Schlagwort: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises and Crystal Expedition Cruises Extend Vaccination Requirement through 2022

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Crystal is the first major cruise line to announce a guest and crew vaccine mandate through 2022

Today Crystal announced that it will extend its vaccination requirement for all age-eligible guests (currently 12 and older) and all crew through 2022 for ocean ships Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony and luxury expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor. All age-eligible guests (currently 12 and older) and all crew must be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine (with both doses, if recommended by manufacturer) at least 14-days prior to their embarkation date. Crystal continues to be a leader in its response to COVID-19 with protocols based on the latest data and recommendations by health experts as the company was the first major cruise line to require a COVID-19 vaccine for both guests and crew in 2021 and now the first through 2022.

Crystal Serenity, Foto: enapress.com

                “Protecting the health and safety of our guests and crew is paramount to everything we do and extending our vaccination requirements through 2022 is the next important step to continue to safeguard the health and wellness of our Crystal Family,” said Jack Anderson, president of Crystal. “Our guests have overwhelmingly told us that vaccinations are critical for them to feel comfortable traveling and announcing this extension now will give them the information and reassurance they require as they look to plan future voyages with us.”

Crystal Symphony, Foto: enapress.com

                Guests will need to provide documented proof of vaccination at the time of check-in before boarding the ship. Children 11 and under who are not currently eligible for vaccination must be pre-approved after initial waitlist, are subject to capacity control, and must provide proof of valid travel insurance. Guests traveling with unvaccinated children will be subject to unvaccinated protocols when with their children. Once vaccines are approved for age-eligible children, Crystal will require they be fully vaccinated. All officers and crew across the Crystal fleet are fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to service as a requirement of their employment.

                Yesterday, Crystal River Cruises announced it will require 100 percent guest and crew vaccination through 2022 as well. The company will assess whether a booster shot for all guests and crew across the full fleet will be required once more information is available.

                The vaccine requirement augments the company’s comprehensive Crystal Clean+ measures, including COVID-19 tests at embarkation for both guests and crew, temperature checks when returning from ashore, a nimble mask policy, social distancing guidelines, enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures and more.

                Additionally, Crystal’s Ocean, River and Expedition ships feature 100 percent fresh, non-recirculated air in every single guest suite, stateroom and social space. Crew across Crystal’s fleet of ships are also currently wearing masks in all public areas to provide yet another layer of guest protection.

Crystal Endeavor, Foto: enapress.com

                The Crystal experience affords each guest an abundance of personal space that is unrivaled in cruising. Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony are designed to offer nearly double the space per guest of similar-sized ships. Crystal Endeavor, at 100 gross tons and 10,000 cubic feet per guest and a guest space ratio of more than 100, has the largest space per guest of any ship at sea.  

                Sailing innovative global itineraries to virtually every corner of the earth, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity offer travelers unforgettable vacation experiences highlighted by Crystal’s unique brand of personal touches and attention to detail as well as among the highest staff-to-guest ratios in the industry. Guest accommodations are appointed with plush amenities and state-of-the-art conveniences in all categories, with no inside staterooms and nearly all staterooms and Penthouses featuring private verandahs.

                The German-built 20,200 GRT Crystal Endeavor is the ninth ship in the award-winning cruise line’s worldwide fleet and is the fastest and most powerful expedition ship in the industry. Luxuriously designed to offer discerning guests elegantly expansive private and public spaces, the ship accommodates just 200 guests in 100 well-appointed all-verandah, all-butler serviced suites, which are among the largest and most spacious in expedition cruising. A one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio delivers the personal and genuine service for which Crystal is known.

                A leader in unrivaled luxury cruising for 30 years, Crystal distinguishes its ships and its voyages with fine details and nuances that make a big impact for discerning travelers. The all-inclusive experience features award-winning entertainment; diverse enrichment options; acclaimed Michelin-inspired dining in multiple specialty venues; unlimited pours of fine wines, beers and premium spirits and an unwavering standard of genuine, personal service for each guest.

Text: PM Crystal Cruises

Discover ‘Celebrated Cultures & Treasured Temples’ on Crystal’s Epic 2024 World Cruise

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Today Crystal Cruises announced its highly anticipated 2024 World Cruise, a 105-night epic adventure aboard Crystal Serenity exploring the Southern Hemisphere and beyond from Miami to Rome, January 5 – April 20, 2024. ‘Celebrated Cultures & Treasured Temples’ marks Crystal’s 27th World Cruise and features a near circumnavigation of the globe with 49 ports of call in 22 countries and destinations including the Panama Canal; Mexico; French Polynesia; the South Pacific; New Zealand; Australia; Indonesia; Sri Lanka; India; the Red Sea, the Suez Canal; and the Mediterranean isles of Cyprus, Crete and Sicily. 

              Guests who were booked on Crystal’s canceled 2022 World Cruise will enjoy an exclusive booking window from September 21 – 30, 2021, and opens for reservations to the public on October 1, 2021. Guests will benefit from 2-for-1 fares including Book Now Savings of up to $17,250 per guest.

              “We know our guests will love this new ocean odyssey as it captures just the right mix of luxury, adventure and discovery from the idyllic isles of French Polynesia to the fjords and wine regions of New Zealand to ancient cultures and desert adventures of the Red Sea,” said Jack Anderson, president of Crystal. “The 2024 World Cruise also includes a generous number of days at sea which our guests love and dare I say demand. Sea days are an open invitation to luxuriate in Crystal’s unmatched service, unwind in the spa, lean into relaxation, and enjoy intriguing lectures, incredible dining and glorious, uninterrupted ocean views with no agenda except la dolce vita.” 

              Showcasing a captivating mix of coastal enclaves less traveled, storied islands and chic cosmopolitan capitals the voyage also features 14 overnight calls in intriguing cities including Panama City, Panama; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Bora Bora and Papeete, French Polynesia; Auckland and Napier, New Zealand; Hobart, (Tasmania), Sydney, and Cairns, Australia; Bali, Indonesia; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Cochin and Mumbai, India; and Eilat, Israel.

