Crystal Chooses “Virtuosos” Producer as New Ship’s Godmother

Crystal River Cruises will launch Crystal Bach in spring and Crystal Mahler in August.

Crystal River Cruises chose Mariann Peller to be Crystal Ravel’s godmother. The creator and producer of the classical music talent TV show “Virtuosos” will bless the ship at its christening ceremony in Budapest July 11.

The Young Virtuosos, a group of classically trained musicians sponsored by Peller, and tenor Steffan Mullan will also perform at the ceremony. The christening in Budapest will be a stop on the ship’s July 5 cruise leaving from Vienna. Passengers sailing this itinerary will be able to attend and participate in the event.

The Crystal Ravel is the fourth in the company’s ‘Rhine Class’ line. These boats are all-balcony, all-suite and all-butler ships sailing destinations throughout Europe. The 106-guest Crystal Ravel will travel the Danube and Rhine rivers between Budapest, Basel, Vienna and Nuremberg, passing through Hungary, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Slovakia.

On Peller’s TV show “Virtuosos,” airing on Hungary’s MTVA public television station, children and young adults compete in different genres of classical music. Opera tenor Plácido Domingo and late-night star James Corden are partnering to remake the show for U.S. and U.K. audiences.

Peller also founded the Young Virtuosos Foundation. The organization supports young classical musicians and works to preserve and provide education on the area’s musical history. Crystal announced it will donate to Peller’s Young Virtuosos Foundation.

This story originally appeared on www.travelagentcentral.com

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