Crystal Mozart

Crystal River Cruises | Sally O’Brien | Lindfield Office

I was recently fortunate to experience the luxury of a European River Cruise – Crystal River Cruises’ Treasures of the Danube on board Crystal Mozart.  Our 10 night round trip river cruise Vienna to Vienna took us down the Danube River with it’s fairytale scenery, stopping at gorgeous history-filled towns along the way.  Napoleon once declared the Danube to be “Queen of Europe’s Rivers” and it’s easy to see why.

The suites on board Crystal Mozart are really elegant and each one comes with a butler.  Our butler was very discreet and just a phone call and a couple of minutes away when needed.  Everyday he looked after our needs.  He restocked the fridge with our choice of beverages and always had our laundry and pressing back by the evening, when it is generally a 48 hour turn around!

Crystal Mozart Deluxe Suite With Panoramic Balcony Window

Our Deluxe Suite With Panoramic Balcony Window

Crystal River Cruises are all inclusive.  That means premium wines and spirits, cocktails and plentiful gourmet food are included.  There is also 24 hour in suite dining with an extensive menu available.

The produce is sourced locally where possible (farm to table) and is accompanied by fabulous Austrian wines.  I cannot fault our fabulous waiter.  After our first dinner, he was quick to offer his recommendations every evening.  I took him up on this and we never had to even think about our food and wine pairings as every suggestion was spot on.

Desert on board Crystal Mozart

One of our delicious deserts on board Crystal Mozart

After dinner the entertainment on board is low key but really enjoyable and sets a great mood.  Our entertainment featured a piano player, singers and often a small show.  Everything finished by 10pm to allow everyone a good nights’ sleep.

During our cruise, Crystal Mozart stopped at Krems, Melk, Linz, Passau, Durnstein, Bratislavia, and Budapest.  It was possible to cycle from one stop to the next –  Passau through the Bavarian countryside to Durnstein – rather than travelling on board.   The relatively flat roads through the vineyards make this an attractive option.  It’s an easy way to ride off the calories and earn your next gourmet meal and glass of wine back on board!

Many shore excursions are included in your Crystal River Cruises’ fare and our guides were fabulous with extensive local knowledge.   There’s a selection to choose from in each destination plus a range of more personalised options available at an additional cost.

Perhaps my favourite excursion was to take part in the Octoberfest in Munich.  Munich is a fabulous city and our guide was excellent and full of interesting facts. Did you know that the Octoberfest actually starts in September?  We managed to sneak in a few hours at a beer hall to experience the fun and the incredible atmosphere.

Crystal Treasures of the Danube

Munich shore excursion to Octoberfest

I also really enjoyed our stop at the town of Durnstein in Austria.  It’s a tiny ancient town of just over 900 residents with cobblestone streets and loads of old world charm.  Sitting above the town are the ruins of Durnstein Castle. It’s a bit of a hike up the hill but it’s really worthwhile as the views from the top are spectacular.

Crystal Treasures of the Danube Durnstein

Durnstein was a stop along the way. Durnstein Castle perched above the town offers a panoramic view.

The dress code on board Crystal River Cruises is “Crystal Casual”.  There’s no ties needed and it helps create a really relaxed feel on board.

Treasures of the Danube has 3 future departures scheduled on the newer Crystal Mahler. The dates are 8 July & 16 October in 2020 and 10 October 2021.

Booking your Crystal Cruise with Mary Rossi Travel entitles you to Virtuoso Voyages benefits.  On this itinerary the benefit is a US$200 on board credit per person.  You will also earn 1 Qantas Frequent Flyer point for every dollar spent on your Crystal Cruise

If you need any more information please contact me.  I would love to assist you choose your Crystal River Cruise.

Sally O’Brien