Who is Captain Lars Thomas Larsen?

Crystal Espirit at Anchor

Lars Thomas Larsen is a Captain for Crystal Cruises. We first sailed with him on our Crystal Espirit Croatia Cruise in 2016. We were also lucky to have him again on our 2018 Crystal Symphony cruise to Alaska.

Captain Lars Thomas Larsen started as a Staff Captain for Star Cruises before taking the helm as a Captain for Yacht Tropez. After another stint as Captain for Star Cruises, he joined Crystal Cruises in 2015 taking the helm of their new Crystal Espirit Yacht.

We have come to know Captain Lars for his excellent stewardship of small and not so small cruise ships.

Under his captaincy in 2017, the Crystal Espirit responded to a distress call in the Seychelles launching one of their zodiacs to rescue twelve people stranded in high seas.

Seemingly always smiling, his on board presence has been a big part of our enjoyment of both cruises. His daily addresses, on board the Crystal Espirit always opened with, “another day in Paradise.” On board the Crystal Symphony he would call our cruise ship, “the White Swan of the Crystal Line”., sometimes waiting for “the ugly ducklings” to depart before we could leave port!

We are not alone in our our affection for Captain Lars Thomas Larsen – the cruise boards are full of praise for the captain, echoing similar sentiment. We plan to sail with Crystal Cruises in 2020 and hope that once more we can sail with Captain Larsen.