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Author Karen MacNeil on the Danube River, July 2019

 

Discover the scenic wonders of 3 magical countries as you softly sail the Danube with its quaint towns, enchanting cobblestone streets, and delightful local wines. Immerse yourself in the regal treasures of Vienna, witness the imposing beauty of Esztergom’s historic Basilica and Melk’s stunning Abbey, enjoy an overnight in Budapest, Hungary and explore Bratislava, Slovakia – rich in history with a modern vibe.  Along the way you will be pampered aboard the intimate 5-star 154 guest Crystal Mozart with spacious suites, all-inclusive of shore excursions daily, an Open bar, Michelin inspired fine dining and more. Karen MacNeil will choose some of her favorite wines to share with you each evening at a variety of dinners and tasting events, and she’ll share her insights, knowledge, and passion about the wines and wine country we’ll be traveling through. Expect a delicious and very fun experience.  Guests wishing to participate in all events with Karen MacNeil must book through MmMmTravel. Anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with Crystal) will not be included. 

Cruise Highlights

Why Crystal Cruises by MmMmTravel?

Exclusive events hosted onboard by Karen MacNeil, author of the Wine Bible include receptions, wine dinners, a wine tasting seminar and more all complimentary to you, as our guest.
 
MmMmTravel Service: A dedicated team of professionals with over 40 years of experience working together to plan your perfect vacation.

Crystal Cruises’ all-inclusive value provides:

  • Complimentary Pre-paid gratuities throughout for housekeeping, bar, dining staff and butlers
  • Innovative dining, featuring Crystal’s innovative and acclaimed six-star cuisine, highlighted by regional specialties
  • Open bar with complimentary fine wines, champagne, premium spirits, beer and non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, specialty coffees, tea, soft drinks and fresh juices
  • Complimentary Crystal Adventures ashore, featuring both cultural and soft/extreme adventures, depending on the port, including e-bikes, Nordic walking poles, tour audio system & more.
  • Destination-focused entertainment and enrichment program, including onboard lecture series with destination experts aboard
  • Personal butler service 
  • Gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment; daily yoga & fitness sessions
  • WiFi/Internet availability

 

Itinerary

DATE PORTS ARRIVAL DEPART
June 29, Sa Vienna, Austria Embark from 12n 8:00 PM
Welcome Reception & Dinner with Karen MacNeil*
June 30, Su Esztergom, Hungary 8:00 AM 10:30 AM
Scenic cruising into Budapest
Educational Wine Tasting with Karen MacNeil before arrival in Budapest, followed by casual group lunch*
Budapest, Hungary 2:30 PM
July 01, M Scenic cruising from Budapest
Budapest, Hungary 6:00 PM
July 02, Tu Cruising the Danube River
Bratislava, Slovakia 1:00 PM 6:00 PM
Reception & Wine Paired Dinner with Karen MacNeil*
July 03, W Danube Scenic Cruising
Wine Lecture with Karen MacNeil*
  Melk, Austria 4:00 PM 7:00 PM
Spitz, Austria 8:00 PM Overnight
July 04, Th Spitz, Austria 1:00 PM
Krems, Austria 2:30 PM 11:00 PM
July 05, F Vienna, Austria 7:00 AM Overnight
Farewell Reception & Dinner with Karen MacNeil*
July 06, Sa Vienna, Austria Disembark am

 

*Itinerary, events, times & locations are subject  to final confirmation once aboard ship. Invitations will be delivered the evening prior to event to MmMmTravel guests and a Guest Itinerary will be mailed with guests Final Cruise Documents.  To participate in all events with Karen MacNeil, guests must book through MmMmTravel.

 

Pricing

Your Cruise-Only River Yacht Fare includes all dining, all beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits, local beer, and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees; gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; Butler service; a choice of guided Crystal Adventures shore excursion in every port and much more.

Guests wishing to participate in all events with Karen MacNeil must book through MmMmTravel. Guests booking elsewhere, including directly with Crystal,  will not be included in all events. 

