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MIAMI — Crystal Endeavor, originally scheduled to launch in August 2020, is now on track to debut this summer.
With the delay, which was caused by the temporary shutdown of MV WERFTEN shipyard due to the global health crisis, Crystal has cancelled Crystal Endeavor voyages through May 1, 2021. It is currently reviewing the ship’s published summer itineraries in destinations like the Norwegian Fjords, Scottish Isles, France, Spain, Portugal, the Atlantic Isles, Western Africa, Brazil, Argentina and Antarctica.
Genting Hong Kong (GHK), Crystal’s parent company, recently completed a €193-million loan agreement with the German government for the completion of Crystal Endeavor and to support the operations of the shipyard through March 2021.
“While we are certainly disappointed that Crystal Endeavor’s delivery has been delayed, we are encouraged by the progress and dedication of the professionals at MV WERFTEN and are looking forward to introducing this remarkable ship,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal’s interim president and CEO. “As the most spacious and luxurious ship in the expedition market, Crystal Endeavor will offer new ways for luxury travellers to explore the world while also delivering on what Crystal does best – a design that anticipates the needs and comforts of our guests, generous public spaces and elegant suites, immersive and enriching destination experiences, world-class cuisine and, of course, warm and attentive service from the best crew in the world.”
Upon completion, Crystal Endeavor will offer three dedicated categories of exploration: Remote Expedition, visiting far-flung destinations and uninhabited locales; Cultural Discovery, emphasizing the region and its people; and Destination Exploration, highlighting the natural wonders and beauty of destinations. The all-suite, all-verandah ship will accommodate 200 guests and offer butler-serviced guestrooms, six dining venues including Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Umi Uma & Sushi Bar, a fitness centre, designated mud rooms, helicopter lounge and a seven-person submersible that will allow for deep-water explorations up to 980 feet.