Crystal River Cruises Unveils New Moselle River Itineraries For 2019

first_imgMIAMI, February 1, 2018 – Taking to the river less traveled, Crystal is introducing brand new 10-day “Enchanting Moselle” itineraries aboard Crystal Bach, round-trip from Amsterdam through Germany and the Netherlands, beginning May 28, 2019 through December 24, 2019. The voyages feature five entirely new ports of call through the vineyard-flanked Moselle River, considered to be one of the most breathtaking stretches of river in Europe. Guests can experience world-class Rieslings and the famous vintages of the Mosel Wine Region in Bernkastel, the medieval charm and Roman ruins of Trier, and the stunning architecture of Reichsburg Castle in Cochem. Along with the picturesque Moselle, new destinations to explore along the Rhine River include Bonn, Beethoven’s birthplace; Dusseldorf, the cultural and fashion hub of Germany; the historic war museums of Arnhem, Netherlands; and returning favorite, Koblenz, which offers travelers a unique perspective of the point at which the Rhine and the Moselle meet. Overnights spent in Amsterdam and Trier afford ample time for longer sojourns, like a day trip to nearby Luxembourg or an in-depth exploration of Holland’s art and culinary scenes. “The new Moselle voyages aboard Crystal Bach allow travelers to venture off the beaten path to less visited locales of remarkable beauty and fascinating history, with the added distinction as the only Moselle River itinerary with convenient travel round-trip from Amsterdam,” says Walter Littlejohn, vice president and managing director of Crystal River Cruises. “Innovative itineraries that explore new places, and offer new perspectives on longtime favorites, are a hallmark of the Crystal brand. With more experiences than ever included in the Crystal River fleet, this is the ideal time to branch out into new waters and continue broadening the scope of choices for our guests.” The all-suite, all-butler, all-balcony Crystal Bach features Crystal’s signature service with the highest crew-to-guest ratio in the industry — 68 crew members serving 106 guests. Crystal river ships offer the largest accommodations in the river cruise industry. Crystal Bach’s standard suites measure 253 sq. ft. and the two-bedroom, two-bath Crystal Suite measures 759 sq. ft. The line’s suites feature Crystal’s acclaimed butler service for every room category, plush king-sized beds that face toward Panoramic Balcony-Windows, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, robes and slippers, personal iPads, and wall-mounted 42-inch, flat-screen HD TVs. Additional enticing features include Crystal’s farm-to-table, Michelin-inspired cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the elegant Waterside Restaurant; namesake Bistro cafés; the exclusive Vintage Room; and the Palm Court. Crystal’s Early Booking Savings enhances the new itineraries, offering savings of up to $1,000 per suite for bookings made by March 31, 2018.  By sea, river, land or air, Crystal has redefined the way the world views luxury travel. The world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Luxury Air – continues to entice the world’s most discerning travelers with incomparable luxury and unparalleled personal service. Crystal will expand its fleet with the upcoming Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel river ships, the Crystal Endeavor expedition yacht and an entirely new class of ocean ships over the next five years. Celebrating 27 years of excellence, Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line, having earned “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 24 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by travel professional organization Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016).  The readers of Travel + Leisure also voted Crystal River Cruises the “World’s Best River Cruise Line” and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises the “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” in 2017. Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the professionals of ASTA. Join the hundreds of thousands who follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises.last_img read more

The Legal Ins and Outs of Drinking While Flying

first_img Will This Nootropic from HVMN Get You Into Ketosis Faster? Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App From noise-canceling headphones to Xanax, air travelers look for any modicum of comfort to make the flying experience tolerable. But, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continues to do its part to keep mid-flight enjoyment to a minimum. They take a hard line on flying with weed. They also don’t like travelers flying with too much liquid, including everything from soup to shampoo to sangria. But, what about packing and, more importantly, consuming your own booze? The legal ins and outs of drinking while flying are surprisingly straightforward.Everyone knows the TSA is damn strict on liquid allowances: Each passenger is allowed only one resealable, quart-sized bag of 3.4-ounce (or less) bottles. That’s it. What many people don’t know, however, is the list of allowable liquids is surprisingly generous. Almost any gel, spray, paste, cream, roll-on deodorant, or liquid is fine. “Liquid” includes any beverage less than or equal to 70% alcohol by volume. In short, the TSA has no problem with you replacing all the liquid toiletries in your carry-on with mini booze bottles (It helps that those bottles are typically 1.7 ounces).Caiaimage/Agnieszka Olek/Getty ImagesThere’s a catch, of course. Packing that booze is one thing; being allowed to consume it mid-flight is another. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has jurisdiction over the latter. Sadly, for anyone who enjoys mixing their own gin and tonic at 30,000 feet, they’re unequivocal in their stance on the matter: “FAA regulations prohibit passengers from drinking alcohol on board the aircraft unless it is served by the air carrier.”Eagle-eyed readers might notice the loophole in the above statement, however. JetBlue did, which is why the airline discreetly offers its passengers BYOB service on domestic flights. The regulations state that passengers can only drink alcohol “served by the air carrier.” That means passengers can technically request that a flight attendant open their own bottle of booze and pour it for them. JetBlue’s official alcohol guidelines state, “You may bring wine, champagne or beer on a flight for consumption during the flight if it is in an unopened container. If you’d like to drink the alcohol you carry on, you may give it to one of our Inflight crewmembers, and they will be happy to serve it to you.”It all boils down to safety. The crew of every flight can better manage the aircraft if they knew what and how much alcohol their passengers are consuming en route. So, if you must fix your own mid-flight cocktails, try to maintain your composure. If you get out of hand and wind up duct taped to your seat or arrested when you land, don’t say we didn’t warn you.If you’re the sort of gentleman who routinely dumps half their clothing mid-trip to make room for bottles of exotic bourbon, check out our primer on how to pack booze in your luggage. Editors’ Recommendations Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie last_img read more