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7 Night Europe Cruise from Budapest

7 Night Europe Cruise from Budapest

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Budapest
  • Day 2
    Budapest
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Bratislava
  • Day 4
    Vienna
  • Day 5
    Vienna
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Durnstein (Krems)
  • Day 6
    Emmersdorf
  • Day 7
    Linz (Salzburg)
  • Day 8
    Passau

Crystal Mahler

Crystal Mahler - Crystal River Cruises

Pros

Excellent dining, cabins and service makes ship feel like luxury hotel

Cons

Shore excursions can be iffy, with specifics hard to find; little enrichment

Bottom Line

Ideal for couples or groups that want a luxury river cruise that's more like a private tour


Cruise Reviews

The Mahler is a beautiful ship. The staff were beyond helpful. The food and drinks were more than you could possibly eat or drink. Unfortunately on the 17 Grand Tour they close the top deck for 8-10 days. We couldn’t go up and enjoy ... Read More
The Mahler is a beautiful ship. The staff were beyond helpful. The food and drinks were more than you could possibly eat or drink. Unfortunately on the 17 Grand Tour they close the top deck for 8-10 days. We couldn’t go up and enjoy the scenery, relax, or exercise. The company should disclose this information. It would have made a difference in our choice of ships. There are no other places to sit outside so you are inside a lot. Unfortunately on our cruise the water was too low so we couldn’t finish our trip on the ship. They gave us 2 choices and only a half hour to make a decision whether to stay and go to hotels or abandon the schedule. It was a hard decision to make in half hour. We chose to finish the trip and go to the hotels. Unfortunately the hotel they chose in Vienna was horrible. Sat on railroad tracks on one side and construction on the other. Food service was horrible. Not up to Crystal standards. Unfortunately Crystal would not and has not done anything for the 72 people who chose to stay. We knew that the boats can sometimes not go through because of water level and we were prepared for that. But Crystal did not keep their high standards of accommodations. It was a sad way to end the trip. Very disappointed in how Crystal handled the situation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Our first Crystal River Cruise aboard the Mahler one of their five river ships gave us many special moments to remember. We just completed the sojourn from Amsterdam to Budapest itinerary. We are savvy cruisers having experienced many ... Read More
Our first Crystal River Cruise aboard the Mahler one of their five river ships gave us many special moments to remember. We just completed the sojourn from Amsterdam to Budapest itinerary. We are savvy cruisers having experienced many ocean itineraries aboard vessels of differing sizes. Instead of detailing the ship itself which was 2 years old, I will tell you the design team knows and understands the elements of how to make the cabins comfortably luxurious and the common areas beautiful letting the natural light and colors blend harmoniously with the water and sky. The cabin size was more then adequate. The bed and bedding, choice of various pillow types covered the bases. The dining with attention to detail, creativity, menu selections were of exceptional quality time after time. Each dinner was a favorite until the next dinner. The meat cooked to the perfection it deserved. The lobster and shellfish, caviar were of excellent quality Vegans, Gluten free, and vegetarians can all expect to be happy. Food allergies are immediately noted and special meals can be created to suit you with a personal discussion of your desires. Shore excursions were well managed with smaller groups organized from the larger group. Mahler has just 106 paying guests with its own new spacious road buses. Never a problem getting on or off. Staff at the ready for any assistance before you went ashore and there to greet you upon your return. For many it was their first Crystal experience and the comments were all positive day after day with guests sharing their own “I cannot believe this person did this for me or that for me.” I loved hearing their stories because I already knew what was in store when we booked, a trip well worth the price paid. The inclusive Crystal pricing is the way to go if you have never done so before. All speakers and entertainment were top notch. Crystal has lifetime customers and we are definitely part of this group. Love this company. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
My husband and I are currently on a Grand Europe tour on the Crystal Mahler. Service and food have been superb. We are enjoying the daily canapés and appetizers brought to our room by our butler. Entertainment on board is provided by ... Read More
My husband and I are currently on a Grand Europe tour on the Crystal Mahler. Service and food have been superb. We are enjoying the daily canapés and appetizers brought to our room by our butler. Entertainment on board is provided by Neal, host and piano player. We are staying in a petite suite so storage is tight and we are doubling clothes on our hangers. We brought one suitcase each because we planned to use the laundry onboard and we have used it. Where Crystal has really shone is how they handle a change in itinerary. A boat from another cruise line hit a lock, damaging it so that we can’t sail down the Danube as planned. We stayed extra days in Nuremberg with new excursions added. We will be avoiding the dreaded “my river cruise has turned into a bus/hotel trip” because they are sailing the ship back up the Rhine to Frankfurt with new ports in the way. Once in Frankfurt, Crystal is flying us nonstop to Budapest so we don’t miss our scheduled excursions there and flights home. On top of that, they are giving us a generous amount of Euros in cash to cover meals while in Budapest as well as a credit for a future cruise. We will be in Budapest two nights in a hotel instead on one night on the boat. They have definitely made the best of a bad situation. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
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