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Crystal Esprit Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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25 Reviews

False advertising

Crystal Esprit Cruise Review by Aunti B

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2019
  • Destination: the Middle East
  • Cabin Type: Yacht Suite

The only reason I agreed to go on this cruise was for the water activities!

We expected similarities to the Sea Cloud and the Windstar - NOT! We learned at check-in that “the Water Activities are not offered on this trip."

The week before the trip I asked a rep at Crystal what I needed to bring for the Water Activities, and she said " just your water shoes.” We were sent a “Water Sports Participation Release” to sign & return

We received our confirmation papers in October, 2 months after promised. We received a letter confirming our departure from Dubrovnik, though we were leaving from Dubai. I could go on with Crystal mishaps, both before the trip and and on-board, but you get the idea!

Poor organization. Poorly planned shore excursions( missing the area highlights.) Unapologetic Activities Director & Assistant.

The rest of the staff was excellent. The pianist/musician was great, but, they needed someone to give information about where we were, and what we were looking at. We had none of that. The ship was clean and the cabin spacious. There were not enough seats in the only sunny area for the number of passengers who wanted sun! The floor plan could be updated.

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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

Bussing around seeing the city. Ezan was a good guide & we got some information about the city.

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We went on the Fjords Dhow Cruise, for the snorkeling, but the dhow captain decided not to stop for the snorkeling.


Nothing offered. We did our own tour before embarking.


A good tour through the city.On our own, we went to the Mus.of Islamic Art. Although the ship's shuttle bus went by there on its way to the mall, they didn't bother to make it an official stop (easy pul-off on road,) so we were told to take a taxi.

Sir Bani Yas Island

The "Mountain Biking" went all of 1 1/2 miles to a small archeology site - NOT to see the animals. We were not told in advance it really wasn't a mountain bike adventure, & that we would not be going to the wildlife park! The hikers went there, and walked more distance than we biked, & they got to see the wild animals. Furious about that!

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