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

FOOD ISSUES
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.

CABINS
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.

PUBLIC AREAS
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.

OVERALL IMPRESSION
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.


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#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?


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#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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#249861 - 04/04/18 08:19 PM Re: Crystal Mahler [Re: Ngaire]  
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Hello, it's me, Julie. I'm just adding on to Ngaire's review because I recently disembarked from the Crystal Mahler and took a few pictures of the menus and of the buses.
The whole experience was amazing! The service and cuisine were top-rate. I'm happy to answer any questions that you may have about the Crystal Mahler.

[Linked Image] - the buses were very roomy. I'm 5'8" and my feet could not reach the bar at the bottom of the seat in front of me so very, very spacious. The buses also offered free wifi connection.

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[Linked Image] - there are light items on the bistro counter all day, like cheeses, meats, fruits, and breakfast pastries, yogurt, and cereals in the morning. However, there is also this lunch menu during certain hours that will be listed on your daily program.




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#249863 - 04/04/18 10:40 PM Re: Crystal Mahler [Re: Ngaire]  
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Hi Julie! I am wondering about how dinner works. I know it is open seating, but I am curious if you can show up when you want between certain hours. The only river cruise I have been on required everyone to come to the dining room around the same time - if you were not there between say 6:30 and 7:00 to be seated, you might not get served!! We like to eat late, so hoping they have extended hours like on the ocean ships.


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#249874 - 04/05/18 02:05 PM Re: Crystal Mahler [Re: Ngaire]  
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Julie is out sick. From my visits real open seating dining just like Regent. No rush to the dining room


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#249877 - 04/05/18 04:42 PM Re: Crystal Mahler [Re: Ngaire]  
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Thanks Ngaire.


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#249881 - 04/05/18 07:25 PM Re: Crystal Mahler [Re: Ngaire]  
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For the main dining room, dinner hours were 7-9 pm and it was open seating. They also serve tapas in the evening at the Bistro occasionally and you can make a reservation with your Butler. The Vintage Room is the private dining room for purchase I think it seats 10, I’ll double-check. As Ngaire said I’m out sick and my notes are at the office. There was one evening in which they took us on an evening tour so there was an early dining dinner buffet. We arrived at different times and dinner service was always prompt. We dined with others a couple of times but there was plenty of seating for just two if you prefer. It was exactly like it would be on Regent. No pressure to arrive at a certain time.


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#249928 - 04/10/18 06:20 PM Re: Crystal Mahler [Re: Ngaire]  
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The Vintage Room holds 10 guests and reservations can be made via the Already Booked (Priority Check-In & Planning Center). Costs may depend on the voyage but on average it will be 290 Euros per person, or if you want to reserve the entire room it is 2600 Euros.


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