Riverside Ravel

Former name: Crystal Ravel

Riverside Ravel current position

Riverside Ravel current location is at West Mediterranean (coordinates 43.68547 N / 4.62933 E) cruising en route to ARLES. The AIS position was reported 22 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Riverside Ravel

Year of build2018  /  Age: 6
Flag state Malta
BuilderMV Werften (Wismar, Germany)
ClassRhine-class River Cruiser
Building costEUR 16 million (USD 18 million)
Speed12 kn / 22 km/h / 14 mph
Length (LOA)135 m / 443 ft
Beam (width)12 m / 39 ft
Gross Tonnage5000 gt
Passengers114 - 169
Decks with cabins2
Sister-shipsRiverside Bach, Riverside Debussy, Riverside Mahler
Former namesCrystal Ravel
Christened byMariann Peller (Crystal), Anouchka Gerlach (Riverside)
OwnerSeaside Collection GmbH & Co KG (via Riverside Collection Ltd)
OperatorRiverside Luxury Cruises

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The 2018-built MS Riverside Ravel cruise ship (fka Crystal Ravel) was ordered for Crystal River Cruises and constructed by the shipbuilder Lloyd Werft (MV Werften) in Wismar Germany. Mahler's fleetmates are the sisterships Riverside Debussy, Riverside Bach, and Riverside Mahler, as well as Riverside Mozart. These riverboats were advertised by Crystal as ultra-luxury "river yachts".

Since 2022, Crystal's entire river fleet is owned by Seaside Hotels and is under the management of Seaside's subsidiary and travel brand "Riverside Collection Cruises" (aka Riverside Luxury Cruises).

History - construction and ownership

Crystal Cruises Inc (1988-founded/USA-based) was a subsidiary of the Japanese NYK Line/Nippon Yusen Kaisha (one of world's largest container shipping companies). In 2015, NYK Line sold it to Genting Hong Kong (GHK). Following the acquisition, the company was renamed to Crystal Ltd. The company grouped the ultra-luxury brands Crystal Cruises (ocean-going ships), Crystal River Cruises (European riverboats), Crystal Yacht Cruises (superyachts), Crystal Luxury Air (aircraft) and Crystal AirCruises (fly-cruise tours).

In January 2022, GHK filed for bankruptcy and all its assets were put on sale. In June 2022, Crystal Ltd was acquired by A&K Travel Group Ltd (Abercrombie & Kent). In October 2022, GHK Crystal Cruises' liquidator sold Crystal Bach (together with its sisterships) to the Hamburg Germany-based company Seaside Collection GmbH & Co KG. The ship (renamed "Riverside Mozart") is now operated by the UK-based (October 2018-founded) subsidiary company Riverside Collection Ltd.

Seaside Collection's subsidiary/core company Seaside Hotels GmbH is a 1970-founded (as Gerlach Wohnungsbau GmbH) luxury hotel group owned and run by the Gerlach family. The group currently owns and manages premium hotels and resorts in Germany, Spain, the Canary Islands, and the Maldives.

MS Riverside Ravel river cruise ship (Crystal Ravel)

Crystal River Cruises was established/started operations in 2016 when the parent company GHK purchased and fully refurbished the riverboat MS Mozart (renamed "Crystal Mozart" and launched in July 2016). GHK additionally ordered for Crystal four new riverboats from the German shipbuilder Lloyd Werft.

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The vessel Riverside Ravel (ENI number 4812710) is currently Malta-flagged (MMSI 248377000) and registered in Valletta.

Decks and Cabins

The riverboat Riverside ravel has 55 staterooms (capacity for 114 passengers/max 169 with triple occupancy) and top-luxury suites (ranging from 20-71 m2 / 220-760 ft2). All staterooms on the new series Riverside Collection ships feature the following industry-first cabin amenities - King beds, walk-in closets, and en-suite marble bathrooms with double sink vanities.

The riverboat has 4 decks, of which 2 are with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Onboard dining options include Waterside Restaurant (dining room), Vintage Room (10-seat wine bar / private dining room/party venue), Palm Court (show lounge), Cove Bar, Bistro (casual cafe/patisserie/coffee bar/Library), top-deck Vista Bar and Vista Grill (alfresco restaurant serving lunch/weather-permitting).

All dining venues are operated with open-seating.

The Bistro (midship on Deck 3) is open throughout the day and also serves late-raisers breakfast and dinner. The casual venue offers homemade pastries and waffles, brand coffee beverages (prepared by professional baristas), gourmet ice cream, milkshakes, wine by the glass. In the evenings, the Bistro transforms into a tapas restaurant also serving destination/itinerary-based local dishes and beverages.