              Rich with natural and cultural wonders, Crystal’s 27th World Cruise provides access to 45 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from the striking Buddhas of Mumbai’s Elephanta Caves to the intriguing Land of Frankincense in Oman and the famed mosaics of Paphos in Cyprus. 

              ‘Celebrated Cultures & Ancient Temples’ can be enjoyed as a 105-night World Cruise from Miami to Rome, or as an 89-night World Cruise from Los Angeles to Rome, both options affording Full World Cruise benefits. The itinerary is comprised of seven unique 13- to 18-night segments which can be combined for customized regional explorations affording an exclusive five percent savings.

World Cruise segments include:

  • Panama Passage, 16 nights – Highlights include Key West, Cartagena’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, a Panama Canal transit, overnights in Panama City and Cabo San Lucas and calls in tropical San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, and Huatulco, Mexico.
  • French Polynesian Perfection, 13 nights – Luxurious days at sea and French Polynesian wonders abound including Nuka Hiva’s towering waterfalls, Rangiroa’s world-class dive sites and Mo’orea’s turquoise lagoons, as well as overnights in idyllic Papeete and Bora Bora.
  • Pearls of the South Pacific, 14-nights – Beginning with an overnight in Papeete, this voyage features the beauty of Polynesia, Rarotonga’s vibrant reefs, the splendor of Fiji, the culture of Tonga, New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, and an overnight in Auckland, “City of Sails.”
  • Fabled Fjords & Māori Majesties, 17 nights – The glacier-carved wonders of Fiordland National Park highlight this voyage featuring calls in Tauranga, Wellington, Picton, Christchurch and Dunedin, New Zealand; and overnights in Napier, New Zealand; and Hobart (Tasmania) and Sydney, Australia.
  • Australian & Indonesian Discovery, 14 nights – An overnight in Cairns, Australia offers Great Barrier Reef adventures while Darwin boasts outdoor pursuits in Kakadu National Park.  Komodo Island thrills with its ‘dragons’ and an overnight in Bali reveals mystical temples and lush landscapes.
  • Cultural Kaleidoscope, 13 nights – An overnight in Colombo, Sri Lanka invites options for exotic exploration including the UNESCO-listed Sacred city of Kandy, while overnights in Cochin and Mumbai, India, and calls in Malaysia and Thailand offer incredible temples, wildlife and urban vigor.
  • The Sands of Time, 18 nights – A call in Aqaba, Jordan is a doorway to ancient Petra and Wadi Rum, while sunny Eilat, Israel, tempts with spectacular reefs and jeep tours in the Negev Desert. A Suez Canal transit, calls in Cyprus and Crete and the timeless beauty of Sicily complete the journey.

              Special events on board and ashore will highlight the Full 2024 World Cruise voyage, while dozens of shoreside Crystal Destination Discoveries™ allow guests to visit some of the world’s most remarkable UNESCO World Heritage sites. Optional curated experiences are offered to suit virtually every traveler preference from the architectural treasures of Sydney’s Opera House and Mumbai’s Shri Siddhivinayak Temple to natural wonders including Masaya Volcano National Park in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, and the crystalline lagoons of Bora Bora. Guests with a taste for even deeper exploration may be tempted by an optional overland adventure to India’s Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

              Each of the Full World Cruise options include benefits of air credits of $1,000 for the first two guests per stateroom; two complimentary private transfers between port city airport and the ship; an extravagant Gala Dinner event ashore; an exclusive shoreside World Cruise event; themed onboard events; special gifts; “As You Wish” shipboard spending credits of up to $2,000 per guest; and more!

              Guests booking Crystal’s full 2024 World Cruise and combinable segments will enjoy 2-for-1 fares plus Book Now Savings, cruise deposits of 15 percent, as well as 2.5 percent Early Full Payment Savings. Crystal Society members will also enjoy an additional savings of 2.5 percent, and new-to-Crystal guests an additional two percent savings.

              A leader in unrivaled luxury cruising for 30 years, Crystal Cruises distinguishes its ships and its voyages with fine details and nuances that make a big impact for discerning travelers. The all-inclusive experience features award-winning entertainment; diverse enrichment options; acclaimed Michelin-inspired dining in multiple specialty venues; unlimited pours of fine wines, beers and premium spirits and an unwavering standard of genuine, personal service for each guest.

Text: PM Crystal Cruises

Wasserfälle und Sushi

Eine Reise mit diesem Schiff rund um Island ist eine Entdeckungsfahrt für alle Sinne – Naturerlebnisse inklusive. Eine exzellente Mischung von Zodiac-Abenteuer, Luxushotel und Haute Cuisine. Michael Wolf über die der CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR.

Wer die CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR betritt, den erwartet anfangs kein riesiges Atrium, sondern eher etwas Understatement für ein so großes Expeditionsschiff: Die schöne Gangway bringt ihre Besucher direkt zum zentralen „Boulevard“ des Schiffes auf Deck 5, dem „Seahorse“, also Seepferdchen-Deck. Hier befinden sich Richtung Bug die moderne Rezeption, das Bistro mit seinem Marmorboden und Sitzmöbeln in modernen grün- und blau-Farben (in dem ganztägig Snacks und Suppe an einem Bedienbuffet bereit stehen) mit Bar (die nachmittags eine gute Eiscreme-Auswahl bietet), und das gut ausgestattete Hospital.

Richtung Heck liegen­ die Behandlungsräume des Spas, das eine ganze Palette unterschiedlichster Massagen und Treatments anbietet. Dahinter liegt ein wirklich gut bestückter Fitnessraum, in dem täglich Pilates- oder andere Fitnesskurse von Sportdirektor Victor angeboten werden, sowie die erstaunlich große Boutique. Am Ende des Ganges befindet sich eines der Schmuckstücke des neuen Schiffes, das bei unserem Besuch zwar schon bei einem Cocktail vorgestellt wurde, aber noch nicht operationell war: das Solarium. Schon von außen sind die verglasten Wände am Heck, die sich über zwei Decks erstrecken, ein markantes Wahrzeichen der CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR.

