Sometimes we find such an incredible tour, cruise or resort that we immediately start trying to figure out how we can book that trip for ourselves. And then, when we can find those incredible trips at an incredible price--well, we kind of freak out a little bit. Dear Huckleberry Travel Reader -- this is one of those trips.
Crystal Cruises is one of the best luxury cruise lines out there. (It may be our personal favorite. Shh! Don't tell the others!) And a trip on their yacht, the Crystal Esprit, is nothing short of stunning. There are only 31 cabins on this boat, so no more than 62 passengers can experience the casual luxury on board on any given sailing. All suites have 42” flat screen TVs, a customizable bedside iPad for bookings and daily announcements, Wi-fi, lounge area, a fully-stocked minibar fridge, luxury bath products and amenities, and twice daily housekeeping with evening turndown service. Oh, and a butler. Did you know that your suite comes with a butler? Well it does. You get a butler for the week. So, just let that sink in for a minute.
What else? Oh! How about Michelin-level cuisine? Fine wines, champagnes, beers
and premium spirits are included, too. Actually, almost everything is included, like all gratuities, the aforementioned butler service, two complimentary adventures ashore in each port of call, and complimentary use of water toys including snorkeling and scuba diving, kayaks, paddle boards and jet skis. All of that is included--no paying extra for booze, shore excursions, scuba or jet ski rental. It's included.
As though that's not incredible enough, they also have a two-person submersible on board. What?
This is not a cruise ship, it's a yacht. Which means you're able to go to smaller, less-traveled ports, more exclusive and more private beaches. Starting in November of this year, the Crystal Esprit will start sailing two alternating week-long itineraries, which depart Sundays from Marigot Bay, St. Martin. If you wanted, you could easily the two itineraries to create an indulgent 14-day escape to paradise.
- British Virgin Islands Yachting Escape | Nov. 12 (Inaugural Voyage), Nov. 26, Dec. 10 Marigot Bay, St. Martin; Gustavia, St. Barts; Anegada, BVI; Scrub Island (Overnight), BVI; Jost Van Dyke, BVI; Great Harbor Jost Van Dyke (Overnight), BVI; Salt Island, BVI; Roadtown, Tortola; Peter Island (Overnight), BVI; The Indians, BVI; Virgin Gorda, BVI; Gorda Sound (Overnight), BVI; Marigot Bay, St. Martin
- West Indies Yachting Explorer | Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Dec. 17* Marigot Bay (Overnight), St. Martin; Sandy Ground, Anguilla; Saba, Netherlands; Falmouth Harbor, Antigua & Barbuda; Coconut Grove, St. Kitts & Nevis; Gustavia (Overnight), St. Barts; Orient Bay, Saint Martin; Marigot Bay (Overnight), St. Martin
By the way, the December 10, 2017 sailing, is a 7-Day round-trip Marigot Bay voyage with renowned oceanographer, explorer, and founder of the Oceans Futures Society Jean-Michel Cousteau. There's an extra-special holiday sailing as well:
- Crystal Yachting Christmas | Dec. 23 Marigot Bay (Overnight), St. Martin; Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; South Friars Bay, St. Kitts & Nevis; Deshaies, Guadeloupe; Plymouth, Montserrat; Little Bay, Montserrat; Rendezvous Bay, Montserrat; Falmouth Harbor, Antigua & Barbuda; Coconut Grove, St. Kitts & Nevis; Saba, Netherlands; Gustavia (Overnight), St. Barts; Sandy Ground, Anguilla; Marigot Bay, St. Martin
And here's the best part. We can offer you special introductory fares on these Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ inaugural West Indies season starting at only $2,995! The Cousteau sailing starts at only $3,995! And remember--that includes everything--the fabulous food, the wine, beer and liquor, the shore excursions, the jet ski, kayaks and scuba diving, the complimentary wi-fi, and, oh yeah--your butler. You should get in touch with us, as soon as possible to book this trip. Keep in mind, these yachts only have 31 cabins, so they'll book up fast at these fares.
We can book you on a Crystal Yacht Cruise in early 2018, as well. They'll be sailing these itineraries into the spring. And we'll be able to get you a great fare on those sailings, as well. But we couldn't sit on a deal like this without telling you about it.
Terms and Conditions: Crystal Yacht Expedition West Indies Introductory Fares are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy for the first two full-fare guests in a stateroom or suite, include all promotional savings, and do not include taxes, fees and port charges, which vary by departure. Fares may not be combinable with other promotions, are capacity-controlled, subject to availability, and may be withdrawn or changed at any time. Optional Personal Select Air Program and solo fares available upon request, ask for details. Optional submersible and complimentary marina equipment use is based on destinations’ local rules and regulations and the discretion of the captain due to weather and sea conditions. All itineraries, fares, programs and policies are subject to change without notice at the discretion of Crystal Cruises. For complete terms & condition, visit crystalcruises.com. Ship’s registry: The Bahamas