Our group of 24 friends from Singapore were on our first ever river Cruise though we have travelled on many Ocean ones. It turned out to be beyond our expectations . It was a president`s cruise as Ms Edie Rodrigues was on board.
There was nothing the staff could not do for us... everywhere!
Service at the Waterside Restaurant was superb thru all three meals. ...the food served at every meal was beyong expectations. So was the Bistrot when we wanted something simpler.
The shore excursions on the Crystal owned buses were led by top flight guides who worked really hard to give us a nice time. They were well planned especailly the one to the Vienna museum where we were let in 30 minutes ahead of the public . It gave us the opportunity to view the objets d`art at our own pace.
The special event Crystal concert and viewing at the Belvedere Palace was something I will remember all my life. We were given a tour of the Klimt masterpieces and the "Kiss" of course, before a concert by a 17 man orchestra of fine musicians playing Mozart and Strauss! Two ballet dancers performed as well as a couple singing opera.
At the end the MC annouced a special surprise...three couples in formal evening wear danced to the same orchestra in the Grand foyer ! They invited the rest of us to dance to the Strauss waltzes... what an opportunity. To dance the Viennese Waltz in the Belvedere Palace to live music in the Grand Foyer!This went on for about half an hour and as we made our way to the buses...it began to snow to everyone`s delight!
There s a special person I would like to mention...Sonia Gruber , head of the hotel section. She was everywhere... , when we left and when we returned on our excursions. On a cold day as the ones we experienced to come back to hot chocolate drinks ...warm smiles of welcome...Wow!
Our departure time was 6.45 am on the last morning and Sonia was also there... to send us off!
Our whole group enjoyed ourselves so much we have booked another Cruise also on the Mozart but this time eastwards to Budapest and beyond in the Fall of 2017.
Thank you Crystal.. you guys were absolutely brilliant!!
See you next October!
Lovely room...especially the shower.
On checking the weather before we left singapore we knew it was going to be cold. The cabin is half submerged ( a swan cabin) and with temperatures of 0 degrees I thought we might freeze to death. But no.... it was nicely warm inside and easily adjustable to whatever we wished. The kingsized beds were so comfortable we slept very well ... so well we did not notice the "noise'when we went thru the various "locks"!