Crystal Expedition Cruises has marked the 12-month countdown until the maiden voyage of Crystal Endeavor on 10 August 2020. Crystal Endeavor will set sail from Tokyo to explore the islands of Japan and the Russian Far East, before embarking on its inaugural season.
In her 2020 season, the yacht will also sail expedition voyages to Antarctica via the Ross Sea; New Zealand and Tasmania; Australia and the Great Barrier Reef; and Borneo, Indonesia and the Philippines. In 2021, Crystal Endeavor will add New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic Islands; Alaska and the Aleutian Islands; Norway and the United Kingdom; Canary Islands, Atlantic and South America to her repertoire, as well as an extraordinary voyage through the rarely travelled Northeast Passage.
Guests sailing on her maiden voyage round-trip from Tokyo will enjoy an inclusive overnight pre-cruise stay. The voyage explores the island coastlines and volcanic landscapes of Japan, as well as the remote islands and forests of Russia’s Far East, including sailing along the Zhupanova River and Morzovaya Bay. On other voyages, travellers can visit natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and Mount Fuji, reflect on ancient heritage at Japan’s most sacred temples and shrines, trek among the treetops of Borneo’s rainforest observing the resident orangutans and quest for penguin colonies on Antarctica’s expansive icy landscape.
Recently, Crystal announced that veteran explorer David Sinclair will serve as one of the expedition leaders for Crystal Endeavor’s most intrepid journeys. His decades of experience exploring the polar regions – skiing across Greenland, summitting the Arctic’s highest peaks and honing his skills as a naturalist and photographer – will bring the destinations and experiences to life for Crystal guests. Sinclair is also involved in building the team of expedition guides and experts on board and developing the shoreside excursions.
Crystal Endeavor will accommodate just 200 guests with elegantly casual, expansive public spaces; all-suite, butler-serviced guest rooms; Michelin-inspired dining options including Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Umi Uma & Sushi Bar; full-service Crystal Life Salon & Spa and state-of-the-art Fitness Center. Expedition-specific amenities and spaces will enhance guests’ experience, including designated mud rooms and helicopter lounge.
For more details, see crystalcruises.com/experience/expedition