Crystal Endeavor takes passengers to Iceland on inaugural cruise
This maiden voyage opens a series of five world tours in Iceland.
Crystal Chairman Jack Anderson called it an “incredible moment”, adding: “Our new expedition yacht will take our guests further than ever on daring adventures around the world and offer explorations, enrichments. and immersive experiences beyond anything they have experienced before. ‘
The 20,200 gt Crystal Endeavor is the first “made in Germany” polar class luxury expedition yacht, with a PC6 rating. It only carries 200 passengers, which means 100 gross tons and 10,000 cubic feet per traveler and a passenger space ratio of over 100.
Crystal Endeavor has all verandas, butler suites, and a one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio.
Zodiacs, kayaks, submersibles, helicopters, ROVs, Gimble long range camera
The ship’s marina is home to 18 zodiacs, 14 sea kayaks, snorkeling gear, and a six-passenger submersible, while two helicopters are available for operations in some areas. Exploration equipment includes a remote-controlled vehicle to view the sea at a depth of 300 meters / almost 1000 feet and a mast-mounted Gimble long-range camera that can zoom in to view wildlife and landscapes from more than one mile (90x zoom).
The camera system shoots 4K video that streams directly to HDTVs throughout the ship, including public areas and suites, and to the 65-inch screens of Palm Court, the 86-inch screens of the Expedition Lounge and on Cove’s video wall, with a massive 218-inch center screen and two 145-inch side screens. Camera operator control locations in the Palm Court and the Expedition Lounge allow interaction between the operator and travelers, who can indicate sites they would like to see up close.
Tours are included at each port, including sea kayaking in the Westfjords at Patreksfjörður, an Arctic Circle ride on Grimsey Island, and a zodiac cruise through the mountainous landscapes of Djúpivogur. Expedition leaders and guides for Iceland trips include a marine biologist, an ornithologist, a geologist / glaciologist, a historian, two professional photographers, polar expedition specialists and an artist in residence.
Crystal Endeavor cruises carry crew and passengers fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and tests are carried out upon boarding. Due to the vaccination requirement, passengers are allowed to explore ashore independently in Iceland.