The magnificent mega-yacht, which has capacity for just 62 guests, will be visiting exclusive ports of call in the Mediterranean, Arabian Peninsula, Seychelles and the Holy Land
Crystal Cruises has revealed the brand new itineraries for its magnificent mega-yacht, Crystal Esprit, and they’re the best yet. From the deep blue Aegean Sea to the stunning Indian Ocean, these are adventures that your clients are unlikely to forget in a hurry.
The all-suite ship, which has capacity for just 62 guests, boasts the highest guest satisfaction levels across Crystal’s entire fleet – which itself is the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line. The ship offers unparalleled levels of luxury and service – there are 90 staff on board to cater for guests’ every need – not to mention water skis, wake and paddle boards, kayaks, jet skis and snorkel gear. Those who want to see something completely different can board Esprit’s submersible, for an additional charge, and explore the ocean floor.
The 55 new itineraries cover Esprit’s 2022 and early 2023 seasons. Starting in Europe with cruises in beautiful Mediterranean destinations such as Greece, Italy and Croatia, Esprit will return to the Mediterranean Riviera for the first time in three years. The ship will then sail east for the winter, cruising the Arabian Peninsula, Seychelles and the Holy Land.
“Travellers continue to rave about their experiences aboard the award-winning Crystal Esprit and for good reason, as she takes them on journeys to both iconic and idyllic destinations, as well as those less visited by larger ships that offer more off-the-beaten-path adventure,” said Mark Spillane, Crystal Yacht Cruises’ director of sales and marketing. “We are thrilled to unveil the 2022 and early 2023 itineraries, as it speaks directly to what travellers have expressed they want most. We will continue to listen to our guests and offer them the kind of superlative luxury journeys they expect from Crystal.”
These journeys are once-in-a-lifetime adventures. In the Arabian Gulf, passengers will get the chance to embark on experiences like visiting the new Louvre in Abu Dhabi City or going on a nature hike on Sir Bani Yas Island. Other ports of call include Manama, Bahrain; Doha, Qatar; and Khasab, Oman – these are destinations that other, bigger ships will often not call at, giving your clients a better experience of the region.
If further proof was needed of Crystal’s luxury credentials, the company took home three Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards at this year’s ceremony. The triple win saw Crystal win best medium ship cruise line, best small ship cruise line and best river cruise line – every award that the company was eligible for. It’s the 26th year that Crystal has been recognised at the event, one of the most celebrated in the industry.
The awards are particularly meaningful as they recognise each part of Crystal’s business – ocean, yacht and river. Crystal Symphony and Serenity, the line’s ocean-going ships, have undergone extensive renovations within the last few years and have emerged better than ever. New penthouses mean more butler accommodation while rejuvenated restaurants mean that guests eat in beautiful surroundings, akin to Michelin-style restaurants on land.
“We are honoured and humbled by this recognition and thrilled that our mission of delivering the world’s best holiday experiences is being fulfilled,” said Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber. “Accolades such as these, which are voted on by travellers themselves, are a testament that we have truly connected with our guests in the most meaningful ways.
“This is the central tenet of everything we do at Crystal, as we strive to create memorable luxury travel experiences that speak to the individual wishes of our guests,” Wolber added. “Though each Crystal Experience has its own distinct character and highlights, what remains steadfast is our commitment to providing our guests with an unwavering standard of excellence.”