Crystal Cruises, consistently named amongst the top cruising experiences in the world, has long been a firm favourite amongst the Inspiring Travel Company team, thanks to exquisite service, a flawless onboard experience and endless adventure.
Crystal’s offerings are described as ‘All Exclusive™’, and Crystal Esprit – a spectacular, butler-serviced yacht that functions as an ultra-luxe hotel on water – is no exception. With just 31 suites, the Esprit experience is exclusive and intimate, with exceptional cuisine, a vast array of experiences both on and offshore, and award-winning service to boot.
Emma Fountain, Senior Sales Consultant for our sister brand ITC Sports Travel, enjoyed a special cruise aboard the yacht for England’s cricket tour of the West Indies and was wowed by the experience: “My suite was amazing, the crew were attentive and fun, the inclusions were generous… I felt like royalty”.
A Luxury Hotel on the Water
The small number of luxury suites aboard the Crystal Esprit guarantees personalised service and an intimate experience – whether you’re travelling as a couple, with your family, or even opt to charter the entire yacht with a group of friends to celebrate a special occasion. An ambience of laidback luxury pervades the entire yacht, so you’re guaranteed a relaxing experience throughout your cruise. Crew members are chosen from the wider staff of Crystal Cruises, known as the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™, as well as other top-class hotels and venues worldwide.
The 31 suites on board are beautifully appointed – think comfortable king-size beds laden with cushions, cleverly concealed 42” HD televisions and spacious bathrooms equipped with rain showers and designer ETRO amenities. Unpacking and packing are available on request as part of Crystal Esprit’s butler service, through which guests can also order in-suite room service for cosy nights in. Other outstanding offerings include twice-daily housekeeping, evening turndown and a complimentary pressing service.
The Pantry is open 24 hours a day for snacks and a selection of drinks, while Sunset Grill is the perfect venue for a lunchtime treat. Patio Café specialises in charcuterie, cheeses and small plates, and also features a juice bar. For breakfast, don’t miss the Terrace’s fresh pastries and artisan coffee – breakfasting al fresco with ocean views is the ultimate way to start the day. Yacht Club Restaurant’s six-star cuisine is unforgettable; tasting menus and a selection of classics are locally-inspired. Unlimited access to over a dozen carefully chosen vintage wines and a range of other beverages is the perfect way to toast each day – perhaps enjoying golden hour at Sunset Bar.
As well as a variety of shore excursions and land-based adventures during your voyage, the Crystal Esprit offers its guests a variety of activities and facilities that make for an unrivalled at sea experience. Keep up with your fitness routine at the Sunset Gym, equipped with Technogym equipment and a space for al fresco yoga; to unwind afterwards, why not head to the spa for a soothing treatment? For a laidback afternoon we love the Cove area; lined with windows for enjoying the ever-changing view, this is the perfect spot for relaxing and discussing the day’s adventures. The Cove Lounge is the place for watching movies and sporting events, and also hosts nightly musical entertainment.
Watersports fans can head to the swimming platform or take to the water for snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or jet-skiing. A range of superb shore excursions are on offer, and you’ll be joined on board by a knowledgeable expert Destination Leader, who can also help design personalised adventures in each port of call. For a really special experience hop on the two-passenger submersible which is particularly fantastic on cruises through the Seychelles for spotting incredible wildlife; it comes with a driver and it’s the only thing that’s a chargeable addition to your voyage.
Explore the World
The Crystal Esprit journeys to exciting, beautiful and captivating ports of call across the globe. You might board for a journey to the Caribbean, or perhaps a Middle East adventure in Dubai. The yacht also sails to special events, such as to the Mediterranean for the Monaco Grand Prix – undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Formula One calendar. Another popular Crystal Esprit destination is the Dalmatian Coast, for which early booking is highly recommended.
Get in touch with our Cruise Travel Specialists for a personalised holiday designed around a Crystal Esprit voyage.