Growing in leaps and bounds since its acquisition by Genting Hong Kong last year, luxury travel conglomerate Crystal Cruises is adding another wow factor to its already impressive fleet of ships, planes and upscale riverboats. This time the Los Angeles, California-based company constructing a super-sized impossibly swank 600-foot, 25,000 gross ton yacht that’s not your usual rich man’s boat but the largest and most spacious of its genre afloat. The new venture was introduced today March 14 at the opening of SeaTrade Cruise Global convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., b y Crystal’s president and CEO Edie Rodriguez who said it will debut in August 2018 and be named after Captain James Cooks’ research ship “HMS Endeavour,” which discovered Australia and New Zealand nearly 250 years ago – the newly built vessel will be designed for global expedition in Arctic, Antarctic and tropical conditions. “With Crystal Esprit, we discovered there are many guests, young and young at heart, who enjoy sports at sea and discovering remote islands, and as the interests and age of luxury travelers increasingly vary, we will continue to expand our collection of luxury travel options,” Edie told the crowd of journalists. “Luxury means something different to virtually everyone, and we strive to meet and exceed the wishes of the discerning modern luxury traveler. Crystal Endeavor will cater to a particularly daring audience, one who values luxurious comfort and amenities as much as life-changing adventures.”
The ship will be the first purpose-built Polar Code compliant yacht in the world with a PC6 Polar Class designation which means it will be able to cruise in Polar Regions during the summer and autumn in medium “first year” ice which may include old ice inclusions. She will also be fitted with the state-of-the-art offshore dynamic positioning technology, with computer-controlled systems to automatically maintain the ship’s position with its own propellers and thrusters. This will enable her to float atop coral reefs and other underwater wonders without utilizing anchors, which can damage the terrain or other underwater wonders in waters too deep for anchors.
The 200-passenger Crystal Endeavor will debut in the Artic and proceed on the route of migrating whales along the coast of the Americas and Europe to Antarctica during the winter. Along the way, she will visit remote islands in the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, which cruise ships seldom call or cannot access. With a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV, used extensively in the offshore industry), expedition cruises will also be organized to see sunken galleons, warships and passenger ships, such as the Titanic at 12,500 feet, and with dynamic positioning, she will just hover over deep sunken attractions without using anchors.
Edie pointed out that the ship will feature lots of plutocratic toys uncommon on such ships such as two helicopters and two landing pads for flightseeing expeditions, as well as two, seven-person capacity submarines, eight electric amphibious zodiacs, jet skis, wave runners, kayaks, fishing facilities, paddle boards, snorkeling and scuba equipment, recompression chamber, dive support tender and a multi-person ATV. And that’s not all, for more wow factor Crystal Endeavor will be equipped with SEABOBs – the world’s most technically advanced and powerful underwater scooter – that allows you to move gracefully underwater.
No crammed cabins on this ship with suites spanning 400 square feet (including balcony), larger than all current expedition and luxury cruise ships, and an owner’s suite measuring 3,122 square feet (1,615ft2 interior and 1,507ft2 balcony with a master bedroom and two guest bedrooms, indoor and outdoor living areas, private conservatory, garden and outdoor Jacuzzi, private spa and gym outfitted with sauna, steam room and treatment room. The Owners Suite can be connected to a penthouse suite (806ft2) for a combined square footage of 3,928 feet (2,227ft2 interior and 1,654ft2 balcony), – surpassing any current and future build accommodations at sea.
“Crystal Endeavor will absolutely set a new bar for expedition luxury travel,” Edie continued at today’s press confab. “We have proven time and again that Crystal is the pioneer in luxury, and this megayacht will change the game entirely – the possibilities for expedition travelers will be virtually limitless.”
The crowing jewel will be Crystal’s signature Palm Court with 270-degree panoramic views for whale-watching and viewing other wildlife. Amenities will include a combined Spa and Conservatory where guests can be pamper, do yoga and Pilates, get preened in the salon and more.
Sounds like another epic production by the cruise line that redefined elegance at sea more than 25-years ago and continues to surprise, impress and take the industry by storm.