Delayed Crystal Endeavor on Track for Summer 2021 Debut

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Photo credit: Crystal Expedition Cruises.

Crystal Endeavor, the German-built, PC6-designated vessel for Crystal Expedition Cruises, is on track to debut in summer 2021, the cruise line announced 05JAN, 2021. 

The ship was originally scheduled for delivery in AUG 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic-related shutdown of the MV Werften shipyard. The ship will mark Crystal's debut into the expedition market. 

“While we are certainly disappointed that Crystal Endeavor’s delivery has been delayed, we are encouraged by the progress and dedication of the professionals at MV Werften and are looking forward to introducing this remarkable ship,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal’s interim president and CEO. 

Voyages onboard Crystal Endeavor are currently cancelled through 01MAY, 2021. While Crystal says it is reviewing the ship’s published summer itineraries, Endeavor's sailing destinations include the Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Isles, France, Spain and Portugal, the Atlantic Isles and Western Africa, Brazil and Argentina, and Antarctica. 

The ship will offer three categories of exploration:

  • Remote Expedition: visiting far-flung destinations and uninhabited locales;
  • Cultural Discovery: distinguished by an emphasis on the region and its people;
  • Destination Exploration: highlighting the natural wonders and beauty of the destinations. 

The 200-guest ship features all-suite, all-verandah, butler-serviced guest rooms. There are six dining venues, including Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Umi Uma & Sushi Bar. Expedition-specific amenities include enrichment areas, designated mud rooms, a helicopter lounge and a seven-person submersible, allowing for deep-water explorations up to 980 feet. 

Genting Hong Kong, Crystal’s parent company, recently completed a 193-million-euro (CA$300 million) loan agreement with the German government for the completion of Crystal Endeavor and to support the operations of the shipyard through MAR 2021.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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