Months after the successful launch of Crystal Yacht Cruises’ 62-guest Crystal Esprit, and in response to feedback, the “World’s Most awarded luxury Cruise line” is again upping the ante with the world’s first purpose-built polar class megayacht. Measuring 183m long, the 25,000gt new build with 100 guest suites will be the largest and most spacious megayacht afloat.
Announced on 14th March, the Crystal Endeavour will be built by the Lloyd Werft group. Crystal Endeavour voyages will open for booking in late 2016. Steel cutting for the ship will begin in May 2016 and Crystal will take delivery in August 2018. The megayacht will be the first purpose-built Polar Code compliant yacht in the world with a PC6 Polar Class designation.
As such, the Crystal Endeavour will be able to cruise in Polar Regions during the summer and autumn in medium “first year” ice. She will also be fitted with the state-of the- art offshore dynamic positioning technology, with computer-controlled systems to automatically maintain the ship’s position with its own propellers and thrusters. This will enable the megayacht to float atop coral reefs and other underwater wonders without utilizing anchors, which can damage the terrain in waters too deep for anchors.
The standard guest suites aboard this expedition style vessel will be spacious and larger than all current expedition and luxury cruise ships, while the yacht’s two owner Suites’ will each boast a whopping footprint making them the largest guest suites of any megayacht afloat. Owner Suites’ guests will enjoy a master bedroom and two guest bedrooms, indoor and outdoor living areas, private conservatory, garden and outdoor Jacuzzi, private spa and gym outfitted with sauna, steam room and treatment room. The owners Suite can also be connected to a penthouse suite.
True to the Crystal trend of spacious public areas, the vessel will offer numerous indoor and outdoor areas for guests’ independent leisure and relaxation. Furthermore, the Crystal Endeavour will be all-inclusive and will offer the award-winning service for which Crystal has been celebrated for more than 25 years.
The line’s acclaimed butler service will be available for all guests, as the megayacht will boast a one-to-one crew-to-guest ratio, with 200 crew members serving the 200 guests on board. Meanwhile the cruise ship ordered by Crystal Cruises is reportedly deferred now to delivery in 2019.