Lail Vineyards Danube September 2017

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Join Robin & Jon Lail of Lail Vineyards on a sojourn along the stunning Danube River aboard Crystal Mozart, a new Crystal Cruises river yacht, and a new standard of all-inclusive luxury.  Guests wishing to participate in all Lail Vineyards events onboard must book through MmMmTravel. Anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with Crystal) will not be included in all Lail Vineyards events.

Cruise Highlights

Why Crystal Cruises by MmMmTravel?

Exclusive events hosted onboard by Jon & Robin Lail include receptions and wine dinners, 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:

  • Personal butler service and 24-hour room service
  • Pre-paid gratuities throughout for housekeeping, bar, dining staff & butlers
  • A diversity of dining venues and menus, featuring Crystal’s innovative and acclaimed six-star cuisine, highlighted by regional specialties
  • Open bar with complimentary fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, specialty coffees, tea, soft drinks and fresh juices
  • Crystal Adventures ashore, featuring both cultural and soft/extreme adventures, depending on the port. Bicycles for personal excursions.
  • Destination-focused entertainment and enrichment program, including onboard lecture series with destination experts aboard
  • Gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment; daily yoga & fitness sessions
  • WiFi/Internet availability (60 mins complimentary per guest per day)



2017 Date Port Arrive Depart
Sep 13, W  Vienna, Austria Embark overnight
Sep 14, Th Vienna, Austria 12m
Lail Vineyards Welcome Reception &  Wine Dinner*
Sep 15, F Entry into scenic Wachau Valley
Dürnstein, Austria 9:00 AM 12 n
Crossing the  scenic Wachau Valley
Melk, Austria 4:30 PM 7:00 PM
Sep 16, Sa Linz, Austria 8:00 AM 9:00 PM
Sep 17, Su Engelhartszell, Austria 6:00 AM overnight
Sep 18, M Engelhartszell, Austria 2:30 PM
Lail Vineyards Wine Dinner*

Danube Scenic Cruising

Sep 19, Tu Bratislava, Slovakia 3:00 PM 8:00 PM

Scenic cruising into Budapest

Sep 20, W Budapest, Hungary 9:00 AM overnight
Sep 21, Th Budapest, Hungary 1:00 PM

Scenic cruising from Budapest & Danube Scenic Cruising

Sep 22, F Vienna, Austria  6:00 PM overnight
Lail Vineyards Farewell Reception & Wine Dinner*
Sep 23, Sa Vienna, Austria Disembark AM

*Events, times, locations subject to final confirmation once aboard ship.  Invitations will be delivered evening prior to event. All events with Lail Vineyards are complimentary to you as a guest of MmMmTravel.  Only guests booked through MmMmTravel will have access to all Lail Vineyards events. 



Your Cruise-Only River Yacht Fare includes all dining, all beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees; gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; 24-hour room service; Butler service; and choice of guided Crystal Adventures shore excursion in every port and much more.

This sailing is currently on a waitlist.  We expect to see space open in early June and encourage you to consider calling and paying the fully-refundable deposit.  Guests wishing to participate in all Lail Vineyard events aboard must book through MmMmTravel. Guests booking elsewhere, including directly with Crystal,  will not be included in all Lail Vineyards events.  Please call for more information.

Suite Per Person
Crystal Society Saves
W2 – Deck 1
Fixed Window, 219 sq. ft
Waitlist $135
W1 -Deck 1
Fixed Window, 219 sq. ft
Waitlist $140
S2 – Deck 2
French Balcony, 204 sq. ft
Waitlist $160
S1 – Deck 2
French Balcony, 219 sq. ft
Waitlist $170
Penthouse -Deck 2
French Balcony, 330 sq. ft
Waitlist $285
Crystal Suite-Deck 2
French Balcony, 883 sq. ft
Waitlist $670

*MmMmTravel Fares are per person in U.S. dollars, double occupancy and do not include taxes, fees and port charges of $250. Single traveler and triple rates available upon request. All offers may not be combinable 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. Optional Personal Select Air Program is available to purchase for full-fare, full-cruise guests whose travel originates from a U.S. or Canadian airport, and include all government fees and taxes. Solo Traveler Fares are available upon request. Crystal Society savings are per person based on double occupancy. For Cruise Fare and Promotional Information click here. For General Ticket Terms and Conditions, click here. 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.



mapLayered 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.

