Crystal Expedition Cruises Releases 2021 Voyages

Crystal Expedition Cruises
Crystal Expedition Cruises

Complete with itinerary information and voyage highlights, Crystal Expedition has revealed the full 2021 roster for its premiere yacht, the Crystal Endeavour. The 25 voyages range from ten to 28 nights, with explorations internationally throughout Antarctica, Japan, the Russian Far East, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Norway, the United Kingdom, Western Europe, South America, among others. Some of the trips will also be venturing through the Northeast Passage, where only select vessels are granted permission to travel.

“Crystal Endeavour is made for this kind of exploration and is capable of taking travellers farther than they imagined, while they enjoy Crystal’s signature luxuries and service that welcome them ‘home,’” said Karen Christensen, Crystal Expedition’s senior vice president and managing director for Australasia.

Every voyage on the ship will have a focus on the biodiversity, active adventure and natural and cultural history of its destinations, with expert expedition guides onboard to assist. The roster allows travellers to choose from more extreme and rarely-visited places, such as New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic islands, Christmas Island and the Aleutian Islands west of Alaska, as well as more popular Khlong Toei in Bangkok, downtown Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Edinburgh’s port of Leith, Scotland.

Dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites will be stopped at across the 25 different trips, including Japan’s Shiretoko National Park, Vietnam’s Imperial City of Hue, New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park and Australia’s Turquoise Bay and Ningaloo Reef. Many passengers will also have the opportunity to observe wildlife when visiting locations such as the Aleutian Isles, Tasmania, Indonesia, the Northeast Passage and the Antarctic Peninsula.

The 200-guest Crystal Endeavour boasts public spaces, butler-serviced guest rooms, a full-service Crystal Life Salon and Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and expedition-specific offerings, such as mud rooms and a helicopter lounge. Onboard dining includes Michelin-inspired dining options like Umi Uma & Sushi Bar, one of Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s few sea-going restaurants; Prego, which will serve Northern Italian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine; and Waterside, the yacht’s international main dining venue.

The complete roster of Crystal Endeavour’s 2021 itineraries and voyage highlights can be viewed here.

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Reveals Spas on Board New Expedition Ships

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has revealed details of the spa and fitness facilities that will be onboard the cruise line’s three new expedition ships. HANSEATIC nature, HANSEATIC inspiration – the company’s international expedition ship – and HANSEATIC spirit will all feature a ‘wellness deck’ on Deck 8 with an extensive Ocean Spa conveying the company’s wellness philosophy, “Inspired by nature”.

The 235-metres spa will focus on nature in everything from the ingredients used in treatments to the design of the treatment rooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows will give guests access to a spectacular, constantly changing landscape, which in turn will be reflected by the colours, tones and shapes used in each space. The spa will feature an outdoor area for relaxing, a Finnish sauna, a steam sauna, hydrotherapy shower and ice fountain as well as a hairdressing salon.

When it comes to treatments, the spa will only utilise sustainable products incorporating natural ingredients produced by Vinoble, Hyapur, John Masters Organics and Nailberry. The “Inspired by nature” philosophy will also be mirrored in the vegan formulas and the use of local produce, with no chemical or synthetics added to any products.

Next door to Ocean Spa will be a 100 metre-squared fitness area featuring state-of-the-art equipment and a fitness studio with a glass front which can be fully opened out on to its own outdoor area. Floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows throughout ensure nature is always on display while cruising through the icy scenery of the polar regions or the warmer waters of the Amazon.

A fitness trainer is also on hand on each ship for personal training classes, pilates and Antarctic sun salutation sessions. The sports facilities on board are based on the three pillars of relaxation, balance and strength.

Continuing on past the fitness area guests will find the spacious Sun Deck with the pool area covering about 630 m2 and a flexible canopy ensuring the area can be used come rain, show or shine.

HANSEATIC nature will be the first of the three, new Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ expedition ships to set sail on its maiden cruise on 13 April 2019, and will be aimed exclusively at the German-speaking market. In October it will be followed by the launch of its international, bilingual sister ship, the HANSEATIC inspiration and then by the HANSEATIC spirit in 2021, which will also be aimed exclusively at the German-speaking market.

These small, first-class expedition ships will feature cutting-edge technology and the highest ice class for passenger ships (PC6). They can accommodate up to 230 guests, or 199 guests on Antarctic cruises.

Retractable glass balconies on the Sun Deck give guests the feeling of hovering directly above the water and guests can stand on the foredeck of the ship to be closer to the action – even closer than the captain.

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Crystal Cruises Australia Announces Partnership with Qantas Frequent Flyer

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Crystal Cruises Australia has announced a multi-year partnership with Qantas Frequent Flyer to offer members the opportunity to earn Qantas Points on all 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Crystal Experiences – by ocean, river, and yacht expedition.

