Crystal Mahler

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
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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October on the Rhine/Mein/Danuabe

By: Science teacher

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

Service on the Crystal Mahler was up to Crystal's high standards. The staff went out of their way to make every excursion a learning and fun experience. The food was excellent and the staff was quick to learn our preferences. The size of 80 passengers led toeveryone knowing each other and feeling comfortable doing group things.
Travel Advisor:  Jon Sutter
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A Leisurely Cruise on a Beautiful New Ship

By: Cathy B.

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2017

We embarked on the second sailing of the new river ship Crystal Mahler for a 16 day cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Our suite was beautiful, the crew was attentive and offered personalized service. Each meal was beautifully prepared and presented. Wine flowed freely and the 80 passengers soon became part of the "Crystal Family". We were amazed at the loyalty of so many of the passengers. For a number of them this was upwards of their fortieth cruise! We especially enjoyed the all-inclusive nature of the ship. Our shore excursions were pre-planned, all gratuities and beverages were included. We truly had a carefree experience and would consider another Crystal cruise, although not on a river since the pace was much slower than what we are accustomed to on ocean-going vessels.
Travel Advisor:  Michele Rando
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Mahler River Cruise

By: Wes

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2017

Outstanding staff, friendly and competent. Cruising experience was enjoyable. Brand new ship with all the amenities.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner
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Excellent river experience

By: Top-painter

Reviewed on: 01 Dec 2017

Excellent itinerary - 16 days from Budapest to Amsterdam. Ship was beautiful - great attention to detail. Excellent, well-designed stateroom. Excellent food including local cuisine. Very good complimentary shore excursions. Service-oriented staff focused on making the experience the best possible. Overall - outstanding cruise
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner
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Superb Quality of Staff, Cuisine and Ship


Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2018

We had an amazing trip from start to finish. All staff aboard were attentive, able to communicate clearly, detail oriented, friendly and just wonderful people. The food was outstanding as were most of the tours we went on. We had one minor maintenance issue in our room which was addressed immediately. We would definitely go on a Crystal Cruise again. Our only comment was on this 16 day tour, it should be known that for 4 or so consecutive days while the ship passes through many low locks, the upper deck is closed but the company works to have most of these occur during the late evening hours. Just a great cruise line and the guests we met were fun!
Travel Advisor:  Jane Braun

Crystal River Cruise

By: John R

Reviewed on: 07 Aug 2018

Everything about Crystal is great. The ship, the staff, the tours, the food and the entertainment. It was a wonderful 16 days and hated to see it end. Neil Fullerton was great as the piano entertainer. Crystal needs to use him as often as possible.
Travel Advisor:  Joyce Krichman

Always lovely

By: Lulu

Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2018

Wonderful! The staff was super, the food utterly gourmet, and the offered off boat trips delightful. Because of the low river water, the whole itinerary had been modified just a couple of weeks before the trip. Actually, it was better than the earlier one for us: a while new area to discover. The ship was the beautiful Mahler.
Travel Advisor:  Gina Morovati
Not Recommended

Poor communications

By: Gerry

Reviewed on: 06 Sep 2018

Never went. Crystal informed us 3 days ahead of cruise that ship was not sailing. Offered options not acceptable... if given proper notice we would have changed to a different crystal itinerary

Different experience than on an ocean-liner

By: Ann

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2018

Most pleasant, leisurely. Service by attentive and personable staff.

September river cruise

By: betty

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2018

Very pleasant with first-class excursions and excellent food on board.

Great Crew/Fantastic Cruise Ship

By: Jim and Jacque

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2018

The Crystal Mahler is a beautiful ship. The crew is the best part of all. They helped us from the top down to make everything about our cruise one to remember. Every one of the crew members worked to make our cruise perfect. They all worked with each other to make this happen. We felt special. The food was fantastic, the the service great and the excursions excellent. We are spoiled.
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Rooney

Cruise ship Mahler

By: Shopper

Reviewed on: 12 Dec 2018

Everyone on board were helpful, pleasant and kind. Our room was clean, the choices of food and beverages were excellent.

Impeccable, to say the least.

By: Debby C.

Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2019

This was a most wonderful trip. We felt at home the minute we stepped onboard. The entire crew could not have been more accommodating, friendly, helpful, respectful & uplifting. We were greeted with a smile and acknowledgement at every encounter from everyone. We were treated like royalty every moment. The ship was well kept and spotless. Our suite was beautiful, comfortable and clean. Our butler, Danjel and our suite attendant, Kinga, were fabulous, so attentive. We enjoyed seeing them each day. The food was delicious and of great variety. Such attention to detail was taken by the chef and he was so gracious to visit each table through the evening. A very special touch. The excursions were memorable. We were able to experience things we'd only read about in history books. From Christmas Markets to learning to dance the minuet in Manheim Palace to cooking salmon in the thermal springs of Wiesbaden to touring the Windmills of Holland. Such a journey we'll not forget.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner


By: Nicky

Reviewed on: 20 May 2019

The staff was wonderful. We liked the ship very much. The food all in all pretty good, but we expected a tad bit better.
Travel Advisor:  Carol Brant

Great cruise experience.

By: Harry

Reviewed on: 31 May 2019

Crystal Cruises is wonderful in every way. We were on the Crystal Mahler from May 6 thru May 13.
Travel Advisor:  Daria Westerfield

Crystal Mahler Amsterdam to Budapest was AbFab!

By: MOTalamo

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2019

This was our first river cruise...we chose Crystal because our previous experience on Crystal Symphony from Charleston to San Diego was excellent. The itinerary was perfect for sampling a river cruise and different countries. The ship had only 106 passengers on this trip and the staff out-numbered us - they were all friendly and believed in "Ask, and ye shall receive!" The Mahler is quite new and well appointed. Each cabin/suite has a "panoramic window balcony." That means, there is no wasted space for a patio outside your room. The outside wall is almost all glass and opens horizontally instead of vertically. Much nicer than an ugly patio door. Brings the outdoors into the comfort of your living room, like a Florida vacation home. Food and wine service was excellent and diverse, including in-suite dining. Most excursions were included in the fare...during 16 days, I only felt the need to pay extra for one excursion for an art expert-led small group touring a Vienna museum.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

Wonderful experience


Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2019

The service was exceptional. The ship, as I haven’t been on a river cruise, was novelty to me. The rooms are the right size. The food is great. Overall, I really enjoyed my trip!
Travel Advisor:  Francis Contreras

Crystal Mahler river cruise

By: Island Girl

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2019

The time on the Mahler was lovely. Unfortunately, because of the low water level on the Danube, we had to finish the last half of the trip by bus and hotels. Crystal made the best of the situation, and the staff were wonderful. But it was a different experience than what we planned and were most excited to enjoy.
Travel Advisor:  Michael Kempinski

Mahler Cruising

By: Ros

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2019

We enjoyed our time aboard the Mahler. It was just about everything we expected. The ship's company and guest size was the most important criteria we looked at when considering a river cruise. We wanted small/intimate. And we got it! The staterooms were a good size and the fact that the beds were positioned to look out was a big plus. The staff was exceptional from our first interaction with them, to the butler/housekeeping/waitstaff/barstaff . They were professional, friendly, outgoing, helpful. They got to know us and what are likes were and took great care of us. For a ship that size it felt like home and the staff became good friends!
Travel Advisor:  Doria Gomez

Crystal Cruises

By: Dizee

Reviewed on: 16 Nov 2019

Relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable