Crystal’s New Luxury Ship To Sail Northern Passage In 2021

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Crystal Expedition Cruises’ luxury yacht, Crystal Endeavor, will set sail on a rare itinerary to the High Arctic, Northern Russia and Norway in AUG 2021.

Setting sail from Anadyr, Russia, guests aboard the 28-night Northern Passage expedition will visit some of the world’s most remote islands, archipelagos and coastlines before ending in Tromso, Norway, all in Endeavor’s luxurious comfort.

Each of Endeavor’s 200 suites are butler-serviced and guests have access to a full-service salon, spa and fitness centre. The onboard dining options include Michelin-inspired Umi Uma & Sushi Bar by world-class master chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa.

In speaking to the ship’s technical features, Tom Wolber, president & CEO of Crystal says: “The Northeast Passage is precisely the type of bold expedition for which Crystal Endeavor is designed, with her PC6 designation and ability to maneuver through medium first-year ice, as well as offshore dynamic positioning, zodiacs and virtually all other gear necessary for such intrepid exploration.”

Highlights of the Northeast Passage voyage include:

  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site Wrangel Island, one of the last known places on earth roamed by the woolly mammoth
  • Franz Josef Land, which was once a Russian military watchpoint thanks to its positioning in the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean, now home to polar bears and numerous other wildlife
  • The New Siberian Islands, which offers more archaeological discoveries, with saber-tooth tiger bones and mammoth remains having been excavated, as well as what are believed to be tools used by Paleolithic humans and the most northerly evidence of humans on earth
  • Severnaya Zemlya, the last charted archipelago on earth, only added to global maps in the early 20th century
  • Cape Chelyuskin on the Taimyr Peninsula, the northernmost point on any continental mainland

The Northeast Passage itinerary will open for booking for Crystal Society members on 20FEB 2019, and to the general public on 13MAR 2019. Fares for Crystal Society members start at US$44,362 with a US$10,000 Book Now Savings per suite when booked by 30APR 2019.

The cruise line was the first luxury cruise ship to transit the fabled Northwest Passage in 2016 and then again in 2017, both voyages aboard Crystal Serenity.

Crystal Endeavor is currently being built at a shipyard in Germany. Her maiden voyage, a 17-night round-trip expedition to Russia’s Far East, is set to sail on 10AUG 2020 from Tokyo.