Suite MmMmTravel
Fares*
Crystal Society Saves
W2: Deluxe Suite
Fixed Window, 219 sq. ft on Deck 1
$3,070 $90
W1: Deluxe Suite
Fixed Window, 219 sq. ft on Deck 1
$3,160 $90
S2: Deluxe Suite
French Balcony, 204 sq. ft on Deck 2
Waitlist tba
S1: Deluxe Suite
French Balcony, 219 sq. ft on Deck 2
$4,195 $115
PH: Penthouse
French Balcony, 330 sq. ft on Deck 2
$7,455 $200
CP: 1 Bedroom Suite
French Balcony, 664 sq. ft on Deck 2
$13,240 $345
CP: 2 Bedroom Suite
French Balcony, 883 sq. ft on Deck 2
$17,780 $455

 

Deck plan & suite locations can be seen here.

 

*MmMmTravel Fares are per person based on double occupancy in US dollars.  Pricing does not include airfare, recommended travel insurance or taxes, or fees and port charges of $175 per person. Single and triple rates available upon request. Guests wishing to participate in all events with Karen MacNeil must book through MmMmTravel. Guests booking elsewhere, including directly with Crystal,  will be not be included in all of Karen MacNeil’s events. Cruise-Only Fares are per person in U.S. dollars, and do not include cruise port, security and handling charges.. Minimum number of guests required for Karen MacNeil to host. Fares shown does not guarantee availability. Fares will increase as the ship fills and are subject to change at any time. Optional air add-ons are available from Crystal Cruises’ designated gateway cities in the U.S. and Canada, and include all government fees and taxes. All offers may not be combined with other promotions, apply to first two full-fare guests in stateroom or suite, are capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. Click here for complete terms & conditions. Crystal Cruises reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees, promotions and programs at any time with or without notice. CST# 1005871-40

 

Ports

Large Map ImageLayered and elegant, with elements of cozy and grand, musical and visual might be the best way to characterize Vienna—or one of many ways, as this imperial city surely can inspire endless lines of poetic descriptions. Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived and worked here—including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, both Strausses, Liszt and Brahms—Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Turn to a blank page to memorialize your own impressions of this grand city, remarking on its manicured gardens, ornate architecture—especially that of the famed Ringstrasse—intimate bistro pubs called beisln and a certain flourish that can only be called Vienna.

Once the capital of Hungary, Esztergom still displays a regal appearance, situated beautifully on the Danube and capped by the Esztergom Basilica, the largest church in Hungary. Adding to its former-capital credentials is Esztergom’s stretch-way-back history: It is one of the oldest towns in Hungary. The Middle Ages version of the city lies underneath the present Esztergom; excavations have revealed evidence that this spot of Hungarian earth has been inhabited since the end of the Ice Age—in other words, 20,000 years ago. Fast forward to today and you’ll discover a town that stays in touch with its past, with most roads leading to the grand Basilica. Turn your head away from the church’s imposing edifice to glimpse the city’s other attractions, including fountain-adored squares, fine gardens and, of course, the waters and bridges of the Danube.

Cast your eye over the Budapest skyline, and you’ll see all the makings of a world-class city and striking photograph: domes and spires, bridges and lampposts, splendid architecture in the foreground, rolling hills in the back, and the Danube River placidly curving through it, providing a reflective surface for sunsets and city lights. Look closer, and the treasures of Budapest—Hungary’s capital and the largest metropolis—really come to light. Castle Hill is at the top of most visitors’ lists, a UNESCO-listed district hosting Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion. The area is also residential, with 18th-century houses, cobblestone streets and few cars, thanks to a strict vehicular ordinance, giving you a real sense of what the city must have been like ages ago. Budapest is full of history, originally a Roman settlement, formed as a unified city when Buda and Pest joined in 1873, overtaken by various invading forces over the centuries, and today an interesting goulash of local culture and foreign influences. Take a seat in a Turkish-era bath or savor rich Esterházy torte in a genteel coffee house to experience the many sides of a city that charms from both sides of the Danube.  

Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital city may be the country’s buzzing political and economic center, but it is also a historic gem that stirs the imagination. A maze of narrow, cobblestone streets wind around colorful 18th-century buildings, and shade-covered sidewalk cafes beckon weary—or simply hungry—travelers to linger over a meal and enjoy people watching. Museums, cathedrals and palaces are edifying locales to spend some time, while photography buffs will want to snap images of the medieval castle that looms over the city with a majestic grace. For those looking for more contemporary sights, Bratislava boasts a pulsating modern art scene, as well as some outstanding examples of Communist-era architecture.  

Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock. Built in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.

Spitz is a tranquil gem at the northern end of the Danube River, in the heart of the breathtaking Wachau Valley. As such, it boasts all the necessary characteristics of a fairytale setting: cobbled streets winding between structures that tell the city’s architectural story; surrounding hillsides cloaked in Wachau’s famous vineyards; an Old Town that hails to Celtic times; and abbeys and churches that have witnessed the town’s long history. Perhaps the best vantage point from which to take all of these in is the hilltop castle ruins of Burgruine Aggstein. Standing nearly a thousand feet above the right bank of the Danube, the 12th century fortress has been stormed and destroyed – and then rebuilt – at least twice. Today, travelers can choose to hike the elevation to be rewarded with sprawling valley views, or enjoy motorized transport.

Situated at the confluence of the Danube and Krems rivers 43 miles west of Vienna, Krems marks the beginning of the Wachau Valley (if traveling upstream) and showcases a true crisscross of old and new. The Steiner Tor, or Stoney Gate, combines architectural styles, with its original 15th-century construction later refashioned into a fanciful Baroque style. Putting the old and new literally side by side is a preserved length of the old city walls, which is snugged up against a newer chrome-and-glass section – similar in height and purpose, and entirely different in appearance and feel. Putting the new within the old are the designer shops housed in the regal 18th-century buildings of the Altstadt. In the upper Old Town, you’ll find one of the oldest parish churches in Lower Austria. Old traditions also stand the test of time: In cozy heurigen, or wine bars, wine is consumed with a relaxed conviviality. Storybook beautiful in its steep-roofed architecture and Danube setting, Krems is perhaps neither old nor new, but timeless.

 

Pre & Post Cruise

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Crystal Mozart

The most luxurious – and largest – all-suite, butler-serviced river ship cruising the waterways of Europe, Crystal Mozart entered service in July of 2016 and has been wowing guests ever since. She offers an array of all-inclusives, including complimentary use of eBikes in every port, unlimited WiFi, and Michelin-inspired, farm-to-able dining. Crystal Mozart is perfectly designed to watch the beauty of Europe unfold before your eyes.

The hallmarks of the Crystal brand – service, space, quality and choices – usher in a new era in European river exploration with Crystal River Yachts. With its signature All-Inclusive philosophy, Crystal offers an encompassing luxury experience: butler service for every suite; six-star service and truly exceptional food; unique Crystal Adventures that deliver memorable destination experiences – all working in synch to transpose the World’s Best Ocean Cruising to the World’s Best River Cruising. Crystal will redefine luxury river cruising.

Crystal Mozart, River Yacht Specifications

  • Total berths: 154 (Note: Third berths available on request)
  • Total Guest Suites: 77
  • Lounges: 4
  • Restaurants: 4
  • Length: 395 feet
  • Width: 75 feet
  • Crew: 92

 

Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs

  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Daily choice of electronic international newspapers
  • Self-service guest laundry
  • Choice of complimentary curated Crystal Adventures shore excursions in every port
  • Complimentary Nordic walking poles & e-bikes
  • Complimentary audio headphones on all organized Crystal Adventures
  • Complimentary group airport transfers to/from river yacht to airport by motor coach on embarkation and disembarkation days only