Considered as one of the most visited tourist spots in Wachau Valley, Dürnstein is a robust wine-growing region that sits perfectly alongside the Danube river. Durnstein Castle, the region’s famous architectural highlight derives its name from duerr meaning “dry”  and stein meaning “stone”. This landmark sits atop a rocky mountain, high above the damp conditions of the Danube at its base as it overlooks the town. With its picture-perfect scenery, Durnstein’s beauty is enhanced by verdant forests, rolling hills, and thriving vineyards that ensconce the town. Take in the sights, sip some of the region’s local wines &simply enjoy a leisurely day in this classic, postcard European town.

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.

Named the European Capital of Culture in 2009 and added to the roster of UNESCO Creative Cities as a City of Media Arts in 2014, Linz embraces the present and future, even as it remains reverential to its past. There is much to be proud of: Here on the gentle curve of the Danube, Linz rose to power as a political and economic hub for the Holy Roman Empire. Trade and influence extended in all four directions, from Hungary and Germany to the east and west and Poland and Italy to the north and south. Later, Linz sparkled as a city of the Habsburgs, the last home to German Emperor, Friedrich III. The city’s layout reflects its history, with an ancient medieval center encircled by neoclassical, neo-baroque and neo-Renaissance neighborhoods, a kind of tree-rings of age and architectural styles. Highpoints of old traditions and impressive landmarks include the Linzer torte, dating to 1653 and thought to be the oldest cake in the world, and St. Martin’s church, the oldest church in Austria. Likely all you will hear is the sound of your own gasps of delight as you experience storied locales of movies and emperors. Marvel at the beauty of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and filming backdrop of The Sound of Music. The spa town of Bad Ischl was a favorite of royalty and continues to draw visitors with its quaint charms and inspiring mountain setting. Hallstatt, a tiny village shouldered by a wall of mountains, is inched so close to the pretty lake that it looks like its quintessentially Austrian buildings might tip right in. And, simply, wow: The Czech Republic’s Cesky Krumlov unfolds as a picture-perfect medieval town crowned by a castle, embraced by the meandering Vltava River and laced with cobbled lanes. No wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second most popular travelers’ destination after Prague.

Characterized by forests and farmland, it’s no surprise that the Innviertel, the district in which Engelhartszell is located, is known for its comely landscapes. During your call, no doubt you will appreciate vistas of soft, green hills dotted by villages. In addition to drinking in the scenery, you might sip some of Engelhartszell’s renowned beer, specifically Stift Engelszell. A product of one of only eight licensed Trappist breweries outside Belgium and the only one in Austria, the collection of monk-made brews follows in the Trappist-beer tradition of being bold and complex. The place to purchase these brews is as unique as the brews themselves: a shop at the Engelszell Abbey, founded in 1293. Next door is the abbey church, a sort of Sistine Chapel of the Innviertel, only in the exuberant rococo style rather than the High Renaissance, with breathtaking ceiling frescoes that recall the masterworks of Michelangelo.

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.

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 gentile coffee house to experience the many sides of a city that charms from both sides of the Danube.


Crystal Mozart


From the regal cities of Amsterdam, Vienna, Budapest, Frankfurt, Paris, Bordeaux and Basel, explore the Danube, Rhine, Main, Moselle, Seine, Garonne and Dordogne rivers on Crystal River Cruises with gorgeous, ever-changing panoramas of enchanting villages and lush landscapes. In-depth explorations and overnight stays in the heart of Europe’s cities and towns provide a vibrant and memorable experience.

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: 160 (Note: Third berths available on request.)
  • Total guest suites: 80
    • CS (2)
    • PH (12)
    • S1 (20)
    • S2 (4)
    • S3 (36)
    • S4 (4)
  • Length: 120.44 meter/395 feet
  • Width: 22.85 meter/75 feet
  • Crew:  90

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 culinary experience at highly renowned local establishments on many sailings
  • Complimentary Nordic walking poles
  • Complimentary audio headphones on all organized Crystal Adventures
  • Complimentary airport transfers to/from river yacht to airport
  • All transfers will be group transfers by motor coach on embarkation and debark days only.
    • Airport/River Yacht – Motor coaches will leave the main international arrival airport every hour between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm. (Times will be dependent on local traffic conditions.)
    • River Yacht /Airport – Transfers will run until 10:00 am on the day of debarkation


  • 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
  • The Vintage Room, private dining (fee)


