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Crystal Cruises welcomes newest expedition ship

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Marking the Crystal Endeavor's christening were Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Manuela Schwesig, Crystal Cruises' Keith Cox, Genting Hong Kong's Colin Au; and the yacht’s master, Captain Jan Rautawaara.
Marking the Crystal Endeavor's christening were Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Manuela Schwesig, Crystal Cruises' Keith Cox, Genting Hong Kong's Colin Au; and the yacht’s master, Captain Jan Rautawaara. Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises named Manuela Schwesig, the prime minister of the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, as godmother for its first expedition ship, the Crystal Endeavor.

The naming ceremony took place 26 June at the MV Werften shipyard in Stralsund, Germany, where the ship was designed and built. The event was watched by many via livestream on Crystal's Facebook page.

"The construction of this magnificent expedition yacht could not have been accomplished without the commitment and support of the German government and Prime Minister Schwesig, for both MV Werften shipyard and this unique project," said Jack Anderson, president of Crystal Cruises.

The Crystal Endeavor is slated to enter service on 17 July with five, 10-day circumnavigations of Iceland
The Crystal Endeavor is slated to enter service on 17 July with five, 10-day circumnavigations of Iceland Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

Schwesig is the first woman to serve as head of government for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the state where the Endeavor was built and a region with a tradition of shipbuilding, Crystal said.

The luxury line called Schwesig a "champion of human rights, women's rights and youth advocacy" and the youngest cabinet member in Angela Merkel's third cabinet. She is also a trustee for Plan International, a humanitarian organisation working in more than 70 countries across the world.

The all-balcony, all-butler service Endeavor is the ninth ship in the Crystal's worldwide fleet and the first for its Crystal Expedition brand.

Onboard features include Japanese restaurant Umi Uma; Italian restaurant Prego; the only casino on an expedition yacht; a glass-covered, two-storey solarium with a pool and jacuzzi; a full-service salon and spa; and a wrap-around Promenade Deck.

Expedition amenities include enrichment areas, mud rooms, a Helicopter Lounge, Zodiacs, kayaks, snorkel gear, a six-guest submersible and two helicopters in select regions of the world.

The 200-passenger Endeavor is slated to enter service on 17 July with five, 10-day circumnavigations of Iceland.

Source: Travel Weekly

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