Editor's note: Crystal Esprit is no longer part of the Crystal fleet. In late 2021, the vessel was sold to Lindblad Expeditions, which plans to refurbish it before operating it in the Galapagos.
This ship represents Crystal's first launch since 2003, and it's a big departure. Unlike the line's other, 1,000-passenger ships, this one holds just 62 guests. It's a small luxury yacht that was previously part of the parent company Star Cruises' fleet in Asia.
Because it's so small, you shouldn't board expecting all the same amenities you would find on the line’s larger ships. There are no specialty restaurants, but with one of the best dining rooms at sea, you won't miss them. There are few onboard activities during the day unless weather cancels the shore excursions, and in the evening the only scheduled entertainment is in the main lounge, where you'll find The Newlywed Game and an engaging pianist singing standards and show tunes. If you want to head to your room early, the crew will keep your in-room bar stocked with snacks and the wine of your choosing, and the in-room TV system has a catalog of recent and classic films.