Five Things to Know About Crystal Cruises' Esprit Cruise Ship
Best for: High-end cruisers who want to explore less-traveled ports, all while enjoying above-and-beyond service and excellent cuisine
Sails: The Caribbean, the Mediterranean, The Seychelles
At a Glance: In 2015, Crystal added this sleek 62-passenger yacht to its luxury ocean fleet. The ship makes good use of its smaller size by anchoring at tiny isles where megaships can’t travel.
Every Cabin Is a Suite
Sailing on the Crystal Esprit is like vacationing in a floating resort. Each of the 31 suites feels utterly modern, with a chic grey-black-and-white color palette and tufted leather headboards. They all come with plenty of perks, too, from butler service to Etro bath products to an iPad, where you can check out the day’s activities and make reservations. Almost all cabins are a spacious 280 square feet with the exception of two smaller 225-square-feet suites and the 515-square-foot Owner’s Suite, which has stone flooring in the dining room, an integrated TV in the bathroom’s mirror, and a 60-inch flat screen presiding over the living room.
There Are Plenty of Dining Options
This may be a small ship, but Crystal Esprit hardly lacks for meal options. For a casual breakfast or lunch, you might head to the Patio Café. (The outdoor tables are the place to be on a beautiful day.) Or starting at noon, you can grab a burger or a salad at the grill on the Sunset deck. In the evenings, guests gather in the stylish Yacht Club dining room for inventive dishes like pan-fried local barramundi with ginger-carrot mousseline and caramelized apple and cider pearl, and Seychelles chicken curry with local water spinach and almond basmati rice. Feel like staying in? Room service is available 24/7.
It’s Destination Focused
While onboard enrichment is a hallmark of Crystal’s larger ocean ships, the Esprit focuses on off-ship experiences. You’ll find complimentary excursions offered at every port: in the Seychelles, for example, you might seek out Malagasy turtle doves and Aldabra giant tortoises on Cousine Island one day and hit the famous sands of Anse Lazio the next. And if you don’t mind paying extra, you can go golfing, diving, or exploring by helicopter, as well.
The Water Sports Are Stellar
Crystal Esprit makes it easy to spend as much time in (or under) the water as you’d like. There’s a marine platform at the aft of the ship, where you can take off on a jet ski, kayak, or paddleboard. And if you’re looking for a wilder ride, there’s also a three-person submersible, so you can explore the deep without having to strap on a tank.
It’s Easy to Do Good
As part of Crystal’s “You Care, We Care” program, passengers can sign up for a complimentary volunteerism excursion. In the Mediterranean, that might mean helping out at a children’s community center in Napoli, Greece, while in the Seychelles, you might be planting trees as part of Curieuse Island’s reforestation program—in between communing with Aldabra giant tortoises and sunning yourself on Anse Josee Beach, of course.