Crystal Expedition Cruises has named naturalists Boris Wise and Eva Molin Westerholm as expedition leader and assistant expedition leader respectively for Crystal Endeavor. Their appointments come as David Sinclair parts ways with the company to pursue “other opportunities” closer to home.
The new duo will assist Crystal’s existing experts to develop the team of expedition guides who are specialists in topics such as history, terrain, wildlife and culture of the destinations that Crystal Endeavor will visit on its worldwide voyages. Depending on the itinerary, Crystal Endeavor will feature up to 22 expert guides that will include biologists, marine biologists, naturalists, historians, ornithologists, geologist, ecologists and others.
“Every destination featured on Crystal Endeavor voyages is absolutely fascinating in its own way. Each itinerary allows for authentic connections and great adventures that include wildlife spotting, zodiac and kayaking adventures, helicopter flightseeing and deep-water discoveries in a seven-man submersible,” said John Stoll, Crystal’s Vice President of Land Programs.
Both Wise and Westerholm are veteran explorers of the Arctic and Antarctic. Wise, an accomplished photographer with a background in horticulture, has spent a decade sharing his expertise in Southeast Alaska, before he ventured to Greenland, Iceland, the Northwest Passage, Baffin Island, Svalbard Archipelago, Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
Westerholm has focused her background in social anthropology and passion for the wilderness on expedition voyages for more than 13 years, guiding travellers through the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as Iceland, Central America, Eastern Canada and the British Isles.
Stoll said Crystal Expedition Cruises was “immensely grateful” to Sinclair for his knowledge and assistance over the past months. “He was a wonderful asset to the team, and we wish him all the best in the future.”
Lead image: Boris Wise and Eva Molin Westerholm