Von innen bieten sie ungehinderte Sicht in fast alle Richtungen. Zentraler Punkt ist der Pool, dessen Boden nach Leerung auf das normale Bodenniveau gebracht werden und als Tanzfläche oder als Platz für Empfänge genutzt werden kann. Im Restaurant (Marketplace) wird es hier ganztägig kleine Speisen und Snacks auf zwei Decks geben. Ein sehr schöner kleiner Deckbereich aussen direkt am Heck sowie einige Relax-Steinliegen werden das Solarium sicher insgesamt zu einem Hot Spot der CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR machen.

Überhaupt hat dieses Schiff wirklich schöne und vor allem­ sehr großzügige Aussenbereiche. Auf Deck 5 lässt sich das Schiff (fast) umlaufen – während man um das Heck herumgehen kann, steigt der Weg nach vorn auf der rechten Seite zum ein Deck höher gelegenen Sonnendeck mit originellen Holz-Bänken, einem Jacuzzi mit Panoramasicht und vor allem einem kleinen Vistapoint ganz vorn an der Bugspitze mit Titanic-Feeling.

Rund ums Schiff geht es aber auf Deck 10 – auch mit einem Jogging Track. Hier liegt noch eine kleine Bar mit Sitzgruppen und Liegestühlen um eine erfrischende Dusche­ im modernen Glas-Styling am Bug. Also Platz ohne Ende – und auf dem Helikopterdeck könnte man letztendlich bequem Tennis spielen….

… Lesen Sie weiter in der aktuellen AN BORD.

Bildergalerie zur CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR
Bildergalerie Island

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Crystal Cruises Announces 2022 Grand Voyage, 132-Night Ocean Odyssey on Crystal Serenity

2022 Grand Voyage Caribbean Idylls & Mediterranean Masterpieces redesign of previously scheduled 2022 World Cruise

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Today Crystal Cruises unveiled its 2022 Grand Voyage, Caribbean Idylls & Mediterranean Masterpieces, a 132-night, ocean-spanning odyssey on Crystal Serenity from Miami to Los Angeles, January 17 – May 29, 2022. The expansive, destination-rich itinerary calls upon 82 ports in 32 countries and includes 11 overnights in some of the world’s most iconic cities including Istanbul, Monte Carlo, Naples and Cannes, as well as the exclusive island enclaves of St. Barts, Madeira, the Canary Islands and more.  Rarely repeating a port of call, the 2022 Grand Voyage allows guests to indulge their wanderlust with new destinations and in-depth explorations of each region. This new Grand Voyage replaces the line’s 2022 World Cruise, which was canceled because many countries on the original itinerary remain uncertain in their ability to welcome guests back at this time.

“Our guests are extremely seasoned travelers who crave worldwide discovery, cultural immersion and the allure of exotic global destinations,” said Jack Anderson, president of Crystal. “This expansive 2022 Grand Voyage has been artfully crafted to showcase rare ports of call and unique experiences that offer our guests a new twist on even the most well-loved destinations, while inviting them to enjoy the indulgences of Michelin-level cuisine, personalized service, unmatched spaciousness and luxurious all-inclusive amenities and comforts that remain the hallmarks of the Crystal Experience.

Karte: Crystal Cruises

“We know our guests, especially our extended voyage guests, consider Crystal their second home and that both our guests and crew are part of one large Crystal family. Captain Birger Vorland and his crew are excited to welcome these guests back home to Crystal since having said goodbye to the World Cruise guests in Perth last year,” Anderson continued.

The 2022 Grand Voyage’s curated 132-night itinerary was designed for travelers with a pent-up desire for longer cruise vacations, while also offering those with more limited time for globetrotting the option to choose from 11 cruise segments ranging from nine to 16-nights – perfect for today’s busy luxury traveler. With unique itineraries for each voyage segment and featured destinations including the Caribbean, Morocco, the Cote d’Azur, the Amalfi Coast, the Greek Isles, the Black Sea, the Holy Land and more, the options to create customized combinations for regional exploration are virtually endless. Reservations for the 2022 Grand Voyage will be open to 2022 World Cruise booked guests for an exclusive 10-day booking window from September 14 – 23 and to the public on September 24, 2021.

A standout feature of the 2022 Grand Voyage is the number of islands on the itinerary, 45 in total, including 19 calls in the Caribbean, and a rare immersive exploration of the Canary Islands with calls in six out of seven of the main islands and an overnight call in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Other island explorations include the Cape Verde Islands, the Azores, Madeira, Gibraltar, the Balearic Isles, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Malta, Crete, Cyprus, the Greek Isles and Bermuda.

Collectors of rare port experiences will enjoy several seldom visited ports of call showcasing incredible natural beauty and fascinating history including San Blas Islands, Panama; St. Croix, USVI; Ile des Saints, Guadeloupe; Cagliari, Sardinia; Praia and Santo Antão, Cape Verde Islands; Gaeta, Italy; Syracuse, Sicily and more. 

Port-rich trans-Atlantic crossings, an abundance of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a transit of the Panama Canal, and explorations of ancient empires, legendary art, magnificent architecture and natural wonders round out this all-encompassing grand ocean voyage.

Caribbean Idylls & Mediterranean Masterpieces departs Miami on January 17, 2022, bound for the warmth of the Caribbean on voyages exploring aquamarine waters, lush landscapes and cultural riches from the ABC isles of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao to the eco-wonders of Costa Rica. Designed to follow the sun and the seasons the 2022 Grand Voyage offers guests the chance to enjoy the best weather of each destination from the sun-washed shores and balmy breezes of winter in the Caribbean to the welcoming climate of the Canary Islands, springtime in the Mediterranean and beyond.

When Crystal Serenity sets sail on the 2022 Grand Voyage, all guests (who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine) will be fully vaccinated as a requirement of the company’s Crystal Clean+ protocols, established in response to COVID-19. Guests 12 and older must be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days prior to departure for all 2022 Ocean voyages including those guests embarking in Miami. One hundred percent of Crystal’s officers and crew fleetwide will continue to be vaccinated in 2022 as a requirement for employment.

