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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

Crystal Bach Prepares Fine River Cruise Dining

PHOTO: Rendering of the Waterside Restaurant on Crystal Bach. (photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises)

When Crystal River Cruises’ new Crystal Bach sets sail in August 2017, the riverboat will serve culinary excellence on par with its stunning itineraries along the Rhine, Danube and Main Rivers.

“As the first ‘Rhine Class’ river yacht, Crystal Bach will introduce a new standard of luxury in river cruising on many fronts, including the culinary concept and innovative experiences found on board,” said Edie Rodriguez, CEO and president of Crystal, in a press release.

“While we are always pursuing new and distinctive experiences on each of our luxury vessels, our overall dedication to unsurpassed quality and abundant choices remains constant.”

The all-balcony, all-suite vessel will feature regionally-inspired cuisine crafted by European chefs utilizing the freshest ingredients and local provisions. Examples will include seafood from Holland, fruits and vegetables from Germany and the Netherlands, meat and poultry from Bavaria and the Austrian Alps, as well as regional wine, beer and cheese.

Unique delicacies will include sturgeon caviar from Eindhoven and river crawfish from the Rhine. Carried over from the Crystal Mozart will also be coffees and teas by Vienna-based Julius Meinl—making beverages since 1862.

Michelin-inspired cuisine will be served in the Waterside Restaurant main dining room to the Bistro Cafe and Vintage Room. In addition to local classics, optional fare will take a modern approach as well.

The likes of Dutch herring on dill mousse, German green split pea soup with smoked duck, Dornfelder braised oxtail ragout, Boeuf Bourguignonne, truffle spring chicken cassoulet “En Croute,” broiled dover sole “Meuniere” and cold-water lobster served with a creamy leek risotto are all on the menu.

There will also be a choice of vegetarian dishes available onboard.

“The culinary experience aboard all Crystal vessels is meant to inspire travelers to discover more about the world they explore, as food and the camaraderie of dining is such an integral part of the travel experience,” said Toni Neumeister, senior vice president of hotel operations, in the press release.

“Guests aboard Crystal Bach will not only enjoy extraordinary new and classic flavors, but also a taste of the history and culture of this beautiful region.”

Besides the culinary journeys onboard, guests will have the option to enjoy exclusive dining at Michelin star-awarded restaurants ashore. Each 2017 itinerary will showcase at least one such chance.

For more information, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-2437 or visit

This post first appeared on TravelPulse.



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