Crystal Bach Rhine River Cruise – Day 1 – March 31, 2019 – Embarkation in Basel, Switzerland

Docking Location: St. Johann Pier 1

After 1.5 hours, our flight from London arrived in Basel, Switzerland. Since Crystal moved the departure time from 8 pm to 5 pm, there was no time for us to visit the Basel Old Town which was directly opposite the dock.

We were the 1st ones to get to the passport control and got our luggage 30 minutes after arrival. Very impressed with the super fast service at Basel Airport!

As soon as we stepped into the airport arrival hall after collecting our luggage, we were greeted by a Crystal rep who ushered us to the luxurious Crystal Coach. The 15-minute drive to the dock led us past the Old Town to our boat.

When we arrived at the dock, we could only see the Crystal tent. Where was the boat?

Crystal Bach at Basel dock

We had to walk down the ramp to get to the boat. Having a Deck 2 suite on the Starboard (right) side of the ship, our view from the room was facing the dock. We booked too late last November so all rooms including the Petite suites on Deck 3 were sold out, so we had to take a less desirable room location on Deck 2.

Suite #205 was quite spacious with a King bed, bathroom with double sinks and a walk-in closet. I loved the panoramic window that could be lowered to form a balcony. It’s an extremely clever design. The lowering of the window took 39 seconds and as soon as the glass was touched, the window would stop moving as a safety feature.

Beautiful panoramic window with a view of the Basel dock
Lovely room with bathroom behind the King bed and a walk-in closet next to the desk

Bathroom with a big shower and Etro products
walk-in closet with a safety deposit box and lots of storage
The little entry way with bathroom on one side and the door of the walk-in closet on the other

After a quick cup noodle snacks, we attended the muster drill in the Palm Court with the new Crystal safety vest.

The best muster drill on board, comfortably sitting in the Palm Court

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