Explore the beautiful Seychelles on an easy getaway or a fun family reunion
The Seychelles itineraries are a little different to your average island getaway. With a mix of magical marine life and ample birdwatching, you can relax and enjoy the pristine beaches and incomparable clear waters from every stop around this breath-taking archipelago. For the more active, hiking and water sports are readily available; but lazing on a daybed (drink in hand) with a view of the lush emerald mountains, powder white beaches and extraordinary granite boulders is a unique experience in itself.
Why the Seychelles?
Mahé: Dive or snorkel in the Sainte Anne Marine National Park founded in 1973 with over 150 fish species. Walk around the Victoria Botanical Gardens created in 1901 on the outskirts of the Seychelles capital and view sea coconuts and other palm trees, orchids, fruit trees and flowers in all colours of the rainbow.
Curieuse: There are no homes, roads or activity here to disturb the flora and fauna. The famous Aldabra giant tortoises walk around freely and 3 600+ gigantic sea coconuts trees grow wild.
Grande Sœur: Considered the most beautiful island. Well-preserved coral reefs are home to many hawksbill sea-turtles and hundreds of tropical fish like butterflyfish, angelfish, parrotfish and surgeonfish.
Praslin: The rugged, jungle-covered interior is home to Praslin National Park, which encompasses the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, one of the Seychelles’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Praslin also features truly exquisite beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette, both appearing on the top-10 list of world’s best beaches.
La Digue: One of the world’s most beautiful islands, covering barely 5 km², La Digue offers a range of typical Seychelles panoramas. Granite blocks softened by erosion sit by the calm, crystalline sea.
Aldabra Atoll: Explore a wild paradise, considered one of the most unspoilt places on the planet. With no drinking water, Aldabra has never been properly inhabited.
Aride: Famous for its cliffs and jungle, home to hundreds of birds. This nature reserve is protected from human activity and only accessible at certain times of year, so it sees many bird species flourishing.
Alphonse: Dive to see the most beautiful coral – some of the most unspoilt in the Indian Ocean – and its diverse marine wildlife.
The Crystal Esprit is a luxury yacht with a guest capacity of 62 and offers exclusive, immersive experiences with a boutique ambience. With a crew of 90, they really take the time to get to know you; learning your routine before you’ve even realised that you have one and keeping an eye on the flow of your day to be able to surprise you with a treat or suggestions for your time ashore. The Crystal Esprit is outfitted with a two-passenger submarine, four 10-passenger Zodiacs for special excursions and a 12-passenger Wider 32-foot super-yacht tender.
Herewith a link to more information about the Crystal Esprit as well as a link to the deck plans and accommodation descriptions.
2021: 16 and 23 December (10-night)
2022: 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 January; 6, 13, 20 and 27 February; 6 and 13 March
2023: 2 January (6-night); 8, 15, 22 and 29 January; 5, 12, 19 and 26 February; 5, 12 and 19 March
2024: 14, 21 and 28 January; 4, 11, 18 and 25 February; 3, 10, 17 and 24 March
The fares include
Complimentary fine wines, champagnes and premium spirits onboard
Non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees
Pre-paid gratuities for onboard staff
Fine dining prepared by Crystal’s award-wining chef
A choice of two Crystal Adventures shore excursions in most ports – one culturally inspired, the other soft adventure, depending on the destination
A host of water sports enjoyed from the yacht’s marina including swimming, snorkelling, water skiing, wake boarding, kayaking and jet skiing, always with top quality equipment and instruction
Bicycles available in most ports for independent discovery ashore
These modern expedition ships boast elegant appointments, delicious French cuisine and an infinity pool. A Marina platform with three positions: for use as a sun deck; as a launch pad for kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling and other water sports; and as the embarkation point for a 10 Zodiacs. The decor imparts a contemporary Scandinavian feel, with light woods and neutral colours accented with nautical blues. Natural forms, reminiscent of the sea, characterize the art pieces and the lighting. For example, lamps above the beds resemble large sand dollars, while the lights in the reception area look like ethereal jellyfish.
Le Bellot, Le Bougainville, Le Champlain and Le Jacques Cartier are beautiful, all balcony, sleek French motor yachts with a guest capacity of 184 each and an attentive crew of 112.
Herewith a link to more information and images for Le Bellot, Le Bougainville, Le Champlain and Le Jacques Cartier.
The fares include
All meals while on board the ship
A choice of curated, complimentary Shore Excursions with local guides and a world class Expedition Team.
Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
Complimentary “Open Bar”, pouring wines, house champagne and alcohol excluding premium brands.
Evening entertainment and events
24-hour room service
Gratuities are not included and are charged prior to departure at €12 per person per night*
All guests (Ponant & Crystal Cruises) will be required to be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine (both doses if recommended by manufacturer) at least 14 days prior to boarding any ship. Verified documentation and / or evidence of vaccination will be required at the time of boarding and failure to provide this documentation will result in denial of boarding.
Updated information will be sent closer to departure and more information can be found here: Crystal Clean+ and Ponant Sail with Confidence
Please let us know if you’d like more information and early booking is recommended, as these cruises sell out fast.
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