Crystal’s recent period of rapid growth has seen the company expand from what was a two-ocean-ship cruise line, to include some of the world’s most awarded luxury travel experiences including Crystal River Cruises in Europe and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises to idyllic island playgrounds and remote destinations around the world.

The partnership will offer up to three Qantas Points per US$1 on all Crystal Experiences including Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises itineraries.

“Offering Qantas Points is a great way to reward our Crystal Society members for choosing to book with us,” said Crystal’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Australasia, Karen Christensen. “Crystal has long been celebrated as the leader in luxury cruising, and this new partnership is a wonderful opportunity for Qantas customers to discover the hallmarks of the acclaimed Crystal Experience.”

Qantas Loyalty Executive Manager Commercial, David Young, said: “Qantas Frequent Flyer members love to travel and the partnership with Crystal provides them with another way for them to make their whole trip more rewarding by earning points on their cruise booking as well as their flights.”

The partnership between the two companies was made last night at an intimate media dinner at the Sydney Opera House to celebrate the unveiling of Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ newest expedition vessel, Crystal Endeavour’s inaugural season of itineraries.

Beginning in Tokyo on August 10 2020 with a 17-day Russian Far East Maiden Expedition, the luxury expedition yacht will sail voyages of 12 to 22 days through January 2021 to some of the world’s most far-reaching regions. Voyages will explore the cultural and bio-diversity of Japan and the Russian Far East, New Zealand, Australia and Antarctica, with tropical wildlands also featured.

Crystal’s Qantas Points Offer

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn:

  • 3 Qantas Points per US$1 spent on all bookings made on any 2018 Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises itineraries from 1 September 2018
  • Double Points for all 2019, 2020 and 2021 Crystal Experiences
  • 2 Qantas Points per US$1 spent on all bookings made on any 2019, 2020 and 2021 Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises itineraries between 1 September 2018 and 31 March, 2019

Crystal’s Qantas Points promotion is applicable to all guests who book with an Australian or New Zealand based travel professional or with Crystal’s Australian reservations office.

 

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact Crystal’s Sydney office on 1300 059 260 or visit crystalcruises.com.

Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises Unveils Itineraries for Crystal Endeavor

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Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises has announced the inaugural season of itineraries for its newest globetrotting vessel, Crystal Endeavor, spanning from August 2020 to January 2021.

Offering an in-depth focus on some of the world’s most far-reaching and fascinating regions, the luxury expedition yacht will sail voyages of 12 to 22 days, far off the beaten path of traditional cruise routes.

Voyages will explore the cultural and bio-diversity of Japan and the Russian Far East, New Zealand, Australia and Antarctica, with vast wildernesses and tropical wildlands also featured.

“Every facet of Crystal Endeavor is meant to take travellers beyond their previous travel boundaries and expectations,” says Crystal President and CEO Tom Wolber.

“Her exceptional design, luxury accommodations and amenities have already set the stage for this, and now, as we unveil her first six months of journeys, travellers have a tremendous glimpse of the grand discoveries in store for this groundbreaking yacht,” he adds.

“Crystal Endeavor will take guests to remote destinations not typically accessible on a cruise, as well as some iconic places, albeit with a decidedly adventurous twist.”

The locales visited will offer distinctive experiences, climate and terrain that are suited perfectly for the boldest travellers, with opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, helicopter and Zodiac tours, encounters with majestic wildlife, and much more depending on the region.

“With Crystal Endeavor, we can now offer discerning travellers a truly luxurious expedition experience – the Crystal Experience, which, coupled with the ship’s innovative design and captivating itineraries, will be a highly sought-after travel choice,” said Crystal’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Karen Christensen.

“The inaugural season is one that combines active discovery and cultural immersion, and I fully expect that the luxury traveller, in our Australasian market especially, will be as thrilled with the inaugural destinations as I am.”

In addition to Antarctic exploration, Crystal Endeavor will follow seasonal shifts to warmer destinations, where sun-seeking guests can enjoy waterborne and nature quests.

Crystal Endeavor’s initial roster of itineraries includes 12 unique voyages with fares starting from US$13,349 per guest (based on double occupancy, including port taxes and fees).

Guests on the maiden voyage will also receive a complimentary one-night pre-cruise luxury hotel stay and have the opportunity to participate in the yacht’s naming event.

The release of Crystal Endeavour’s inaugural season coincides with Crystal Cruises Australia’s announcement it has formed a partnership with Qantas Frequent Flyer, offering up to three Qantas Points per US$1 on all Crystal Experiences including Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises itineraries.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact Crystal’s Sydney office on 1300 059 260 or visit crystalcruises.com.