Crystal has today opened reservations for the entire 2023/early 2024 deployment of its purpose-built expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor. Headlining the local program are two $53,000 per person three-week-long explorations of Antarctica from Australia and New Zealand.
With a capacity of just 200 passengers, demand for Crystal Endeavor‘s latest deployment release is expected to be hotly contested by travellers seeking one-of-a-kind explorations.
There are 27 expeditions around the globe available on the brand-new all-suite yacht, ranging from 10- to 28-nights duration. For a limited time, guests who book early can secure a cabin with a reduced deposit of 15% (normally 25%).
Options range from expeditions to the Northeast Passage, Russian High Arctic or Faroe Islands to remote offshore islands including Brazil’s Arquipélago dos Abrolhos and Uruguay’s Isla de Lobos Nature Reserve. Guests can cruise to Andalusia, Morocco and the Côte d’Azur, or enjoy unique explorations by river to dock in the heart of Seville, Rouen and Bordeaux.
Singular seasonal itineraries include springtime in the British Isles and autumn in Japan to see spectacular gardens awash in vibrant colour. From Kamchatka and The Kurils to the Great Barrier Reef and Tasmania.
Brigita Devries, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Managing Director Australia & New Zealand for Genting Cruise Lines, told LATTE: “We are extremely excited to be releasing Crystal Endeavor’s Expedition Collection for 2023/24.”
“There are some extraordinary destinations that we will be embarking on, where very few people have set foot upon. We are here to deliver an all-inclusive experience & provide unparalleled comfort & luxury in the world’s remote locations. With these sailings well over a year away, now is the time to consider booking that once in a lifetime experience, for when we can travel.“
The German-engineered, PC6 polar class vessel will navigate to Australian waters for the first time at the end of 2023.
On 7 December, the 16-night Expedition to Bali, the Raja Ampat and Queensland ‘remote expedition’ itinerary will explore remote regions of Indonesia including Komodo Island, the North Flores Islands, Lucipara, the Raja Ampat Archipelago and Tual, before dipping south into the Arafura Sea, visiting Thursday Island en-route to Cairns. Prices start at AU$22,204 per person twin share.
The 14-night Holiday Expedition: Great Barrier Reef to Tasmania ‘destination exploration’ follows on 23 December. This two-week voyage includes multiple calls along the Queensland coast including Christmas Day and Boxing Day in the Whitsundays, the Carpricornia Cays National Park and Fraser Island. Crystal Endeavor will spend three days in Sydney, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, after which guests will sail to Eden on the NSW South Coast and onto Tasmania, visiting Flinders Island, then Wineglass Bay, Maria Island before concluding in Hobart. Prices start at AU$20,229 per person twin share.
From Hobart on 6 January 2024, Crystal Endeavor will make the first of two ‘remote expedition’ 22-day voyages to Antarctica. These Antarctica & The Ross Sea Expeditions include crossing the Antarctic Circle, with explorations planned at Balleny before crossing the Ross Sea and visiting Cape Adare, Cape Hallet and Roget, Terra Nova Bay, Cape Royds en-route to McMurdo Sound. The voyage ends back in Dunedin on 28 January, before the yacht embarks on a reverse itinerary concluding in Hobart on 19 February.
Both voyages lead in at $52,627 per person twin share, in a Deluxe Suite with Verandah.
Or why not offer your clients the top-of-the-line Expedition Suite with Verandah aboard Crystal Endeavor, for around $250,000 per person!
For cruisers that don’t wish to stay closer to home, there are also three expeditions to Japan that are likely to be hot with the Australian market, which are scheduled for October and early November 2023.
Crystal Endeavor will embark on its inaugural cruise, around Iceland, on 17 July 2021.