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