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  • crystal-endeavor-polar-rendering.jpg - An artist's conception of the upcoming Crystal Endeavor in the polar regions. She's named after Capt. James Cook's research ship HMS Endeavour.
  • crystal-endeavor-tropical-rendering.jpg - An artist's conception of the upcoming expedition ship of Crystal Endeavor in the tropics.

Crystal Endeavor: Luxury polar expeditions start in 2020


Crystal Endeavour, now under construction, is the first expedition ship from luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises. Crystal, which has pushed its debut back to August 2020, describes it as "the world's largest megayacht." 

 A Remote Operated Vehicle will enable passengers to see sunken galleons, warships & passenger ships, such as the Titanic at 12,500 feet

A purpose-built polar class megayacht designed for global expeditions in the Arctic, Antarctica and deep tropic destinations, Crystal Endeavour will boast the largest suites of any expedition ship. It will come outfitted with a large number of gadgets and crafts for exploring extreme adventure by air, sea and land. 

The 200-guest capacity Crystal Endeavor will offer extreme adventures by air, sea and land with a complete range of “toys” that are not commonly found on today’s megayachts, including two helicopters and two landing pads for flightseeing expeditions, as well as 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. 

Measuring 600 feet (183 meters) long, the ship will feature 100 guest suites. Another highlight: Endeavor will feature a 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio.

All-inclusive experience

Your fare is expected to cover butlers, bartenders, waiters, housekeepers, gratuities, unlimited alcohol (including wine, spirits and beer), bottled water, soft drinks, meals at all restaurants, 24-hour room service, and airport transfers to/from the ship on arrival and departure days.  

Where Crystal Endeavour sails

Using dynamic positioning technology, 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, it will visit remote islands in the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, which cruise ships seldom call on or cannot access. Its maiden season will be August 2020 to January 2021. Fares start from $12,750 per person.

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Details about this one-of-a-kind ship

Crystal Endeavour will 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 the megayacht 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.

With the use of a Remote Operated Vehicle, passengers will be able to see sunken galleons, warships and passenger ships, such as the Titanic at 12,500 feet, and with dynamic positioning, it will just hover over deep sunken attractions without using anchors.

Interested in a cruise on this ship?

If you're interested in a cruise on Crystal Endeavour, contact a Cruiseable travel advocate at 1-877-322-3773 or by email. You'll get a better deal than you can get by contacting the cruise line directly. Bookings have begun. 

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Fast facts

200 Passengers [?]
200 Crew
8 Decks
2020 Maiden voyage
19,800 Tonnage [?]
600 Length in feet
99 Width in feet (max beam)
195 cost (millions)

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