By Alan Fine, Aug 04, 2021
Crystal has extended its offer of $1,000 “As You Wish” shipboard spending credits and up to $9,000 ($4,500 per guest) in Book Now Savings for all new guest bookings on Antarctica Voyages aboard luxury expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor, November 2021 through February 2022. The new Polar Class 6 (PC6) expedition yacht’s inaugural Antarctica season features eight Antarctica expedition voyages ranging from 11 to 19 nights and departing round-trip from Ushuaia to explore the world’s southernmost continent. Led by polar expedition experts and a team of specialist guides, guests will experience towering ice cliffs, glaciers and icebergs as well as encounters with penguin colonies, seals, whales and sea birds.
A one-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Buenos Aires is included in the cruise fare, as are round-trip flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. All-inclusive fares for Endeavor’s inaugural Antarctic Voyages start at $15,949 per guest, double occupancy, including up to $9,000 Book Now Savings per suite ($4,500 per guest) when booked by Sept. 1, 2021, and featuring a $1,000 “As You Wish” shipboard spending credit per new guest booking. Guests will also enjoy reduced deposit of 15 percent (normally 25 percent) as well as relaxed final payment due 60 days prior to first date of service for 2021 voyages, and 120 days prior to first date of service for 2022 voyages. Here are the 2021-2022 Crystal Endeavor Antarctica Voyages.
Expedition Antarctica: 11 Nights, round-trip Ushuaia, Nov. 18, Nov. 29, and Dec. 10, 2021; Jan. 5, and Feb. 4, 2022, porting at Ushuaia, Argentina; Crossing Drake Passage; South Shetland Islands; Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica and South Shetland Islands.
Antarctic Holiday Expedition: 15 Nights, round-trip Ushuaia, Dec. 21, 2021, porting at Ushuaia, Argentina; West Point Island; Saunders Island; Port Stanley, Falkland Islands; Elephant Island Expedition, Antarctica; Cruising the Weddell Sea; South Shetland Islands, Antarctica; Antarctic Peninsula Expedition, Antarctica; and Crossing Drake Passage.
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Wildlife Expedition: 19 Nights, round-trip Ushuaia, Jan. 16, 2022, porting at Ushuaia, Argentina; Falkland Islands Expedition, Falkland Islands; Port Stanley, Falkland Islands; South Georgia Expedition, South Georgia; Cruising the South Scotia Sea; Elephant Island, Antarctica; Antarctic Sound Expedition, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica; Antarctic Peninsula Expedition; and Crossing Drake Passage.
Beyond the Antarctic Circle: 14 Nights, round-trip Ushuaia, Feb. 15, 2022, porting at Ushuaia, Argentina; Crossing Drake Passage; Crossing Antarctic Circle; Antarctic Peninsula Expedition; Lamaire Channel Expedition, Antarctica; Paradise Bay Expedition, Antarctica; South Shetland Islands, Antarctica; and Antarctic Peninsula Expedition.
Guests can experience the luxury of all-suite, all-verandah, all-butler serviced Crystal Endeavor, where all-inclusive includes everything from Zodiac landings and kayak adventures to fine wines and gratuities. Guests can utilize their $1,000 “As You Wish” shipboard spending credit to enjoy spa treatments, shopping at the onboard designer boutiques, fine cigars at the Connoisseur Club or a helicopter flightseeing tour launched directly from the ship’s own helipad, because Endeavor will travel with two helicopters. Also available is a six-guest submersible to experience the underwater world and wildlife. The ship carries a fleet of 18 Zodiacs and 14 sea kayaks allowing the expedition team to take to the water with guests for up-close experiences.
The first ever PC6 luxury expedition yacht to be “Made in Germany,” Crystal Endeavor was built at MV WERFTEN in Stralsund, designed for superior operation and performance in polar conditions. Endeavor’s responsiveness, agile maneuverability, and safety and technical capabilities can be compared to a finely tuned German sportscar. A PC6 classification allows Endeavor to cruise in Arctic and Antarctic waters, while state-of-the-art FarSounder 1000 technology allows the captain and bridge officers to detect sea life and underwater objects far in advance and navigate appropriately, utilizing real-time 3-D imaging of the terrain up to 1,000 meters ahead and 50 meters deep. The ship’s propulsion system includes two Azipod D units and a diesel electric power plant designed specifically for ice-going vessels to help them operate at optimum efficiency while providing substantial power, offering guests a smooth and powerful ride, especially important while cruising in Antarctica and the Arctic.
Endeavor’s luxurious design will offer discerning travelers elegantly casual, expansive private and public spaces with 100 gross tons per person and 10,000 cubic feet per guest for a passenger space ratio of more than 100. The ship accommodates 200 guests with a one-to-one crew-to-guest ratio. Accommodations are elegantly appointed and offer a private veranda and the attentions of butler service.
Michelin-inspired dining options include Umi Uma, the first and only Japanese restaurant on an expedition ship, Italian fine dining at Prego, 24-hour room service and the Vintage Room experience. Also featured are spacious social spaces; the only casino on an expedition yacht; a glass-covered, two-story solarium–which houses the Seahorse Pool and Jacuzzi–providing panoramic views from sea to sky; and the full-service Crystal Life Salon & Spa with a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as a wrap-around Promenade Deck, rare in the industry but a Crystal design element. Expedition-specific amenities and spaces will enhance guests’ experience, including enrichment areas, designated mud rooms, and an expedition lounge. The ship’s marina will store the fleet of zodiacs, kayaks, snorkel gear, and more. For more information, visit www.crystalcruises.com.