Q – We were really surprised to read your announcement regarding Crystal’s new River Boat Brand set to sail in 2017. As Boomers who are still working, I suppose we’re in a position to wait for Crystal to do our first river boat cruise. The question is should we? We appreciate find food and service, we’re not snobs, but we love the way Mandarin Oriental and the Four Seasons brands treat us when we use their properties. We’ve cruised Silverseas but never a river boat . Tauck sounds amazing and we’ve learned so many things on this site. But it would be great if you would tell us if we should go with Tauck in 2016 or put it off a year? We love the best products that don’t nickel and dime you for everything. We’re foodies and a lot more interested in local life than we are in ancient history lectures. If you don’t want to commit to a recommendation we’ll understand. Who knows if this new Crystal line will be any good?
A – They will be known as the Crystal River Yachts and they will be excellent. You can take that to the bank. Not perfect, not at the beginning, but these people understand luxury and they are not entering river boating to be second best. Their target customer is the upper 2% of affluent travelers. Given your profile, and the fact that you do not need to travel in 2016, we would recommend that you strongly consider waiting for Crystal to launch in 2017.
Actually, you won’t be waiting very long. The books will open on December 1st, 2015 and we would highly recommend that you call us that morning or as soon afterwards as you can. We expect the prime season sailings to sell out in the first 72 hours.