We wanted to try cruising on a small yacht and were very much looking forward to the water sports, such as swimming, and snorkeling, that Crystal advertised as being part of the Esprit experience. The ads showed how such activities could be accessed at the rear of the shop. To our dismay none of these activities were available and though Crystal had known about this for many months, passengers were not informed. So, our first problem is with the ethics of the way Crystal handled the water sports.
The yacht is small and while the food and service were good, there is very little to do on the ship: no lectures on the interesting ports----Abu Dabi, Doha, Muscat---no areas to walk, no hot tubs, no entertainment, beyond a pianist. The cabins were spacious enough, but no balconies or bath tubs. The excursions were good and interesting, but not superior to those offered by other lines.
Overall, the cost of the Crystal cruise was significantly higher than other lines and we did not see the benefits. Also I was really dismayed by Crystal's business practices.
The cabins are spacious enough and have 2 large windows, but no balconies and no bath tubs.
No excursions were available for this port, but it is a very interesting city and well worth visiting.
A very scenic stop, with beautiful waterways similar to fjords. The dhow tours were very good and others who took jeep tours into the mountains also enjoyed their excursions.
A stunning city with an impressive skyline and eye catching architecture. The dress code for women is restrictive---no bathing suits on public beaches.
The beach here is fine and we went swimming. But the place has a "safari" which is strange. Animals are brought from all over the world, even if the habitat is totally unsuited to them. We watched the poor reindeer from colder climates struggling witht he heat.