Crystal River Cruises has announced Ms. Elisabeth Gürtler as the Godmother of its first river ship Crystal Mozart. On July 11, the reimagined “Queen of Europe’s Rivers,” will be officially welcomed to the fleet in Vienna, Austria, in a christening ceremony that will culminate when the ship’s newly announced godmother breaks the customary champagne against the bow. Ms. Gürtler is no stranger to the finer nuances of luxury travel, as the managing director of Vienna’s most famous hotel, the Hotel Sacher. Her expertise on Vienna and its cultural wonders stretches to the city’s historic Spanish Riding School, where she is also acting director.
“It is fitting that such a pillar of the Viennese community as Ms. Gürtler would join the Crystal family as we expand into the stunning waterways of Austria and the surrounding areas,” says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s CEO and president. “As we prepare to embark with Crystal Mozart on her journeys along the Danube River, we are honored to do so with the blessing of one of the region’s most respected citizens, who also shares Crystal’s commitment to a superior standard of excellence in global travel.”
As godmother of Crystal Mozart, Gürtler joins an esteemed group of Crystal matriarchs that have come before, including Mary Tyler Moore (Crystal Harmony), Dame Angela Lansbury (Crystal Symphony), Dame Julie Andrews (Crystal Serenity) and Lady Gaenor Meakes (Crystal Esprit). Crystal Mozart will embark on her maiden voyage round-trip from Vienna on July 13, calling in picturesque locales lining Europe’s second-largest river. Visits to Dürnstein, Melk, and Linz, Austria; an overnight in Passau, Germany; Bratislava, Slovakia; a second overnight in Budapest, Hungary; and ending in with two nights back in Vienna will afford Crystal’s world-savvy guests intimate, immersive exploration of the region.