A leader in unrivaled luxury cruising for 30 years, Crystal Cruises distinguishes its ships and its voyages with fine details and nuances that make a big impact for discerning travelers. The all-inclusive experience features award-winning entertainment; diverse enrichment options; globally inspired dining, including Nobu Matsuhisa’s only seagoing restaurants; unlimited pours of fine wines, beers and premium spirits and an unwavering standard of genuine, personal service for each guest.

Text: PM Crystal Cruises

Today, Crystal announced that it has sold Crystal Esprit.

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Crystal Esprit has been a wonderful part of the Crystal fleet offering a boutique yachting experience unmatched in the industry, earning the devotion of discerning travelers and winning awards since her debut in 2015. 

However, as we have been evaluating our focus post pandemic, the single, small yacht concept does not fit into future plans for the company as we continue to concentrate on the successful deployment of our Crystal Ocean, River and Expedition fleets, as well as exploring new builds for expansion.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the officers and crew who worked passionately to make Crystal Esprit a unique vacation and look forward to welcoming them aboard the other vessels in our award-winning fleet.  

Crystal is notifying all affected guests and their travel partners of this information and offering booked guests future cruise credits equal to 115 percent of cruise fare paid on fully-paid reservations for the Crystal Experience of their choice on any Ocean/River/Expedition voyage or a full refund.

Text: PM Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises Adds Miami as Port of Call and Embarkation for Crystal Serenity’s Luxury Bahamas Escapes

Miami added to meet demand for close-to-home voyages and unique itinerary leaving from the U.S.

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Crystal Cruises today announced it has added Miami as a port of call and a port of embarkation for Crystal Serenity’s Luxury Bahamas Escapes* voyages. The addition of Miami begins with the Saturday, August 7 voyage from Nassau with embarkation from the Port of Miami commencing on Monday, August 9. This update to the itinerary will allow travelers to enjoy a U.S. city departure affording ample flight options as well as another port of call for guests sailing on this unique itinerary. The seven-night round-trip Luxury Bahamas Escapes have been extended to early November and now include three ports of embarkation: Nassau on Saturdays, Bimini on Sundays, and Miami on Mondays. In addition, a new 4-night Luxury Bahamas Getaway sailing on November 15 round-trip from Miami has been added that will visit San Salvador and Exuma while also featuring one day at sea. The voyages featuring Miami opened for reservations today.

              As part of its Crystal Clean+ measures, Crystal guests 12 and over must be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to boarding a Crystal ship, however, due to Florida state law, the company will adjust this policy for the Miami port of embarkation and will highly recommend, but not require, that all guests be fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated guests must be pre-approved after initial waitlist, are subject to capacity control, and proof of valid travel insurance is required. Unvaccinated guests will need to adhere to specific protocols and further testing requirements in addition to certain restrictions during their journey, which can be found here. Some of these restrictions for unvaccinated guests include mandatory mask requirement in all public areas except when eating and/or drinking, no access to certain public areas including specialty restaurants, lounges and night clubs, Crystal Life Spa and Crystal Life Fitness and they may not be able to go ashore at certain ports or attend gatherings onboard such as the Crystal Society party, etc. Dining will be assigned in a socially distanced area. Unvaccinated guests will be identified by a red bracelet while vaccinated guests will be identified by a green bracelet to assist the officers and crew in enforcing restrictions. These details will also be communicated in advance and must be agreed upon as a condition of travel.

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              “The terrific response to our deployment of Crystal Serenity’s Luxury Bahamas Escapes showcases the pent-up desire in cruising and we are thrilled to have resumed cruising on July 3 in The Bahamas,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal’s president. “By adding Port of Miami, we are giving travelers another convenient way to join these popular Bahamas cruises that provide vacation escapes both close to home and yet a world away, with amazing outdoor options from snorkeling and diving to eco-tours and deep-sea fishing, to just relaxing on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

              “These itineraries are truly unique because they offer guests the chance to experience exclusive places usually only accessible by seaplanes or private yachts and sailboats. We are delighted that The Bahamas has welcomed us to explore their beautiful Family Islands and we look forward to sharing their natural wonders and authentic, up-close experiences with our guests.”

              “We’re working hard to bring back safe cruising at PortMiami stronger than ever,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “I am so excited that Crystal Cruises’ new passenger service to The Bahamas from the Cruise Capital of the World will offer visitors a new travel destination from Miami and generate economic opportunities across our community. Thank you, Crystal Cruises, for choosing PortMiami as a homeport.”

              For guests embarking in Nassau and Bimini, the call in Miami offers exciting options for exploring including the chance to stroll among the glamourous Art Deco landmarks in South Beach and a flavorful sampling of Cuban specialties on a tasting tour of Little Havana. Those wishing to experience Florida’s wild side can venture 45 minutes west of Miami to Everglades National Park where airboats skim the “River of Grass” at thrilling speeds and showcase a spectacular ecosystem highlighted by great blue herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, and the only place on the planet where gators and crocodiles exist side by side.

              The Luxury Bahamas Escapes explore the “Out Islands” also knowns as the “Family Islands” with calls in Great Exuma, San Salvador and Long Island, exclusive enclaves of pristine natural beauty featuring gorgeous beaches, incredible ocean reefs for snorkeling and diving, and a relaxed vibe all their own. Optional excursions offer guests the chance to experience the world-famous swimming pigs on Big Major Cay, snorkel the clear waters and colorful reefs of San Salvador and more.

              Best Available fares for the Luxury Bahamas Escapes sailings start at $1,999 per guest, including $500 Book Now Savings and $500 air savings. Guests will receive a $125 per person As You Wish shipboard credit with Crystal Society Savings doubling to five percent; new-to-Crystal guests saving 2.5 percent; and solo fares starting at just 125 percent. Best Available fares for the Luxury Bahamas Getaway sailing start at $1,199 per guest. Travelers with Future Cruise Credits and Future Cruise Payments may redeem them on this itinerary. Guests will also enjoy $100 reduced deposits and an extended final payment date of 60 days prior to sailing providing flexibility and ease in the return to travel.