Shipboard Public Spaces

  • Hydraulic Sun-Deck Bar (available on Bach, Mahler, Debussy and Ravel only)
  • 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
  • Regional affairs experts on many voyages



  • 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


Robin Lail, Lail Vineyards


lailRobin Daniel Lail – Lail Vineyards

Robin was born in Napa Valley and grew up among the vineyards of Inglenook which was founded by her great-granduncle, Gustav Niebaum.  Her father, John Daniel, Jr. was the owner and manager of Inglenook, and a legendary figure in the wine business.  While Robin was not curried to work in the wine business in her youth, she was surrounded by it, and touched by the passion and focus of her father. Robin attended Stanford University, and returned to the valley after graduation.  It was not until 1970 and her father’s death that she began shepherding the remaining estate vineyards.

Robin’s partners in Lail Vineyards are her husband, Jon and her daughters, Erin and Shannon.  The Lails make 5 wines – 3 Cabernets and two Sauvignon Blancs. Production of their flagship wines is limited.  They have been working with Philippe Melka, their winemaker for 20 years.  While the wines have consistently won high critical acclaim, the Lails were particularly delighted when their 2012 J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon received 100 points from Robert Parker with the comment “Absolutely Perfect!”  Each year the team pursues the blending of wines which are just a little bit better than the wines which they made the year before.

Since 1879wine

Robin Daniel Lail’s heritage began in 1879 with the founding of Inglenook Vineyards by her great -granduncle, the iconic Captain Gustav Niebaum.  By the early 1890s, this brilliant man’s obsession for achieving the pinnacle of excellence earned Inglenook wines the status of being considered by many as the finest produced in the country.

The determination to achieve excellence was carried forward through the decades following Niebaum’s death in 1908, with a crescendo in the thirty years following the repeal of Prohibition under the meticulous, passionate stewardship of John Daniel, Jr., Robin’s father.  The collection of Cabernets coming from his years of ownership is still celebrated today as some of the finest red wines on earth.

Although Inglenook was sold in 1964, the passion for winemaking did not fade.  Robin inherited her father’s respect for tradition.  Today her family honors his legacy with their relentless pursuit to produce wines second to none.

lail wineA 100 Point Score Might Sound Like a Momentary Success, Unless You Have Been Making Wine for 135 Years. 

Lail Vineyards scores the coveted, Robert Parker 100-point perfect score  in The Wine Advocate with the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, J. Daniel Cuvée.

Winning bottle of 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, J. Daniel Cuvee

I’m flattered, humbled and extraordinarily proud of this superior honor.–Robin Lail

Words like “absolutely perfect” are as rare as valley rain in August when it comes to Robert Parker, lauded critic of The Wine Advocate and guru of the wine tasting world. So powerful are his reviews that wineries have quadrupled their sales price in response. In today’s frenzied market of hyper-proliferated wine labels, often consumers cling to ratings, basing their purchasing decisions solely based on Parker’s validation.

Parker’s 100 point review of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvee, aged 20 months in 75% new French oak and representing 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from three vineyard sources: Calistoga Oakville and Howell Mountain was about perfection. Parker states: Robin Lail and winemaker Phillippe Melka hit pay dirt with a wine that has an inky purple color, an almost amazing bouquet….sweet truffle-infused earth, graphite, forest floor, black currant and black cherry notes are followed by a full-bodied wine with a hint of mocha and licorice. Superb purity, an incremental yet full-bodied mouthfeel and an extravagant layered texture and finish make for the finest wine Robin Lail has produced to date.”

Proprietor Robin Lail– whose family can be traced back five generations, when her great-granduncle Gustav Niebaum founded the iconic Inglenook in 1879– was born with wine in her blood and was absolutely determined to resurrect the family business 19 years ago when she launched Lail Vineyards in her fifth decade. Ironically, at the same age that her father, John Daniel, Jr. (namesake of the eponymous wine) retired.

Robin states: “I’m flattered, humbled and extraordinarily proud of this superior honor. This accolade really does feel like after the many years of determination, perseverance and hard work, my father is smiling down at me.”

In keeping with the understated elegance that the Lail family brings to the wine industry, pricing will remain unchanged since the market price was set in March, 2014. Release is scheduled for June of 2015.

Lail Vineyards currently produces five labels with winemaker Philippe Melka: two Blueprints, Georgia, J. Daniel and Mole Hill. Lail Vineyards is located on Howell Mountain in the Napa Valley. For more information go to



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