Crystal Esprit

Crystal Esprit Review and Specifications

Specifications of Crystal Esprit

Year built1991  /  Age : 27
Flag state Panama
BuilderFlender-Werft AG (Lubeck, Germany)
ClassMega Yacht
Owner(GHK) Genting Hong Kong Ltd
OperatorCrystal Yacht Cruises
Speed16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA)85 m / 279 ft
Beam (width)14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage3341 gt
Passengers62 - 71
Crew91
Passengers-to-space ratio47
Decks5
Cabins31
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2015
Former namesLady Diana, Aurora I, MegaStar Taurus
Christened byLady Gaenor Anne Meakes

Current itinerary of Crystal Esprit

Crystal Esprit current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik. Prices start from USD 8260 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 16 Sep, 2018 and ends on 23 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
16 Sep      Departing from Venice, Italy   
17 Sep 08:00 - 22:00     Rovinj, Croatia   
18 Sep 13:00 - 22:00     Sibenik, Croatia   
19 Sep 08:00 - 22:00     Trogir, Croatia   
20 Sep 08:00 - 19:00     Vis Island, Croatia   
21 Sep 08:00 - 23:00     Hvar Island, Hvar, Croatia   
22 Sep 08:00 - 22:00     Korcula Island, Korcula, Croatia   
23 Sep      Arriving in Dubrovnik, Croatia   

Review of Crystal Esprit

Launched in 1991, Crystal Esprit cruise ship (formerly MegaStar Taurus) is one of Crystal Yacht Cruises vessels - with fleetmate Crystal Endeavor (2020). Both mega-yachts are owned by GHK (Genting Hong Kong).

History - construction and ownership

One of the top-luxury passenger shipping companies, Crystal Cruises operates both ocean and river cruises on premium liners and newbuild riverboats with all inclusive travel package deals. Company's ships are top-ranked in numerous categories, offer intimate cruising experience, 5-star hotel amenities, superior service. The company was founded in 1988 as subsidiary of the Japanese NYK Line (Nippon Yusen Kaisha) – one of the world's largest container shipping companies. In 2015, NYK Line sold Crystal Cruises to Genting Hong Kong (GHK). Following the acquisition, the company was renamed to Crystal Ltd. It currently includes the brands Crystal Cruises (ocean-going ships), Crystal River Cruises (European riverboats), Crystal Yacht Cruises (mega-yachts), Crystal Luxury Air (aircraft) and Crystal AirCruises (fly-cruise deals).

Crystal Esprit yacht cruise ship

The 3,341-ton, 75-passenger cruise ship Crystal Esprit was launched by Crystal Yacht Cruises (division of Crystal Cruises) in the Seychelles on December 20, 2015. Boats' inauguration marked a milestone for the company, expanding from its longtime fleet of two ocean-going vessels into the premium yachting and river cruising markets in 2016.

The christening ceremony took place at Eden Island Marina in Victoria (Mahe Island). It was attended by travel partners, local dignitaries, and executives from the new parent company of Crystal, Genting Hong Kong (GHK).

Crystal Esprit yacht cruise ship

The cruise yacht features one 2-person submarine, four 10-passenger zodiacs and a 32-passenger yacht tender. Esprit has 3 dining venues, 3 bars and lounges, 1 swimming pool and 2 jacuzzies. The aft marina platform is used for various water sports with complimentary equipment - water and jet skis, wakeboards, sea kayaks, snorkeling and scuba gear. Complimentary bicycles are also provided on all shore excursions.

The submarine's 30-min ride costs USD 600 per person.

Cruise itinerary program

The Crystal Cruises Esprit yacht features a shallow draft and offers exclusive visits to the smallest ports and islands of the world that are inaccessible for larger cruise ships. The maiden voyage of Esprit is a 7-night cruise around the Seychelles islands. It is followed by a 2-night land program in Dubai, just in time for the New Year's Eve. The inaugural season of Crystal Esprit will feature itineraries in Holy Land and Middle East, Mediterranean and Adriatic Coast, Seychelles and Indian Ocean. Complimentary adventure tours are available in ports of call, as well as more boutique, extra-fee excursions.