              A leader in unrivaled luxury cruising for 30 years, Crystal Cruises distinguishes its ships and its voyages with fine details and nuances that make a big impact for discerning travelers. All-inclusive experience with award-winning entertainment; diverse enrichment options; globally-inspired dining, including Nobu Matsuhisa’s only seagoing restaurants; unlimited pours of fine wines, beers and premium spirits and an unwavering standard of genuine, personal service for each guest underscores the Crystal difference. Crystal Serenity’s social spaciousness has been further increased with a commitment to reduced guest capacity.

*Subject to Bahamian Government approval.

Text: PM Crystal Cruises

Crystal Guests Embark Crystal Endeavor in Reykjavík for Maiden Expedition Voyage

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Crystal Guests Embark Crystal Endeavor in Reykjavík for Maiden Expedition Voyage

All-veranda, all-butler serviced expedition yacht will depart Sunday, July 18 on inaugural 10-night circumnavigation of Iceland

Today, the officers and staff of Crystal Endeavor welcomed their first guests in Reykjavík, Iceland for the expedition yacht’s maiden voyage, a 10-night circumnavigation of IcelandThe inaugural voyage marks the first in a series of five Luxury Iceland Expedition sailings round-trip from Reykjavík exploring Iceland’s dramatically beautiful and fascinating locales and featuring expedition experiences from Zodiac adventures to kayaking excursions launched directly from the ship.

Foto: Roger Pimenta

“This is an incredible moment for the entire Crystal Family as we watch Crystal Endeavor embark upon her maiden voyage,” said Jack Anderson, president of Crystal. “Our new expedition yacht will take our guests further than ever before on bold adventures to the far corners of the globe and offering explorations, enrichment and immersive experiences beyond anything they’ve experienced before. The ship features spaciousness, personal service and luxury for our guests with safety and responsible stewardship of the world’s oceans at the forefront.”

Foto: Roger Pimenta

The 20,200 GRT Crystal Endeavor is the most spacious, fastest and most powerful expedition ship in the industry and the first polar class luxury expedition yacht “Made in Germany” featuring a PC6 classification that enables her to sail in Arctic and Antarctic waters. At 100 gross tons and 10,000 cubic feet per guest and a passenger space ratio of more than 100, she has the largest space per guest of any ship at sea. Designed to offer discerning travelers elegantly expansive private and public spaces, the ship accommodates just 200 guests in 100 well-appointed all-verandah, all-butler serviced suites, among the largest and most spacious in expedition cruising. Aone-to-one staff-to-guest ratio delivers the personal and genuine service for which Crystal is known.

The ship’s marina features the “toys” found aboard a private yacht including 18 Zodiacs, a fleet of sea kayaks (14), snorkel gear, and a six-guest submersible and two helicopters in select regions of the world. Exploration equipment aboard the ship includes a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) to view the sea at a 300-meter (almost 1,000 feet) depth and a Gimble long-range camera mounted on the mast that can zoom in to view wildlife and scenery over a mile away (90 X zoom).

The camera system shoots 4K video that is streamed directly on the HD TVs throughout the ship including public areas and guest suites, and on the large 65-inch screens in Palm Court, the 86-inch screens in the Expedition Lounge and on the Cove’s video wall, with a massive 218-inch center screen and two 145-inch side screens. Camera operator control locations in the Palm Court and in the Expedition Lounge also offers interactive activity between the camera operator and guests, who can point out sights they would like to see up close.

Foto: Roger Pimenta

All ports of call for Crystal Endeavor’s Iceland voyages feature complimentary excursions led by naturalist experts from the ship’s expedition team including sea kayaking on the waters of the Westfjords in Patreksfjörður, an Arctic Circle walkabout on Grimsey Island, and Zodiac cruising amid mountain landscapes in Djúpivogur. Crystal Endeavor’s expedition leaders and guides for its Iceland voyages include a marine biologist, ornithologist, geologist/glaciologist, historian, two professional photographers, polar expedition specialists and an artist-in-residence who will instruct and encourage guests to capture travel memories with snapshot sketches and drawings.

Crystal Clean+ and Crystal Pristine

Crystal Endeavor departs for her maiden voyage with a fully vaccinated complement of guests and crew. The line has implemented new Crystal Clean+ protocols that address the unique challenges of COVID-19 with measures that include mandatory vaccination for guests and crew, COVID-19 testing at embarkation, and more. Because of the mandatory vaccination requirement, guests are able to explore ashore independently in Iceland. As a reminder, Crystal Clean+ protocols are under continual review based on scientific data and evolving recommendations from local and global authorities.

As part of its ongoing commitment to sailing responsibly through its Crystal Pristine program, the company has equipped Crystal Endeavor to connect to shore power while in port and cleans exhaust emissions through a Selective Catalytic Reductant system. The ship is outfitted with offshore dynamic positioning capabilities, enabling the vessel to remain in one place utilizing GPS and its thrusters, rather than dropping anchor, avoiding any potential damage to delicate reefs.

The ship deploys state-of-the-art underwater sonar technology, providing real-time 3D images of the terrain and activity along the ship’s route up to 1,000 meters ahead of the vessel and to a depth of up to 50 meters, with a mapping range up to eight times the water’s depth. Such vision enables the captain and bridge officers to detect potential hazards and sea life far in advance to navigate appropriately.

Foto: Roger Pimenta

Inaugural Voyages, Iceland, the Arctic Circle and Europe

As the first and only true luxury expedition yacht to restart cruising in the Arctic and Northern Europe, Crystal Endeavor’s maiden voyage sails from July 17 – 27, 2021 as part of a series of 10-night immersive voyages circumnavigating Iceland. The Luxury Iceland Expedition voyages sail round-trip from the ship’s homeport of Reykjavík, affording travelers convenient air options, just six hours from New York City, three hours from London and with frequent non-stop flights from many major cities in the U.S. and Europe. The series will be followed by the 10-night Journey of Vikings: Iceland & Norway from Reykjavík to Tromsø departing September 5, 2021. 

Additional autumn departures include the 13-night Norwegian Fjords & Scottish Isles Exploration from Tromsø to London, departing September 15, 2021, featuring the fjords and UNESCO treasures of Norway and an overnight in Edinburgh, and the 11-night Breton, Bordeaux and Beyond from London to Lisbon departing September 28, 2021, and highlighted by two nights in the heart of Bordeaux and an overnight call in London.

