Crystal Cruises has revealed it plans to showcase locally sourced ingredients aboard its 62-passenger yacht, Crystal Esprit.

The menus will draw on quality, fresh, locally-sourced ingredients of the Seychelles Islands and Mediterranean coast and will include popular dishes served on the line’s cruise ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.

Crystal Esprit will offer guests a wide range of dining options from small bites and midnight snacks, to casual lunches al-fresco and chic, multi-course dinners.

The Yacht Club and its outdoor extension, the Patio Café, will serve a selection of modern and classic specialities. Breakfast will include made-to-order omelettes, waffles, pancakes, and a health bar with fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Lunch options will include made-to-order pastas and risottos, seafood and meat antipasti, and a raw and salad bar, plus an à la carte menu offering local dishes. Modern Tasting and Classic dinner menus will include locally inspired dishes using fresh ingredients sourced at the local markets, all served in a bright setting with expansive windows and sea breezes.

Esprit Yacht Club Restaurant
The Yacht Club Restaurant
Patio Café
Patio Café

The Sunset Bar & Grill menu will feature burgers, wraps and locally inspired “global street food” reflecting the destinations visited.

Sunset Bar
Sunset Bar

The Pantry will be available 24 hours a day and will stock freshly baked light snacks and pastries, coffee and even a self-service wine bar.

Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The outstanding food and wine experience has always been a highlight of the Crystal Experience and will continue to be an integral part of the on-board experience aboard Crystal Yacht Cruises. With public spaces and dining areas that are more intimate, our superior culinary team will maintain – and even exceed – the standard of world-class, creative cuisine that travellers expect from Crystal.”

Crystal Esprit by Night
Crystal Esprit by Night

Crystal Esprit will sail its maiden voyage for Crystal Yacht Cruises in December 2015. Prices start from $3,240 (approximately £2,125) per person for a six-day round trip Mahé/Victoria sailing when booked before 31 October 2015. This price is based on two passengers sharing a Yacht Suite and excludes flights.

The yacht will sail the following itineraries from 2016 through to early 2018:

  • Indian Ocean (January-March) – sailing round-trip from Mahé/Victoria, Seychelles, with optional two- and four-night inclusive Dubai Land Package
  • Cosmopolitan Emirates (December) – sailing round-trip from Dubai, calling on such ports as Muscat and Khasab, Oman; Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island, UAE; and Doha, Qatar
  • Holy Land (March/April/November) – sailing from Limassol and Aqaba, calling in Haifa, Eilat and Ashdod, Israel
  • Mediterranean (April-November) – sailing various routes from Venice, Dubrovnik and Athens, calling in charming Croatian spots along the Dalmatian Coast and picturesque Greek Isles.

(Image credits to Crystal Cruises)