However, in the end of February 2016, due to "technical upgrades" Crystal Cruises canceled the following inaugural itineraries:

  • March 26-April 3 from Aqaba to Limassol, Cyprus;
  • April 3-April 10 from Limassol to Athens/Piraeus, Greece;
  • April 10-April 17 from Athens/Piraeus to Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • Crystal Esprit's program from April 17 (7-day Dubrovnik to Venice) onward continued as scheduled.

In November 2016, Crystal Cruises announced yacht's redeployment to Caribbean (November 2017) for roundtrips leaving every Sunday from Marigot Bay (Saint Martin Island), on 2 alternating 7-day itineraries. The first itinerary visited St Barthelemy and 4 BVI ports. The second itinerary was to the islands Anguilla, Saba, Nevis, St Barthelemy and St Martin.

In October-December 2019, the yacht was deployed in Red Sea to operate on 7-11-day itineraries (combinable into B2Bs / back-to-back cruises). The Red Sea cruise program fetured overnights in UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) and visits to Sir Bani Yas Island, Mina Salman (Bahrain), Doha (Qatar), Sokhna (Egypt / Giza pyramids tour), Eilat (Israel), Muscat (Oman).

Crystal Esprit cruise prices start from around USD 900 per person per day.

Cabins

All Crystal Esprit cabins are outside-view, categorized as suites. The yacht does not have any Balcony rooms. Even the biggest and most luxurious accommodation, the Owner's Suite (515 ft2), lacks a private veranda. This little ship offers six connecting rooms and does not have wheelchair accessible cabins. There are a total of 31 staterooms in 5 categories.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Crystal Esprit offers multiple dining venues: main dining room restaurant (multicourse dinners), outdoor cafe (casual al fresco lunches), self-serve snack spot (for midnight snacks), grill, 24-hour room service.

Follows the complete list of Crystal Esprit restaurants and food bars.

  • The Pantry (buffet restaurant / midnight snack bar) is open 24 hours and operates as self-service bistro. It offers specialty teas and coffees, wine bar, light light snacks and pastries.
  • Compass Room (wine bar; specialty dining venue, reservation-only)
  • Yacht Club Restaurant (Main Dining Room) offers waiter-served Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with contemporary and traditional gourmet specialties. Food is prepared with locally sourced freshest ingredients.
  • Patio Cafe (Yacht Club’s outdoor extension / alternative alfresco restaurant) features light food menu choices and offers waiter-served Breakfast and Lunch.
  • Both (Yacht Club Restaurant and Patio Cafe) offer made-to-order food (waffles, pancakes, omelets, sandwitches).
  • Health Bar offers fresh-made fruit and vegetable juices, healthy lunch options (pastas, risottos, seafood, meat, made-to-order antipasti, raw and salad bar, a la carte menu with local (cruise itinerary / destination) based dishes.
  • Sunset Bar & Grill (casual outdoor fast-food bar) offers wraps, burgers, locally inspired street food.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The all-suite yacht offers a couple of bars, an aft marina with complimentary jet skis, kayaks, fishing and snorkeling equipment. Bicycles are available for guest use in port. Crystal Esprit also carries a small submarine for 30-minute rides to 2 passengers at a time for USD 600 per person.

