All-inclusive luxury cruises on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers will feature convenient itineraries, enchanting locales and enriching programs including an Oberammergau decennial package MIAMI, August 15, 2018 – Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line, has unveiled its collection of captivating and picturesque voyages for 2020. The award-winning fleet of five all-suite luxury river ships – Crystal Mozart and the four identical sister ships Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler, and Crystal Ravel – will sail the legendary waterways of Europe, with an array of seven to 16-day itineraries. Visiting medieval towns and cosmopolitan cities that have graced riverside skylines for centuries, Crystal River’s 2020 deployment invites travelers to immerse themselves in the distinctive charm, architecture, traditions, festivals, Christmas markets, wines and cuisine of Bavaria and beyond. “With every voyage, our priority remains to present our guests with the most immersive experiences possible, allowing them to discover each place in an authentic way that speaks to their personal style,” says Walter Littlejohn, Crystal River Cruises’ vice president and managing director. “In 2020, with more seven-day itineraries and a fleet of five stunning ships, we are delighted to offer our guests more choices than ever.” New for 2020 will be an exclusive opportunity to attend the Oberammergau decennial performance in conjunction with select Crystal Mahler, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel sailings. Special itineraries and shoreside experiences highlighting the enchanting Christmas markets of the region will also be offered in 2020, inviting travelers to revel in the wintry wonders of the season in the very place many holiday traditions began. Now available for booking, Crystal River Cruises’ 2020 itineraries include: Rhine & Moselle river cruises: Crystal Bach and Crystal Debussy“Legendary Rhine,” 7 nights, Basel to AmsterdamFeaturing overnights in Koblenz and Amsterdam; calling in Cologne, Rüdesheim and Mannheim, Germany; and Strasbourg, France. “Romantic Rhine,” 7 nights, Amsterdam to BaselFeaturing overnights in Koblenz and Amsterdam; calling in Cologne, Rüdesheim and Mannheim, Germany; and Strasbourg, France. “Tulips and Windmills,” 7 nights, round-trip AmsterdamBeginning and ending with overnight stays in Amsterdam; calling in Kinderdjik, Hoorn, Rotterdam and Middleburg, Netherlands; and Ghent and Antwerp, Belgium. “Enchanting Moselle,” 10 nights, Round-trip AmsterdamFeaturing overnight stays in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Trier, Germany; calling in Dusseldorf, Koblenz, Bernkastel, Chochem and Bonn, Germany; and Arnhem, Netherlands. “Rhine Christmas Markets,” 10 nights, Amsterdam to Basel/Basel to AmsterdamBeginning and ending with overnights in Basel and Amsterdam (double overnights), as well as overnights in Koblenz and Rüdesheim (Northbound only) Germany; calling in Rüdesheim, Speyer, Breisach, Cologne and Mainz (Northbound only), Germany; and Strasbourg, France (Northbound only). Danube River cruises: Crystal Mozart, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel“Delightful Danube,” 7 nights, Budapest to Regensburg/Regensburg to BudapestFeaturing overnights in Budapest, Regensburg and Vienna; calling in Dürnstein and Melk, Austria; and Passau, Germany, as well as cruising the Wachau Valley “Danube Serenade,” 7 nights, Vienna to Budapest/Budapest to ViennaFeaturing overnights in Vienna and Budapest; calling in Weissenkirchen (Crystal Mozart only), Dürnstein, Melk, Linz and Krems, Austria; and Bratislava, Slovakia, and cruising the celebrated Wachau Valley “Treasures of the Danube,” 10 nights, round-trip ViennaBeginning and ending with overnights in Vienna and also overnighting Budapest and Passau; calling in Bratislava, Slovakia; Dürnstein, Melk and Linz, Austria; and cruising the Wachau Valley Ultimate Journeys – Danube, Rhine & Main Rivers combined “Grand Europe,” 16 nights, Budapest to Amsterdam/Amsterdam to BudapestOvernighting in Budapest, Vienna, Amsterdam, Regensburg (westbound only) and Rüdesheim (eastbound only); calling in Bratislava, Slovakia; Dürnstein and Melk, Austria; and Passau, Regensburg, Nürnburg, Rüdesheim, Bamberg, Cologne, Miltenberg and Würzburg, Germany, as well as Koblenz, Germany and the Middle Rhine River Valley on the westbound route. Holiday CruisesDecember 21 – Crystal Ravel Holiday Cruise, 12 nights, Regensburg to Vienna with New Year’s Eve in ViennaBeginning with an overnight in Regensburg and spending double overnights in Budapest and Vienna, including New Year’s Eve, and an overnight in Linz; calling in Passau, Germany; Melk and Krems, Austria; Esztergom, Hungary; and Bratislava, Slovakia. December 22 – Crystal Bach Holiday Cruise, 11 nights, Basel to Amsterdam with New Year’s Eve in AmsterdamFeaturing overnights in Basel, Rüdesheim and Breisach and a double overnight in Amsterdam, including