Bach, Yuletide Treasures ex Basel to Amsterdam – 22 Dec 2021

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Crystal River Cruises has reimagined luxury river cruising across Europe with an extraordinary attention to detail. Life on board flows to the rhythm of the rivers, an invitation to immerse yourself in the culture, history and wonder of legendary lands.

This is river cruising at its finest, with butler service for every suite, superb cuisine and unrivalled social spaces. Service is friendly and uncompromising, and enrichment both aboard and ashore provides authentic insight into each destination.

With multiple overnights and extended stays in port, customize your time ashore with our Crystal Collection of curated destination experiences, both inclusive and optional in every destination, as well as a complimentary Signature Event.

An exceptional standard of all-inclusive amenities and services elevates the comfortable luxury aboard each ship, from spirits and wines and all gratuities aboard and ashore to complimentary Wi-Fi, shore experiences, airport transfers and more.

DECK 2 | 188 SQ. FT. (17.5 SQ. M.) Occupancy: accommodates up to two guests. BEDROOM: King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds); upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights; beds face fore and aft King-size pillows and fine Egyptian cotton linens Closet with full-height hanging, shelving and integrated lighting In-suite safe Nightstands with 220V power and USB outlets Armchair Adjustable height/extendable coffee/dining table Writing desk/vanity area Stocked refrigerator Custom shelving with bar amenities Inspresso coffee machine 40″ flat-screen HD TV Digital iPad Personal safe Blackout drapery and sheers BATHROOM: Glass-enclosed shower with both overhead and handheld showerhead Single vanity with halo-lit mirror ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities Makeup mirror Hairdryer 110V/220V power Panoramic balcony-window BUTLER SERVICE: Unpacking and packing upon request Shore excursion arrangements In-suite hors d’oeuvres and daily canapé service

DECK 3 | 188 SQ. FT. (17.5 SQ. M.)

Occupancy: accommodates up to two guests.

BEDROOM:

King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds); upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights; beds face fore and aft

King-size pillows and fine Egyptian cotton
linens

Closet with full-height hanging, shelving and
integrated lighting

In-suite safe

Nightstands with 220V power and USB outlets

Armchair

Adjustable height/extendable coffee/dining table

Writing desk/vanity area

Stocked refrigerator

Custom shelving with bar amenities

Inspresso coffee machine

40″ flat-screen HD TV

Digital iPad

Personal safe

Blackout drapery and sheers

BATHROOM:

Glass-enclosed shower with both overhead and handheld showerhead

Single vanity with halo-lit mirror

ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities

Makeup mirror

Hairdryer

110V/220V power


Panoramic balcony-window

BUTLER SERVICE:

Unpacking and packing upon request

Shore excursion arrangements

In-suite hors d’oeuvres and daily canapé service

DECK 2 | 237 SQ. FT. (22 SQ. M.)

Occupancy: Accommodates up to two guests. Limited number of rollaway beds available for third occupant.

BEDROOM:

King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds); upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights; beds face panoramic balcony-window

King-size pillows and fine Egyptian cotton linens

Walk-in closet with full-height hanging, removable lower rail and shelving; integrated lighting

In-suite safe

Nightstands with 220V power and USB outlets

Armchair

Adjustable height/extendable coffee/dining table

Writing desk/vanity area

Stocked refrigerator

Custom shelving with bar amenities

Inspresso coffee machine

40″ flat-screen HD TV

Digital iPad

Personal safe

Full-length mirror

Blackout drapery and sheers

Panoramic balcony-window

BATHROOM:

Single vanity with halo-lit mirror

Glass-enclosed shower with both overhead and handheld showerhead

ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities

Ample storage

Makeup mirror

Hairdryer

110V/220V power

BUTLER SERVICE:

