All cabins on Crystal Bach are beautifully designed. The sophisticated styling feels more like a Park Avenue hotel than cruise ship cabin. Suites employ a neutral color palette, with soft grays, creams and shades of silver. Chairs and pillows are covered in deep emerald green velvet, providing a sumptuous contrast to the crisp white walls, which pop, thanks to panel molding.
Cabins -- Crystal calls all of them suites -- are spacious, especially by river standards, with the smallest coming in at 188 square feet. Each cabin on Crystal Bach comes with two twin beds that can be combined to create a king-sized bed, two glass-topped night tables, padded headboard, reading lamps and bedside charging via European outlets and USB ports on each side. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow passengers to enjoy the scenery while cruising. Plenty of additional outlets, both American and European, are located throughout the cabin. All suites also include wall-mounted flat-screen TVs with on-demand movies as well as live TV, Nespresso machines, stocked mini-refrigerators, iPads for use onboard, desk/vanities and full-length mirrors. Binoculars, bathrobes, safes, umbrellas, shoehorns, lint brushes and listening devices for shore excursions are provided for use during your cruise.
Because every cabin is located above water level, all suites have panoramic balcony windows, which open from the top down with the push of a button. Additionally, a screen can be lowered to prevent bugs from getting in. For safety reasons, the windows are sensitive: Any perceived obstruction -- hand, curtains, furniture -- will cause the windows to stop opening.
Bathrooms are decorated in quartz and stone tiles, with lighted mirrors, heated towel bars, shelves and drawers for storage and large showers featuring wall-mounted rainfall and handheld showerheads. Bathroom amenities include full-sized bottles of Etro shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, shower gel and lotion, made exclusively for Crystal Cruises. Cabins include two hair dryers: one mounted on the wall in the bathroom, one in a bag in the closet, which can be used anywhere there is an outlet. Skip the bathroom dryer; the bagged option is better for those looking for higher wattage and ionic styling.
Every cabin on Crystal Bach comes with a butler, who will help with tasks such as packing and unpacking, making optional shore excursion arrangements and delivering nightly canapes. We loved ordering hot tea from our butler, who delivered it perfectly and removed the tray promptly. Laundry and dry-cleaning services are provided for a per-item fee, though pressing is complimentary. There are no accessible cabins onboard, but a variety of connecting suite arrangements are available. Rollaway beds are available for some categories of cabins, depending on availability, though they must be requested before sailing. The ship has 10 connecting doors -- linking 20 cabins -- across multiple categories.
Petite Suite: Crystal Bach's 16 Petite Suite cabins are located on Decks 2 and 3 and measure 188 square feet each. These introductory-level cabins include a good-sized desk/vanity with lighted mirror and chair, plus a plush chair and coffee/dining table that can be raised or lowered as well as expanded for meals. Closets are large enough to accommodate long dresses, and you'll find cubbies for storing smaller items. Crystal provides more than enough wooden hangers. Bathrooms include a small single sink and Caesarstone quartz shelf.
River Suite Deluxe: Cabins in the River Suite Deluxe category are located on Decks 2 and 3, and they come in at 253 square feet or 237 square feet, depending on the location on the ship. Beds in this category and above face the windows. Furniture in the River Suite Deluxe category is the same as in the Petite Suite. The 37 River Suite Deluxe cabins additionally feature walk-in closets, which include a sizable chest of drawers along with an angled shelf for shoes. Much of the additional space in this category went into the bathrooms, which feature dual sinks with lots of drawer and shelf space beneath for storage.
Crystal Penthouse: Those seeking out more space and a larger array of amenities should book one of Crystal Bach's two Crystal Penthouses, which comes in at 506 square feet each. Suites, located on Deck 3, feature a separate living area, which has a lovely entry vestibule, faux fireplace, large TV, seating area that includes a sofa, and a dining table which seats four. Penthouses also include a full bath with large shower that features an exterior window, allowing lots of natural light. (Don't worry: It includes a shade that can be drawn to ensure privacy.) The bathroom also includes a massive dual sink and vanity unit. The toilet is located in a separate powder room.
Each Penthouse includes one bedroom, which has a large walk-in closet with full-height rail and removable lower rail. The bedroom also has an armchair. Both Crystal Penthouse suites can be combined via a connecting door with River Suite Deluxe cabins to create a two-bedroom space coming in at 759 square feet.