Crystal River Cruises has announced its final deployment for 2021, featuring 35 voyages. Crystal Ravel and Crystal Debussy are set to return to Europe’s famed waterways on August 29 and August 30, respectively, with a focus on the line’s most popular and destination-rich seven-night Rhine and Danube itineraries, as well as voyages showcasing the fairytale beauty of the Mosel Wine Region.
Following the recent positive news from the European Union allowing entry for vaccinated passengers, plans are well underway to resume river cruising in August.
“We are looking forward with great excitement and anticipation to welcoming our guests back aboard our all-suite, all-butler serviced river ships to share the stunning cultural sights and natural beauty of Europe’s most treasured river destinations,” said Walter Littlejohn, Crystal River Cruises’ senior vice president and managing director. “While our Christmas Market voyages are completely sold out there is still availability for select voyages, which we know will be welcome news for guests who have been postponing their plans waiting for travel restrictions to ease,” Littlejohn added.
He went on to say that there is a pent-up desire to cruise to iconic cities such as Amsterdam and Budapest and epicenters of art and music such as Vienna and Salzburg.
In preparation for the resumption of service, the crew at Crystal River Cruises have been prepping the vessels and will be completing a refresher training program to implement new Crystal Clean+ protocols that address the unique challenges of Covid-19. New measures include mandatory vaccination for guests and crew; Covid-19 testing at embarkation and more. Because of the mandatory vaccination requirement, guests will be able to explore ashore independently.