Famed soprano vocalist and beloved German
performer, Anna-Maria Kaufmann, has been chosen by Crystal River
Cruises as the godmother of Crystal Bach, the company’s
newly-built “Rhine Class” river ship.
Crystal Bach embarked on her maiden voyage
from Amsterdam, on 13 August, and will be christened by
Kaufmann during her call to Rüdesheim, Germany, on 20 August 2017.
Kaufmann’s decades-long career has spanned the globe, bringing her
from her native Edmonton, Alberta to some of the world’s most
prestigious stages and events.
As Crystal Bach’s godmother, she
will bless the ship during the christening ceremony, and serenade
her and attending guests with her own special performance of
Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Air”.
“It is an honor to have one of Germany’s most
gifted and cherished talents christen Crystal Bach as she
officially embarks on the Rhine as part of the award-winning
Crystal fleet,” said Crystal CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez.
“Naturally, Anna-Maria’s remarkable career in classical music and
passion for her chosen homeland are apropos for this stunning
ship, but beyond that, her grace and internationally recognizable
charm are representative of the elegance found aboard a Crystal
Crystal Bach is the first of four Crystal “Rhine
Class” river ships to debut on the rivers of Europe, joining
Crystal Mozart as part of the Crystal River Cruises fleet.
Sailing 10 and 14-day voyages predominantly along the Rhine
River, she will call in medieval towns and modern hubs in Belgium,
Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.
Crystal’s “Rhine Class” river ships are the only
all-balcony, all-suite vessels in Europe, with every category of
accommodation perched above the waterline. All four river ships
will offer butler service in every room category, king-sized beds,
Panoramic Balcony-Windows, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the
bathrooms in most categories, Etro robes and slippers,
wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs, and Nespresso machines.