The debut of the first expedition yacht named “Crystal Endeavor” was pushed back to 2019. The 25,000-ton expedition yachts will carry 200 passengers. Crystal will be rebranding its current Crystal Yacht Cruises as Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises.
The purpose-built polar class vessels will navigate “first year ice” and they will feature submarines, helicopters and remote operated vehicles. The expedition ships will sail in the Arctic and follow the route of migrating whales travelling along the coast of the Americas and Europe to Antarctica during winter. Crystal’s move to luxury expedition cruising follows research over three years which found that nearly 70% of Crystal passengers are interested in expedition cruising.
Crystal have also announced that the delivery of their new ocean cruise ships have been delayed until 2022. In the meantime, Crystal will be focusing their attention on the existing Crystal Serenity and Symphony which will see huge enhancements in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The main changes will consist of full open seating dining on both ships and more suites.
President and CEO of Crystal Cruises, Edie Rodriguez, has stated:
“Not only do our ocean cruise ships continue to earn the highest guest satisfaction feedback, they do so in record-breaking margins. This enthusiasm only validates our commitment to continuing to invest in the most innovative itineraries and onboard spaces and amenities, as those are the features that are resonating with our discerning guests.”
It will be an important year for Crystal in 2022, as they welcome the first Crystal Exclusive-class ocean ship that “will set a new standard of luxury travel” with signature features and guest amenities. It will boast Crystal Residences which will allow travelers to call a Crystal ship a home. The privately owned apartments will range in size from 600 to 10,000+ square feet, in which residents will have access to private amenities, dining and a wide range of other services.
Crystal are also looking at adding a second Global Express Jet to its Crystal Luxury Air fleet due to the popularity of the existing charter options. Crystal will soon release a selection of 15 to 29-day all-inclusive journeys for 2017 and 2018.