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Crystal Bach Review and Specifications

Specifications of Crystal Bach

Year built2017  /  Age : 3
Flag state Malta
BuilderMV Werften (Wismar, Germany)
ClassRhine-class River Cruiser
Owner(GHK) Genting Hong Kong Ltd
OperatorCrystal River Cruises
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)135 m / 443 ft
Beam (width)12 m / 39 ft
Gross Tonnage5000 gt
Passengers114 - 169
Crew85
Decks4
Cabins55
Decks with cabins2
Sister-shipsCrystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Ravel
Christened byAnna-Maria Kaufmann

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Review of Crystal Bach

Crystal Bach cruise ship belongs to the fleet of Crystal River Cruises. The company operates a total of 4 newbuild top-luxury "river yachts" (by the shipbuilder Lloyd Werft / MV Werften, Wismar Germany) plus 1 riverboat acquired in 2015. Mahler's fleetmates and sister-ships are named Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler, and Crystal Ravel. To start operations, the Crystal river cruise line purchased an existing riverboat - Crystal Mozart - that was fully refurbished and launched in July 2016.

History - construction and ownership

One of the top-luxury passenger shipping companies, Crystal Cruises operates both ocean and river cruises on premium liners and newbuild riverboats with all-inclusive travel package deals. Company's ships are top-ranked in numerous categories, offer intimate cruising experience, 5-star hotel amenities, superior service. The company was founded in 1988 as a subsidiary of the Japanese NYK Line (Nippon Yusen Kaisha) - one of world's largest container shipping companies. In 2015, NYK Line sold Crystal Cruises to Genting Hong Kong (GHK). Following the acquisition, the company was renamed to Crystal Ltd. It currently includes the brands Crystal Cruises (ocean-going ships), Crystal River Cruises (European riverboats), Crystal Yacht Cruises (mega-yachts), Crystal Luxury Air (aircraft) and Crystal AirCruises (fly-cruise deals).

MS Crystal Bach river cruise ship

Crystal River Cruises (a division of Crystal Cruises) operate with fully all-inclusive deals. Brand's product is marked by gourmet dining, expert enrichment program, high-class onboard entertainment, top-luxury amenities and impeccable service on newbuild riverboats in Europe. In each port along the cruise tour itinerary are offered culture-themed events and excursions. In some ports, Crystal river cruise ships offer overnight stays allowing passengers to enjoy high-class gourmet dining experiences at Michelin-starred restaurants ashore and also exclusive evening events and entertainment shipboard.

To start its operations, the Crystal river cruise company purchased an existing riverboat that was refurbished and renamed Crystal Mozart (launched in July 2016). The company additionally ordered four new luxury "river yachts" by the shipbuilder Lloyd Werft Germany.

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Cabins

The ship has a capacity for 114 passengers (max 169 pax / triple occupancy) and top-luxury suites (ranging from 20-71 m2 / 220-760 ft2). All staterooms on the new series Crystal river cruise ships feature the following industry-first cabin amenities - King beds, walk-in closets, and en-suite marble bathrooms with double sink vanities. 

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Onboard dining options include Waterside Restaurant (dining room), Vintage Room (wine bar / private dinner/party venue), Palm Court (show lounge), Cove Bar, Bistro (casual cafe), top-deck Vista Bar & Grill. All venues are operated with open-seating dining. 

Onboard dining menus include food prepared with freshest, locally sourced ingredients and itinerary-based traditional specialties - fresh seafood and fish (Holland), seasonal fruits and vegetables (Holland, Germany), meat and poultry (Austrian Alps and Bavarian farms), local draught and craft beers, regional wines and cheeses. Specialty coffees and teas served complimentary on the ship are by the Vienna Austria-based company Julius Meinl.

MS Crystal Bach river cruise ship

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The ship has 3 lounges and bars, 4 restaurants, 1 panoramic / glass elevator, gym, and spa facilities. Unique features are the glass-domed atrium area and the indoor infinity pool (resistance swimming pool). The ship’s show lounge, Palm Court, has a stage for live performances, grand piano performances, singalongs. The lounge features a dance floor for themed dancing parties, a glass-dome cover, floor-ceiling window walls, live plants for decoration, comfortable seating, full-service bar. The 24-hour open coffee-tea corner, The Pantry, offers complimentary fruit basket, pastries, cookies, sparkling water. On the new river yachts, there are also a Fitness Center and full-service Spa. One deck is dedicated to all onboard public spaces (including spa, gym, library, glass-domed Palm Court lounge). Each riverboat carries its own fleet of electric bikes, 2-person kayaks and jet skis for complimentary passenger use on the individual or guided tours and excursions ashore.

River Cruise Itineraries

Crystal Bach ship operates cruises on Rhine River leaving out of Amsterdam and Basel. The itineraries are themed as “The Classic Rhine”, “Tulips, Holland and Belgium Discovery”, and “Christmas Markets Along the Rhine”.

