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Crystal Esprit Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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25 Reviews

Excellent Service

Crystal Esprit Cruise Review by keckley

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2018
  • Destination: the Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Yacht Suite

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!


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Cabin S2 211

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Saba

Heard great diving but as mentioned above couldn’t get off boat in time to meet the dive operator. Did take a tour of island, not much to it.

St. Barts

Another tiny town with limited shopping but very high end. Be sure to check what time is their siesta. We got off while shops were closed.

Rainforest Tour

Actually not terrible because it did not operate due to being rained out and concerned the hiking trail would be too slippery.

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St. Martin is still trying to rebuild from Irma. Especially the Dutch side. Before the cruise we stayed at Divi Little Bay Resort which was okay but still needs a lot of work and better training of staff. Upon disembarkation we were able to take a little drive to a well known local artists studio. Nice to hear about her history and “coming back” after Irma. Would have been good to hear more about the local lore of the island.

Also all of us on the tour didn’t fly out till after 3pm and knowing that the airport was is such bad shape a longer tour would have been appreciated. The airport was warm and very crowded.

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