How is the Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises experience different from what we have enjoyed aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity?
With the 62-passenger Crystal Esprit, our returning guests will notice two significant departures from what we provide aboard our larger ships. First is the size of the vessel. Crystal Esprit is sleek and nimble, with a shallow draft of less than ten feet.
This leads us to the second important difference: with the yacht-size Crystal Esprit, We are able to offer our guests an entirely new array of world-class destinations that cannot easily be accessed with a large ship or other means of luxury travel. This allows us to visit exclusive yacht marinas, hidden coves away from the crowds, and secluded islands where docking infrastructure – so critical for big ships – simply doesn’t exist. But one thing that doesn't change is our commitment to the highest level of award-winning service and onboard comfort for our guests.
We love the onboard venues, services and amenities aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, does Crystal Esprit have similar offerings?
Great things come in small packages! Once you look closely at our luxury yacht, you’ll see that the number of onboard staff, variety of restaurants and lounges and other services have an excellent crew-to-guest ratio, considering that Crystal Esprit carries just 62 adventurous guests. Officers, crew and staff for Crystal Esprit have been handpicked – the best of the best. Think of a private yacht, and the high level of personal service and attention to detail that is expected. That’s what you’ll find remarkable about Crystal Esprit. Guests in every suite enjoys classic butler service, a hallmark of the Crystal Experience.
What is the dress code aboard the Crystal Esprit? Daytime wear? Nighttime wear?
The dress code aboard Crystal Esprit is Crystal Yacht Casual. In line with a relaxed yachting lifestyle and casual on board ambience, guests should wear comfortable, stylish yachting attire appropriate for your activity.
By day, this includes tasteful swimming attire, sandals and shorts (swimsuit cover-ups for women; casual short-sleeve shirts for men). By evening, fashionably stylish resort wear is appropriate. Capri pants, blouses, sundresses and sandals for women. Khaki pants, Bermuda shorts, short-sleeve button-down shirts and golf shirts for men.
For days in port or depending on your activity, be sure to bring comfortable walking/sports shoes. Check with your travel advisor for special items you might want to pack for your destination and the time of year you are traveling. There are ETRO bathrobes and slippers in each suite for your use during the cruise. Other amenities include a, hair dryer, ETRO soap, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner.
Is there an elevator on board?
The staterooms and public spaces onboard the Crystal Esprit do not have any elevators and there is no elevator access to board the yachts as they were originally constructed. As a result, the Crystal Esprit may not be suitable for guests relying solely on wheelchairs for transportation.
Is there a gym on board?
Yes, there is a small but well-equipped gym aboard Crystal Esprit, but there is much more.
One of our primary objectives for Crystal Esprit is to take full advantage of her size and maneuverability, in order to provide our guests with many more great options for physical activity than we can offer aboard our larger ships.
Crystal Esprit also features a versatile marina & water sports platform at the stern. From here, enjoy swimming and snorkeling in crystal clear waters; kayaking or wake boarding; jet skiing and other activities. All these activities feature great, high-end equipment and expertly guided instruction. In select ports, bicycles will be available that can be taken ashore in delightful locales, and you’ll have access and suggestions for hiking in nature reserves and along spectacular beaches known for their secluded beauty. The ship is docked or anchored close to shore on a daily basis, so there will be many opportunities to easily go ashore for walking, jogging or other invigorating activities.
In many of the places we visit with Crystal Esprit, you’ll have a choice of two complimentary Crystal Adventures – Cultural Adventures and Soft/Extreme Adventures, depending on the port. Crystal Yacht Expedition cruising is all about the destination and immersing oneself in a way that is enriching, enlightening and actively engaging.
What about the docking and port facilities that Crystal Esprit will be using?
This is one of the big advantages of traveling aboard a yacht-size vessel like Crystal Esprit – we aren’t limited to tying up at commercial ports and docks as are large cruise ships or using large tender craft. More often than not, we dock or anchor in yacht marinas or along the seawall in the center of a historic town or resort village. You usually have the ability to get ashore quickly and easily to pursue your own interests, and come and go as you please. In other places, we’ll use Zodiac landing craft to quickly whisk guests ashore in beautiful spots where docks and piers do not exist.
Are Zodiacs safe? Aren’t they hard to get in and out of?
Zodiacs are exceptionally safe and sturdy and are used worldwide in both polar and tropical regions for pleasure and scientific expedition cruising. They are easy to step into and out of from Crystal Esprit’s water sports marina, and our helpful crew are always on hand to assist. They also allow us to visit fantastic beaches or islands that are out of reach of larger ships; they’re part of what luxury yacht cruising is all about!
