Crystal Ravel

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 airport transfer
Complimentary Excursions
Complimentary Wi-Fi Access
Fitness Center
Fitness Classes
Laundry/Dry Cleaning

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
4000 Tons
Public Decks
Passenger Capacity

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Maiden Voyage

By: Professor Longhair

Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018

We had a great time on a two-week cruise from Basel to Vienna. Mark Farris is great as MC, piano man and entertainment director. The smallest cabins are smaller than the ocean equivalent and are cramped for a two-week voyage. The staff are Crystal standard, that is, first class. We loved the choice of included excursions. The river cruises are less about the boat, and more about the excursions, than the ocean cruises. We had four dedicated and roomy new Crystal buses that followed the boat, for very comfortable excursions.

For the Pernickity!

By: Lord Morecombe

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2018

On the first day we were locked in our cabin by a mechanical failure. This was quickly adjusted by the crew and we commenced our cruise with understandable misgivings about the ship that had only been commissioned one month previous. Where we going to be Guinea Pigs? Our fears were groundless everything went as clockwork. I particularly liked the German design and craftsmanship of the circular glass elevator. The crew could not have been more attentive and assiduous. Meals and wines were excellent though we are not easy to please. To be on the top deck reading and having lovely bucolic scenery brought to one as we glided silently over the oil smooth Danube was just what we required. Additionally it came after one of the worst cruises ever on Ponant Line around Japan enduring the "charms" of the concierge who managed to portray all the characteristics and rudeness thet give the French such a bad name.
Travel Advisor:  Diane Bailey

First Time With Crystal

By: gihmch

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

This cruise was our first experience with Crystal. No question Crystal is an excellent cruiseline. The ship was lovely, no problems with Ravel's 1st voyage and that is a remarkable feat. The food was excellent. Service was also very good except for the butler. We are accustomed to an individual who gets to know us a little better. In the survey with Crystal we shared our primary concern. The ship was not fully booked so Crystal took the opportunity to have employees/partners join the cruise for a few days (people came and went). Will not provide detail because again we have already shared our thoughts with Crystal. Let it suffuce to say that we found these individuals quite disruptive. Not sure if other passengers felt the same. Overall Crystal does a wonderful job. I'm sure ocean cruises with Crystal are a different experience.
Travel Advisor:  Katie Schmitz


By: JIm

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2018

Exceeded expectations. Made excellent adjustments when the river presented a problem.
Travel Advisor:  Sherrie Coffey


By: jim

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2018

Travel Advisor:  Malaka Hilton


By: shia

Reviewed on: 09 Nov 2018

The staff of the cruise were perfect. Took care of all of needs and always there to help or answer any of our questions. Our room was great as was all the accommodations on the boat. The service at our meals was also great and the goes for the food/
Travel Advisor:  Lesley Cohen

Love the Crew

By: P

Reviewed on: 13 Dec 2018

Everyone was so nice. The crew made our trip the best.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Fried

Amazing trip - outstanding crew

By: PatS

Reviewed on: 12 Dec 2018

Just returned from Christmas Market Cruise on the Danube. The Ravel crew is amazing. They had some river water issues that caused some adjustments, but they handled it very well. This was our first cruise on Chrystal and the Ravel did not disappoint . Everyone on the ship was great . Would not hesitate to book on Chrystal again - the Ravel staff has set the bar very high though. My wife thought this was the best trip EVER...
Travel Advisor:  Kevin Grubb

Crystal Ravel

By: Cyndi

Reviewed on: 31 Dec 2018

It was amazing - loved the ship.
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein

Crystal Reval

By: Carmine

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2019

Fabulous. Crew great. Ship magnificent. Food world class.
Travel Advisor:  Michael Kempinski

Danube River cruise

By: Boodum

Reviewed on: 07 May 2019

My time aboard the the Crystal Ravel was very enjoyable in most respects. The accommodation was good, The crew and service were outstanding and the food was of a high standard. The passengers were well cared for and nothing was too much trouble. The shore excursions were well organised with excellent tour guides.

Very happy

By: Sarge

Reviewed on: 25 May 2019

Excellent in every aspect

Trip of a lifetime

By: ST

Reviewed on: 18 May 2019

This was a trip of a lifetime. The crew on Ravel was fabulous! I was not feeling well during my trip and they made sure to do everything they could to make me comfortable.

