Angela Merkel Joins Crystal Endeavor Keel Laying Ceremony

Open Jaw, Kerry Sharpe

On 21AUG, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises celebrated the next important milestone in the construction of Crystal Endeavor as the keel was laid at MV WERFTEN’s Stralsund shipyard for the company’s first luxury expedition yacht.

During the special ceremony, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, in her role as a member of the German Bundestag, joined Crystal president and CEO Tom Wolber, among others, for the festivities. Once the traditional lucky coins had been put into place, the 400-ton section was lowered onto the keel blocks.       

“It is truly a thrill to mark this important milestone for Crystal Endeavor and the entire Crystal Family, as this yacht will change the way guests can explore the world both adventurously and luxuriously,” said Wolber. “I am honoured to share this occasion with Chancellor Merkel and our special guests, as well as the skilled workers of MV WERFTEN who are building this game-changing ship.”

“The keel laying of Crystal Endeavor here in my political hometown of Stralsund marks a special moment for me that is doubly significant,” said Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel.  “Today, the foundation has been laid for this highly sophisticated, state-of-the-art cruise ship.”

The 20,000-ton yacht will be the world's largest and most spacious purpose-built Polar Class ship. It will feature 100 suites and all the amenities for which Crystal is known. The yacht will boast generous public spaces, a full-service spa & salon, six restaurants including Nobu Matsuhisa’s Umi Uma, expedition rooms, and elegant suites. Crystal Endeavor’s accommodations will offer private butler service for every suite and feature king-sized beds, walk-in closets, heated storage for drying parkas, spa-like bathrooms with adjustable heated floors, dual vanities, anti-fog mirrors and rain-showerheads.

Crystal Endeavor’s PC6 designation will enable her to operate in summer and autumn through medium first-year ice. The ship will feature the latest technology, including offshore dynamic positioning capabilities.

Bookings for Crystal Endeavor’s global journeys will open to the public tomorrow on 22AUG, 2018.  

Kerry Sharpe

Kerry Sharpe Columnist

Having worked in travel for the last 16 years, Kerry has experience covering the industry as media, as well as being under its lens when she worked for Thomas Cook, TravelBrands and itravel2000. A new mom, Kerry recently returned to the workforce and when she’s not chasing after her daughter, you’ll see her out and about covering industry events alongside her new BFF Tina the Travel Agent.

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