Looking for a new way to cruise in luxury, with fewer people and visiting more remote destinations? You’ll want to know that Crystal Yacht Cruises is set to begin taking bookings Sept. 1 for its ultra-luxury Crystal Espirit yacht, which is being refurbished and will sail its maiden voyage in December.
The 62-guest, all-suite yacht will feature posh, high-end finishes and modern technology, and is outfitted with some unique features, like a two-passenger submarine, four 10-passenger zodiacs for special excursions and a 12-passenger Wider 32-foot super yacht tender for special boating adventures.
Parent company Crystal Cruises, which operates the two luxury ocean-going ships Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, this week unveiled the yacht’s complete itineraries and fares for 2016 through the beginning of 2018. The new routes mark Crystal’s first offering of immersive itineraries focused in warm waters and reaching remote and coveted locales not easily reached by larger cruise ships.
On seven-day itineraries that reposition seasonally, Crystal Esprit will take guests to destinations like the Seychelles, Adriatic Coast, Oman, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai. The yacht’s first guests will sail Dec. 23 on a route roundtrip from Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles, with visits to neighboring islands. The yacht’s maiden voyage offers an inclusive post- and pre- cruise New Year’s Eve Extravaganza in Dubai, complete with three- or four-night accommodations at the Dubai Taj Hotel and a fireworks display.
In 2016 through the beginning of 2018, travelers can visit:
Indian Ocean (January-March) – Sailing roundtrip from Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles, with optional two- and four-night inclusive Dubai Land Package;
Cosmopolitan Emirates (December) – Sailing roundtrip from Dubai, calling on such ports as Muscat and Khasab, Oman; Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island, UAE; and Doha, Qatar;
Holy Land (March/April/November) – Sailing from Limassol, Cyprus and Aqaba, Jordan, calling in Haifa, Eilat and Ashdod, Israel;
Mediterranean (April-November) – Sailing various routes from Venice, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Athens, Greece, calling in charming Croatian spots along the Dalmatian Coast and picturesque Greek Isles.
“One of the most compelling and thrilling new elements that Crystal Esprit offers our guests is itineraries filled with destinations they’ve not been able to visit on a large cruise ship before,” says Crystal President & CEO Edie Rodriguez. “The Crystal yachting experience will take our travelers to locales with the same spectacular beauty and culture, but a more intimate atmosphere.”
Most of Crystal Esprit’s seven-day itineraries have been specifically developed and deployed to allow travelers to combine two voyages into longer 14-day vacations. Crystal Esprit voyages begin at $3,920 per person.