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7 Night Mediterranean Cruise from Venice

7 Night Mediterranean Cruise from Venice

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Venice
  • Day 2
    Rovinj
  • Day 3
    Sibenik
  • Day 4
    Trogir
  • Day 5
    Vis
  • Day 6
    Hvar
  • Day 7
    Korcula
  • Day 8
    Dubrovnik

Crystal Esprit

Crystal Esprit - Crystal Cruises

Pros

Perfect combination of intensive onshore experiences and an elegant home base

Cons

Those sensitive to movement at sea will feel it when Esprit is not in sheltered waters

Bottom Line

One of the most luxurious soft adventure cruises in the industry


Cruise Reviews

I grasped an opportunity to cruise on the Crystal yacht, Crystal Esprit, on its rare Europe transitional itinerary between Malaga and Barcelona: I wanted to do this for a long time but this ship is normally in Seychelle or the Caribbean ... Read More
I grasped an opportunity to cruise on the Crystal yacht, Crystal Esprit, on its rare Europe transitional itinerary between Malaga and Barcelona: I wanted to do this for a long time but this ship is normally in Seychelle or the Caribbean during hot seasons for luxury sport-active cruises, which are not really my domain. I cruised on Crystal since the Crystal Harmony time and I wanted to see what is its new yachting experience. The answer is simple: the highest degree of pampering and service attention. The ship carries a maximum of some 60 passengers and on this trip we are 47, served by a staff complement higher in number. Yet it is actually quite full: I noted that only one cabin is not sold as many took single occupancy. With this statistics in mind, and with the apparent desire of Crystal to make a service standard even higher than on a big ship, the result is evident. Very soon everyone of the staff knows every passenger and his needs. My greatest surprise is that barely on boarding my chamber steward knows that I prefer not to have the bed made up for daytime: this information was acquired simply because I am a member and a fairly frequent visitor to Crystal Serenity. As if to go beyond even the big sister ships, all transfers are inclusive in private cars. In every port there are not only shuttle buses but also excursion tours free. Incredibly, even if only 30 people join, they do not use a bus, but 3 minibuses, each with a ship escort and a local guide. And I note that in Valencia there are also an ontime free shuttle bus scheduled to centre of town. The tours are normally within a 4-hour duration so that after a morning trip one still have a half-day to oneself, after lunch on the ship. The food served on the ship is of the highest standard beyond other so-called luxury boutique ships, in that every meal is a deliberate creation. It seems that the chef has full control of the kitchen, creating new dishes with fresh local ingredients as he wishes, not a corporate designed menu, as on most ships. And for this a good chef is needed, and here they have an excellent English chef that can really present Michelin-star standrad meals, with really complicated preparation and yet tasty (have to say that many good-looking Michelin meals on land taste from strange to bad). Crystal Esprit and SeaDream, another yacht operator, represents the highest cooking standard at sea in my mind. Here they use expensive ingredients, lobster, Wangu beef, truffles, and caviar was served in the bar. The service is almost perfect. The Hotel Director, Manfred, told me that he was Hotel Director of Europa 2 and have run Seabourn ships for a long time, and everything seems to have his attention. As itt is a yacht passengers do not expect evening entertainment, rather than after a slow exquisite meal with comlimentary drinks before, during, and after it. What is lacking is probably a lift for passengers that precludes passengers with mobility problems. The water-sport facilities are of course a great plus, if you use them in season and in the right waters. But in the end it is the utmost degree of pampering that may lure you to return. And of course Crystal is building two purpose-designed new yachts to be debuted soon. Crystal Esprit, as well as SeaDream, represents an entirely different cruise expereince. Yes you have to pay for it, but it is worthy of the money for what you get. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We were intrigued with a smaller yacht, and familiar with Crystal’s reputation. Immediately upon arriving at the port we knew we would have excellent service. We were immediately greeted, luggage taken, checked in our passports then ... Read More
