Crystal Expedition Cruises has completed the second and final sea trial for Crystal Endeavor, the operator’s new luxury expedition vessel
The MV Werften-built ship’s final sea trial was carried out 20 May to 23 May, before it returned to the shipyard for the final construction to be completed.
During sea trials, Crystal Endeavor underwent rigorous performance and operational tests on the ship’s systems, machinery and engines, including safety, navigation and propulsion systems, and noise and vibration measurements.
The vessel’s captain Thomas Larsen commented “The design and building standard of Crystal Endeavor is outstanding. Contracted for maximum speed of 19 knots, it has delivered nearly 20 knots during sea trials, exceeding all performance expectations and standards with little to no vibration even during ‘crash stop’ tests in the suites and public areas.”
Crystal Cruises reported that trial results showed the vessel crash-stopped from full speed to zero within 660 m compared with the 1,700 m requirement and manoeuvrability also exceeds standards. The ship shows noise reduction levels 10% lower than requirements with vibration measuring even lower at up to 80% lower than required.
“We applaud the MV Werften team for their partnership and professionalism in overcoming the many challenges of the past year, their engineering expertise and design excellence in working to create and deliver a new standard in luxury expedition cruising,” said president of Crystal Cruises, Jack Anderson.
The ship sports a Polar Class 6 classification that enables it to sail in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Its 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 13,020-kW of installed power. Crystal Endeavor will set sail 17 July with five 10-night immersive voyages circumnavigating Iceland. The Luxury Iceland Expedition voyages will sail a round-trip from the ship’s homeport of Reykjavík and will be followed by the 10-night itenary Journey of Vikings: Iceland & Norway from Reykjavík to Tromsø departing 5 September 2021.
Travellers will be offered expansive private and public spaces with 100 gt per person and 283 m3 per guest for a passenger space ratio of more than 100. The ship accommodates just 200 guests with a one-to-one crew-to-guest ratio.
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