Crystal Expedition Cruises' first ship, the Crystal Endeavor, will launch service in Iceland in July, with five
10-day circumnavigations of the island.
Beginning 17 July, the 200-passenger ship will offer round-trip sailings from the capital of Reykjavik with reduced capacity.
Bookings for the Endeavor's Luxury Iceland Expedition open 13 April. The ship was supposed to launch last August. The ship's timeline was delayed by the shutdown of MV Werften, the German shipyard where the Endeavor is being built.
Among the inaugural itinerary highlights are overnight stays in Reykjavk and Akureyri; a call to Grimsey Island and a crossing of the Arctic Circle; the Arnarfjordur fjord, Dynjandi Waterfall and the geothermal springs of Vopnafjordur and Seydisfjordur.
The itineraries will operate during the region's peak whale migration season and will visit Iceland's whale-watching capital of Husavik and Heimaey, which is home to a beluga whale sanctuary.
The Endeavor will have six dining venues, including chef Nobu Matsuhisa's Umi Uma & Sushi Bar; a full-service Crystal Life Salon & Spa; and expedition-specific amenities and spaces including enrichment areas, mud rooms, a helicopter lounge and a seven-person
submersible for explorations of up to 300 metres deep.
All of Crystal's ships will require that guests be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least two weeks prior to their cruise when the luxe line resumes service.
Source: Travel Weekly