Follows the complete list of Crystal Esprit lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Submersible marina platform (this one is used for water sports activities; the aquatic equipment/complimentary provided “water toys” include sea kayaks, water skis, jet skis, a wakeboard, scuba & snorkeling gear, fishing rods; two Zodiacs/inflatable boats/10-passenger capacity each, are used for ship-to-shore transportation and on adventure tours; a 3-seat submarine is available for underwater exploration; additionally, the Esprit has a 12-passenger 32-foot yacht tender for special boating expeditions and also provides complimentary bicycles to use ashore)
  • Crystal Spa & Salon (medi-spa services)
  • Doctor (all massage treatments/medical consultations are performed by licensed doctors; Crystal Cruises passengers can attend complimentary enrichment seminars)
  • Casino (with 3 gambling tables for blackjack)
  • yacht tender (12-passenger)
  • Cove (Main Lounge/entertainment venue, served by ship's Cove Bar)
  • Sunset Pool (swimming pool); two large-size jacuzzies; sundeck (sunbathing area)
  • Sunset Gym (Fitness Room; treadmill, exercise bike, Kinesis machines, elliptical machines, free weights, yoga mats)
  • Crystal Adventures shore program features a variety of cultural, sporting and exploration activities: themed photography, health and meditation, beauty and wellness, drone flying).

Crystal Esprit wiki

  • Crystal Esprit cruise ship is the newest of the line's all-inclusive luxury vessels, joining in 2015 the larger ships Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony.
  • Crystal Yacht Cruises (a new brand line) will debut with the yacht Esprit on December 23, 2015. This all-suite ship is also equipped with four 10-passenger zodiacs, one 2-passenger submarine, one 32-guest yacht tender. The exotic around the world cruise itineraries of this top-luxury big yacht include Mediterranean (French and Italian rivieras, Adriatic Sea, Greek Isles) and Asia (Seychelles, Arabian Gulf). Its all-inclusive fares for a 4-day voyage start from US$2,690 per person, or ~US$600 PP per day.
  • The vessel's godmother is Lady Gaenor Anne Meakes - at the time fiancee of Mark Richards (8-time champion skipper of the Sydney-to-Hobart 628-mile yacht race). The christening ceremony was held on December 20, 2015, at Eden Island Marina in Victoria (Mahe Island, Seychelles). The ship was christened by breaking a 2004 Louis Roederer, Cristal Brut wine bottle into the hull. The specila event also featured a fireworks show.
  • The yacht's maiden voyage (Dec 23-30) was a 7-night Seychelles Islands cruise from Victoria (Mahe) ending in Dubai UAE. Inaugural cruise prices started from USD 3240 per person (booked by October 31, 2015). During its inaugural season, the Esprit yacht sailed in Europe (Mediterranean), and Indian Ocean (Seychelles). Complimentary tours are available in all ports of call along the itineraries. At extra cost are offered more boutique excursions ashore.

Itineraries 2016 changes

Due to planned refurbishment that took longer than expected, the following Crystal Esprit itineraries in the Mediterranean were officially cancelled:

  • (March 27 - April 2) 6-days Aqaba to Limassol, visiting Suez Canal, Ashdod, Haifa, Larnaca
  • (March 27 - April 10) 14-days Aqaba to Athens, visiting Suez Canal, Ashdod, Haifa, Larnaca, Limassol, Paphos, Kas, Marmaris, Rhodes, Kos, Paros
  • (April 3 - April 10) 7-days Limassol to Athens, visiting Paphos, Kas, Marmaris, Rhodes, Kos, Paros
  • (April 3 - April 17) 14-days Limassol to Dubrovnik Croatia, visiting Paphos, Kas, Marmaris, Rhodes, Kos, Paros, Athens/Piraeus, Nafplion, Hydra, Itea, Parga, Corfu, Kotor
  • (April 10 - April 17) 7-days Athens to Dubrovnik Croatia, visiting Nafplion, Hydra, Itea, Parga, Corfu, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Kotor
  • (April 10 - April 23) 13-days Athens to Venice, visiting Nafplion, Hydra, Itea, Parga, Corfu, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Split, Zadar, Opatija, Piran
  • (April 17 - April 23) 6-days Dubrovnik to Venice, visiting Kotor, Split, Zadar, Opatija, Piran
  • (April 17 - May 1) 14-days round-trip from Dubrovnik Croatia, visiting Kotor, Split, Zadar, Opatija, Piran, Venice, Rovinj, Sibenik, Trogir, Vis, Hvar, Korcula

The yacht's itinerary program continued as scheduled from April 24, 2016 (leaving from Venice Italy).

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    Crystal Esprit Itineraries

    The below listed Crystal Esprit cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Crystal Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

    DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
    2018 Jun 03 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik$8260
    2018 Jun 10 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice$8260
    2018 Jun 17 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik$8260
    2018 Jun 24 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice$8260
    2018 Jul 22 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice$8260
    2018 Jul 29 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik$8260
    2018 Aug 05 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice$8260
    2018 Aug 12 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik$8260
    2018 Aug 19 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice$8260
    2018 Aug 26 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik$8260
    2018 Sep 02 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice$8260
    2018 Sep 09 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik$8260
    2018 Sep 16 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice$8260
    2018 Sep 23 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik$7698
    2018 Sep 30 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice$7698
    2018 Nov 11 7 days, round-trip West Indies Explorer Marigot$5138
    2018 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip British Virgin Islands Escape Marigot$5138
    2018 Nov 25 7 days, round-trip West Indies Explorer Marigot$5138
    2018 Dec 02 7 days, round-trip British Virgin Islands Escape Marigot$5138
    2018 Dec 09 7 days, round-trip West Indies Explorer Marigot$5138
    2018 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip British Virgin Islands Escape Marigot$5138
    2018 Dec 23 11 days, round-trip Round Trip Marigot Bay Marigot Bay$9567
    2019 Jan 03 10 days, round-trip West Indies Explorer Marigot Bay$9392
    2019 Jan 13 7 days, round-trip British Virgin Islands Escape Marigot$8408
    2019 Jan 20 7 days, round-trip West Indies Explorer Marigot$8408
    2019 Jan 27 7 days, round-trip British Virgin Islands Escape Marigot$8408
    2019 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip West Indies Explorer Marigot$8408
    2019 Feb 10 7 days, round-trip British Virgin Islands Escape Marigot$8408
    2019 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip West Indies Explorer Marigot$8408
    2019 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip British Virgin Islands Escape Marigot$8408
    2019 Mar 03 7 days, round-trip West Indies Explorer Marigot$8408
    2019 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip British Virgin Islands Escape Marigot$8408
    2019 Mar 17 7 days, round-trip West Indies Explorer Marigot$8408
    2019 Mar 24 7 days, round-trip British Virgin Islands Escape Marigot$8408
    2019 Mar 31 7 days, round-trip West Indies Explorer Marigot$8408
    2019 Apr 07 7 days, round-trip British Virgin Islands Escape Marigot$8408
    2019 Apr 14 7 days, round-trip West Indies Explorer Marigot$8408
    2019 Apr 21 7 days, round-trip British Virgin Islands Escape Marigot$8408
    2019 May 12 7 days, one-way from Malaga to Barcelona Malaga$7256
    2019 May 19 6 days, one-way from Barcelona to Villefranche-sur-Mer Barcelona$6710
    2019 May 25 8 days, round-trip Yachting at the Monaco Grand Prix Villefranche-sur-Mer$11580
    2019 Jun 02 7 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Civitavecchia Villefranche-sur-Mer$8403
    2019 Jun 09 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Dubrovnik Civitavecchia$8403
    2019 Jun 16 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Piraeus Dubrovnik$8403
    2019 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip Secrets of the Cyclades Piraeus$8403
    2019 Jun 30 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Dubrovnik Piraeus$8403
    2019 Jul 07 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik$8403
    2019 Jul 14 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice$8403
    2019 Jul 21 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik$8403
    2019 Jul 28 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice$8403
    2019 Aug 04 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Piraeus Dubrovnik$8403
    2019 Aug 18 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Dubrovnik Piraeus$8403
    2019 Aug 25 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik$8403
    2019 Sep 01 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice$8403
    2019 Sep 08 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik$8403
    2019 Sep 15 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice$8403
    2019 Sep 22 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Piraeus Dubrovnik$7833
    2019 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Secrets of the Cyclades Piraeus$7833