Crystal Endeavor, the German-built, PC6-designated vessel for Crystal Expedition Cruises, is on track to debut in the northern summer of 2021.
Originally set to launch in August 2020, the ship’s construction was delayed as the global COVID-19 crisis forced a shutdown of MV Werften, where Crystal Endeavor is currently under construction.
The shipyard has reopened fully this year and Crystal’s interim president and CEO, Jack Anderson, is pleased with the resumption of work on the vessel.
“While we are certainly disappointed that Crystal Endeavor’s delivery has been delayed, we are encouraged by the progress and dedication of the professionals at MV Werften and are looking forward to introducing this remarkable ship,” he said.
The cruise line has cancelled Crystal Endeavor voyages through 1 May 2021 and is currently reviewing the ship’s published northern summer itineraries.
Some of the upcoming destinations planned for Crystal Endeavor include the Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Isles, France, Spain and Portugal, the Atlantic Isles and Western Africa, Brazil and Argentina, and Antarctica.
Crystal’s parent company, Genting Hong Kong (GHK), recently completed a €193 million ($303.3 million) loan agreement with the German government for the completion of Crystal Endeavor and to support the operations of the shipyard through March 2021.
In December 2020, GHK announced the termination of the sale and leaseback deal of Crystal Endeavor, with the aim to simplify the structure for typical export credit agency covering post-delivery financing for the ship.
The group noted that this does not have any impact on the ship’s planned operations.
The 20,000-GRT, PC-6 expedition vessel will accommodate just 200 guests with public spaces designed to showcase the outside scenery; all-suite, all-verandah, butler-serviced guest rooms; Michelin-inspired dining options with six dining venues; full-service Crystal Life Salon & Spa; and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Expedition-specific amenities and spaces will enhance guests’ experience, including enrichment areas, designated mud rooms, and a helicopter lounge.
A seven-person submersible will also be on board, allowing for deep-water explorations up to 980 feet in several areas of the world.