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Crystal Mozart

Former names: MS Mozart, Dertour Mozart

Crystal Mozart Review and Specifications

Specifications of Crystal Mozart

Year built1987  /  Age : 32
Flag state Malta
Builder(MAN Turbo AG) Deggendorfer Werft und Eissenbau GmbH (Deggendorf Germany)
ClassCatamaran River Cruiser
Owner(GHK) Genting Hong Kong Ltd
OperatorCrystal River Cruises
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)120 m / 394 ft
Beam (width)23 m / 75 ft
Gross Tonnage3100 gt
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2016
Former namesMS Mozart, Dertour Mozart
Christened byElisabeth Gurtler

Current itinerary / position of Crystal Mozart

Crystal Mozart current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Danube Dreams & Discoveries. Prices start from USD 2295 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 09 Nov, 2019 and ends on 16 Nov, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
09 Nov    Departing from Vienna, Austria hotels
10 Nov    Esztergom, Hungary
10 Nov 14:00 - 11 Nov    Budapest, Hungary(Overnight)
11 Nov - 18:00    Budapest, Hungary
12 Nov    Danube River
12 Nov    Bratislava, Slovakia
13 Nov 16:00 - 19:00    Melk, Austria
13 Nov 20:00 - 14 Nov    Krems an der Donau, Austria(Overnight)
14 Nov - 23:00    Krems an der Donau, Austria
15 Nov 07:00 - 16 Nov    Vienna, Austria(Overnight)
16 Nov    Arriving in Vienna, Austria hotels

Review of Crystal Mozart

Crystal Mozart cruise ship was built in 1987 by Deggendorfer Shipyard in Deggendorf Germany. The vessel was operated by the German river cruise tour operators Peter Deilmann and Detours. It was sold to Crystal River Cruises in late 2015. Until 2019, MS Mozart was Europe's largest river cruise ship ever constructed. Crystal Mozart (sized 395x75 ft (120x23 m) has only one rival in Europe - the AmaWaterways ship AmaMagna (sized 443x72 ft / 135x22 m).

NEWS: In late-May 2019, Crystal River Cruises announced that MS Crystal Mozart leaves the fleet in 2020-Q1. The boat will be transferred to Genting Cruise Lines (sister-brand to Crystal, both subsidiaries of GHK-Genting Hong Kong). GHK's new river brand company's name will be revealed at a later date. Mozart's last voyage for Crystal is planned for December 2, 2019 (Vienna to Budapest). All bookings on previously scheduled Crystal Mozart 2020 cruises will be updated with similar Danube itineraries on the fleetmates Crystal Ravel and Crystal Mahler.

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 Mozart 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.

MS Crystal Mozart river cruise ship

To start its operations, the Crystal river cruise company purchased an existing riverboat that was refurbished and renamed Crystal Mozart (launched in July 2016, IMO 8643341). The company additionally ordered four new luxury river yacht ships (builder Lloyd Werft, Germany) scheduled for delivery in mid-2017. MS Mozart (Crystal Mozart) is currently Europe’s largest river ship, excepting, of course, the old-design Russian ships sailing on river Volga.

MS Crystal Mozart river cruise ship


The Mozart ship has a max capacity of 160 passengers, and luxury suites (ranging from 19-80 m2 / 200-860 ft2). Cruise accommodations as sizes range from 215 ft2 / 20 m2 (Window and French Balcony staterooms) to 330 ft2 / 31 m2 (One-Bedroom Penthouse Suites) plus the two largest suites - 885 ft2 / 82 m2 Two-Bedroom Crystal Suites. The latter is ranked the largest cabin found on river cruise ships. All cabins are fitted with marble bathrooms, Nespresso coffee machines, king-sized luxury beds, luxury bedding, new furniture, butler service. Penthouses and Crystal Suites are with walk-in closets and separate bathtubs/showers.

Shipboard facilities

The Mozart ship has multiple restaurants, a large spa complex (with 2 treatment rooms), an indoor swimming pool (infinity pool), whirlpool, top-deck garden. The list of onboard venues includes bar lounge (Crystal Cove) with a Bosendorfer grand piano, smoking lounge (Connoisseur Club), library, eateries - Waterside (main restaurant), Vintage Room (wine pairings), Blue (casual restaurant), Bistro Mozart (specialty coffee bar serving light fare) and The Pantry (self-service wine and beverage bar).

Danube River cruise itineraries

Twice the width of the standard European riverboats, MS Mozart can operate only cruises on Danube River. Itineraries (mostly roundtrips from Vienna Austria, Only on this itinerary route Danube locks are large enough to accommodate the huge ship.

