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Crystal Mozart, the inaugural vessel in the Crystal River Cruises’ fleet, has been named “Best New River Ship” by the discerning editors of both the US and UK editions of Cruise Critic. Considered a go-to resource for cruise line and itinerary information and up-to-the-minute cruise news, where new and seasoned cruisers can find dozens of message boards full of candid input from travellers, Cruise Critic unveiled the results of its annual Editors’ Picks Awards, which featured a win for Crystal’s ocean vessels for “Best Enrichment” in the luxury category from both editions, and “Best Itineraries” in the luxury category from the UK edition.

“To be recognised by the savvy experts of Cruise Critic is high praise and validation of our commitment to offer the world’s travellers a new standard of excellence in luxury,” says Crystal CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez. “It is especially gratifying to receive such an honour for Crystal Mozart, our newest fleet member, as she sets a new bar as the only luxury river ship in Europe.”

Crystal Mozart embarked from Vienna on July 13, sailing along the Danube River on itineraries calling in some of the region’s most stunning locations throughout Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia and Serbia. Measuring 395 feet long (120.4 metres) and 75 feet wide (22.9 metres), the all-suite, 154-guest capacity ship is the largest of all European river vessels and boasts numerous public areas for guests to enjoy.

Crystal Mozart also bears the distinction as the most technologically advanced river ship in the world. Each suite offers Apple® iPad devices that serve as Digital Directories for virtually all of guests’ on-board needs, from dry cleaning and butler service to room service and dining reservations, as well as concierge and Crystal Adventures inquiries and more. Suites also boast 40-inch flat-screen HD televisions, along with backlit bathroom mirrors with integrated televisions. Bathrooms also feature highly advanced TOTO Washlet personal cleaning systems integrated with the toilets, which also offer heated seats, automatic open/close, aerated water and warm air dryer.

Aboard Crystal’s award-winning ocean vessels, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, innovative and entertaining enrichment has long been a cornerstone of guests’ cruise experiences. Enlightening presentations from some of the world’s pre-eminent experts in world affairs, politics, medicine, business, finance, history and other fields are available on every itinerary, with recent and upcoming guests including astronauts Captains Mark Kelly and Scott Kelly, U. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), James Carville and Mary Matalin, and numerous destination experts to highlight each itinerary. Additionally, exclusive glamorous stage productions grace the lounges and theatres of the stylish ships each night, including the high-energy music and light show iLuminate and headliner tributes to Elton John and Billy Joel.

Crystal’s schedule of worldwide itineraries also runs the gamut of diverse selections to suit virtually any type of luxury traveller. Covering all seven continents on voyages that travel from Antarctica to the Arctic, Crystal ships sail routes of seven to 100+ days. In 2016, Crystal Serenity successfully navigated the first ever voyage through the Northwest Passage by a luxury cruise ship, sailing from Alaska to New York City. More groundbreaking itineraries are planned for 2017, including a second Northwest Passage route, a return to the Holy Land and numerous innovative explorations of Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, Africa and the Middle East.

For reservations and further information call Crystal Yacht Cruises on 020 7399 7603 or visit www.crystalcruises.co.uk