In Crystal Yacht Cruises™, Gallivanting the Globe


Crystal Esprit officially launched her inaugural season sailing the island paradise of the West Indies on November 12, delivering on many months of anticipation and careful planning by our destination experts and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises team. The fearless leader of that team – vice president of deployment, Claudius Docekal – has been tirelessly working alongside shore-side partners to ensure that all destinations and experiences are ready to welcome Crystal guests to their luxury yachting vacation. Following recent hurricanes and tropical storms in the region, some adjustments were made to the experiences and ports of call, but as you’ll see from Claudius’s personal photographic accounts of site inspections ahead of Crystal Esprit’s embarkation, we are a “GO” for exotic adventures and unforgettable moments.

“Having flown in and out of St. Maarten airport three times each within the past nine days, I found operations to be simple, efficient and quite pleasant,” reports Docekal. “Also, embarking and disembarking on St. Maarten on Sundays means faster transfer time from the airport to Crystal Esprit seaport at Marigot, typically no longer than 20 minutes.”

Crystal’s dedicated crew joined Claudius for pre-cruise test runs of everything from the submersible to the onboard cuisine. It’s a tough job, but… you know the line.

Here’s a glimpse into Claudius’s lens on the tropical world of Crystal Esprit. The stunning 62-guest yacht sails round-trip from Marigot, St. Martin, weekly through spring of 2018. When can we welcome you aboard?

Crystal Esprit’s Captain Jan Rautawaara inspects the sun-soaked deck while at anchor off South Friars Bay, St. Kitts (Weekly visits for some beach time, use of the submersible and jet skis as well as swimming off the yacht, SUP and kayaking)


Nevis Peak and the Four Seasons at Pinney’s beach welcome Crystal Esprit every Saturday.


Crystal Esprit’s view of Little Bay in Monserrat. Montserrat, The “Emerald Isle of the Caribbean,” is featured on only two voyages sailing December 23, 2017 and January 3, 2018, so book soon!


Capt. Jan tests out Crystal Esprit’s private submersible off the coast of Saba. Guests can embark on deep-water adventures and shipwreck dives off the coast of St. Kitts’ South Friar Bay every week this winter.


Capt. Jan navigating Crystal Esprit’s 32-foot Wider Champagne Cruise in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua. Guests can join this special excursion to Nelson’s Dockyard – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – on every yachting itinerary.


The exclusive Champagne Cruises aboard the Wider take guests from Falmouth Harbour to Nelson’s Dockyard – an experience not offered anywhere else.


Crystal Esprit’s marina toys are ready for adventures, including water-skiing, snorkeling, swimming, and much more.


Sir Richard Branson welcomes the first Crystal Esprit guests and Crystal crew Louisa & Marvin to Moskito Island in the British Virgin Islands. This is the first of weekly visits of Crystal Esprit through April 2018.


A private beach on Moskito Island awaits Crystal Esprit guests, with hammocks, cabanas, and chilled Champagne.


Perspective from the water: Crystal Esprit’s submersible against Saba’s massive mountain.


Crystal Esprit’s crew explore Monserrat ahead of guest arrivals. Legend says that all who drink from this burn are assured to return to the island again.


Claudius Docekal, vice president of deployment, in the shadow of Monserrat Soufriere Hills volcano.

Crystal Esprit sails the breathtaking islands of the West Indies on week-long itineraries round-trip from Marigot, St. Martin, calling in St. Kitts, Antigua, Nevis and other island playgrounds of savvy world travelers.

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  1. Marv
    4 years ago

    THREE photos of the Captain? None of the Hotel Director…or chef? C’mon, guys!

    1. Claudius Docekal
      4 years ago

      Hotel Director Manfred is featured on the group image at the well on Montserrat 🙂

  2. Ann booth
    4 years ago

    What are the dates for this cruise

    1. Crystal Cruises
      4 years ago

      Ann, Crystal Esprit sails seven-day itineraries round-trip from Marigot nearly every Sunday through April 2018. We hope to welcome you aboard soon!


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