Unpacking and packing upon request

Shore excursion arrangements

In-suite hors d’oeuvres and daily canapé service

Occupancy: 2 adults (Rollaway beds on request, subject to availability) Location: S2 – Deck 2 253 SQ. FT. (23.5 SQ. M.) BEDROOM: King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds); upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights; beds face panoramic balcony-window King-size pillows and fine Egyptian cotton linens Walk-in closet with full-height hanging, removable lower rail and shelving; integrated lighting In-suite safe Nightstands with 220V power and USB outlets Armchair Adjustable height/extendable coffee/dining table Writing desk/vanity area Stocked refrigerator Inspresso coffee machine 40″ flat-screen HD TV Digital iPad Personal safe Full-length mirror Blackout drapery and sheers Panoramic balcony-window BATHROOM: Double vanity with halo-lit mirror Glass-enclosed shower with both overhead and handheld showerhead ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities Ample storage Makeup mirror Hairdryer 110V/220V power BUTLER SERVICE: Unpacking and packing upon request Shore excursion arrangements In-suite hors d’oeuvres and daily canapé service

Occupancy: 2 adults (Rollaway beds on request, subject to availability)
Location: S1 – Deck 3
253 SQ. FT. (23.5 SQ. M.)

BEDROOM:

King-size bed (convertible to two twin beds); upholstered headboard with integrated reading lights; beds face panoramic balcony-window

King-size pillows and fine Egyptian cotton linens

Walk-in closet with full-height hanging, removable lower rail and shelving; integrated lighting

In-suite safe

Nightstands with 220V power and USB outlets

Armchair

Adjustable height/extendable coffee/dining table

Writing desk/vanity area

Stocked refrigerator

Inspresso coffee machine

40″ flat-screen HD TV

Digital iPad

Personal safe

Full-length mirror

Blackout drapery and sheers

Panoramic balcony-window

BATHROOM:

Double vanity with halo-lit mirror

Glass-enclosed shower with both overhead and handheld showerhead

ETRO terry robes, slippers and bath amenities

Ample storage

Makeup mirror

Hairdryer

110V/220V power

BUTLER SERVICE:

Unpacking and packing upon request

Shore excursion arrangements

In-suite hors d’oeuvres and daily canapé service


Occupancy: 4 adults (minimum 2)
Location: CS – Deck 3
Suite Size: 759 sq. ft. / 70.5 sq. mt.


MASTER BEDROOM:

King size bed (convertible to two twin beds)
King size pillows and fine Egyptian cotton linens
Panoramic Balcony-Window™
Nightstands with wireless charging pad and USB outlets
Walk-in closet with shelving, full-height hanging and removable lower rail
In-closet safe
Arm chair
40″ flat-screen wall-mounted TV
Beds face window
Power sockets 220 V

BATHROOM:

Double vanity with back-lit mirror, integrated TV, drawers and heated towel rail
Shower with both overhead and hand-held showerhead
ETRO terry robes and slippers
Hairdryer
Power sockets 110/220V

LIVING ROOM/AMENITIES:

Entry vestibule
Fireplace
Large wall mounted recessed TV over fireplace
Guest powder room
Seating area with sofa
Dining table with seating for four (4)
Refrigerator and welcome drawer stocked with Nespresso, cups and glasses
Nespresso coffee machine
Two (2) arm chairs and coffee table

BUTLER SERVICE:

Unpacking and packing upon request
Optional Experience Arrangements
In-suite Hors d’oeuvres & canapes service

Crystal Bach - Vista Deck

Crystal Bach - Crystal Deck

Crystal Bach - Seahorse Deck

Crystal Bach - Harmony Deck

As the most luxurious all-suite, butler-serviced ships cruising the waterways of Europe, Crystal River Cruises also offers the largest luxury suites, the highest staff-to-guest ratio and an unrivalled standard of state-of-the-art design and amenities. Every suite aboard Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel features an expansive Panoramic Balcony-Window, perfect for watching the beauty of Europe unfold before your eyes.