Onboard dining menus include food prepared with freshest, locally sourced ingredients and itinerary-based traditional specialties - fresh seafood and fish, seasonal fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry from local 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 Riverside Ravel river cruise ship (Crystal Ravel)

Vista Deck (deck 4) is the boat's Sundeck fitted with a large TV/outdoor screen, sunbathing areas (with padded loungers) and shaded areas with comfortable seating.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Ravel 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. The Palm Court Lounge features 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. The river yachts also have a Fitness Center and a 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 individual or guided tours and excursions ashore.



Riverside Cruises' Ravel ship's itinerary program is based on voyages in France, on the rivers Rhone (Provence) and Saone (Burgundy).

Homeports and itineraries/destinations will be announced at a later date.

Crystal Ravel itineraries

Initially, Crystal Ravel's itinerary program was based on Dordogne and Garonne voyages leaving out of homeport Bordeaux France and themed "Bordeaux, The Wine Region, and Beyond". The 7-day itineraries (also including Gironde Estuary) offered 2-nights (overnight stay) in Bordeaux and visiting Pauillac, Blaye, Libourne.

However, for the inaugural 2018-2019 season, the boat had scheduled 7- and 14-day Moselle, Rhine and Danube river cruises leaving from Amsterdam Holland, Basel Switzerland, Vienna Austria, and Budapest Hungary. During season 2018 were operated cruises between Vienna and Basel. For season 2019 were scheduled itineraries between Vienna and Budapest.

Following the Coronavirus crisis (18 months pause), Crystal Ravel restarted voyages on August 29, 2021, from Vilshofen Germany.

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

Atlanta eBikes, Nordic walking poles and audio headphones on all "Crystal Adventures" were also provided complimentary on all shore excursions/land tours.

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Crystal Ravel riverboat is named after the French composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). The dual steel-cutting ceremony for Crystal Debussy (yard number 128) and Ravel yard number 129) was on January 9, 2017, held 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 Harry Glawe (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's Economics Minister).

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

The dual keel-laying ceremony (for Ravel and Debussy) was held on May 24, 2017, at MV Werften Wismar. The vessel's first sections were ceremoniously lowered into position on keel blocks. The special event was attended by Jarmo Laakso (MV WERFTEN's Managing Director), Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay (GHK's Chairman and CEO), Josef Lumetsberger (Crystal River Cruises' General Manager of Operations), Harry Glawe (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's Economics Minister) and other distinguished guests. Minister Glawe and Tan Sri Lim placed "lucky coins" on the keel blocks before the ship's first 2 sections (each one 170 tons) were laid down. The riverboat was launched on August 8, 2017, and officially delivered to Crystal Cruises on April 12, 2018, in Wismar.

Crystal Ravel's godmother was Mariann Peller (1983-born Hungarian TV presenter and actor). She is also the creator of the classical music show Virtuosos and the founder of the Young Virtuosos Foundation (2015-founded). The christening ceremony was held on July 11, 2018, in Budapest, during the 7-day "Danube Serenade" (cruisetour itinerary July 5-12). The naming ceremony was attended by Tom Wolber (Crystal Cruises President and CEO) and Walter Littlejohn (Crystal River Cruises managing director and VP). The special event took place during the overnight stay in Budapest, allowing passengers to participate in the festivities.

Crystal Ravel's Inaugural Cruise (Maiden Voyage) was scheduled for May 10, 2018.

Next table shows the itinerary's ports and port times.

Date / TimePort
10 May / 12 May - 22:00 (overnight)Departing from Basel, Switzerland
13 May 08:00 - 22:00Kiel, Germany
14 MaySpeyer
14 MayMannheim
15 MayKoblenz
15 MayRudesheim
16 MayMiltenberg
16 MayWertheim
17 MayWurzburg
18 May 10:00 - 18:00Bamberg
19 MayNuremberg
20 May 09:00 - 19:00Regensburg
21 MayDeggendorf
21 May 18:00 - 21 May / 22 May - 16:00 (overnight)Passau, Germany
23 MayMelk Abbey, Austria
23 MayKrems an der Donau, Austria
24 May 08:00 - 24 May / 25 May (overnight)Arriving in Vienna, Austria

Riverside Ravel was officially christened on August 16, 2023, dockside in Viviers (Ardeche, France), on the Rhone River. The special event was led by godmother Anouchka Gerlach (1980-born), the wife of Gregor Gerlach (Riverside Cruises' founders).

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