We were intrigued with a smaller yacht, and familiar with Crystal’s reputation. Immediately upon arriving at the port we knew we would have excellent service. We were immediately greeted, luggage taken, checked in our passports then escorted aboard the yacht. Upon boarding greeted, given champagne and taken right to our suite. In the suite the checkin process was completed. Butler (Nathaniel) was right there to familiarize us with the suite and service. Then Gee and Bel our suite stewardesses arrived to explain what they do for us. As they said, primarily pamper! Everyone was attentive, friendly, and helpful! And I mean everyone, didn’t matter if server, reception, engineering, steward. Food was good but limited in the selections especially at dinner. Probably because of size of yacht, only 62 guests. Destination staff communication was off. What they told us vs daily activity sheet. Never made it to port at the designated (daily sheet) time. We decided to dive 2 days on our own and in Saba couldn’t get off in time to meet the dive operator. Variety of issues, weather, tender vs zodiacs... Our suite was very comfortable. Loved the double sinks in the bathroom and shower was a good size. It was nice that in a couple ports we could SUP, or jet ski (weather permitting). Marina staff was super! We will think twice before going to the Caribbean in November. Lots of wind and rain. All in all a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We departed from Dubrovnik on September 23, 2018 setting sail for Venice. Our intended flight schedule was intended to take us from San Antonio, Texas to Dallas to an overnight in Madrid and then on to Dubrovnik on the day of sailing. All ... Read More
We departed from Dubrovnik on September 23, 2018 setting sail for Venice. Our intended flight schedule was intended to take us from San Antonio, Texas to Dallas to an overnight in Madrid and then on to Dubrovnik on the day of sailing. All of our luggage took different routes including stops in London, Vienna, Zurich, Frankfurt, Zagreb and finally to Zadar, Croatia. We were exhausted from trying to reunite with our luggage upon boarding the Esprit. The staff on board insisted on turning the task at hand over to them and to their network of Port Agents. They worked tirelessly to find our luggage and finally on Wednesday evening, after leaving Dubrovnik on Sunday, we were reunited with our luggage. We wore the same clothes for five days with the staff refreshing our clothes every day. The vessel was full and all of our fellow passengers recognized us by our apparent non-changing wardrobe. On the next evening we were in proper attire and were noticed and recognized with abundant cheers from our fellow guests. The Crystal Esprit is a mere 82 meters in length. One must remember that at one time it was an individual's personal yacht. Before it entered the Crystal fleet it was totally gutted and converted to a luxury yacht for about sixty-one discerning guests. I need not say how absolutely wonderful the cruise was and how we were treated by the staff. From Johann the Hotel Director, Grace and Jaypee at the Reception Desk, Lauren, Joel and Milly who served us at the bars and in the dining venues and Gee and Kath who kept our suite in perfect order, everything was over the top. We went on a couple of shore excursions which were excellent. On some ports we chose to walk around on our own where we did a bit of shopping and had a "local" lunch. The shopping was fun and interesting but we spent three days in the wonderful city of Venice which is a shopping mecca at the end of the cruise. Although we have several favorite restaurants in Venice, the dining aboard the Esprit outshined a couple of them. The dining experience ranks with some of the finist restaurants around the world. The presentation was unmatched. Adam, the Executive Chef, was incredibly creative. One day, he went ashore to round up some black and white truffles. We had homemade pasta with truffles as well as truffle omelettes for breakfast. Of course, we were lucky that it was truffle season in Europe. All included wines were great but we supplemented them with optional Caymus Cabernet. Cocktails were all hand crafted with premium liquors. The evening entertainment was lovely with relaxing music offered by Craig at the piano and, at times, with the Captain on his guitar. Water activities included jet-ski rides and two-person excursions on Crystal's own submarine on board (extra charge for that experience) The water was a bit too cold for me. We are well-traveled and my wife and I agree that the Crystal Esprit ranks at the top of our travel experiences. We are sailing on the Crystal Serenity out of LA in December and then it's back with our Esprit family in February in the Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
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