Crystal has scheduled a revised inaugural deployment of Crystal Endeavor which will commence in Iceland on 17 July 2021.
The factory-fresh luxury expedition yacht will operate a series of five 10-night voyages circumnavigating Iceland, operating roundtrip from Reykjavik. Reservations will open on 13 April 2021.
Originally slated to launch in August 2020, the US $500+ million dollar Crystal Endeavor is promoted as “the most spacious, fastest and most powerful expedition ship in the industry”, with a Polar Class 6 (PC6) classification that enables her to sail in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
Crystal Endeavor will accommodate 200 guests with a one-to-one crew-to-guest ratio. The yacht’s design features expansive personal and social spaces, with 100 gross tonnes per person and 10,000 cubic feet per guest for a passenger space ratio of more than 100, making it the most spacious luxury expedition ship in the industry.
The maiden Luxury Iceland Expedition Iceland voyages will also be operated with reduced capacity.
“As we prepare to welcome Crystal Endeavor to the Crystal fleet, we share our guests’ great anticipation of this extraordinary new ship and the journeys to come,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal’s Interim President and CEO.
“We know that travellers have looked forward to this thrilling new way to explore the world with Crystal and, like every Crystal ship that has come before her, Crystal Endeavor will set a new bar for luxury in her market, with onboard accommodations, amenities, spaciousness, experiences and service that are simply unmatched in the industry.”
Crystal Endeavor recently completed her technical sea trial in Germany, during which the vessel reached a maximum speed of 20.5 knots, “exceeding all performance expectations and standards with little to no vibration even during ‘crash stop’ tests,” Crystal Endeavor‘s Captain Thomas Larsen said.
“This means a comfortable, enjoyable experience for guests even in unpredictable weather conditions. With her responsive, agile maneuverability, safety and technical capabilities, this vessel is akin to driving a finely tuned German-built elite sports car such as a Porsche.”
The Luxury Iceland Expedition voyages offer intensive exploration of massive glaciers, wildlife and stunning landscapes of the region during the season of endless daylight. Expert-led expeditions may include zodiac landings to rarely explored coastlines and treks to remote hidden locales.
Among the highlights of the itinerary are;
- overnight stays in Reykjavík and Akureyri;
- a call to Grímsey Island and crossing the Arctic Circle;
- the unspoiled Arnarfjörður fjord, cascading Dynjandi Waterfall and famous geothermal springs of Vopnafjörđur and Seyđisfjörđur.
- the itinerary – which sails through peak whale migration in the region July through mid-September – also visits Patreksfjörđur, and pink- and red-sand Rauðasandur Beach;
- Iceland’s whale-watching capital of Húsavík;
- and Heimaey, home to a beluga whale sanctuary.
Birder havens include “puffin paradise” Hafnarhólmi; Flatey Island, a floating nature preserve that is home to thousands of puffins, Eider ducks, Black Guillemots and Arctic Terns; Vigur and the Látrabjarg Cliffs, where thousands more puffins reside.
Guests will have the rare opportunity to stand on the Bridge Between Two Continents, which spans the Mid-Atlantic rift and connects North America with Eurasia. Two of Iceland’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites are also featured: Þingvellir National Park and sailing around volcanic Surtsey Island.
More on the Iceland program here.