On the heels of last month’s announcement on the expansion of Crystal Cruises, the company today unveiled more detailed plans for its collection of two Crystal river yacht vessels, which will be launched in Europe starting in late March 2017.

The new series of vessels will boast a yacht-like design featuring larger accommodations and space-to-guest ratio than any other river cruise ship, according to a company release, and include Crystal’s signature all-inclusive six-star service, plus a fresh approach to the traditional river itineraries and experiences.

“We continue to listen to what our guests and the luxury traveler want, and river cruises are what they’ve been telling us they want for some time – it’s a natural extension of the exceptional ocean cruise Crystal has offered for the past 25 years,” said Crystal President and CEO Edie Rodriguez. “But more importantly, they want to experience river cruises on a luxury Crystal vessel, and their desires will be fulfilled on our luxury Crystal river yachts.”

The 70-suite luxury river yachts will be built by German shipyard Lloyd Werft.

Some highlights:

- 250 square-foot guest suites with walk-in wardrobes, American king size beds and bathrooms with double vanities

- Two 500 square-foot Penthouse Suites with added comforts and conveniences

- Spacious public areas, including Palm Court with dance floor and glass domed roof and a well-appointed fitness center and spa

Itineraries, fares and bookings for Crystal River Cruises will be available beginning December 1, 2015.

Crystal’s new river vessels will deploy itineraries that maximize time in port for meaningful shore-side excursions and experiences. 

Crystal will dedicate a portion of each cruise to sailing along some of the most picturesque rivers in central Europe – including destinations such as France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria – during daytime hours.

“The beauty of river cruising is not only that travelers enjoy close-up access to more fascinating inland locales, but also that the rivers themselves are coveted destinations that shouldn’t be overlooked,” said Rodriguez. “Our guests will have the opportunity to revel in the unique environment that sets river cruising apart from other travel experiences.”