Crystal Changes Itinerary of River Ship's Maiden Cruise

September 1, 2017
Crystal River Cruises artist concept

(1:30 p.m. EDT) -- Crystal River Cruises has anticipated a delay in the arrival of its newest riverboat, Crystal Mahler, to the Rhine River and has modified the ship's 16-night maiden voyage in response.

Instead of sailing from Budapest to Amsterdam, departing on September 30, 2017, Crystal Mahler will now sail roundtrip from Amsterdam. The new itinerary sails the Rhine River roundtrip from Amsterdam as far as Basel, Switzerland, visiting mainly ports in Germany. The original itinerary, which began in Budapest, also included Danube and Main River sailing, which has been eliminated from the revised itinerary. All passengers have been notified of the itinerary change and given a choice of options.

Passengers who choose to sail on the modified itinerary will receive:

  • A 100 percent refund of all money paid to Crystal for this cruise
  • A 50 percent future cruise credit, valid on any 2017 to 2019 river cruise with available space
  • Complimentary airfare from Budapest to Amsterdam on September 30, or up to $500 toward flight changes made independently

Passengers who choose to cancel their booking will receive:

  • A 100 percent refund of all money paid to Crystal for this cruise
  • A free future cruise, valid on any 2017 to 2019 river cruise with available space
  • Reimbursement up to $500 for flight cancellation or change fees

This marks the second change to Crystal Mahler's inaugural cruise. The ship was originally intended to launch on August 29, but that date was pushed back to September 30 in March, when the cruise line determined it would need more time to build the ship and get it ready for passengers without compromising the line's high standards of luxury.

--By Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor