New River Cruise Ships for 2017 – Crystal Bach

River Cruise Crystal Bach

June 2017 sees the launch of Crystal Bach, one of four new luxury river yachts being introduced and an integral part of Crystal’s ambitious evolution to become ‘The World’s Most Luxurious Hospitality and Lifestyle Brand Portfolio™’.

River Cruise Itinerary Crystal Bach

The all-balcony, all-suite ship accommodates 106 guests on tours of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, taking in spectacular UNESCO sites, historical towns, hilltop castles and terraced vineyards.

crystal river cruise

Voyages include a Crystal Signature Event in Amsterdam where guests are treated to a complimentary exclusive concert at the Royal Concertgebouw, considered one of the finest concert halls in the world. Guests will tour the theater’s great hall, which is famous for its superb acoustics; then enjoy a private performance of master works in various genres in the charming “Kleine Zaal,” or the “Spiegelzaal,” two of the hall’s more intimate Baroque venues.

River Cruise Crystal Bach

Public spaces are conveniently located on a single deck, with the impressive glass-domed Palm Court as a focal point.

Crystal Bach Petite Suite River Cruise

Suite are offered as Petite, River or the ultimate Crystal, ranging in size from 188 sq.ft. to 759 sq.ft. with premium butler service. Features include king-size beds, panoramic windows, walk-in wardrobes, bathrooms with double vanities, ETRO robes and slippers, wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs and Nespresso machines.

Crystal Bach River Cruise Dining

Dining centres around farm-to-table, Michelin-inspired cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the elegant Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the exclusive Vintage Room; and the Palm Court.

Crystal Bach River Cruise Pool Spa

Additional noteworthy amenities include a well-appointed fitness centre, luxurious spa and complimentary use of electric bikes, watercrafts and kayaks.

Photos courtesy of Crystal



New river cruise ships for 2017 – Uniworld S.S. Joie de Vivre



An exciting new season beckons this year for the supremely successful river cruise market. Top operators bring original destinations, itineraries and a collection of stunning new ships. Amongst these, Uniworld, the boutique river cruise line, launches a spectacular addition to their fleet; The S.S. Joie de Vivre.


Destined for the beautiful Seine river, this ‘Super Ship’ reflects the French ‘Joy of Life’ with a firm focus on the cuisine, wines, art and culture of this beautiful region.


Newly built, the 125 metre vessel debuts in March 2017, with exciting advances in design and facilities. Handcrafted furniture, rich fabrics, gilded interiors, curated antiques and art sourced from the best auction houses decorate the Salon de Beaux-Arts lounge and other public areas. Modern technology is evident throughout, including a cinema and surrounding pool with hydraulic floor, which can turn into a dance floor at night.


Bedrooms are lavish with Savoir of England beds and marble bathrooms. Suites are individually designed with enhanced amenities and ‘Buckingham Palace’ standard butlers.


Le Restaurant Pigalle and La Cave de Vins offer excellent dining, with a strong emphasis on regional cuisine and local ingredients. The Vinoteque is a perfect venue for private dining and wine-pairing dinners.


As the largest river cruise ship on the Seine, guests can expect an experience worthy of such grandeur. Itineraries visit Monet’s divine house and garden in Giverny, the Normandy beaches and Conflans-Sainte-Honorine where Vincent Van Gogh spent his last few months.


Photos courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises