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Crystal Esprit Charts New Course

Crystal Esprit Charts New Course

Crystal Esprit, the award-winning 62-guest boutique yacht of Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, will embark on a captivating new season of voyages through the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Oman and the Holy Land between October and December 2019. The seven- to 11-night sailings will cruise the Arabian Peninsula, with immersive exploration of the ancient wonders and physics-defying modern marvels in the region. Overnights in Dubai and Abu Dhabi showcase the thriving riches of modern UAE culture, while a double overnight in Aqaba allows for visits to Jordan’s legendary Rose City of Petra and Wadi Rum.


New on the Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises roster of destinations is Doha, capital of Qatar, where the I.M. Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art and dramatic Sheikh Faisal Museum display the country’s fascinating heritage, while the excitement over the 2022 World Cup is already beginning to build. Sokhna in Egypt offers guests a gateway to the remarkable pyramids of Giza, just 60 miles away from Cairo, and the soon-to-be-opened archaeological Grand Egyptian Museum.


The resort town of Eilat in Israel is also featured, as well as Muscat in Oman - a quintessential icon of Arabian style and hospitality. The itineraries do not repeat and are easily combinable for comprehensive exploration of this intriguing region.  The all-inclusive Crystal Esprit embarks on her new seven-night ‘Arabian Nights Collection’ on 20 October 2019 sailing round trip from Dubai.


On 25 January 2020 Crystal Esprit will start a season of 7-night cruises around the Seychelles archipelago that lasts until late March 2020. Famed for its unspoiled sugar-white beaches, lush emerald mountains, UNESCO-protected wildlife reserves and crystalline waters, the Seychelles are unlike anywhere else on earth. Setting sail from the island nation’s capital Mahé, the itinerary is a spell-binding cornucopia including St Anne; Cousin; Praslin; La Digue; Curieuse; Aride; and Mariane islands. There’s the chance to hike through the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve to spot rare black parrots and Cocoa de Mer trees. On the almost uninhabited Cousin Island, guests can search for Aldabra giant tortoises amongst the mangroves.


Aimed at discerning travellers who seek high-energy experiences, this indulgent yacht offers intrepid travellers the chance to go zip-lining as well as chilling out on the world-renowned beaches. Highlights include the opportunity to discover the underwater world of the Indian Ocean in the two-man Crystal Submersible that dives 50 feet into the turquoise waters, scouting for reef sharks, turtles and tropical fish. Other options include scuba diving adventures, deep-sea fishing or helicopter flight-seeing. For more details of this truly unique cruising experience, call our experienced team on 0800 484 0370.


Gary Buchanan

  • 28th May 2018

Gary Buchanan


Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.