Crystal Orders A Polar-Class Mega Yacht With Extreme Toys
The spending spree continues.
Crystal Cruises has announced it will build what it is calling the world’s 1st purpose-built polar class mega yacht.
The luxury line’s 1st ever expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor – named after Captain James Cook’s research ship HMS Endeavour - is due to enter service in August of 2018.
The 600 ft. long, 25,000 gross ton vessel will carry 200 pax in 100 suites, with each measuring a minimum of 400 sq. ft. including balcony. Crystal says the suites will be larger than all current expedition and luxury cruise ships.
The yacht’s 2 Owner Suites’ each boast a whopping 3,122 sq. ft. (1,615ft2 interior and 1,507ft2 balcony) making them the largest guest suites of any mega-yacht afloat.
“With Crystal Esprit (Crystal’s 1st yacht offering), we discovered there are many guests, young and young at heart, who enjoy sports at sea and discovering remote islands, and as the interests and age of luxury travellers increasingly vary, we will continue to expand our collection of luxury travel options,” said CEO Edie Rodriguez. “Crystal Endeavor will cater to a particularly daring audience, one who values luxurious comfort and amenities as much as life-changing adventures.”
The 200 guest capacity Crystal Endeavor will offer extreme adventures by air, sea and land with a complete range of “toys” including 2 helicopters for flightseeing expeditions, two 7-person submarines, 8 electric amphibious zodiacs, jet skis, wave runners, kayaks, fishing facilities, paddle boards and SEABOBs – the world’s most technically advanced and powerful underwater scooter.
Guests will also get acquainted with the bottom of the ocean, as the Crystal mega-yacht will feature a Remote Operated Vehicle that will send back video of sunken galleons, warships and passenger ships - even the Titanic at 12,500 ft., Crystal claims.
Crystal Endeavor will be the 1st purpose-built Polar Code compliant yacht in the world, according to the line, enabling it to cruise in Polar Regions during the summer and autumn in medium “1st year” ice.
It will also be fitted with innovative offshore dynamic positioning technology, with computer-controlled systems that automatically maintain the ship’s position with its own propellers and thrusters. This will allow the vessel to float above coral reefs without using anchors, which can damage the underwater terrain.
Crystal Endeavor will cruise in the Arctic, then follow the route of migrating whales along the coast of the Americas and Europe to Antarctica during the winter. Along the way, the ship will visit remote islands in the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, where standard cruise ships seldom call or cannot access.
Crystal Endeavor voyages will open for booking in late 2016. Steel cutting for the ship will begin in May with delivery in August 2018.