The all-inclusive Crystal river cruise deals (as cruise price inclusions) offer the following complimentary amenities and services:

  • Gratuities for all the ship's staff, including housekeeping, bar, dining, butlers
  • All meals (featuring 6-star gourmet cuisine and regional specialties)
  • Unlimited soft drinks, premium beverages (including champagne, fine wines, spirits, beers, bottled water)
  • 24-hour self-service pantry (specialty coffees, teas, wines, nonalcoholic drinks)
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour Wi-Fi access, free Wi-Fi and satellite Internet usage (60 min pp per day)
  • interactive TV (infotainment system) with movies on demand and music library
  • Airport-to-ship group transfers - luxury coaches to transport passengers from the airport to the riverboat on embarkation day.
  • Ship-to-airport group transfers (on disembarkation day).
  • Onboard daily yoga and fitness classes, daily choice of digital international newspapers
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programming (destination / itinerary-focused), including lectures, destination expert (on each cruise), local experts and tour guides.
  • Self-service guest laundry
  • Twice daily housekeeping services (evening turndown service)
  • In-cabin dining (hors d'oeuvres)
  • Butler service for each cabin
  • Two complimentary "Crystal Adventures" shore excursions in every port (curated). Additional excursions are available for purchase.
  • Complimentary culinary tours to renowned local establishments
  • Complimentary Atlanta eBikes, Nordic walking poles and audio headphones on all "Crystal Adventures" (shore excursions/land tours).

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Crystal Bach riverboat is named after the German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Crystal Mahler (yard number 123) and Crystal Bach (yard number 120) had a dual keel laying ceremony held on August 19, 2016, at MV Werften shipyard (Wismar Germany). The first steel plates were flame cut. The special event was attended by Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay (Genting Hong Kong's Executive Chairman), Edie Rodriguez (Crystal Cruises' President, CEO, and Chairman) and Erwin Sellering (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's Prime Minister). During the ceremony, "lucky coins" were placed on the keel blocks before the ship's first 2 sections (each one 170 tons) were laid down.

Crystal river cruise ship (Bach, Debussy, Mahler, Ravel)

Crystal Bach belongs to a new (yacht-like) design riverboats. From the same class are the Crystal Mahler (same capacity) and the other pair of sister-ships Debussy and Ravel. Another member of Crystal's river fleet is Crystal Mozart (formerly MS Mozart).

The riverboat's Inaugural Cruise (Maiden Voyage) was scheduled for June 18, 2017. The 14-night itinerary (on Rhine and Moselle rivers) included as ports of call Amsterdam, Basel, Antwerp,

MV Werften completed its first newbuild project on August 3, 2017, when the shipyard delivered Crystal Bach. The 2nd ship (Mahler) was scheduled for delivery a few weeks later. Crystal's Rhine Class riverboats 3 and 4 (Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel) were constructed at the MV Werften Shipyard in Wismar, (starting January 2017 and scheduled for deliveries in 2018).

On August 20, 2017, in Rudesheim (overnight stay) was the boat's christening ceremony led by godmother Anna-Maria Kaufmann - famous German soprano vocalist. As part of the ship's naming ceremony, she performed Johann Sebastian Bach's "Air on the G String" (the second movement in Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068). Over the naming ceremony presided Edie Rodriguez (Crystal Cruises President and CEO).

Next table shows the ship's Inaugural Cruise itinerary (August 13-28, 2017). The 14-day Amsterdam to Frankfurt cruise prices started at USD 7840 pp (double occupancy rates).

Date / TimePort
13 Aug / 15 Aug - 18:00 (overnight)Departing from Amsterdam, Holland
16 AugAntwerp, Belgium
17 AugNijmegen, Holland
18 AugCologne, Germany
19 AugCochem, Germany
20 AugKoblenz, Germany
20 Aug - 19:00 / 21 Aug - 13:00 (overnight)Rudesheim, Germany
21 AugMainz, Germany
22 AugSpeyer, Germany
23 AugKiel, Germany
24 AugBreisach am Rhein, Germany
25 Aug - 09:00 / 26 Aug - 21:00 (overnight)Basel, Switzerland
28 AugArriving in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