Danube river boat cruise

By: Lily

Reviewed on: 30 May 2019

Every last moment of my time there was wonderful!! From the minute I boarded and was met by smiling crew members who already knew my name, to the last time I departed the boat, my experience was a joy. The accommodations were lovely, the meals and service were exceptiional, the excursions were well-organized and the guides were well-versed and informative. I came away with memories that I will cherish.


By: Southern Gal

Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2019

Excellent - service, food, decor, space in the cabin

Danube Cruise on the Crystal Ravel

By: RL

Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2019

We loved being on the Ravel. The best part of our experience was the staff. The minute we boarded we were greeted by name and the interaction with the crew was great. Crystal River Cruises are know for their luxurious service and they certainly showed it on our Danube cruise.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Renae Torgerson

Cruise on Crystal Ravel

By: Laura

Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2019

Fantastic trip aboard Crystal Ravel.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Renae Torgerson

Ravel review

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2019

Smaller boat which was great. Staff, tours and food wonderful. Definitely considering Crystal for our next cruise.

River Cruise

By: Steve

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2019

We had a great time. Saw some unbelievable buildings and places.
Travel Advisor:  Michael Kempinski

A Great cruising experience

By: Gary

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2019

This was our first river cruise, and we had such a great experience on Crystal that it won't be our last. Service and quality of the food were both as advertised. All the staff were very attentive, and he ship was clean and comfortable.


By: Paula

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2019

Trip cancelled due to illness.
Travel Advisor:  Aline Coleman

Friendly Luxury

By: Paddles

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2019

We sailed the Danube on Ravel for 7 nights. The ship itself was modern and very well appointed. All the crew were efficient, friendly and professional - all eager to help whenever they could. The Captain even checked passengers back on board one day. Food and beverages and dining room service was first class. Entertainment on board and ashore was great. The pool at the rear was just a little cool. That's the only thing that could be improved in my opinion.

Ravel Cruising Experience

By: Over 60s

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2019

This was our first experience with Crystal. To say that our experience was wonderful is an under statement. First impression are of a caring and interested staff. This did not change for the length of the cruise. A majority of the staff either greeted you with your name or remembered For staff to remember names and orders with a turnaround of 100 guests every 7 days is very special. The food experience and creativity of the Chef and his staff was very enjoyable.


By: Lane

Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2019

Crystal lived up to our expectations providing excellent service , delicious & interesting unique food always. The staff throughout the cruise was superb!!! They were pleasant overwhelmingly accommodating. Our butler & his assistant met our every need. The dining staff pleasantly attentive at each dining experience.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Gaughen

Delicious food, well-designed ship, low service level

By: Traveler

Reviewed on: 16 Nov 2019

Food was wonderful; ship was well designed with spacious rooms, ceiling to floor window that can be lowered; loved the simple design of shower buttons. Disappointed at the level of service - lower than expected. Curt responses, and generally slow service at clearing away used plates during breakfast and lunch. Did not remember drink preferences for breakfast or lunch. Hot water kettle in room had lots of calcium deposits, boiled water had a film of impurities floating on top - problem was not addressed during cruise. Complimentary espresso machine in common area broken on second day, not fixed by end of cruise. Indoor pool had sign that it was temporarily closed, and remained closed for the whole cruise, would like to see a clearer sign that pool is closed for the season - manage expectations. For the higher number of crew ratio to passengers, the service, except for quality of food, was not better than the other river cruise lines (Uniworld, Vantage Travel).
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Renae Torgerson


By: Amanda H

Reviewed on: 26 Dec 2019

Everything about the Crystal Ravel was perfect. The staff, from the officers to the bartenders and housekeeping were delightful. The cabins were roomy and bright with fabulous really was hard to return to normal life expectations after being so pampered!
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Andersen

Love Crystal

By: Darcie

Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2019

They always exceed expectations & the staff is amazing. Nemo was the most incredible sommelier!.I already have booked my next cruise!
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Andersen

Beautiful Ship

By: Grams5

Reviewed on: 27 Dec 2019

The ship was great but the crew far exceeded our expectations. From every day activities to minor/major problems, they showed they were always putting their passengers first.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Schelling



Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2020

Travel Advisor:  Izumi Kirchmayr Ogawa