Crystal Bach

Crystal Cruises

Crystal River Cruises was voted “Best River Cruise Line” in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards in 2017. Step aboard one of our exceptional river yachts and discover the exacting attention to detail and gracious hospitality that defines our reputation for excellence.


24-hour Room Service
Butler Service
Complimentary Wi-Fi Access
Fitness Center
Fitness Classes
Self Service Laundromat
Swimming Pool

Ship Info

What's Included


  • Airport transfers, fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities onboard and ashore; Butler service; unlimited Wi-Fi, and choice of shore excursions in port.

Not Included

  • Air fare, some Crystal Adventure Shore Excursions, Casino

Ship Overview

Inaugural Sailing
5000 Tons
Public Decks
Passenger Capacity
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Crystal Cruise

By: Richard Nicholas

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2017

We were very satisfied
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner
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Maiden Voyage was an special experience

By: klo

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2017

We really enjoyed the ship and the itinerary. The ship was on it's Maiden Voyage and the second day out had some technical problems. They scurried around and arranged great tours for all the guests while they flew in experts to fix the boat. After our day of sightseeing, the boat picked us up near the next port and we were later given a credit for a fully paid for Crystal River Cruise anytime before Dec. 2019! They know how to please and keep customers. We especially enjoyed being present for the christening of this new ship. I do hope they schedule some French river cruises in the very near future.
Travel Advisor:  Lynda Turley
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Rhine River Crystal cruise

By: tnkmorgan

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

Very attractive ship with friendly, competent personnel, comfortable staterooms, great service, and marvelous food. I had been very reluctant about a river cruise. Crystal has shown how to do it right. We can't wait to join them for another one.
Travel Advisor:  Anita Becker
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Rhine River Cruise

By: Doris

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2017

Mostly good. They were all still learning their jobs. Very friendly staff & helpful. New Boat only their 3rd cruise. Would be helpful to have a speaker about the many Locks we went through. More choices of food if possible, & different pastries, not the same everyday. DO NOT CHOOSE the Petite Suites. They are about 188 s/f & way to small! Have to sit on bed & no room for coffee in your room.
Travel Advisor:  Mark Simoes
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First Class

By: Doug & Donna

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

We couldn't think of anything that they would not provide to give us a first class experience.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Cole Salas
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Christmas market river cruise

By: Pat

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2017

Everything we hoped for!
Travel Advisor:  Lynda Johnson
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Christmas Markets

By: Bobbie L

Reviewed on: 29 Dec 2017

We have traveled over 12 times with many river cruise companies and are so happy that Crystal is now offering this option. The Bach and its crew exceeded our expectations. The atmosphere, the excursions, the food and the entertainment was up to the standards Crystal provides on its ocean ships. We had a lovely time and met some interesting fellow passengers. We would definitely return to a Crystal river cruise.
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Very good


Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2018

Variety of complimentry excuitions, Food and Drinks quority, Staff service,and etc, many aspect of the Bach was more than our expectaions
Travel Advisor:  Izumi Kirchmayr Ogawa
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Crystal Back Review

By: Taid

Reviewed on: 20 Jun 2018

Excellent cruise in all respects.


By: LuLu

Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2018

Everything was great
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Andersen

Why change itinarary


Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2018

The crew were amazing the cruise directors and hotel director were very good, pragmatic individuals fabulous people skill sets.. Unfortunately they were taking orders from top folks who were not there to see how devastated people were for going completely another direction not se desired by guests. In Hospitality service that is critical. Be flexible and take us on Basel Lad tour or Rudesheim land tour. That was unforgivable. I can go on and on but I will stop. we were not always sure what the plans were the next day. I loved the sites except Trier was a complete wasteland that was just as evil as can be,
Travel Advisor:  Sabrina Teyla


By: Smiley

Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2018

Great!! Food and service was fantastic! Employees were glad to help.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Clark


By: Joe

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2018

High quality, all phases
Travel Advisor:  Timothy Krenzien


By: Trip cancelled

Reviewed on: 12 Dec 2018

Surprisingly u did not know Crystal cancelled this ship and trip.
Travel Advisor:  Barbara Nichuals

Rhine River

By: Travelbug

Reviewed on: 15 May 2019

Lovely, understated elegant ship with lovely cabins. Wonderful itinerary.
Travel Advisor:  Timothy Krenzien

Sailing on Crystal Bach

By: South Beach

Reviewed on: 11 May 2019

Great time was had on Crystal Bach. River boat was wonderful. Food was outstanding . And can't say enough about the butlers, cleaning staff and the entire dining room.
Travel Advisor:  Michael Kempinski

Rhine river cruise

By: C Trice

Reviewed on: 12 Jun 2019

Outstanding! Great service and accommodations. Professional, friendly and helpful staff that went beyond our expectations to make this a memorable trip.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Cutter

Crystal Excellence

By: James

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2019

Service was excellent with a very high staff/passenger ratio. Everything about Crystal Bach is extremely good except some of the shore excursions could be improved and more detail provided.

Rhine River

By: Sunny

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2019

Room was nice. Service was excellent. Tours were hit or miss. I was surprised that the people on the ship had not been on many of the tours and thus could not answer many questions regarding the tours. The tours themselves were average to good but the staff could not give us information regarding the intensity or length of hikes. All they could offer was what the local guide had provided in their write ups which typically was limited to description of what you would see and how much time the tour would take.