Crystal Bach Itineraries

The below listed Crystal Bach cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Crystal Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2020 Apr 10 5 days, round-trip 7 Night Tulips and Windmills Cruise Amsterdam
2020 Apr 17 5 days, round-trip 7 Night Tulips and Windmills Cruise Amsterdam
2020 Apr 24 5 days, round-trip 7 Night Tulips and Windmills Cruise Amsterdam
2020 May 01 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam
2020 May 07 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel
2020 May 15 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam
2020 May 21 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel
2020 May 29 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam
2020 Jun 04 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5697
2020 Jun 12 9 days, round-trip 10 Night Enchanting Moselle Cruise Amsterdam
2020 Jun 22 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5346
2020 Jun 28 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $4604
2020 Jul 06 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam
2020 Jul 12 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel
2020 Jul 20 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $4604
2020 Jul 26 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $4589
2020 Aug 03 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $4590
2020 Aug 09 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $4594
2020 Aug 17 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $4591
2020 Aug 23 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $4592
2020 Aug 31 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $4604
2020 Sep 06 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5943
2020 Sep 14 9 days, round-trip 10 Night Enchanting Moselle Cruise Amsterdam $7708
2020 Sep 24 9 days, round-trip 10 Night Enchanting Moselle Cruise Amsterdam
2020 Oct 04 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5455
2020 Oct 10 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5657
2020 Oct 18 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $3789
2020 Oct 24 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $3600
2020 Nov 01 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $4139
2020 Nov 07 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel
2020 Nov 15 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $3095
2020 Nov 21 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $3101
2020 Nov 29 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $3443
2020 Dec 06 8 days, one-way from Breisach am Rhein to Amsterdam Basel $5109
2020 Dec 16 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $3597
2020 Dec 23 9 days, one-way from Breisach am Rhein to Amsterdam Basel $6151
2021 Mar 27 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $4008
2021 Apr 02 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $4108
2021 Apr 10 5 days, round-trip 7 Night Tulips and Windmills Cruise Amsterdam $5279
2021 Apr 17 5 days, round-trip 7 Night Tulips and Windmills Cruise Amsterdam $5514
2021 Apr 24 5 days, round-trip 7 Night Tulips and Windmills Cruise Amsterdam $4689
2021 May 01 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $4928
2021 May 07 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5169
2021 May 15 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5163
2021 May 21 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5167
2021 May 29 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5181
2021 Jun 04 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5178
2021 Jun 12 9 days, round-trip 10 Night Enchanting Moselle Cruise Amsterdam $6732
2021 Jun 22 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5180
2021 Jun 28 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5036
2021 Jul 06 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5167
2021 Jul 12 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5174
2021 Jul 20 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5166
2021 Jul 26 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5025
2021 Aug 03 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5180
2021 Aug 09 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5171
2021 Aug 17 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5164
2021 Aug 23 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5168
2021 Aug 31 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5175
2021 Sep 06 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5762
2021 Sep 14 9 days, round-trip 10 Night Enchanting Moselle Cruise Amsterdam $7562
2021 Sep 24 9 days, round-trip 10 Night Enchanting Moselle Cruise Amsterdam $7559
2021 Oct 04 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5263
2021 Oct 10 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel
2021 Oct 18 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $4396
2021 Oct 24 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $3808
2021 Nov 01 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $2832
2021 Nov 07 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $2735
2021 Nov 15 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $2728
2021 Nov 21 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $2740
2021 Nov 29 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $3371
2021 Dec 06 8 days, one-way from Breisach am Rhein to Amsterdam Basel $5017
2021 Dec 16 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $3514
2021 Dec 25 7 days, one-way from Breisach am Rhein to Amsterdam Basel $5994
2022 Mar 27 5 days, round-trip 7 Night Tulips and Windmills Cruise Amsterdam $4880
2022 Apr 03 5 days, round-trip 7 Night Tulips and Windmills Cruise Amsterdam $5174
2022 Apr 10 5 days, round-trip 7 Night Tulips and Windmills Cruise Amsterdam $5654
2022 Apr 17 5 days, round-trip 7 Night Tulips and Windmills Cruise Amsterdam $5666
2022 Apr 24 5 days, round-trip 7 Night Tulips and Windmills Cruise Amsterdam $5169
2022 May 01 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5368
2022 May 07 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5665
2022 May 15 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5863
2022 May 21 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5863
2022 May 29 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5863
2022 Jun 04 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $6159
2022 Jun 12 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $6153
2022 Jun 18 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5851
2022 Jun 26 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5652
2022 Jul 02 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5179
2022 Jul 10 5 days, round-trip 7 Night Dutch and Belgian Waterways Cruise Amsterdam $5171
2022 Jul 17 5 days, round-trip 7 Night Dutch and Belgian Waterways Cruise Amsterdam $5167
2022 Jul 24 5 days, round-trip 7 Night Dutch and Belgian Waterways Cruise Amsterdam $5165
2022 Jul 31 5 days, round-trip 7 Night Dutch and Belgian Waterways Cruise Amsterdam $5179
2022 Aug 07 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5172
2022 Aug 13 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5178
2022 Aug 21 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5178
2022 Aug 27 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5166
2022 Sep 04 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5864
2022 Sep 10 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $6142
2022 Sep 18 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $6157
2022 Sep 24 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $6143
2022 Oct 02 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $6147
2022 Oct 08 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $5661
2022 Oct 16 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $5651
2022 Oct 22 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $4693
2022 Oct 30 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $4686
2022 Nov 05 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $4387
2022 Nov 13 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $3899
2022 Nov 19 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $3910
2022 Nov 27 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $4400
2022 Dec 03 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $4402
2022 Dec 11 6 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Kehl-Strasbourg Amsterdam $4884
2022 Dec 17 6 days, one-way from Kehl-Strasbourg to Amsterdam Basel $3910
2022 Dec 25 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Revel on the Rhine Cruise Amsterdam $4880

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