On 17JUN, Crystal welcomed the first guests aboard Crystal Endeavor in Reykjavík, Iceland for the ship's maiden voyage, a a 10-night circumnavigation of Iceland from 17 - 27JUL 2021. The debut voyage will be the first of five Luxury Iceland Expedition sailings round-trip from Reykjavík exploring Iceland's scenery, which includes expedition experiences from Zodiac adventures to kayaking excursions launched directly from the ship.
“This is an incredible moment for the entire Crystal Family as we watch Crystal Endeavor embark upon her maiden voyage,” said Jack Anderson, president of Crystal. “Our new expedition yacht will take our guests further than ever before on bold adventures to the far corners of the globe and offering explorations, enrichment and immersive experiences beyond anything they’ve experienced before. The ship features spaciousness, personal service and luxury for our guests with safety and responsible stewardship of the world’s oceans at the forefront.”
The Luxury Iceland Expedition voyages sail round-trip from the ship’s homeport of Reykjavík, and offers travellers a variety of air options, just six hours from New York City, three hours from London, and with frequent flights from many major gateways in the U.S. and Europe. The series will be followed by the 10-night Journey of Vikings: Iceland & Norway from Reykjavík to Tromsø departing 05SEP 2021.
Further itineraries for Crystal Endeavor include the 13-night Norwegian Fjords & Scottish Isles Exploration from Tromsø to London, departing 15SEP 2021, and the 11-night Breton, Bordeaux and Beyond from London to Lisbon departing 28SEP 2021, which includes two nights in Bordeaux and an overnight call in London.
The 20,200 GRT Crystal Endeavor is the first polar class luxury expedition yacht “Made in Germany” featuring a PC6 classification that enables the ship to sail in Arctic and Antarctic waters. Crystal Endeavour also holds what the cruise line says is the largest space per guest of any cruise ship, accommodating 200 guests, with all-verandah, all-butler serviced suites and a one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio.
The ship's marina features 8 Zodiacs, a fleet of fourteen sea kayaks, snorkel gear, and a six-guest submersible and two helicopters available in select regions of the world. Exploration equipment aboard the ship includes a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) to view the sea at a 300-meter (almost 1,000 feet) depth and a Gimble long-range camera mounted on the mast that can zoom in to view wildlife and scenery over a mile away (90 X zoom).
Guests looking to enjoy scenery can see 4K video streamed directly on the HD TVs throughout the ship including public areas and guest suites, and on the large 65-inch screens in Palm Court, the 86-inch screens in the Expedition Lounge and on the Cove’s video wall, with a massive 218-inch center screen and two 145-inch side screens. Camera operator control locations in the Palm Court and in the Expedition Lounge also offers interactive activity between the camera operator and guests, who can point out sights they would like to see up close.
All ports of call for Crystal Endeavor’s Iceland voyages feature complimentary excursions led by naturalist experts from the ship’s expedition team. This includes sea kayaking on the waters of the Westfjords in Patreksfjörður, an Arctic Circle walkabout on Grimsey Island, and Zodiac cruising amid mountain landscapes in Djúpivogur. Crystal Endeavor’s expedition leaders and guides for its Iceland voyages include a marine biologist, ornithologist, geologist/glaciologist, historian, two professional photographers, polar expedition specialists and an artist-in-residence who will instruct and encourage guests to capture travel memories with snapshot sketches and drawings.
Crystal Clean+ and Crystal Pristine
Crystal Endeavour departs from Iceland with fully vaccinated crew and guests. The line has implemented new Crystal Clean+ protocols which includes mandatory vaccination for guests and crew, COVID-19 testing at embarkation, and more. Due to the vaccination protocols guests are able to explore ashore independently in Iceland.
As part of the line's Crystal Pristine program, Crystal Endeavor can connect to shore power while in port and cleans exhaust emissions through a Selective Catalytic Reductant system. The ship is also outfitted with offshore dynamic positioning capabilities, enabling the vessel to remain in one place utilizing GPS and its thrusters rather than dropping anchor, avoiding any potential damage to delicate reefs.
Crystal Endeavour also utilizes underwater sonar technology, providing real-time 3D images of the terrain and activity along the ship’s route up to 1,000 meters ahead of the vessel and to a depth of up to 50 meters, with a mapping range up to eight times the water’s depth. This technologies allows captain and bridge officers to detect potential hazards and sea life far in advance to navigate appropriately.
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