Crystal Endeavor undergoes maiden sea trials

Crystal's first purpose-built expedition ship nears completion

The first sea trials for Crystal Expedition Cruises’ long-awaited expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor, have been conducted in the Nordics over the past few days.

According to MV Werften, the shipping yard which is constructing the 200-passenger ultra-luxury ship, Crystal Endeavor has been put through its paces over three-days in the Baltic Sea, from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 March 2021.

“Based on the current weather forecast, extensive tests are expected to be carried out until Sunday to verify the functionality of important technical systems in service. Among other things, the propulsion system, steering and navigation will be tested under real conditions, and sound and vibration will be measured,” MV Werften said.

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Assisted by tugboats from her construction port in Stralsund, Germany, the ship has travelled around the island of Rügen, and then beyond into deep-waters for its testing.

Crystal Endeavor underwent a series of drills and manoeuvers on Sunday, reaching speeds of 17 knots (31.5km/hr), as can be viewed in the screengrab at the bottom.

“As a result of the dedication and hard work displayed by the MV Werften team, especially under difficult pandemic conditions, this achievement marks a significant milestone in the Endeavor project,” said Darren Edwards, Vice President Stralsund, MV Werften.

Crystal Endeavor was initially earmarked to enter service in August 2020. The ship’s debut season had included luxury expeditions to the Sub-Antarctic Islands from New Zealand and Tasmania, however those departures were ultimately cancelled due to production delays as a result of the pandemic.

Crystal Endeavor passing through 17 knots during her sea trials off Bornholm island in the Baltic Sea.

There are currently 39 voyages listed online for Crystal Endeavor, the first of which – after several delays – is currently scheduled for 15 September 2021. That 13-night ‘Cultural Discovery’ sailing from Tromso to London along the Norwegian coastline is currently priced online from $21,569 per person twin share.

The program includes two seasons of ‘Remote Expedition’ itineraries to Antarctica from Ushuaia, running a series of departures from November 2021 until March 2022, and then resuming again in November 2022, through until February 2023.

MV Werften plans to operate another set of sea trials in April, by which time the interior fit-out is expected to be almost complete.

Lead image: Crystal Endeavor pulled by tugs from the MV Werften shipyard for her first sea trials.

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