Marking the occasion were Crystal’s president and chief executive, Tom Wolber, Crystal River Cruises’ vice president and managing director, Walter Littlejohn, and Crystal Debussy’s godmother, Broadway star Rachel York.
The ceremony took place during the ship’s three-day stay in Amsterdam on its ten-day Splendours of the Rhine voyage, allowing guests aboard the sailing to participate in the traditional festivities, while Crystal crew members looked on from the decks of the ship.
“Crystal River Cruises has raised the bar of excellence with each new ship, and now again as Crystal Debussy joins the fleet, effectively redefining true luxury in the river industry,” Wolber said.
“At the heart of this achievement are the crew and officers, all of whom are members of the Crystal team that ensure that every detail of our guests’ experience is seamless, from ship to shore.”
Godmother Rachel York serenaded guests with her rendition of Defying Gravity, a nod to her esteemed career on the stages of the world, including those aboard Crystal’s ships as part of the Crystal on Broadway programme.
“Crystal Debussy is an exquisitely-designed ship and her crew are so warm and welcoming,” York said.
“I am truly honoured to be the Godmother of this beautiful ship.”
Sailing itineraries between Amsterdam and Basel, the 106-guest Crystal Debussy embarked on her maiden voyage along the Rhine River on April 9th.
Guests visit ports in the Netherlands and Belgium on her seven-day itinerary, with ten-day voyages also calling in Germany.
Throughout 2018 and 2019, the ship sails routes of seven and ten days between Amsterdam and Basel along the Rhine and Moselle rivers, visiting Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.