We would love to take advantage of the water sports activities during our cruise, what do we need to know?
Optional submersible and complimentary Marina equipment use are based on destinations’ local rules and regulations and offered at the discretion of the Captain due to weather and sea conditions. Participation in any/all water sports activities requires a mandatory watersports waiver to be signed once on board the ship; other restrictions may apply. Ask for details.
Preview the form here: Watersports Waiver
Crystal Cruises has always offered excellent shore excursions and opportunities to immerse oneself in the culture and history of the places visited. How will this be different aboard Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises?
The same attention to detail in shore excursions is available to guests aboard Crystal Esprit. Two types of complimentary Crystal Adventures are offered in most locales: Cultural Adventures and Soft/Extreme Adventures, depending on the port. Because of the small number of guests participating, we enjoy a unique opportunity to make these shore adventures even more unique than traditional shore excursions. The smaller number of participants translates into more attentive service and face time with guides and experts. Optional Crystal Adventure shore excursions are available if you choose.
Onboard, our Destination Leader assists you to make choices and selections that best suit your dreams and wishes. In some places, we’ll also have local specialists and cultural historians come aboard for presentations and informal talks on regional topics of interest. Crystal Esprit is scaled to allow optimum cultural engagement with the destination, creating a real sense of place for its guests.
You talk about the size and maneuverability of Crystal Esprit as allowing guests to connect with the destination in new and unique ways. How else do you plan to do this?
In addition to a choice of complimentary and optional Crystal Adventures shore excursions, we also have some specialized equipment aboard that extends the reach of Crystal Esprit in some destinations even beyond its extraordinary abilities as a small, highly maneuverable yacht. For example, Crystal Esprit carries a high-tech, state-of-the-art deep-sea submersible for plunges into the depths of the seas where we sail (at additional cost). Imagine viewing old shipwrecks in the Adriatic from the safety and comfort of our C-Explorer 5 sub. It accommodates two guests in addition to the fully certified and trained pilot.
The benefits of a small ship do seem advantageous for exploring new and different destinations, but what about the size and furnishings of the suites?
Most of the suites aboard Crystal Esprit are a spacious 280 square feet, larger than most of the deluxe staterooms aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. And the 515-square-foot Owner’s Suite aboard Crystal Esprit ranks size-wise with many of the Penthouse Suites aboard our larger ships. And just as the staterooms are comfortably furnished and beautifully appointed aboard our larger vessels, you’ll enjoy the same high level of accommodation on Crystal Esprit.
What is the ambiance like aboard? How might I expect it to be different from the atmosphere aboard a larger cruise ship?
When you step aboard Crystal Esprit, you’ll immediately notice the club-like atmosphere , the sense of immediacy and familiarity that is not readily apparent on larger ships. Also, the public areas as well as the suites are surprisingly spacious, light-filled and airy for a vessel of its size – no cramped quarters aboard this elegant and tastefully furnished vessel. This extends to the refined level of service and exemplary staff you’ll find aboard.
Taking service to a new level, the officers and staff are dedicated to fully engaging their guests in the Crystal Yacht Experience. They’re more than just officers and crew – they’ve been carefully selected and trained for Crystal Esprit to provide the highest level of service with a friendly and more relaxed attitude. This creates just the right sense of informality that is expected and desirable aboard a yacht like Crystal Esprit.
Are children welcome aboard Crystal Yacht Expedition ships?
Any minor under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21. Children under the age of six years are welcome aboard Crystal Esprit; however, there are no on board programs for children and supervised care is not available. Children under 6 years of age are not allowed on board the Zodiac crafts and will not be able to participate in any activities or excursions that involve the use of a Zodiac. It is important to note that the yacht remains at anchor in all ports of call for the British West Indies and British Virgin Island itineraries.
Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises is unable to accommodate children less than six months of age as Crystal Esprit’s medical facilities are not designed to provide services to infants.
Will Crystal Esprit offer any onboard shopping?
Because of the limited size of the vessel and desire to maximize space for suites and public areas, the yacht does not offer any onboard shops or boutiques. On some itineraries, your Crystal yacht will dock or anchor in close proximity to historic districts, resort areas and yacht harbors, enabling you to easily wander ashore to purchase sundries, local items, crafts and memorable gifts, jewelry and more.
Will there be set dining hours for lunch and dinner? Are reservations necessary?
Dining hours for each restaurant will be made available on each voyage. Crystal Esprit is an “open dining" yacht.
What if I have other questions?
Crystal Cruises strives to maintain six-star service on and off our ships. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 9 pm Eastern Standard Time.
For reservations-related questions, please contact your travel advisor or Crystal’s dedicated Reservations Team at 1-888-722-0021
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