Crystal has cancelled the first eight voyages of its new expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor, due to production delays at the MV Werften shipyard. The initial itineraries to Japan and Alaska will instead be replaced by new voyages commencing in mid-July, 2021.
While the German shipyard is back to operation after a temporary pause in 2020 caused by the pandemic, Crystal’s revised update on Friday [22 January, 2021] confirms that the cruise line is unable to make up “lost time”, pushing Crystal Endeavor‘s scheduled completion into summer.
“Unfortunately, the new delivery date does not allow for the ship to travel from the shipyard in Stralsund, Germany in time to assume her originally scheduled deployment in Japan and Alaska,” Crystal said.
The delay means Crystal has to abandon Crystal Endeavor‘s planned voyages between 1 May and August, 2021.
“We know that our guests, and the entire Crystal Family, have been looking forward to the introduction of our newest ship and we want to sincerely apologise that their travel plans have been impacted by this unprecedented global health crisis.
“All affected guests, and their travel advisers, were contacted directly with details of this cancellation along with their compensation and rebooking options,” Crystal noted.
New itineraries in the pipeline
The silver lining, however, is the imminent introduction of a series of new 10-night sailings that will explore the Baltic, Norway, the Scottish and Irish Isles, Faroe Islands, Iceland and East Greenland between mid-July and mid-September.
“Looking ahead to 2022, cruise options include a new Arctic Collection including Svalbard; springtime cruises in the British Isles and river journeys into the heart of Bordeaux and Seville; South America voyages to Ecuador, Peru and Chile; expeditions along Africa’s remote western shores; and an expanded roster of Antarctica itineraries,” Crystal revealed.
Next month, the ultra-luxury line will also publish Crystal Endeavor‘s 2023 full-year program, which will extend to the Northeast Passage, Japan, the South Pacific and Antarctica, via the Ross Sea.
Plus, later this February we will publish Crystal Endeavor’s 2023 full-year collection including voyages to the Mediterranean, Iceland, the Northeast Passage, Japan, the South Pacific and Antarctica by way of the Ross Sea.
Crystal Esprit paused extended until May
Meanwhile, Crystal has also cancelled a further four departures of its luxury yacht, Crystal Esprit.
Crystal cited the “continually changing variables related to COVID-19 – including differing border restrictions, potential quarantine policies for various nationalities, and limited international airlift,” for the axing of the four seven-night cruises that were sailing between Dubrovnik and Venice.
Now, the first voyage back for Crystal Esprit is earmarked for 6 June, 2021.
Interestingly, Crystal has 16 back-to-back voyages between the two ports listed on its website, up until early October 2021.
Crystal ocean pause extended
Further, Crystal has scrapped all voyages on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity departing up until May 2021, impacting a combined 14 sailings through until 6 June, 2021.