Crystal Endeavour to sail Northeast Passage in inaugural season

Crystal Endeavour to sail Northeast Passage in inaugural season
During the 28-night expedition Crystal Endeavour will visit sparsely populated polar regions (Image: Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Cruises’ luxury yacht, Crystal Endeavour, is to sail the Northeast Passage in her inaugural season in 2021. Guests will be able to visit Franz Josef Land, Severnaya Zemlya and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wrangel Island, where they will see its woolly mammoth fossils. 

Departing on 18 August 2021 from Anadyr, Russia for Tromsø, Norway Crystal Endeavour will follow embark on a 28-night expedition and visit sparsely populated destinations. The voyage will follow the route of polar explorer Nils Nordenskjöld who first made the passage in 1878-1879. 

The voyage will also take guests to the New Siberian Islands, where they can see fossils of with sabre-tooth tigers and Paleolithic human tools; Cape Chelyuskin on the Taimyr Peninsula; Murmansk, the largest city in the Arctic; and numerous Russian Federation ports. 

Onboard guests will be able to hear from expedition guides, scientists and experts in presentations and seminars about the region’s nature and history. 

Crystal Endeavor will accommodate 200 guests in all-suite, butler-serviced guest rooms, Michelin-inspired dining options; a salon and spa; and fitness centre. Expedition-specific amenities will be on offer, including ‘mud rooms’ and the helicopter lounge. 

“The Northeast Passage is precisely the type of bold expedition for which Crystal Endeavor is designed, with her Polar Class 6 designation and the ability to manoeuvre through medium first-year ice, offshore dynamic positioning, zodiacs and virtually all other gear necessary for such intrepid exploration,” said Tom Wolber, president and CEO of Crystal Cruises. “In addition to these technical amenities, she’ll accommodate guests in the highest standard of comfort and luxury, even as they travel to the most remote destinations.”

The ship is currently under construction at MV Werften Shipyard in Germany. 

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Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts
Thursday, February 21, 2019