Their names alone portray the prominence to which they rise, yet it is their exceptional design and acclaimed service that captivates the world’s most discerning travellers. Built to the highest standards of contemporary luxury and spaciousness, each of Crystal’s four new all-suite ships are elegant sanctuaries of resplendent comfort, boasting the largest standard accommodations — many with walk-in closets and double-vanity bathrooms — in European river cruising, and the latest, cutting-edge technologies.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 135 m
  • Maiden Voyage: 2017
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 106
  • Ship Registration: Malta

Ship Facilities

  • Palm Court
  • The Bistro
  • Library
  • Main Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Vista Deck Bar
  • Sun Deck
  • Sun Deck Bar and Grill
  • Steam/Sauna
  • Indoor Pool
  • Salon
  • The Pantry
  • Connoisseur Club
  • The Cove
  • The Vintage Room
  • Wheel House
  • Waterside Restaurant


Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
22 Dec '21
Basel, Switzerland
overnight
23 Dec '21
Basel, Switzerland
09:00 PM
24 Dec '21
Breisach, Germany
05:00 AM overnight
25 Dec '21
Breisach, Germany
01:30 AM
25 Dec '21
Strasbourg, France
08:00 AM 10:00 PM
26 Dec '21
Mannheim, Germany
08:00 AM 12:30 PM
26 Dec '21
Worms, Germany
02:30 PM 11:00 PM
27 Dec '21
Rudesheim, Germany
08:00 AM overnight
28 Dec '21
Rudesheim, Germany
09:00 AM
28 Dec '21
Koblenz, Germany
01:30 PM 07:00 PM
29 Dec '21
Dusselfdorf, Germany
07:00 AM 11:30 PM
30 Dec '21
Arnhem, Holland
08:30 AM 10:00 PM
31 Dec '21
Lelystad, Netherlands
08:00 AM 03:00 PM
31 Dec '21
Amsterdam, Rivers
06:00 PM overnight
01 Jan '22
Amsterdam, Rivers
overnight
02 Jan '22
Amsterdam, Rivers

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

11 Night Cruise sailing from Basel to Amsterdam aboard Crystal Bach.

Experience the holidays on a fairytale voyage along the enchanting Rhine River. Strasbourg’s gothic architecture, Mannheim’s thriving art scene and Basel’s picturesque Old Town enchant on a journey designed to ring in the New Year in style.

Highlights of this cruise:

Basel
On the three-border intersection of Switzerland, Germany and France and unfolding in two sections from the banks of the Rhine, Basel has an international flair, a cultural vibrancy and is picturesque besides. A medieval town center invites exploration by foot, while an abundance of museums and galleries suggest an indoor stroll amid works of art and relics of history. The Museum of Fine Arts is home to the world’s oldest art collection accessible to the public. The city itself hosts Switzerland’s oldest university, dating to 1460. Antiquity may be Basel’s strong suit, as it is in much of Europe, but this corner of Switzerland also reveals a more modern countenance: Architects Herzog & de Meuron, best known for the design of the Tate Modern in London and the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, and Frank Gehry of Bilbao Guggenheim Museum fame have contributed their considerable talents to buildings here.

Breisach, Germany
Situated along the Rhine about halfway between the supremely scenic towns of Freiburg and Colmar, Breisach is the perfect place from which to launch explorations into the surrounding Black Forest. Yet there is much to keep travelers within the embrace of this lively city, including its Romanesque church with late-Gothic altar and cobbled streets lined by pastel-hued buildings. Just a few miles west of Breisach is the remarkable star-shaped fortress town of Neuf-Brisach, or New Breisach, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Strasbourg, France
When you glimpse the steep-peaked, half-timbered buildings, the place waters of narrow canals, flowers blooming on balconies and bridges, and old towers standing sentry over the scene, you know you have stepped into Strasbourg – either that, or the very pretty pages of a fairytale. The capital of the Alsace region and seat of the European Parliament, Strasbourg is simply one of the most photogenic old towns in existence. It boasts a breathtakingly gorgeous Gothic cathedral (with the tallest cathedral tower in France), twisting alleyways, a sweet collection of the aforementioned half-timbered buildings and a charm that oozes from virtually every cozy corner of Grande Île, or “Large Island,” the first city center to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mannheim, Germany
In 1885, “driving a Benz” meant operating a three-wheeled, open-air carriage glorified by the world’s first purpose-built, rear-mounted internal combustion engine – the brainchild of Karl Benz, innovator and engineer extraordinaire. The name Benz is still synonymous with automotive innovation, of course, and the city of Mannheim is where this legacy began. It is still home to Daimler, the automotive giant with whom Mercedes-Benz eventually merged. Also born in Mannheim was the “man-powered running machine” (better known as a bicycle), the Lanz Bulldog tractor and first rocket-powered aircraft, firmly establishing Mannheim as the place for innovation and industry. Mannheim is actually the place for many things. A university town on the banks of the Rhine and Neckar, Mannheim is alive with hubs of diverse food, drink and shopping, as well as a thriving art and musical culture.

