Crystal River Cruises Reveals Crystal Mozart Design
Renderings courtesy of Crystal River Cruises
Dubbed the “Queen of European Rivers,” the existing German-built MS Mozart will be remade into the Crystal Mozart to launch the new Crystal River Cruises brand on July 13, 2016, and now the company has revealed what its redesign will look like (as seen above and in the slideshow below).
While the exterior will appear mostly unchanged architecturally, it will receive the Crystal livery with its signature turquoise bands and iconic seahorse logo. It’s the interiors that will really shine with the line’s chic aesthetic. Designed by London’s AD Associates and Toronto’s II by IV Design, spaces will include luxurious private accommodations and elegant public venues. Soft and bold colors complement each other in a contemporary fashion.
“The experience awaiting guests when they step aboard Crystal Mozart will be true to the superior standard of luxury for which Crystal has always been celebrated, with some additional and original offerings that will be exclusive to Crystal River Cruises,” said Crystal’s president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez. “We’re bringing what was already a grand dame of European rivers up to the superlative Crystal level, with a modern but ‘classically Crystal’ twist.”
All suites will come with king-size beds, Nespresso machines, 40-inch flat-screen televisions, marble bathrooms and butler service. The 158-guest capacity will be accommodated in 219-square-foot window suites or deluxe suites with a French balcony, 330-square-foot penthouse suites and an 883-square-foot two-bedroom Crystal Suite. The biggest categories will also feature French balconies, walk-in closets and separate showers and bathtubs.
The Mozart will have four passenger decks: Harmony, a reference to Crystal’s first ocean ship, Seahorse, Crystal and Vista, from bottom to top. All but the upper deck will be serviced by a newly installed elevator, and the Vista deck will include a pop-up bar area, retractable movie screen and a living garden reminiscent of Crystal ocean ships’ living walls. There will be two tender boats onboard for intimate journeys and plenty of scenic outdoor deck space, and other venues will be geared toward enrichment, fitness and, of course, dining.
Crystal breaks down a number of specific venues below:
• Waterside – The main indoor and outdoor dining room for breakfast and lunch buffets and dinner service.
• Palm Court – Similar to the Palm Court on the Crystal Symphony will be a spot for dancing, live entertainment, cocktails and tea.
• Blue – Like Tastes on Crystal Serenity, the aft indoor dining venue will casually serve international comfort food.
• Bistro Mozart – Crystal Mozart’s rendition will be home to light fare – fresh-baked pastries, fruit, snacks, coffee, espresso and tea – throughout the day.
• The Pantry – A self-service wine and beverage bar for quick snacks.
• The Vintage Room – As on Crystal’s seagoing vessels, the intimate dining room will host around a dozen guests for special meals and events.
Elsewhere onboard will be the Cove with live piano music, the Crystal Life Spa with fitness and salon facilities, as well as an indoor pool, two treatment rooms and male and female sauna and steam rooms. The spa will be the first operated in-house by Crystal.
Rodriguez added, “At the heart of every Crystal Experience is the genuine service and expert attention to detail our guests enjoy. With our newest vessels, we’re upping our own ante by making every possible effort to ensure these components of a Crystal vacation are unparalleled.” In fact, the riverboat’s crew-to-guest ratio will be about 1:1.75 with 91 staff members to 158 guests.
The vessel is unique as the biggest riverboat in Europe, essentially twice the width of most in the industry and capable of navigating the wider locks of the Danube River from Passau, Germany to Budapest, Hungary. The four riverboats to follow from Crystal will be entirely new, of the narrower variety and architecturally more modern. Those are set to come online in 2017.
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