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Crystal to build expedition yacht equipped for tropics, polar regions

Rendering of Crystal Endeavor, which will cruise the Arctic and Antarctica.
Rendering of Crystal Endeavor, which will cruise the Arctic and Antarctica. Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises, which branched out into luxury yachting in December, said Monday it has ordered the world’s first purpose-built polar-class yacht to cruise polar regions during the summer and fall. It will also cruise the tropics.

Crystal’s first-ever expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor, will be 600 feet long and have 100 guest suites, each a minimum of 400 square feet (including balcony). Steel-cutting will begin in May at a Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany, and it will debut in August 2018.

The Crystal Endeavor, named after Capt. James Cook’s research ship, HMS Endeavor, will cruise in the Arctic, the Americas and Europe, then Antarctica in winter. It will offer extreme adventures and be equipped with helicopters, small submarines, Zodiacs, kayaks, fishing equipment, dive equipment and a recompression chamber, underwater scooters and more.

Crystal Endeavor will cater to a particularly daring audience, one who values luxurious comfort and amenities as much as life-changing adventures.

Edie Rodriguez, Crystal Cruises president and CEO

“Crystal Endeavor will cater to a particularly daring audience, one who values luxurious comfort and amenities as much as life-changing adventures,” said Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s president and CEO, who made the announcement during an event tied to the SeaTrade Cruise Global convention in Fort Lauderdale.

Genting Hong Kong, the gambling and resort giant, purchased Crystal for $550 million last year. The company has since announced an ambitious three-year plan to add a river-cruising operation, three additional ocean-going ships, and business-class-only air service. Last year, the line added its first megayacht, the 62-passenger Crystal Esprit; the Endeavor will be Crystal’s second vessel in that operation.

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