Crystal Bach, the first of its four new build Rhine Class river ships, of Crystal Cruises, was named at a ceremony in Rudesheim, Germany, August 20.
The ship was built by MV Werften in Germany, which like the Los Angeles based Crystal Cruises is also part of the Genting Hong Kong group.
Crystal’s CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez, presided over the ceremony, along with emcee and longtime popular Crystal entertainer, Mark Farris. The ship’s godmother, German opera star Anna-Maria Kaufmann, named the ship with the traditional blessing and champagne breaking, and also lent her famed talents to the celebration with a special performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Air.”
Also in attendance were the ship’s cruise guests, local travel partners and executives from Genting Hong Kong.
“The fact that she is Crystal’s first-ever new build river ship means that we had the opportunity to go beyond the best and create a luxury river cruise experience that is truly unprecedented. She is the first – and, until her sisters join her – the only all-balcony, all-suite river ship,” Rodriguez said in a statement.