By Anne Kalosh.
Expedition yacht CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR will have the same luxury standard and many of the restaurants and lounges Crystal Cruises loyalists know and love.
It will also house the only casino on an expedition ship.
The all-suite, 200-passenger CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR measures 19,800 gross tons and is set to debut in 2020 as Crystal’s first expedition new build.
CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR will hold to the dining standard offered on all Crystal ocean, yacht and river vessels, with all-inclusive dining, fine wines and premium spirits throughout.
Specialty restaurants include Prego for traditional Italian fare (and on CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR it also will host Crystal’s Vintage Room winemaker dinners) and Umi Uma for sushi and specialties from master chef Nobu Matsuhisa. As well, the yacht will have main dining venue Waterside and the Asian-inspired Silk Kitchen & Bar, located in the two-story, glass-enclosed solarium pool deck during the evenings.
Plus, besides being the go-to spot for freshly brewed espresso and teas, the European-inspired Bistro Café will serve full breakfast and lunch.
Palm Court, a favorite place for afternoon tea, cocktails, dancing and floor-to-ceiling views aboard Crystal’s ocean and river ships, will be aboard CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR for evening entertainment, enrichment presentations and classes. Other familiar social spaces are the Connoisseur Club cigar lounge and Crystal Cove, the heart of the ship where passengers will gather for guest speakers, pre-dinner cocktails and late-night entertainment.
Further venues include the Captain’s Lounge, the Expedition Lounge, the Helicopter Lounge and the Library. The Promenade will stretch from Crystal Cove to Waterside, making a more intimate space for cocktails, conversation and views. Additionally, Crystal’s boutiques Apropos and Facets will sell designer goods and fine jewelry.
A fully equipped fitness center and the Crystal Life Spa/Salon will come with three treatment rooms, separate men’s and women’s steam and sauna facilities, a relaxation room and full-service salon.
Mudrooms will provide a place to gear up for the day’s adventures and clean boots and equipment upon return from exploring ashore.
CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR ’s Polar Class 6 designation will enable operations in summer and autumn through medium first-year ice. The ship will have dynamic positioning capabilities, too, meaning that it can stay in place without dropping anchor, important when sailing over sensitive areas like coral reefs.
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