This month’s unravelling of Crystal Expeditions Cruises’ full 2021 program for the all-suite Crystal Endeavor reveals a diverse mix of brand-new itineraries, including a detailed exploration of southern Australia and along the west coast.
Operating from Melbourne on 24 March 2021 will be a 10-night Great Australian Adventure sailing through to Perth. The one-of-a-kind exploration will include a selection of up-close and maiden calls for Crystal at King Island in Bass Strait, Port Lincoln in South Australia and Middle Island, Western Australia.
The voyage will also include stops at Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Albany and Busselton, but it’s Crystal Endeavor‘s smaller size (at just 200 guests) that will enable the company to unlock some of the most remote locations along the bottom of Australia’s mainland.
Itinerary highlights will include the Barossa Valley and Margaret River wine regions, Torndirrup and Lincoln National Parks and the Middleton Beach Boardwalk Trail. But perhaps the most unique destination of the journey will be an exploration of the rugged Middle Island in the Recherche Archipelago off the WA coastline.
Middle Island is a virtual wildlife sanctuary and breeding colony of penguins, home to sapphire-blue waters and the remarkable Lake Hillier, also billed as “Bubble Gum Lake” due to its brilliant pink hue.
Karen Christensen, Crystal’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Australasia said Australia was home to spectacular fauna and flora and stunning locales that attract adventurers from around the globe.
“The size of Crystal Endeavor allows her to visit remote and secluded destinations unattainable for larger vessels, taking guests to Middle Island to visit the world-famous pink Lake Hillier, for example, and visiting locations teeming with Australian wildlife such as the elusive platypus and rare parrots of King Island, Tasmania,” Christensen told LATTE.
“Australia’s landscape provides an incredibly diverse range of experiences – whether in true expedition style or cultural discoveries – exploring the many renowned wine, cheese and seafood destinations. The Great Australian Adventure itinerary features the same diversity, and I am confident that the world’s largest and most spacious luxury expedition yacht will encounter ports of call that will attract locals and globe-trotters alike.”
Immediately following the Great Australian Adventure will be a 13-night Expedition to the Java Sea from Perth to Singapore, departing on 3 April 2021. It also features a number of new port calls in Western Australia for Crystal: Jurien Bay, Abrolohos Islands and Turquoise Bay at Ningaloo. That voyage will then track further north, stopping at Christmas Island before exploring regions of Indonesia and concluding in Singapore.
The Great Australian Adventure itinerary is currently priced from US$11,699 per person twin share for an S7 Deluxe Suite, when booked by 30 April 2019.
Fares for the Expedition to the Java Sea start at US$14,949 per person twin share.
Lead image: King Island, Tasmania