Crystal Endeavor sets ‘new high standard’ in luxury cruising
Crystal Expedition Cruises has officially welcomed 20,200-gt luxury expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor to the Crystal fleet. The ship was christened by its godmother, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig. Almost 100 people attended the ceremony on the helipad of the ship, which is docked at MV Werften in Stralsund, the shipyard that designed and built the vessel.
“Today is a landmark day as we christen Crystal Endeavor, the first and only Polar Class Six (PC6) expedition yacht to be made in Germany, and a testament to Crystal’s award-winning design and MV Werften’s superb German engineering with system redundancies, including 100% additional lifeboat capacity, to handle extreme polar conditions,” said Genting Hong Kong chairman Tan Sri KT Lim. “It combines the finest attributes of the award-winning Crystal experience with unmatched technical capabilities including the most installed power per gross tonne for any cruise ship at over 13 MW.
“The most luxurious and expensive ship ever built at US$20,000 per tonne, it sets a new high standard in luxury cruising including the largest space ratio, at over 100 tonne per guest, and most importantly, the highest staff to guest ratio in the industry at one-to-one. We are delighted Crystal Endeavor, as the new pinnacle of expedition excellence, now commands the highest cruise fare per night of any cruise ship in the world.”
“We have shown that even under the most challenging conditions, we in Stralsund can build ships of the greatest complexity that meet the highest standards,” said MV Werften president and chief executive Peter Fetten. “Crystal Endeavor is a unique vessel that will represent the art of German shipbuilding throughout the world. We would also like to thank the federal government and state government for their commitment and support.”
Crystal Endeavor accommodates 200 guests in 100 all-verandah, all-butler serviced suites, among the most spacious in expedition cruising. Michelin-inspired dining options including Umi Uma, the first and only Japanese restaurant on an expedition ship, fine Italian cuisine at Prego, 24-hour room service and optional Vintage Room experience; the only casino on an expedition yacht; a glass-covered, two-story solarium – housing the Seahorse Pool and Jacuzzi – providing panoramic views from sea to sky; and full-service Crystal Life Salon & Spa with a state-of-the-art fitness centre; and a wrap-around Promenade Deck.
Expedition-specific amenities will include designated mud rooms, an expedition lounge and a helicopter lounge. The ship’s marina will include a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks, snorkel gear, a six-guest submersible and two helicopters in select regions of the world.
A dynamic positioning capability enables the ship to remain in one place utilising GPS and its thrusters, rather than dropping anchor, avoiding damage to delicate reefs. As part of its responsible cruising efforts, the company has equipped Crystal Endeavor to connect to shore power while in port, installed several water treatment systems and will clean exhaust emissions through a selective catalytic reductant system.
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