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Crystal River Cruises has earned top marks from the experts at Cruise Critic as the online cruise guide announced its recent ‘Editors’ Picks’ awards. The company won the top spot in Luxury, Dining and Stateroom categories, further establishing Crystal River Cruises as the definitive luxury leader in river cruising. “We are exceedingly proud to be recognised by the insiders and experts of Cruise Critic in these areas in particular, as they are the cornerstones of the Crystal River Experience,” said Walter Littlejohn, vice president and managing director of Crystal River Cruises.


In the ‘Best for Luxury (River)’ category Cruise Critic said, “Crystal has found the perfect formula for luxury river cruising. Every guest is treated to butler service, expansive suites and gourmet dining. Details matter on Crystal's ships, and you'll see it everywhere, from luxury bedding to excellent local wines and intuitive world-class service. The cruise line's riverboats include myriad unique features, such as indoor fitness pools and round-the-clock dining options.”


In the ‘Best Dining (River)’ category Cruise Critic noted the ships were “A foodie's dream, Crystal raises the bar for onboard dining with made-to-order meals and elevated creative presentations. Open seating, sumptuous furnishings and tables for two make all dinners feel like date night. Casual dining is also spectacular, with a global tapas dinner menu.”


While for ‘Best Cabins’, the citation read: “Crystal's cabins are among the most spacious on the rivers. Even its smallest staterooms come in at 188 sq ft. Every cabin feels like a boutique hotel suite, with modern furnishings and comfortable beds that feel truly luxurious. Each cabin comes with impeccable butler service, high-end toiletries and large showers. Crystal has undoubtedly mastered the river cruise cabin.”


Boasting all-inclusive, all-suite luxury, Crystal River Cruises’ ships - Crystal Mozart (154 guests) and four newly-built ships -  Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel – offer Michelin-inspired cuisine in a variety of elegant venues. The four identical ships convey 106 passengers who are looked after by a convivial crew of 68 and all categories of suites are situated above the waterline - another industry first.

  • 29th March 2019

Gary Buchanan


Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.