Carolyn Spencer Brown
Cruise Critic Chief Content Strategist
5.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

All cabins on Crystal Esprit are designated as suites, though the Owner's Suite is the ship's only true, two-room accommodation. None of the staterooms have balconies but all have big picture windows that let in plenty of light (and astutely positioned mirrors throughout ensure a light and airy feel to the cabins). Color schemes are cool neutrals and soft blues and browns. All cabins have butler service. Their chief tasks are delivering room service and restocking mini-bars; on a ship this size, there isn't all that much for them to do.

Standard suites come in four categories, all with a king-size bed (which can convert to twins) and crisp cotton sheets and duvet. There's a vanity/desk, with a lighted makeup mirror. The seating area's full-size couch can also sleep a third passenger.

Closet space is ample, and we love that two types of bathrobes, one a simple cotton and the other a heavier terrycloth, are provided. Closets also contain umbrellas, a personal safe and slippers. Mini-fridges are stocked with a bottle of wine, water and sodas, and butlers will happily tweak selections to guest preference. Each cabin has a Krups coffee maker (along with a nice selection of Nespresso pods).

Lighting is beautifully arranged, with a blend of table lamps and spotlights, all of which can be dimmed on demand. Every suite has a direct dial telephone and a flat-screen television that's loaded with movies and television shows, along with live broadcasts from news channels that include the UK's Sky and the United States' CNN. Among the fun tech toys is a Soundbar, a really great sound system for playing passengers' own music collections. All cabins come with their own iPads, loaded with services ranging from set-your-own-alarms to information on activities in port and onboard. Kudos to the cabin designer for making sure there are plenty of outlets for charging devices. There are outlets for both American (110-volt) and European (220-volt) plugs.

Marble bathrooms are superbly designed and beautifully outfitted. Each has a spacious rain-shower with excellent water pressure, as well as double sinks, a television set into the mirror, the aforementioned customizable lighting and exotic ETRO toiletries (shower gel, shampoo, lotion and conditioner). A nice touch is the addition of mini-bottles of mosquito repellant and sunscreen. Towels are plush and white, and there is plenty of storage for stashing toiletries.

Standard Suite Categories 1-3: Category S-1, S-2 and S-3 suites are largely identical, and all are yacht-spacious at 280 square feet.

Standard Suite Category 4: The S-4 category suite is the smallest onboard at 223 square feet. There are just two of these, and the big difference is that they don't have a full-size couch (just an armchair). Otherwise, they have the same features as the others.

Owner's Suite: The one Owner's Suite onboard, #209, is essentially the size of two standard suites and features a grey and white color scheme. The living area comprises a seating enclave with a couch and a pair of armchairs, a desk with marble top and a dining table for four. A half-bath, with a toilet and sink, has doors to both the living area and the bedroom.

The bedroom, though slightly smaller than those found in the standard suites, is similarly equipped with a king-size bed that can convert into two twins. Its master bathroom, the biggest and best onboard, features a fabulous egg-shaped soaking tub in addition to dual sinks and a stand-alone shower.

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