As fans of Crystal ocean ships, we wanted to sail on Mozart, before she became exclusively for oriental guests from January 1st, though of course there will be 4 other Crystal river ships to choose from.
We flew to Vienna the day before staying at an excellent airport hotel before being picked up by the included crystal transfer bus on the day of our cruise. It whisked up across the city to join Mozart for our Danube cruise. She looked rather dumpy from the shore, but once on board the fabulous interior wowed us. Documentation and registration were speedy, with a proffers welcoming glass of champagne. Our luggage had been whisked away to our cabin, so we were free to either have lunch or to explore this lovely vessel, the biggest on the Danube. We chose to have lunch , enjoying the delicious dishes offered in W , the main dining room , with both hot and cold dishes, a car very station and a range of delicious desserts. We found a window side seat, and were offered a wide choice of wines to accompany our excellent meal. The restaurant manager , whom we’d known from the ocean ships, came over to welcome us, and we realised we were in for a superb river cruise.
Later we went to our deck 2 cabin, surprised at its size, excellent comfortable bed, generous wardrobe and storage space and a delightful french balcony. The sofa was decent size, the tv huge and a welcome bottle of champagne chilled for us to enjoy, plus wines in the minibar. The lovely limestone tiled bathroom was high tech, with programmable Toto toilet, large , quite complicated shower, and heated rail, and Crystal’s signature Etro toiletries
Prior to joining the ship, we had chosen which of the included excursions we’d enjoy, and the proved to be excellent, with wide ranging choices, both cultural and scenic, comfortable coaches and superb local guides. Many guests took 2 excursions a day, but we wanted a more relaxing cruise, and time to enjoy the lovely ship.
We have tried river cruising on several rivers, but this was by far our best experience.
Superbly comfortable, elegant decor and spacious. Easily as big as most of the ocean cabins we’ve enjoyed, but by far the loveliest. The large bed dominated, but we loved that. Wardrobes were generous, with good wooden hangers, robes cosy, with the inevitable one size slippers!
We requested a kettle as we are not coffee drinkers, so one was provided and the coffee machine removed, and our choice of drinks for the minibar provided by the friendly efficient butler. Our cabin was serviced twice daily by the most discreet cabin attendant, and she kept it absolute spick and span.
The large tv faced the bed, and the many lighting choices had to be mastered , but we loved it all.
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