My wife and I have done two other river cruises, one on Amawaterways and one on Viking. The Crystal Mahler is a new ship the same size as all the others but only carries 110 passengers and has 68 crew members. Everything is inclusive on the ship, gratuities, all bar drinks, excursions and one Michelin Restaurant dining experience.
The ship was launched in October and this was it's 4 cruise.
You are picked up at the airport and returned for your trip home.
The crew is amazing and quickly they learn your name. They treat the guests like the staff at the Ritz Carlton and always acknowledge you as you come an go.
The dining on board is top notch and the choices are varied.
Crystal has it's own motor coaches and they follow the ship from start to finish so you always have the same drivers. The guides are all local and have a wealth of knowledge about everything they show you.
Each room comes with a Butler and a house keeper and they are exceptionally professional. The king size bed in the room is one of the most comfortable ones we have every slept in.
The cabin is quite nice but the bath room is somewhat small since both of us are over 6 feet tall.