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#249314 - 12/04/17 09:25 AM Crystal Mahler  
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Ngaire Online
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Quick update on the new Crystal Mahler.

Wonderful coffee/bistro that has a open buffet snack area all day and serves light lunches and dinners. Great food. The fruit on the buffet was exotic fruit, berries not just melons, plentiful and all perfectly ripe. Plus good selection of drinks.

Waterside restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We ate one lunch that was a buffet. Unbelievably good. Huge selection and everything was fantastic. The salad bar had everything you could think of and all high quality fresh ingredients. They always have at a meat, poultry, fish and pasta dish on every buffet. Beautiful vegetables and starches for sides. Beautiful desserts and again outstanding fruit.

Self service coffee/ tea area with wine and soft drinks as well and small snacks.

Primary category
KING bed not the smaller ones you see on ships
Feels Very spacious
Nice size walk in closet with drawers
Nice roomy bathroom with double sinks, drawers in vanity and shelf at base of mirror for to s of storage.
Counter space could be better and no balconies.

Pettite suites category
Same basic cabin with these differences
Tiny bathroom
Sliding door closet with hanging and shelves
Real lack of drawers and storage space
Much smaller no spacious feel.

Comfotable and classy interior.
Indoor swimming pool
Spa area with trainer and trained spa person
Lounge very light and bright.
Elevator and circular stairway in the center of the lobby not crazy about that, it feels cramped.

Definitely a step up on the river boat scene particularly in the food department. Best ratios in staff to guests and space per guest. Of course all inclusive. Did not get to see the Crystal Bus hope to see that when we visit the Crystal Mozart. Always hard to tell until you go on a cruise but looks great.

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#249315 - 12/04/17 09:22 PM Re: Crystal Mahler [Re: Ngaire]  
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Sounds so exciting Ngaire, you're whetting my appetite. It sounds like I'm glad we chose a suite in the more spacious primary category for RHINE. Thanks for sharing all this great information.


#249320 - 12/05/17 03:49 PM Re: Crystal Mahler [Re: Ngaire]  
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Me too what Marcie said. Did you get any pictures?

#249321 - 12/05/17 05:22 PM Re: Crystal Mahler [Re: Ngaire]  
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Yes, but the ship was 100% full so we could only peak in while the rooms were being cleaned. We did get some of the coffee corner, buffet, public areas. Hard to post from here but will post when we get back.

Tomorrow we see the Mozart.

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#249327 - 12/06/17 03:54 PM Re: Crystal Mahler [Re: Ngaire]  
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Which is better - the Crystal Mozart or the new builds, Crystal Mahler? Impossible to answer both are great just diferrent.

Today we checked out the Crystal Mozart. A double wide river boat. Feels more like an ocean ship. Beautiful public rooms, great coffee/bistro area. Christmas Decorations were everywhere and stunning.

To chose between the Mozart (refurbished approx 160 guests) and the Mahler (new 106 guests) is very hard. Many of the features are the same on both boats. The public areas are superior on the Mozart because of its width. The cabins are better on the Mahler with bigger bathrooms and the walk in closet.

Either ship would be good, just different. The one main similarity is the quality of the food. The kitchen are larger with more staff so the ability to have better menus and more options than the other river boats is obvious.

Glad we came there is nothing like seeing something in person. We will post pictures when we get back home.

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