Text: PM Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises Announces New Luxury Bermuda Escapes for Crystal Symphony

First Cruise Ship to Sail from Boston and New York Since Industry Pause

Pressemitteilung

Seven-night cruises depart round-trip from Boston beginning on August 22 and New York beginning September 24

Today, Crystal Cruises announced that Crystal Symphony will re-deploy to sail from U.S. homeports in Boston and New York for its new Luxury Bermuda Escapes, a series of seven-night voyages to Bermuda beginning in August. The first four voyages will depart round-trip from Flynn Cruiseport Boston beginning on August 22, 2021, featuring Sunday-to-Sunday itineraries, followed by nine voyages set to depart round-trip from New York’s Manhattan Cruise Terminal beginning on September 24, 2021, featuring Friday-to-Friday itineraries.

When Crystal Symphony sets sail in August with reduced capacity, all guests and crew will be vaccinated as a requirement of the company’s Crystal Clean+ protocols, a set of measures established in response to COVID-19. Additionally, Crystal’s guests and crew will follow all local health guidelines and protocols when visiting Bermuda. 

Crystal Symphony’s Luxury Bermuda Escapes will feature two full days and two nights in Bermuda with the opportunity for travelers to enjoy the service and amenities of luxury cruise travel close to home. These new voyages will replace Crystal Symphony’s previously scheduled 10-night voyages round-trip Antigua and St. Maarten.

“As the entire travel industry emerges from the restrictions of the global pandemic, flexibility has been key in re-establishing meaningful experiences for travelers. For cruising, in particular, the recent positive developments of ships sailing from U.S. ports have prompted U.S. travelers to show an increased preference for more direct access to luxury cruise options closer to home,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal’s president. “The Luxury Bermuda Escapes out of Boston and New York are a perfect fit, allowing us to welcome guests back on board to enjoy the service and amenities of the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line. Guests can enjoy a gorgeous destination famous for its pink sand beaches, turquoise seas, historic harbors and UNESCO World Heritage sites, paired with the ease and convenience of departing from these well-connected travel hubs both for those driving to the pier or those flying into the cities.”

“We are delighted to welcome Crystal Symphony’s guests to Bermuda’s 21-square miles of beautiful open spaces and pink sand beaches and invite them to relax and enjoy all the culture, adventure and fun we have to offer knowing that stringent protocols ensure them a healthy, safe and pleasurable experience,” said Bermuda’s Minister of Transport, The Hon. Lawrence Scott, JP, MP.

“We look forward to welcoming cruise passengers back to Flynn Cruiseport Boston this summer and providing an opportunity for New England residents and others to experience Bermuda,” said Massport Port Director Michael Meyran. “Pre-pandemic, the Cruiseport served more than 400,000 passengers aboard 20 major cruise lines and generated $100 million to the local economy. Massport and Crystal Cruises are actively working on a port agreement that will align with local and state public health authorities, as well as meet all the necessary CDC protocols.”

“Ports America is extremely pleased to welcome Crystal Symphony back to New York City as her homeport,” said Steve Loevsky, vice president, Cruise Ports America. “We have had a long-standing partnership with Crystal Cruises for many decades serving their vessels at Manhattan Cruise Terminal and throughout many ports in the U.S. and we look forward to a successful return this fall.”

According to Anderson, the line unfortunately had to cancel Crystal Symphony’s Caribbean voyages this year due to the redeployment. “We would like to thank our friends in Antigua, St. Maarten and the Caribbean for their partnership as well as their understanding as we make this change,” Anderson said. “We look forward to calling on these wonderful destinations, as we always have, in future deployments.”

In Bermuda, Crystal Symphony will call into the Royal Naval Dockyard, a British stronghold for more than 150 years, now home to historic architecture, shopping, galleries, restaurants, and more. The crystal-clear waters of Bermuda offer endless adventures including reefs and shipwrecks for snorkeling and diving, sport fishing, sailing, kayaking, and more. Whether exploring the centuries-old brick streets in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. George, biking the scenic Bermuda Railway Trail for cross-island sightseeing or visiting the spectacular Crystal Caves, guests will encounter endless wonders and stunning natural beauty.

Designed with inherently abundant personal and social space throughout the ship, Crystal Symphony will also return to sailing with reduced capacity, increasing its social spaciousness even more. As the eagerly anticipated return to cruising approaches, Crystal is excited to welcome its guests home to a luxurious shipboard experience punctuated by spacious guest staterooms, suites and social areas; diverse and engaging choices for activities and enrichment; elegant surroundings and amenities; and, most importantly, the genuine, personalized service provided by Crystal’s celebrated crew.

In addition to the ease and convenience of departing from a U.S. home port, Crystal is enticing travelers with compelling savings, reduced deposits, and an extended final payment date to 60 days prior to first date of service, as well as other incentives. Best Available cruise fares for the new Luxury Bermuda Escapes cruises start at $1,999 per guest, including $1,000 Book Now Savings. Guests will also enjoy reduced deposits of just $100 per passenger; $125 As You Wish shipboard credit per passenger; Crystal Society Savings doubling to five percent; new-to-Crystal guests saving 2.5 percent; and solo fares starting at just 125 percent. Travelers with Future Cruise Credits and Future Cruise Payments may redeem them on these sailings. 

A leader in unrivaled luxury cruising for 30 years, Crystal Cruises distinguishes its ships and its voyages with fine details and nuances that make a big impact for discerning travelers. All-inclusive experience with award-winning entertainment; diverse enrichment options; globally-inspired dining, including Nobu Matsuhisa’s only seagoing restaurants; unlimited pours of fine wines, beers and premium spirits and an unwavering standard of genuine, personal service for each guest underscores the Crystal difference. 

Text: PM Crystal Cruises

Spannend wie ein Krimi: Und Tschüss, „Crystal“!

An Bord des Stralsunder „Traumschiffes“ hautnah dabei

Wer am 10. Juli gegen Mittag an der ehemaligen Volkswerft vorbeigekommen ist, wird sich gewundert haben: Was ist denn da los? Wo es sonst eher ruhig zugeht. Jetzt fällt Peer Schmidt-Walther hier ein ziemliches Gewusel auf.

Autos fahren rein und raus, Frauen und Männer aller Altersgruppen, Kinder. Kontrolliert wird nur sehr oberflächlich, denn man kennt sich anscheinend. Werft-Mitarbeiter und ihre Angehörigen. Alle wollen nur eins: das „Traumschiff“ sehen, wenn es ausläuft.

Da kommt ein Radfahrer mit Warnweste und Rucksack angestrampelt. „Klaus-Peter Wegner“, stellt er sich vor, „ich bin einer der beiden Lotsen. Über 130 Meter Schiffslänge müssen wir zu zweit fahren“. Sein Kollege Jens Hahn wartet schon am Gate. Ob er das Fahrrad mit aufs Gelände nehmen dürfe, fragt Wegner freundlich den Sicherheitsmann. „Nein!“, kommt es barsch zurück. Warum? „Das ist wegen der Vorschrift!“ Der Hinweis auf die ein- und ausfahrenden PKW verfängt nicht. Also geht’s zu Fuß über das weitläufige Gelände.

Schnell noch ein Blick in die große Schiffbauhalle. Da liegen schon Teile der geplanten Crystal Endeavor-Nachfolgerin: Maschinen, Bugstrahlruder und viele weitere Bauteile. Vor einem Getränkewagen steht Oberbürgermeister Dr. Alexander Badrow. Ob er noch bis zum Auslaufen bleibe? „Ich muss gleich zu meinen Werftarbeitern“, meint er nur knapp und ist auch schon entschwunden.

Foto: Christian Rödel

Hoch oben fällt ein über die ganze Schiffslänge gespanntes Abschieds-Spruchband auf: „WE EXPLORE THE WORLD – STRALSUND’S ENDEAVOR“. Frei übersetzt: „Wir entdecken die Welt mit Stralsunds ´Endeavor`“. Auf der Pier drängeln wir uns durch eine herumwuselnde Menschentraube und Berge von Verpackungsmaterial, vor dem Eingang zum Schiff Sicherheitskontrollen, an der Seitenpforte Temperaturmessung, Abgleich anhand der Mitfahrerliste. Maske auf und los. Nur wohin? Keiner weiß Bescheid, bis ein Crewmitglied den Weg zum Fahrstuhl weist: „Bis auf Deck 7, dann noch zwei Treppen“. Die Wände sind noch unverkleidet, mehrfarbige Rohstränge verlaufen sichtbar aus der Höhe in die Tiefe. „´N neues Schiff eben“, meint Jens trocken, „das ist doch normal“.

Wir erreichen endlich die Brücke. „Willkommen im Raumschiff ´Enterprise`!“ grinst Klaus-Peter, „das ist ja Futurismus pur!“ Der finnische Kapitän Jan Rautawaara kommt auf uns zu: „Willkommen an Bord!“ Er hat sich aus einer Gruppe Techniker gelöst, die mit Papieren und Messgeräten herumlaufen, um letzte Einstellungen vorzunehmen.

Es wird spannend

Die beiden Lotsen packen ihre Laptops aus und machen sich mit der hypermodernen Navigationstechnik vertraut. In einer halben Stunde soll es losgehen. Ein Werftkran hebt gerade eine schwere Palette an und setzt sie an Bord ab. Anscheinend gibt es noch mehr zu verladen.

Der Kapitän blickt skeptisch auf seine Uhr: „14 Uhr schaffen wir nicht, wird wohl 15 Uhr werden“. Es wären noch dringend benötigte Ausrüstungsgegenstände zu laden, die gerade erst angekommen seien, lautet die Begründung. Die Zeit läuft. Kollegen, die mit Booten am Schiff auf und ab fahren, rufen ganz nervös an: „Wann geht´s denn endlich los? Warum dauert das? Wir haben noch andere Termine!“ Lakonischer Kapitäns-Kommentar: „Es wird spannend!“ Aber er bleibt die Ruhe selbst, ein echter Finne eben: „Unsere ´Crystal` will noch nicht weg aus Stralsund!“

Foto: Peer Schmidt-Walther

Auch 15 Uhr verstreicht, ohne das etwas passiert. Der Schlepper Fairplay 20 hat vorn schon angespannt. Immer noch schwingt der Kran Ladung herüber. Die Kollegen-Anrufer werden hektischer: „Was ist denn bei euch los?“ „16 Uhr“ heißt dann die endgültige Parole. Um 15.30 Uhr meldet Lotse Jens Hahn das Schiff bei Stralsund traffic ab. Colin Au, der Vertreter der Eigner-Familie Tan Sri Lim aus Malaysia, tritt schon im Kreis des beiden Werft-Chefs unruhig von einem Bein aufs andere. 15.55 Uhr, englisch-deutsche Durchsage des Kapitäns: „Danke an alle für dieses wunderschöne Projekt!“ 16 Uhr, endlich das ersehnte Kommando: „Leinen los und ein!“ Über die Bordlausprecher tönt Placido Domingo mit dem „Traumschiff“-Abschiedssong: „What a wonderful world, what a wonderful life…“ Fairplay 20 taut an. Alle zucken zusammen, als plötzlich das gewaltig stimmkräftige Typhon losdröhnt: dreimal lang – und Tschüss Stralsund! Viele Arme winken auf der Pier und gegenüber am Nautineum, wo etliche Stralsunder auf den Moment gewartet haben. „She is moving“, meldet die Zweite Offizierin, dass Crystal Endeavor sich von der Pier wegbewegt. Der Auslauf-Krimi ist anscheinend zu Ende. Vor dem Schlepper sorgt ein Boot der Wasserschutzpolizei für den nötigen Abstand der Begleitboot-Armada.

Foto: Peer Schmidt-Walther

6-Sterne-Lotsen-Essen

Rückwärts schleicht der 20.000-Tonner, der mit 450 Millionen Euro Baukosten, pro Kabine zwei Millionen, als das teuerste Kreuzfahrtschiff der Welt gilt, bis zum Becken des Südhafens. Fairplay 20 zieht die hohe Schiffsnase behutsam in die Ziegelgraben-Fahrrinne. „Beginn der Seereise“, notiert der Erste Offizier und meldet, dass die Tonne an Steuerbord frei kommt.

