Q – We are close to pulling the trigger on a Crystal River Cruise this September along the Danube. We’re thinking, since we’re eight months ahead, that we would like to pick out the best cabin and best shore excursions and then try to reserve them in advance. How do we do this? Finding out which are the best excursions is proving difficult. Any web sites you could point us to? Looking at an S1 cabin. Any thoughts? Would appreciate a prompt response.
A – Yes master ……..we right on it! The only way to know which shore excursions are really the best offered in a particular port is to have a trained consultant share that information with you. That is what cruise consultants do. It is part of the service that is included in the cost of your cruise. And there are shore excursions that are clearly better planned and thought out than others. You can book shore excursions on Crystal’s web site within 24 hours of having your deposit posted to the booking. Spa appointments can be confirmed online immediately after your final payment has been received. Savvy river cruisers on Crystal follow these dates carefully.
The S1 French Balcony staterooms on the Mozart are sold out for virtually the entire season. We doubt you will find one. The only cabins currently available, and there aren;t many, is a W1 or W2. The W1’s have a picture window. If you find one in September – grab it. September is the most popular month to cruise the Danube. We would suggest that you avoid cabins 222 and 226 on the Mozart.