  • The 11-NIGHT itinerary (themed "COUNTRIES OF THE EASTERN DANUBE") visits AUSTRIA, HUNGARY, CROATIA, SERBIA, SLOVAKIA. The list of ports of calls includes Vienna, Esztergom, Budapest (city cruising), Mohacs, Vukovar, Iron Gate Gorge, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Mohacs, Kalocsa, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna (2 overnights).

Crystal Mozart cruise ship (Danube itinerary map 1)

  • The 13-NIGHT itinerary (holiday-themed "CHRISTMAS MARKETS" and "CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S EVE") visits AUSTRIA, GERMANY, SLOVAKIA, HUNGARY. The ports of call include Vienna, Wachau Valley, Melk, Passau (overnight), Vilshofen an der Donau, Linz (overnight), Budapest (overnight), Esztergom, Bratislava, Vienna (overnight).

Crystal Mozart cruise ship (Danube itinerary map 2)

River cruise prices

Crystal Mozart's cruise tour prices range according to the cabin category and also by season (departure dates).

  • Fares (indicative pricing in USD, per person) range between $3500 (S4 cabin), $3700 (S3 cabin), $4200 (S2 cabin), $4500 (S1 cabin), $7500 (Penthouse Suite) and $17700 (Crystal Suite).
  • Fares are based on double occupancy (two full-fare passengers).
  • Additional (not included in the fares) are taxes, fees and port charges (ranging between USD 125-400 pp / per person), which also vary by departure dates.
  • 2-for-1 cruise deals are also offered as promotions (based on 50% brochure prices).
  • Crystal Mozart river cruise deals are inclusive of two transfers - airport to the ship (embarkation day) and ship to airport (disembarkation day).

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).

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.

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This Crystal riverboat is named after the German composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791). The Crystal River Cruises deals are all-inclusive, with included shore excursions, gourmet dining (also at 5-star restaurants ashore), premium liquor, beer, wines, soft beverages.

The ship was built as MS Mozart in 1987. It was operated until 1993 as Austria-flagged vessel (homeport Vienna). In 1993, it was bought by the German cruise company Peter Deilmann Reederei and was re-flagged to Germany (homeport Passau). Following the company's bankruptcy, in December 2009 the riverboat was bought by Premicon. In 2010 was completely modernized and re-flagged to Malta (port La Valletta).

The Mozart cruise ship was chartered by TUI in 2011 and operated under the name "TUI Mozart" in the period 2012-2015. The ship offered eastern Danube cruises out of Passau. On November 2, 2015, the new company Crystal River Cruises announced the purchase of MS Mozart. The ship's top-to-bottom refit and refurbishment was 6-month drydock project done at Linz Shipyard (Linz Austria).

The christening ceremony was on July 11, 2016, in Vienna Austria. Godmother of the riverboat is Elisabeth Gurtler - managing director of Hotel Sacher (Vienna). Mozart was the first cruise ship christened in Vienna. The naming ceremony was attended by Crystal Cruises executives, local officials, and other dignitaries. The godmother released a lever dispatching a 2011 "Szigeti Adele Blanc de Blancs Brut" (Chardonnay) into the ship’s bow. The inaugural cruise was on July 13 (10-night Danube roundtrip itinerary from Vienna). Danube itineraries (10 or 11 nights) explore Wachau Valley (Vienna, Passau, Bratislava) or Eastern Danube (Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade).

Crystal Mozart belongs to a new fleet of riverboats operated by the Crystal cruise company. The company's river cruise brand was established in 2015. Its operation started with the extensively renovated Mozart ship. The cruise ship Crystal Mozart is powered by two 6-cylinder diesel engines (Deutz SBV 6M628) providing a power output of 1185 kW. The boat's propulsion consists of two 5-bladed fixed pitch propellers (diameter 1,7 m). There are also two Caterpillar diesel generators with power output 500 kVA. This ship is also unique with its "semi catamaran" design - a hybrid between monohull and catamaran vessel. Mozart has two outer carried hulls through an interposed flat hull part.

Crystal Mozart is the world's first river cruise ship with installed onboard live view cameras. They allow live streaming from 3 vantage points on the riverboat. The “Live Views” option is available on Crystal’s homepage, where you can enjoy online real-time views along the ship’s current itinerary.

Crystal Mozart Itineraries

The below listed Crystal Mozart 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
2019 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Danube Dreams & Discoveries Vienna $2295
2019 Nov 16 7 days, one-way from Vienna to Budapest Vienna $2295
2019 Nov 23 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vienna Budapest $2295
2019 Nov 30 10 days, round-trip Danube Christmas Markets Vienna $3272
2019 Dec 10 10 days, round-trip Danube Christmas Markets Vienna $3272
2019 Dec 20 13 days, round-trip Dazzling Danube Celebration Vienna $4490

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