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Crystal Charts a New Course
The introduction of newer, smaller ships opens up a world of chartering possibilities
the Seychelles, then on to Dubai-is coming from private families as
well as incentive planners. One automotive company is considering
chartering it for a journey from Dubrovnik, Croatia-where it will be
repositioned to travel the Adriatic-to Athens.
"That's what's so special about chartering," Setloff says. "You
can not only choose your own itinerary, you can create your own
menus and eat at certain times, fly the corporate flag, bring your
own entertainment, determine your own dress code-you name it."
The cabin sizes on board the Esprit are more spacious than on
most lines, ranging from 250 to 280 sf. For meetings, the yacht has
a private room with an AV wall (AV is complimentary) and room to
seat all passengers-or, of course, companies could just hold their
meeting out on deck.
The magic of the Esprit will be the ports it can enter, or as
Setloff explains, "harbors that are completely pristine, where only
the yachting set goes."
As with all Crystal products, the Esprit is all-inclusive (other
than the submarine ride), with tours, tips-basically everything-as
part of the price. A bonus for corporate guests will be one free hour
of WiFi per guest per day-unheard of for a cruise ship. Setloff says
he doesn't know of any other line where it's complimentary.
nown for its high-end ambience and unparalleled
amenities-such as butler service-Crystal Cruises is
about to introduce the 60-ft, 31-suite Esprit yacht, and
has announced plans for two new ships built specifically for river
cruises, starting in 2017.
"Sixty-two people are all the Esprit will hold. To put it in
perspective, that's half the size of a lifeboat on one of our big
ships," says Bruce Setloff, VP of global charter sales.
For companies, that affords the chance to create the charter
experience of a lifetime for incentive winners. The pinnacle of
bucket-list experiences will be the chance to ride in the private
sub attached to the Esprit, which will hold just two people and the
captain. "It will take guests for 30-minute rides hundreds of feet
deep in the ocean," Setloff adds.
Interest in chartering the ship-which will begin its journey in
AUTHENTIC LAND EXPERIENCES
Though the shore excursions have yet to be announced, the cruise
line's goal with its new smaller vessels is to allow more time in each
port for guests to immerse themselves in the local scene, says
spokesperson Molly Morgan. "A lot of ships dock and you need
to be back by a certain time. We are trying to give people more
nightlife experiences, and allow them to have dinner and enjoy their
time on land."
This will also apply to the two new riverboats being built by
scratch and expected to launch in 2017. Each ship will feature 70
cabins with 250-sf suites, and accommodate 140 passengers.
Morgan sees a growing demand for river cruising among the
younger demographic. "Our guests have been asking for this for
a while. It's a slower pace and a little different because the ships
travel more slowly. It's a more relaxed environment, and that's what
they are looking for."-Barbara Scofidio
"Our guests have been asking for this for a while. It's a slower pace and
a little different because the ships travel more slowly. It's a more relaxed
environment, and that's what they are looking for."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue November/December 2015
Planner’s Pick: Salt Lake City
Bureau Buzz: Birmingham
Fresh Meets: Melia Hotels International
Good Business: Community Outreach at ASAE
Sea Shores: Crystal Cruises
Ode to Inspiration
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
On Location: South Korea
On Location: Istanbul
On Location: Panama
On Location: Scottsdale
Checkout: Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
Prevue November/December 2015