Crystal Cruises to Build Polar Yacht
Exciting news on the luxury Polar front! Crystal Cruises has announced the introduction of the world’s first-ever, purpose-built, polar class megayacht, Crystal Endeavor. Debuting in August of 2018, the new-build will measure 600 feet (183 meters) long with 100 guest suites and will be the largest and most spacious megayacht afloat.
Inspired from 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,” says Crystal president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez. “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.”
Crystal Endeavor will be able to cruise in Polar Regions during the summer and autumn, and, because she will also be fitted with the state-of-the-art offshore dynamic positioning technology, she can float atop coral reefs and other underwater wonders without utilizing anchors. Amazing!
Crystal Endeavor will cruise in the Arctic then follow 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.
And, get this . . . these cruises will be able to see sunken galleons, warships and passenger ships, such as the Titanic at 12,500 feet, with the use of its Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV)! And speaking of toys, the Endeavor will have two helicopters and two landing pads for flightseeing expeditions, two, 7-person submarines, eight electric amphibious zodiacs, jet skis, wave runners, kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling and scuba equipment, recompression chamber, dive support tender and a multi-person ATV. There will even be SEABOBs, the world’s most technically advanced and powerful underwater scooter.
No roughing it here with standard guest suites measuring a minimum 400 square feet (including the balcony), but book early to stay in one of the yacht’s two Owner Suites’ each with 3,122 square feet (1,615ft2 interior and 1,507ft2 balcony), making them the largest luxury guest suites of any megayacht afloat. Owner Suites are three bedroom beauties with indoor and outdoor living areas, private conservatory, garden and outdoor Jacuzzi, and a private spa and gym outfitted with sauna, steam room and treatment room. And for the ultimate accommodations, connect it to a penthouse suite (806ft2) for a combined square footage of 3,928 feet!
Onboard will be a Spa and Conservatory featuring a full-service Spa, Yoga, Pilates, Salon and Wellness Center, infinity pool, six dining options, a 200-seat theatre, and a cinema. Crystal Endeavor will be all-inclusive with butler service available for all guests and will boast a one-to-one crew-to-guest ratio, with 200 crew members serving the 200 guests on board.
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