 

Dining

  • A la carte, buffet and early risers breakfast offerings
  • Multiple dining venues
  • Open seating dining
  • Crystal Casual dress code
  • European sourced and trained chefs and hotel staff
  • 24 hour self serve stocked pantry

 

Shipboard Public Spaces

  • Fitness Center with state-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment and dedicated yoga area
  • Massage services
  • Library
  • Non-smoking environment in all indoor spaces (Except Connoisseur Club on Crystal Mozart)
  • Onboard currency exchange – shipboard currency Euros

 

Onboard Entertainment & Enrichment

  • Destination-focused entertainment and enrichment program, including onboard lecture series
  • Destination expert on each voyage

 

Suites

  • Twice daily housekeeping services including evening turndown service
  • In-suite hors d’oeuvres
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat-screen TV in each suite
  • English-speaking and international TV stations
  • Butler service for each suite

 

Karen MacNeil

In knowledge, skill, style, and presentation, no one in America tops Karen MacNeil when it comes to wine. The preeminent wine educator, wine consultant and author of The Wine Bible and President of Karen MacNeil and Company. Karen has won every top wine award in the English language. With her extensive wine knowledge and uniquely creative viewpoint, she knows how to captivate audiences large and small, and how to present wine in an engaging, real-world, American manner. For Karen, wine is more than a beverage; it’s a communal passage into the business of living well.

Karen MacNeil Biography: 

Karen MacNeil is the President of Karen MacNeil and Company and one of the foremost wine experts in the United States. In 2018, Karen was named top 100 most influential people in the U.S. Wine Industry. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Wine Bible, recognized as “the most comprehensive and authoritative book on wine written by an American author.” Karen’s articles on wine and food have been published in more than 50 magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Food and Wine, U.S.A. Today, Elle, Cooking Light, and Town & Country. Karen has also brought her style and love of wine to television—first as the wine correspondent for NBC’s Today Show, and later as the Emmy-award winning host of the PBS television series Wine, Food & Friends with Karen MacNeil. In 2006 her companion book, Wine, Food & Friends, was released. With her team at Karen MacNeil and Company, Karen creates and consults on one-of-a-kind wine experiences, seminars, and education marketing programs for corporate clients, wine related businesses and individuals. Some recent past clients include: Lexus, Merrill Lynch, Disney, General Electric, UBS, Boisset Family Estates,Sunset Magazine, Singapore Airlines, and Mattel (who, in recognition, designed a wine-glass-holding Barbielook-alike after Karen!) An educator at heart, Karen is the creator and Chairman of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley. The multi-million dollar center with its advanced wine curriculum and state-of-the art wine sensory classrooms has been called the “Harvard of Wine Education.” In a full page profile in 2004, TIME magazine named Karen “America’s Missionary of the Vine.” She holds an Advanced Certified Wine Professional Degree.

Accolades:

Karen MacNeil received the highest honor awarded to a wine professional in the United States when, in 2004, the James Beard Foundation named her Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year. The following year, she joined award winners Morley Safer (60 minutes), filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, and winemaker Robert Mondavi by being namedWine Educator of the Year by the European Wine Council. In 2006, the organization Women Chefs and Restaurateurs presented Karen with the Women Who Inspire Golden Goblet Award. And in 2007, Karen was honored with the Wine Literary Award by the Wine Appreciation Guild for her substantial contribution to the literature of wine, joining laureates Hugh Johnson, Robert M. Parker, Jr., and Jancis Robinson. In 2008, she received the global trophy for Communicator of the Yearawarded by the London-based International Wine & Spirits Competition who recognized Karen as “the voice that has most effectively communicated wine and spirits to the public.” And in 2010 Karen was inducted into the Wine Media Guild Hall of Fame for her “significant contribution to the body of wine writing and education. Lastly, Karen MacNeil has won an Emmy for her PBS television series, and has been named a “Woman of Achievement” by the State of California.

 
 

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