18 Aug 2015

Crystal Yacht Cruises gearing up for maiden voyage of Crystal Esprit

Promising an unforgettable, upscale adventure at sea, Crystal Cruises’ recently introduced travel experience, Crystal Yacht Cruises, is gearing up for the maiden voyage of Crystal Esprit this winter.

Connoisseurs of luxury are invited to revel in exciting itineraries, boasting numerous thrilling Crystal Adventures ashore, some of which are offered on a complimentary basis.  

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 opulent Dubai Taj Hotel - all of this complemented by a stunning fireworks display.

Charmingly outfitted for adventure, the vessel will be calling at ports never before visited by Crystal’s acclaimed ocean ships. The elite will revel in adventures on the beaches, mountains, waters and skies of each locale, expertly designed with yacht travellers in mind.

Commenting on the Crystal Esprit experience was Edie Rodriguez, president and CEO, Crystal Cruises: “Yacht travellers expect all of the fine nuances that make a Crystal vacation extraordinary, but with a more intimate, personalised feel. The Crystal Adventures offered with Crystal Esprit’s voyages will satisfy – and surpass – this expectation, with most options available only with Crystal Yacht Cruises.”

With itineraries spanning the Indian Ocean/Seychelles, Mediterranean/Adriatic Coast, Holy Land and Middle East/Persian Gulf, Crystal Esprit will offer shore-side options to suit each and every interest.

Among the options are:

Deep-sea fishing off the coast of Desroches, Seychelles, for the chance to make an exotic catch of Barracuda, Wahoo, Dogtooth and Yellowfin tuna and Giant and Bluefin Trevally

One-tank scuba dive in St. Anne Island, Seychelles, geared toward certified divers, who can immerse themselves in the underwater world of shipwrecks, giant rock formations and spectacular sea life

Rafting down the Krupa and Zrmanja Rivers in Zadar, Croatia, two of the most beautiful waterways in Europe, then picnicking in Muskovac

Quad adventures on the rugged trails of Cyprus, taking adventurers to secluded spots most visitors don’t even know exist, with views of waterfalls and swimming at the Baths of Adonis

Trek to Delphi at Mount Parnassus in Itea, Greece, the imposing and sacred site once thought to be the centre of the earth.

Each Crystal Esprit itinerary will also grant at least one complimentary excursion in every port, including hiking and rafting the Acheron River in Parga, Greece; ziplining through the dense forest in Ephelia (from Mahé, Seychelles); and exploring the medieval city of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia (from Piran).  

“In-transit” excursions allow guests to combine itineraries to fully make the most of their time in embarkation/disembarkation ports between voyages.

In celebration of the launch of the luxurious Crystal Esprit, Crystal Cruises is offering two inclusive land programmes for guests wishing to extend their vacation and even ring in the New Year with the cruise specialist: the Seychelles’ Inclusive Dubai Program, a two-night, pre-cruise experience inclusive with every Seychelles voyage, giving guests the opportunity to explore the wonders of Dubai; and New Year’s Eve Dubai Extravaganza, a three- or four- night programme offered to guests who sail on one of the first two Crystal Esprit sailings, which includes an uninterrupted view of the magical Burj Khalifa New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, where the world’s tallest building lights up in a dazzling presentation of light and pyrotechnics. (Offered 3-nights post-cruise on the yacht’s December 23, 2015 maiden voyage, and 4-nights pre-cruise on the inaugural 2016 voyage.)