Noch einmal drei sehr lange, tiefsatte Typhondröhner. Winken hin- und herüber. Als der Schleppzug die Kurve vor Devin und die Rügensche Spitze Steinort passiert hat, entschwindet die Stralsund-Kulisse hinter dem Küstenwald. Die Crew schießt letzte Fotos, auch viele Seh-Leute auf dem Steilufer von „Höhe 23“. Dann kehrt wieder Arbeitsalltag ein, denn bis zum Start mit Passagieren am 17. Juli in Reykjavik auf Island gibt es noch jede Menge zu tun für Crew und Handwerker. Sie haben alle freien Kabinen belegt. „Mal sehen, wo ich heute schlafen kann“, fragt sich der Kapitän, dessen Kabine noch hergerichtet werden muss.

Auf der Brücke gespannte Aufmerksamkeit. „Ninety!“, befiehlt Lotse Klaus-Peter, während die Zweite am Ruder sitzend die Order wiederholt. „Starbord twenty!“ Harte Kursänderung auf die Hochspannungsleitung Prosnitzer Schanze – Niederhof zu. Mit der Leitungshöhe gibt es zum Glück keine Probleme. Mit 13 bis 14 Knoten geht die Reise durch den schmalen Strelasund, bis Palmer Ort, die Südwestspitze Rügens am Eingang zum Greifswalder Bodden erreicht wird. „Keine Palmen?“, fragt jemand im Spaß, „aber eine wunderschöne Ecke“, antwortet Lotse Hahn.

19.40 Uhr: Das Ende der schlauchartigen Landtiefrinne naht nach rund 25 Seemeilen. Auch das leuchtend rote Lotsenboot von Freest. Ob wir noch etwas essen möchten?, fragt Kapitän Rautawaara. Aber gern! Carpaccio und Lammfilet stehen auf der 6-Sterne-Speisekarte. Wir genießen das „beste Essen, das es je während einer Lotsreise gab, sogar mit Silberbesteck und Damastservietten“, strahlt Wegner mit Blick auf den Südperd im Sonnenuntergang, „fast schon kitschig dieses romantische Brücken-Menü, fehlt nur noch ein kühles Glas Weißwein“.

Bei der Schiffsbeurteilung bleibt er nüchtern, meint aber trotzdem enthusiastisch: „Ein echter nautischer Mercedes, technisch einwandfrei, einfach optimal.“ Den Kapitän freut’s: „Das wird noch mal ein echter Hammer, dieser Dampfer!“

„Tschüss und gute Reise!“ wünscht man sich gegenseitig, „bis zum nächsten Mal, aber dann mit Gästen!“

Kurs Island: Crystal Endeavor verlässt Deutschland

Crystal Cruises neues Expeditionsschiff, die Crystal Endeavor, ist heute vom MV Werften-Standort Stralsund Richtung Island aufgebrochen. Dort beginnt am 17. Juli die Jungfernfahrt.

Foto: Christian Rödel

Pressemitteilung der MV WERFTEN:

„Crystal Endeavor“ verlässt MV WERFTEN Stralsund

Das Luxus-Expeditionsschiff ist nun auf dem Weg nach Island.

Laut ertönte das Typhon mehrere Male über den Strelasund – ein letzter Gruß der „Crystal Endeavor“ an die Hansestadt. Um 16 Uhr verließ sie MV WERFTEN Stralsund, den Ort, an dem sie entworfen und gebaut wurde, mit Kurs auf Island und ihre erste Reise in das Land von Feuer und Eis. Zahlreiche Stralsunder Mitarbeiter samt Familien winkten „ihrem“ Schiff von der Kaikante zum Abschied zu. Zudem hatten sich Hunderte Schaulustige – Einheimische wie Touristen – entlang des Strelasunds versammelt, um der Expeditions-Megayacht auf Wiedersehen zu sagen.

Foto: MV Werften

Die „Crystal Endeavor“ wurde seit 2018 in Stralsund gebaut. Vor zwei Wochen, am 26. Juni, erfolgte die Taufe durch Mecklenburg-Vorpommerns Ministerpräsidentin Manuela Schwesig. Der Flaggenwechsel und die Übergabe an die Luxus-Reederei Crystal Expedition Cruises fanden am 29. Juni statt. Sie ist die größte und geräumigste Luxus-Expeditionsyacht der Welt. Die „Crystal Endeavor“ ist mit 20.200 BRZ vermessen, 164,50 Meter lang und 23,40 Meter breit. Ihren maximal 200 Passagieren bietet sie ein 1:1-Crew-Gast-Betreuungsverhältnis und zeichnet sich durch höchste Sicherheits- und technische Standards aus.

Thomas Beyer, Bürgermeister der Hansestadt Wismar, Harry Glawe, Wirtschaftsminister von Mecklenburg-Vorpommern und Stralsunds Oberbürgermeister Dr. Alexander Badrow. Foto: MV Werften

„Der heutige Tag ist ein besonderer Meilenstein für Crystal, denn unsere neue, hochmoderne Expeditionsyacht ‚Crystal Endeavor‘ sticht von MV WERFTEN in Stralsund nach Island in See. Sie setzt einen neuen Standard als das leistungsstärkste und luxuriöseste Expeditionsschiff der Branche“, sagte Jack Anderson, Präsident von Crystal Cruises. „Wir möchten allen Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern von MV WERFTEN für ihre Partnerschaft und ihre kompromisslose deutsche Ingenieurskunst und Designexzellenz beim Bau dieser einmaligen neuen Polar-Yacht danken.“

Foto: MV Werften

Die „Crystal Endeavor“ wird am 15. Juli im isländischen Reykjavík eintreffen. Dort startet am 18. Juli, nach einer Übernachtung in der Hauptstadt, die Jungfernfahrt der Expeditionsyacht. Zukünftige Fahrten werden sie u. a. in die Arktis, Antarktis, nach Norwegen, Argentinien und Südafrika führen.

Text: PM MV WERFTEN