Crystal Endeavor: What to expect from this stunning new ship

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With so many new expedition vessels coming into service over the next few years, how on earth do you figure out which one is right for you?

At Mundy Cruising we make the choice easier with our own take on the most exciting ships. So let's take a look at the Crystal Endeavor difference...

Crystal Endeavor build at MV Werft, Germany

First of all, the bare facts: 20,000 GRT, with a capacity of 200 guests in 100 suites. So what does that mean for you? Well, it means that the ship is large enough to ride comfortably, and has sufficient space on board to give you all the facilities of an ultra- luxury cruise ship in miniature, as well as spacious sea view suites, all with their own veranda. In fact, Crystal Endeavor offers more space per person than any other ship, expedition or otherwise, currently in service or under construction.

The build specification also suggests that she will offer the ultimate combination of expedition and luxury, replicating the acclaimed dining options on other Crystal ships, from the contemporary Waterside, to Northern Italian cuisine at Prego, Nobu Matsuhisha's Umi Uma, the much loved Crystal Bistro and more. The perfection you expect from a Crystal Ocean, Yacht or River cruise, with added adventure.

Crystal Endeavor - Umi Uma restaurant by Nobu Matsuhisa

A ship built for comfort in the polar regions can often be a little unappealing in the tropics, but with her clever design - the two storey solarium, spacious observation deck areas (including outdoor Jacuzzi), sea level marina and of course the veranda suites already mentioned - Crystal Endeavor will be comfortable whatever the weather.

Crystal also has an extraordinary reputation for service, and on Crystal Endeavor, with an amazing crew to guest ratio of more than one crew member to every guest, you are going to be looked after perfectly. But on an expedition ship you need more than great hospitality: the expedition team is also key.

Crystal Endeavor - Owners Suite

Discovery of the most remote regions of the world will be enhanced by a deeply experienced Expedition Team of 25 aboard every voyage, with an unmatched ratio of one team member for every eight guests. Your opportunities for learning, whether on board, touring by Zodiac, or ashore, are unlimited, as the team share their insight and knowledge at lectures and conversational discussions on board, and host small group excursions ashore. Enhancements to your voyage will include photography workshops, destination lectures, immersion with local communities, unexpected and spontaneous exploration, and more.

Lots of features are planned which are particularly interesting to expedition cruisers, including nice touches such as heated storage for drying parkas, and spa-like bathrooms with adjustable heated floors, perfect for adventurers just back from an experience on the ice. Two mud rooms on the lower deck with two entry/exit points will enable speedy embarkation and disembarkation, and The Captain's Lounge will have a glass wall with full view into the Bridge.

Crystal Endeavor - Mud room

There will be room to land the ship's two helicopters, carrying approximately 6 guests each, and the beautiful Palm Court and forward-facing Observation Terrace to make the most of the extraordinary scenery. Off the ship there will be opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, helicopter and Zodiac tours, encounters with majestic wildlife, and much more.

Crystal Endeavor itineraries will fall into three distinct categories. They are Remote Expedition - true expert-led expedition voyages, combining rugged adventure and Zodiac landings with rare discovery, extraordinary wildlife and stunning landscapes; Cultural Discovery, delving into the cultural heart and iconic wonders of each unique locale with adventurous experiences, landings and insight; and Destination Exploration - immersive explorations and landings in rarely-visited destinations, home to exceptional biodiversity, eco-treasures and wilderness, combined with visits to world-class cities featuring an expedition twist.

Crystal Endeavor in Antarctica

The equipment and facilities include 18 Mark V and Mark VI Zodiacs, 14 two-person kayaks with dry suits, two customized areas for expedited boarding of Zodiacs, kayaks and other discovery equipment, two luxuriously appointed mud rooms offering boot-washing stations, warming racks and lockers for expedition gear, a fold-out marina platform for launching of water excursions and activities, two Alana Airbus H135 helicopters (five to six guests including pilot) housed in dedicated hangars on board, gyro-stabilised camera technology and ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle), and a submersible accommodating up to six guests and one pilot, reaching depths of up to 650 feet, depending on location. Stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and snorkelling gear will be available in warmer climates, and expedition parkas and attendant gear in the polar regions.

Crystal Endeavor submersible

With a PC6 designation Crystal Endeavor can operate through medium first-year ice, and will feature the latest technology. Travelling into pristine wilderness environments, the ship's green credentials are very important.Sophisticated waste management equipment, storage and procedures ensure nothing will be left behind unless pre-arranged with a specific community equipped to handle waste. Grey and blackwater discharge parameters exceed international requirements, and the ship will be equipped with advanced dynamic positioning technology to ensure no harm is done to delicate underwater ecosystems and reefs.

Crystal Endeavor makes her debut in August 2020, and voyages are now on sale for departures through to summer 2022. If you would like to discuss your travel plans then please give us a call on 020 7399 7670, and if you're interested in expedition cruising, don't forget to check out our sister company Mundy Adventures.

Edwina Lonsdale
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Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and, together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising.

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