Middle East Cruise News

Crystal Cruises sending luxury cruise-yacht Esprit back to Dubai in 2019

Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises are sending their boutique luxury cruise yacht Crystal Esprit back to Dubai in October 2019 for a series of Arabian Gulf cruises until January, 2020.

The cruise yacht, which accommodates just 62-passengers, and has one of the most luxurious owner’s suites in the industry, will cruise from Dubai on a series of 7 to 11-night cruise itineraries.

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She will cruise roundtrip from Dubai for just one month, on voyages to Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Oman and Qatar.

Overnight stays in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are featured together with two nights in Aqaba, Jordan, for visits to Petra and Wadi Rum on her repositioning voyages.

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The Patio Cafe aboard Crystal Esprit.

Other destinations include are Doha, the capital of Qatar, and Sokhna in Egypt for access to the pyramids of Giza.

Crystal Esprit is the only yacht in the Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises fleet. According to Crystal Cruises, she specialises in personalised cruise experiences for her guests.

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Stateroom aboard Crystal Esprit.

Her cruise itineraries differ from that of a mainstream cruise ship as they are intended to mimic the unhurried pace of a private yacht.

The itineraries are intended to evoke a yachting experience, with island-hopping to multiple locales in a single day, or remaining at anchor in exotic harbours or secluded bays by night.

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During her Middle East cruise season, Crystal Esprit will cruise roundtrip from Dubai every week on a 7-night itinerary visiting Khassab, Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island. She will stay overnight in every port except Khassab and Sir Bani Yas.

All-inclusive cruise-only prices start at US $5,500 per person for a seven-night cruise from Dubai.

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Crystal Esprit even comes with its own submarine for guest use.

With more luxury cruise lines such as Crystal Cruises homeporting vessels in the region for the Arabian Gulf cruise season, DP World has announced it is considering building a fourth cruise terminal for the exclusive use of luxury cruise ships such as Crystal Esprit.

Helen Beck, VP, International Sales and Marketing at Crystal Cruises, says Dubai is particularly well-suited as a homeport for Crystal’s ships.

“Whilst we continue to be at the forefront of innovation in our industry, our focus will always be on the consistent quality and personal attention to detail and service that makes Crystal Cruises the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line,” she says. “And Dubai is a city with an unmatched reputation for luxury and guest experience, making it the perfect location.”

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