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7 Night Mediterranean Cruise from Dubrovnik

7 Night Mediterranean Cruise from Dubrovnik

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  • Day 1
    Dubrovnik
  • Day 2
    Kotor
  • Day 3
    Split
  • Day 4
    Split
  • Day 4
    Zadar
  • Day 5
    Opatija
  • Day 6
    Athens (Piraeus)
  • Day 7
    Venice
  • Day 8
    Venice

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

Everyone should do this small ship experience at least once. Its absolutely lovely that everyone knows your name by day 2. We were a group of 6 that had an amazing experience. The cabins, the common areas, the extraordinary staff just to ... Read More
Everyone should do this small ship experience at least once. Its absolutely lovely that everyone knows your name by day 2. We were a group of 6 that had an amazing experience. The cabins, the common areas, the extraordinary staff just to name a few. The Sunset deck was where you could always find a drink, a sunrise or sunset, and someone to talk to. Great bar and wonderful grill. The Cove was always lovely just like sitting in someone's elegant living room for cocktails all nights. I cannot say enough about the staff who did whatever they could to make the entire trip perfect. One night there wasn't a table that would accommodate 6 of us at dinner. Yes, we lollygagged over cocktails too long. Like I said earlier, everyone knows one another so big groups all went together to dinner. No problem, we had a beautiful table set up on the terrace for just us. Blankets as the evening cooled off, and a beautiful intimate dinner for just our party. What a treat! Check out the warm toilet seat with ambient lighting and a self closing/opening lid off the dining room. It was a highlight for all of us! You must love food if you go on this ship. Adam Jenkins was a wonderful chef. Every plate a work of art. Foodies will be so happy each and every evening. I did think there should be alittle more variety in the wine choices. All was very good but it would have been nicer to have more of a variety of wine for the region. We get California wine at home, broaden our palate please! We did have a storm one night and it was pretty rock and roll on such a small ship. Very doable and made for some great sleeping being rocked to sleep. The next storm headed our way the Captain stayed in port and sailed after the storm passed. Wonderful friendly hands on Captain by the way, he made an effort to meet and speak with everyone on board. I will say if you have trouble walking and couldnt handle stairs this boat would be difficult to manage. The excursions were fairly good, always small, but the problem was we were at the end of the season and I dont think we had the best guides in the ports. On the other hand most of the time we were the only ship in port (other than Santarini) and that made the ports delightful in itself. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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
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