Rudesheim, Germany
If Rüdesheim’s scenic location on the Rhine Gorge doesn’t sweep you off your feet, then the town’s medieval Old Town with its half-timbered buildings and narrow lanes, especially the Drosselgasse overflowing with charming shops and taverns, surely will. Still more that promises to enchant and delight is the region’s renowned Rieslings, produced here for centuries from vineyards dating to Roman times. A glass of white wine or the other local specialty, Asbach brandy, sipped amid historic surroundings can make the heart flutter, not necessarily from the effects of the spirits but from the simple beauty of one of Germany’s, if not the world’s, most romantic locales.
Savor exceptional views as you board the cog railway for the ride to the summit of Niederwald Park overlooking the Rhine valley. At the Asbach Distillery, learn about the region’s famed Asbach brandy, produced here since 1892.

Koblenz, Germany
Located where the Rhine and Moselle rivers and three low mountain ranges meet, Koblenz has a leg up in the scenery department. Add to that the city’s 2,000-year-old history, hilltop fortress and squares lined by classic Germanic architecture and you have a place ready made for photographs. You might start by aiming your lens at the Deutsches Eck, or German Corner, where the rivers merge around a corner of land marked by a monument to Emperor William I. Ambling along the river promenade and exploring the town’s narrow lanes, you might encounter medieval churches, flower-filled parks, sidewalk cafes and perhaps a weinstube, or wine tavern, an ideal venue for sipping dry Riesling and drinking in the atmosphere.

Dusseldorf, Germany
For a city whose history can be traced to the 7th and 8th centuries,Düsseldorf’s contemporary architecture, edgy art culture and innovative business landscape is all the more impressive. The capital city of the North Rhine-Westphalia is decidedly posh, pushing the boundaries of high fashion and high-rise design, and a culinary and nightlife scene that caters to the international elite who populate the city. Indeed, banking and cutting-edge technology industries have brought the city great wealth, while its flair for the creative and collective passion for celebrations of all kinds take some of that serious edge off the atmosphere, making Dusseldorf one of the world’s most livable cities. In the Altstadt, the historical quarter along the Rhine, look for an intriguing blend of time-honored sites and traditions and a lively modern neighborhood filled with energetic bars and restaurants.

Arnhem, Netherlands
People have been fighting over Arnhem for centuries. It’s no mystery, given its natural beauty, abundant parks and bicycle pathways, and lively scene of cafes and creative hubs. Perhaps Arnhem’s most famous – and darkest – occupation came during World War II, when the Nazi German 10th Army invaded the Netherlands, occupying the whole country within one week. In resistance, Arnhem became the site of the largest airborne military operation in history, Operation Market-Garden, deploying more than 35,000 paratroopers over the bridges and occupied land. Today, if you look skyward, you’re more likely to see vast canopies of treetops than parachuting soldiers, though the event is commemorated at the nearby Airborne Museum, boasting an impressive collection of photography, weaponry, documents and other accounts of the conflict.

Amsterdam
Everyone has an image of Amsterdam. For some, it’s small boats gliding on the canals and locals two-wheeling on bikes to and from work and, as frequently, to meet friends for drinks. For others, it’s gabled buildings leaning, seemingly precariously, over cobbled streets and cozy taverns illuminated by candles. Still others imagine tulips in bloom and the colors, both muted and vibrant, of the paintings Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. All images are true and even more beguiling when experienced in person. Sit a spell in a convivial cafe, explore world-class museums and feel the significance of a unique history—one of a city reclaimed from the sea, rising in prestige and influence as merchants built trade and wealth, and forever known for its attics and attitudes that offered refuge from war. Narrow streets and great manses tell the story not only in images but with the aroma of appeltaart, a taste of the avant garde in newly constructed buildings and a feeling of warmth from the amiable locals.

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