New Year’s Eve; calling in Strasbourg, France; Mannheim, Worms, Koblenz and Dusseldorf, Germany; Arnhem and Lelystad, Netherlands. December 23 – Crystal Mahler Holiday Cruise, 10 nights, Vienna to Budapest with New Year’s Eve in BudapestBeginning and ending with double overnights in Vienna and Budapest, including New Year’s Eve in Budapest; calling in Melk and Linz, Austria, as well as cruising the Wachau Valley; Vilshofen, Regensburg and Passau, Germany; and Bratislava, Slovakia. Fares for Crystal River Cruises’ 2020 voyages begin at $2,549 per person. Crystal’s new Rhine Class river vessels are the river cruising industry’s first and only all-balcony, all-suite, all-butler vessels in Europe, with every category of accommodation positioned above the water line. All suites feature Panoramic Balcony-Windows™ and walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms are featured in most categories. Crystal Mozart is Europe’s most spacious river ship, at twice the width of any other, and offers an unrivalled number of social spaces, restaurants and the largest spa on the rivers. All of Crystal’s river ships feature acclaimed butler service in every room category, king-sized beds, ETRO amenities, robes and slippers, and wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs. Additional enticing features include farm-to-table cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the elegant Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the exclusive Vintage Room; and the Palm Court for entertainment, enrichment presentations and sweeping views of the countryside. About Crystal The world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Luxury Air – continues to be the distinctive choice of the world’s most discerning travelers. Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line, having earned “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’sReader Choice Awards and been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers more than any cruise line, hotel or resort in history; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by travel professional organization Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016). The readers of Travel + Leisure also voted Crystal River Cruises the “World’s Best River Cruise Line” and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises the “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” in 2017. Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of ASTA. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel professional, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com. Join the hundreds of thousands who subscribe to the Crystal Insider blog, follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises.
“The Mission’s approach of steadily addressing the problems of the implementation of the peace process has yielded results,” the Secretary-General writes in his report on UNMEE to the Security Council. Flagging UNMEE’s submission of a final map to both sides regarding the Temporary Security Zone set up in April 2001, Mr. Annan says the Zone has now become operational. “While the two Governments have not formally accepted the map, their de facto respect for its parameters on the ground augurs well,” he writes. “For the first time in three years, the armies of Ethiopia and Eritrea have been fully separated and some of their soldiers are beginning to return home.” Most internally displaced people have also been able to return to their homes inside the Zone, where they have resumed ploughing their fields and rebuilding their lives, the Secretary-General says. “The commitment to peace demonstrated by the parties has made this possible, and the same commitment must carry Ethiopia and Eritrea forward to the definitive resolution of their border dispute,” he writes. The report calls for both Governments to grant UNMEE “unimpeded and unconditional freedom of movement,” and to establish direct high altitude flights between Asmara and Addis Ababa. The parties are also urged to complete the release of prisoners of war and to allow nationals of both countries to remain, without any discrimination, in the locations where they have decided to settle. To the international community, Mr. Annan issues an appeal for funds to help remedy the precarious humanitarian conditions prevailing in both countries, in particular the lack of food security and the need for emergency relief assistance. On the problem of landmines, which the report calls a “major threat to UNMEE and the civilian population,” the Secretary-General says the generous contributions from Member States to a Trust Fund for mine action work were appreciated, but that more money was needed. “Underfunding seriously hinders the United Nations capacity to train, equip and deploy humanitarian demining personnel with appropriate supervision,” he writes, also urging for donations to support the Boundary Commission working to demarcate the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea.