Riverside Luxury Cruises hopes to revive the entire fleet of river ships once owned by Crystal Cruises, which ceased operations on all of its luxury ships in January 2022.
The new brand (an offshoot of the Seaside Collection) recently announced the acquisition of the four remaining Crystal River vessels: Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Debussyand Crystal Ravel.
The German company owns and operates 11 boutique hotels in Europe and the Maldives. As his first foray into river cruising, bought it Crystal Mozart last November. If operated by Crystal Cruises, Mozart was considered one of the most luxurious ships on European rivers.
The name will be changed in April Mozart on the river will set sail on the Danube, one of the most popular river cruise routes.
River Debussy and Ravel on the river will make its debut on the Rhône, Saône and Rhine rivers in spring 2023. Routes for the last two ships, River Bach and river Mahler, both scheduled to launch in 2024, have not yet been announced.
“We are thrilled to be expanding our fleet with these legendary vessels,” owner Gregor Gerlach told the industry publication Travel pulse. “This acquisition allows us to expand our travel offerings with a level of space, personal service and elegance not found with any other river cruise company.”
Gerlach founded Riverside Luxury Cruises together with his sister Anouchka. The new line hopes to build on its extensive experience in the hospitality industry to raise the bar for the river cruise experience in terms of personalized service, exclusive excursions and culinary excellence.
The two Crystal seagoing ships, Crystal Symphonyj and crystal serenity, were purchased by A&K Travel in June 2022.