Picture this: Sipping a glass of riesling from your private suite’s balcony as you float past riverside vineyards, medieval towns, and bucolic countryside. Oh, and did we mention, you’re in a sleeveless top, and it’s 70 degrees out? For travelers that feel comfortable setting sail this summer, Crystal Cruises has an itinerary at the ready. The line’s 106-passenger, yacht-like river ships transport small groups to out-of-the-way European destinations; and because of their small size, they have the flexibility to avoid overly popular ports. Book now and rest assured knowing that if you’re not ready to go, you can cancel up to eight days in advance and receive a full credit for a future voyage through the end of 2022.

For those ready to set sail this summer, here are three ways to prep for success:

Know your (onboard) options.

Not all cruise lines are created equal. The luxe Crystal Bach, Debussy, Mahler, and Ravel ships each sail with just over 100 passengers on board. All the accommodations are suites with balconies, king-sized beds, and private butler service (most suites have walk-in closets and double bathroom vanities, too). Extra space to stretch out means cruisers can opt for as much privacy as they want – think floating staycations ideal for a bit of R&R. The open-seating arrangements for onboard dining mean cruisers have wide flexibility for when and where they can enjoy their meals, be it an elaborate breakfast at Waterside or afternoon wine and tapas at Bistro.

A deluxe suite and breakfast in bed? Every day, if you want it.

Be cost-savvy.

From May through August, select eight- to 17-day voyages on the four Crystal Cruises river ships mentioned above are available with a $500 deposit reduction. Featured itineraries include eight-day Basel-to-Amsterdam passages aboard the Crystal Debussy, a pair of eight-day Budapest-to-Vienna sailings on the Crystal Mahler, and more. Sampling local wines in old-timbered Rüdesheim or cycling cobblestoned streets in Amsterdam can siphon away stress and leave you refreshed and healthy.

Talk to your travel advisor.

When it comes to making sound travel decisions, Virtuoso advisors are go-to heroes. From sharing the best summer-getaway locations to handling trip reservations and deciphering travel insurance policies, these experts know the ins and outs of planning river cruises.


This article is sponsored by Crystal Cruises. Images courtesy of Crystal Cruises unless otherwise noted.

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