By: Michelle

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2019

We've traveled Ocean cruises. This was our first River Cruise. It was extrodaire. The ship, the crew, the experience. All the excursions were life changing. From majestic Castles to quaint towns with beautiful people that know there tourist are their people! At least they treat you as such. Our travel agent Andy Harris did right by us. Thank you Eat the cake! Take the trip! Crystal Bach...Romantic Rhine...that and more!
Travel Advisor:  Andrew Harris

Crystal Bach

By: SRQCharlie

Reviewed on: 04 Sep 2019

The Crystal Bach cruise was a delight, even though the weather was shockingly hotter than we had expected...nearly 90 degrees on a couple of the days. Though obviously much smaller in size, the boat had all the Crystal touches...a pleasant and attentive staff, excellent food, and comfortable cabins. The shore excursions were well-organized, and ranged from trips to remote castles to full-day excursions to Heidelberg. I loved the intimacy of the ship, and spent many hours on the lovely top deck, sitting in comfortable lounge chairs, sipping a coffee and watching the scenery pass by. I'm already thinking of taking another river cruise
Travel Advisor:  Kathleen Sutter

Comfortable and relaxing river cruise

By: SherryC

Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2019

We know that we will always enjoy travel with Crystal. The food and service are top notch and the staff is very helpful and friendly. I liked that the Bach was simply laid out with most everything on 2 floors, so we weren’t spending time going up and down multiple flights of stairs to dine or to see the entertainment. Our suite was well supplied and quite comfortable. At night, the ship was quiet enough that we could get solid sleep... no late night party crowd making noise in the hallway waking everyone up. We did an excursion at each port mixing up between more active days and then relaxing days without too much walking. I feel like I learned a lot about the region.
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Griscavage

Jewels of the Rhine

By: Rima

Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2019

It was great to be back on crystal vessel. Unfortunately the entire program changed because of low water levels, instead of Rhine River we went to Mosel. The last leg of the trip we docked at an industrial port that was horrid.
Travel Advisor:  Sabrina Teyla

Fantastic Service on a Beautiful Ship

By: Jim

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2019

The Crystal Bach was perfect! The ship itself is beautiful and very chic. Other ships I've been on seemed a big geriatric and this one seemed more like the best restaurant or bar in a beautiful international hotel. The food was delicious and varied. We were able to do a galley tour and found out that every single bread, pastry and dessert was homemade. All the meats, vegetables, etc. are never frozen. The variety of wine, beer and cocktails is unlike any other ship I've ever been on whether on sea or river. And all inclusive! Our suite was adequate - storage was OK. I would have liked a few more drawers. Not sure why they would have 3 drawers with 2 people. At least 4 would have been nice. All tours were very good and had a very low number of people in each group. Service is stop notch and warm. Our butler, cleaning personnel and all others onboard knew us by name and treated us like royalty. In a word - Perfection!
Travel Advisor:  Jeannine Bottorff

Cruise advisor

By: Zwineguy

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2019

Crystal Bach is a very comfortable river ship. The food was exceptional, the service was absolutely top notch, and we never felt over crowded or stressed. It was like our "home on the river". The land tours were all pretty good, except we had one which was only so-so, due to the day and town we were visiting. The primary difference between a River Cruise and an Ocean Cruise is that your stops on the River are pretty much dictated to you; not all towns are Amsterdam or Basel.
Travel Advisor:  Tracey Shara

Bach trip

By: Tarulli views

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2019

The ship, crew, food and overall experience were an A+ We couldn’t have enjoyed it more. Our only suggestion, would be to offer a few educational programs on board about places we stopped.
Travel Advisor:  Michela Bisciglia

Crystal Shines

By: Joy

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2019

There are hardly words to express our satisfaction with Crystal Bach on the Rhine. This is truly a luxury cruise line. No detail was left undone. The food was delicious, the service impeccable, and the decor very tasteful. I only wish they would add more ships to sail in France.
Travel Advisor:  Cyndi Bugbee
Not Recommended

Thumbs Up

By: sg

Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2019

didn't take a crystal cruise

Great ship

By: Rhine19

Reviewed on: 16 Nov 2019

Outstanding staff; phenomenal attention to passenger comfort; great food
Travel Advisor:  Ruth Turpin

Crystal trip

By: Tourist

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2019

We enjoyed our trip very much.
Travel Advisor:  Michael Kempinski

Crystal Bach

By: Bev

Reviewed on: 10 Dec 2019

Very good time. Fantastic food . Would recommend Crystal.

Moselle-best river in Europe

By: Happy camper

Reviewed on: 19 Dec 2019

Christmas market cruise on the Moselle with Crystal was amazing. Best Crystal cruise we have done to date and we have done quite a few. I plan to do this cruise again and would recommend it to everyone. 20 out of 20!!!!
Travel Advisor:  Maria Karmiris

Christmas on the Rhine

By: Caro

Reviewed on: 25 Dec 2019

Outstanding and ever better service.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Howell

Outstanding floating horel

By: Kathy

Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2019

the ship itself was elegant and comfortable with plenty of seating for guests, it never felt crowded. You never had to wait for service of any kind. The servers were uniformly excellent, warm snd hospitable. The food was excellent for all meals, truly inspired and delicious. With one exception, the tour in Rudesheim to the mechanical musical museum which was rushed and shortened), the other toyrs had excellent tour guides and were delightful and fun.
Travel Advisor:  Lydia Ganz

Cruise line

By: Dbiddy

Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2020

I enjoys Crystal Cruise! Ship was very nice and clean, staff very friendly and helpful!! Entertainment was very festive and fun to participate!! Food was alway delicious, breakfast, lunch & dinners!
Travel Advisor:  Ashley Newhaller