As Crystal River Cruises prepares to launch the first of its seven luxury river vessels, the fully reimagined Crystal Mozart, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line is simultaneously announcing design plans for the next phase of its four newly built luxury river yachts. The river yachts are set to embark in spring and summer of next year. As with Crystal’s other recent endeavors (including Crystal Yacht Cruises’ Crystal Esprit and Crystal Luxury Air’s Global Express Jet), Crystal River Cruises’ Crystal Ravel, Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Mahler will not simply join the ranks of competitors, but will set a new standard of luxury river cruising experiences.
Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel will sail on the Seine, Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde Rivers and are considered “Paris Class” yachts, with a length of 110 meters and guest capacity of 78 guests in 39 suites
“Emulation has never been part of our formula for success, rather, we have enjoyed a long reputation for innovating and leading the way in luxury travel experiences,” says Crystal CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez. “Crystal River Cruises river yachts will showcase the most celebrated parts of the Crystal Experience – stylish and elegant design, creative itineraries and experiences ashore, unmatched genuine service – while also creating a brand new niche in river cruising that will appeal to the world’s most discerning travelers.”
The four new river yachts will boast nearly identical design strategy to Crystal Mozart, with some notable variances due to the difference in the vessels’ size. While Crystal Mozart is the largest river-going ship in Europe (known as the “Queen of Europe’s Rivers”) accommodating 158 guests, the new builds will carry approximately half that number for a more intimate environment. Sailing on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Bach are distinguished as “Rhine Class” yachts, at 135 meters in length with 53 suites for 106 guests; while Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel will sail on the Seine, Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde Rivers and are considered “Paris Class” yachts, with a length of 110 meters and guest capacity of 78 guests in 39 suites.
All four river yachts will offer Crystal guests luxurious amenities that surpass the comforts of home, including Crystal’s acclaimed butler service for every suite – suites that reach up to 759 square feet (Crystal Suite) and feature plush king-sized beds that face toward the Panoramic Balcony-Windows are covered with fine Egyptian cotton linens, plus walk-in closets, full-length mirrors, ETRO robes and slippers, wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs, and Nespresso machines.
Additional enticing features include Crystal’s highly-acclaimed cuisine in multiple eateries: the elegant Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the exclusive Vintage Room; Cove Bar and Palm Court. Further cementing its differentiator in the river cruise industry, Crystal will offer true open-seating dining, allowing guests to dine where they want, when they want and with whom they want.
Public amenities and services include full-service spa and separate fitness center, equipped with modern machines and cardio equipment as well as free weights – both with dedicated professionals for service and nearly unheard of in the river cruising market. Plus a partial indoor/outdoor pool on the aft of Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler.
“We have ensured that, in designing Crystal River Cruises’ yachts, we remain committed to the cornerstones of the Crystal brand that travelers throughout the world have come to love: service, space, quality and choices,” says Walter Littlejohn, vice president and managing director, Crystal River Cruises. “It is imperative that our guests’ experience aboard these vessels conveys this commitment to the ‘Crystal Difference.’”
In order to give guests the best possible experience, the new river yachts will now offer all-suite accommodations that are located entirely above the waterline, providing spectacular and unobstructed views through the Panoramic Balcony-Windows.
“As part of Crystal’s longstanding tradition of offering the highest standard of luxury experiences, we have incorporated a critical redesign to the river yachts that will enhance the guests’ overall space and experience, allowing all guests to relish in the lush scenery along their journey,” says Rodriguez.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalrivercruises.com. Join the hundreds of thousands who follow the Crystal Cruises Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises.
Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™, having earned more “World’s Best” accolades than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. Crystal Cruises has won “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 22 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 consecutive years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for two-consecutive years (2014 & 2015). In summer 2015, Crystal embarked on the most significant brand expansion in the history of luxury travel and hospitality, introducing three new classes of cruising – the recently launched Crystal Yacht Cruises (December 2015), Crystal River Cruises (July 2016), Crystal Exclusive Class Ocean Cruises (Fall 2019), Crystal Luxury Air (April 2016) and Crystal AirCruises (2017).
Ginza Kuki, a Japanese restaurant owned by Hikari Miso Co., Ltd., launched a “Vegan Kaiseki-style” Vegan Menu in May 2019. In October 2018, Hikari Miso, the leading authentic Japanese Miso manufacturer in Nagano with 80 years of history, opened the Japanese restaurant Ginza Kuki in Tokyo’s posh Ginza shopping and entertainment district. The dishes, originating from the elegance of Kaiseki cuisine, delicately present in a modern way the art of traditional Japanese food fermentation and aging.
In a seasonal regular course meal, which changes every month, the restaurant serves chilled “Chawanmushi,” or steamed egg custard, with the enhancement of “umami” tastiness coming from sweet Saikyo Miso, sirloin steak of Oumi A5 beef marinated with three-year aged miso, and many other dishes making best use of nature’s gift of four seasons from the field and surrounding seas, all of which incorporate the art of fermentation and aging.
In addition to the regular seasonal course, Ginza Kuki now serves a vegan course meal to allow those who are interested in but cannot enjoy Japanese cuisine because of their taste preference and dietary habit to experience the attractive dishes.
The restaurant is confident that guests will experience traditional Japanese cuisine as well as fermentation and aging through the vegan course, and discover new allures of Japanese food. Dashi (soup stock) extracted from dried bonito is not used. Alternatively, dashi from the “shiitake” mushroom, kelp, and other vegetable-based seasoning ingredients are cleverly used. Eggs and dairy products are never used in this course, let alone meat and fish.
Vegan course: 12,000 yen (not including 10% service charge and 8% consumption tax) *Reservations needed
The course consists of nine items, including a set of early summer vegetables and sun-dried foods in a Kudzu sauce, deep-fried homemade Goma Tofu in Sawani style, steam-roasted spring cabbage Kenchin style, and malted salt Tofu with Hanaho.
Ginza Kuki People
The story of the Kuki restaurant starts back in 2010 when Yoshihiro Hayashi, president of Hikari Miso Co., came across Chisako Hori, a Japanese culinary specialist with great experience and achievement at a Michelin three-star restaurant in Kyoto. Since then, Hayashi eagerly sought her professional advice on miso recipe development featuring functional and healthy benefit of miso and of all other Japanese ingredients, reaching an idea of sharing the asset of cuisine thus developed with every customer by offering tasty eating experience through real, serious and professional cooking. This idea finally materialized as Kuki when Hori and Hayashi established partnership with young but passionate chef Shota Sato, with 13 years of experience as the owner of a highly respected restaurant in Ginza, and as an extreme enthusiast seeking to polish up Japanese culinary art with the hint of a concept of fermentation and aging in a modern way.
Address: GINZA-A5 4th floor, 5-9-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Reservation: [email protected]
Business hours: OPEN 18:00-23:30 (last order at 23:00)
CLOSED Sundays, public holidays and summer holidays
SOURCE Hikari Miso Co., Ltd.
“Travel from China to the U.S. fell 5.7% in 2018 to 2.9 million visitors, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office, which collects data from U.S. Customs forms. It was the first time since 2003 that Chinese travel to the U.S. slipped from the prior year.”
Source: Chinese tourism to U.S. drops for 1st time in 15 years amid trade war
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Timothy Harris along with several cabinet members visited the Port Zante construction site where a second cruise pier is anticipated to be completed in a few months. The US$48-million project is designed to host two of the largest world-class vessels.
Photo coutesy of Cruise Market
PM Harris was joined by the Minister of Tourism, Lindsay Grant, and Minister of Public Infrastructure, Ian Patches Liburd. The ministers expressed the importance of the project in empowering the people of St Kitts and Nevis particularly within the small business sector. The Prime Minister equally highlighted how the level of investments, all sourced locally, demonstrated the economic health of the islands.
In his double capacity as the Minister of Finance, Premier Harris underlined the opportunities that will become available once the port is completed in September: “This is about empowering our people. When we begin to look at the other add-on port facilities that will be here – the provision that will be made for taxis and the provisions that will be made for new business persons to have a space and to participate – we are talking about an enlargement of the economic opportunities and freedoms within St. Kitts and Nevis.”
Funding for the large-scale project derived solely from the islands, with investments generated from the St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank, the St Kitts and Nevis Social Security Board, the St Kitts and Nevis Trading and Development Company, and from the successful St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme. The CBI Programme has been pivotal in transforming the lives of its citizens, both abroad and at home. The initiative enables foreign investors and their families to obtain second citizenship through a contribution to the country’s national advancement. Successful applicants acquire access to a variety of benefits, including visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel to nearly 160 destinations. The investments made are channelled into various public and private sectors unrestricted to healthcare, education, infrastructural developments, tourism and more. St Kitts and Nevis offers the world’s longest-standing programme of its kind and has come to be recognised as a Platinum Standard brand of CBI.
CS Global Partners is the international legal advisory mandated by the Government to promote the Citizenship by Investment Programme worldwide.