Crystal Endeavour Details
Crystal Endeavour Details
Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises has just released more details about their much-anticipated Crystal Endeavor - the world’s largest and most spacious purpose-built polar-class expedition yacht. The vessel will carry 200 guests and 210 crew members, 25 of which will be the expedition team. The expert team will include anthropologists, archaeologists, astronomers, botanists, climate change experts, explorers, geologists, historians, ice pilots, marine biologists, naturalists, ornithologists, polar specialists and other specialists.
Crystal Endeavor will be equipped with 20 zodiacs which can seat 10-12 guests plus nine accommodating 12 to 14. There will be 16 kayaks - 14 double kayaks for guests and two single kayaks for the guides. Kayak dry suits will be required to be worn since they are waterproof and will prevent rapid hyperthermia if a guest falls overboard. The vessel will also carry a C-Explorer seven-man submersible submarine, with electric propulsion, a surface speed of four knots, and underwater speed of three knots.
In addition, the 20,000-tonne Crystal Endeavor will deploy a series of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) - highly manoeuvrable underwater robots - operated by a technician on the ship. These ROVs will send images to Endeavor’s observation deck and staterooms. The helicopter Crystal plans to purchase for Endeavor is the Arlanda Twin Engine Airbus H135. Endeavor will have two of them, carrying up to six passengers each, and each with one or two pilots. These helicopters will be used for flight-seeing and ice reconnaissance.
“Every facet of Crystal Endeavor is meant to take travellers beyond their previous travel boundaries and expectations. Her exceptional design, luxury accommodations and amenities have already set the stage for this, and now, as we unveil her first six months of voyages, travellers have a tremendous glimpse of the grand discoveries in store for this groundbreaking yacht,” said Crystal President and CEO Tom Wolber. “Crystal Endeavor will take guests to remote destinations not typically accessible on a cruise, as well as some iconic places, albeit with a decidedly adventurous twist.”
From August 2020 until January 2021, the incomparable expedition ship will visit some of the world’s most far-reaching and fascinating regions on voyages lasting from 12 to 22 days. These sailings will be rich with discovery and will explore the culture and bio-diversity of Japan and the Russian Far East, New Zealand, Australia and Antarctica. Crystal Endeavor will also follow seasonal shifts to warmer destinations.
- 21st June 2019
Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.