Crystal Mozart guests can explore.

Along the way, guests aboard this grand dame of river cruising enjoyed views of some of Europe’s most important sites, providing views from the river that rivaled the splendor of the views of the river. Routes round-trip from Vienna included exploration of Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Germany, with complimentary Crystal Adventures offered in every destination. Journeys featured exclusive events at Vienna’s Belvedere Palace, where guests were treated to private performances, cocktails and mingling with the works of the region’s masters, including Gustav Klimt and his famous Kiss. It was Crystal Mozart’s itineraries that debuted exclusive, inclusive dining experiences at Michelin-starred restaurants in Vienna and Budapest, offering Crystal guests coveted seats around some of Europe’s most acclaimed tables.

Yes, as we look back on the first year of Crystal River Cruises and the unparalleled experience found aboard Crystal Mozart, it’s easy to see many more esteemed accolades in the future. The best part? All of the enticing facets of the Crystal River Cruises experience continue aboard Crystal Mozart, and on to the upcoming “Rhine Class” quadruplet sister ships Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel.

The future is bright, and the journey is the “World’s Best”. Join us on the rivers of Europe.



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