(10:35 a.m. EDT) -- Due to passenger demand, Crystal Esprit will return to Europe from May to October 2018, and again for summer 2019, rather than remain year-round in the Caribbean as previously announced. The 62-passenger yacht is spending November through April 2017 in the West Indies, and will return to the islands in the fall of 2018 and 2019.
Crystal Esprit's 2018 summer cruises will alternate weeklong sailings between Venice and Dubrovnik, with the majority of port calls in Croatia. The yacht will also visit ports in Slovenia, Montenegro and Italy.
In 2019, Esprit will change things up with six-, seven- and eight-night cruises to the Western Mediterranean (focusing on marquee and smaller ports in Spain, France, Monaco and Italy) followed by Greek Isles itineraries.
"Following the great success of Crystal Esprit's 2016 and 2017 seasons in Europe, we are seeing tremendous enthusiasm and demand from guests to return to the region during the summer. The Adriatic is the quintessential summertime playground and is perfectly suited for the luxury yachting lifestyle that Crystal Esprit offers," said Edie Rodriguez, Crystal CEO and president, in a statement. "The itineraries set for the next two years beautifully blend some of the region's most famous locales with less visited and secluded spots."
Passengers who had bookings on now-canceled summer Caribbean cruises on Esprit will receive a 100 percent refund and $250 per person in onboard credit if they rebook on any 2018 or 2019 West Indies or Adriatic sailing at current rates.
--By Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor