WHY IT RATES: The brochure offers a comprehensive planning guide to travelers. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer
With the launch of its first luxury expedition ship less than one year away, Crystal Expedition Cruises has released a new comprehensive planning guide for Crystal Endeavor’s 2020-2021 seasons.
Readers are immediately drawn into the intrepid world of expedition with vibrant photography of destinations and renderings of the German-built, PC6-designated yacht, followed by a detailed map of the hundreds of locales featured in her first two seasons. Ten full pages are dedicated to the onboard experience Crystal Endeavor will offer, including renderings of open-air public areas, fitness center, butler-serviced guest suites and elegant dining venues.
The brochure also goes into inspiring detail of the global adventures set to take guests far off the beaten path. Comprising day-by-day itinerary info and abundant destination photography and highlights, the 65-page brochure offers travelers not only practical details for planning extraordinary vacations to some of the world’s most remote locales but also insights into the kinds of experiences and sights in store. Descriptions of Crystal Endeavor’s focused itineraries–Remote Expedition, Destination Exploration, and Cultural Discovery–are included, allowing readers to explore the brochure in the personalized way they can explore the world with Crystal.
Inset boxes throughout the brochure highlight select destinations in greater detail, illustrative deck plans of Crystal Endeavor’s luxurious spaces and private marina are also laid out to entice travelers aboard. The Crystal Expedition Cruises 2020-2021 brochure is now available for order or download.
In her 2020 season, the ship will sail expedition voyages through Japan and the Russian Far East; Antarctica via the Ross Sea; New Zealand and Tasmania; Australia and the Great Barrier Reef; and Borneo, Indonesia and the Philippines. In 2021, Crystal Endeavor will add New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic Islands; Alaska and the Aleutian Islands; Norway and the United Kingdom; Canary Islands, Atlantic and South America to her repertoire, as well as an extraordinary voyage through the rarely traveled Northeast Passage.
SOURCE: Crystal Cruises press release.
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SeaDream Yacht Club to Resume Sailing in Norway on June 20
SeaDream Yacht Club, which paused operations in March, plans to start sailing again June 20 in Norway.
The nine new Norwegian voyages on SeaDream I through September include destinations hand-picked by SeaDream’s Norwegian founder and owner, Atle Brynestad.
The Norway program includes seven-day voyages between Oslo and Bergen and a 12-day voyage from Oslo to Tromsø and back – with three days in Lofoten, one of Norway’s premier destinations. SeaDream will offer new Yachting Land Adventures so guests can fully experience each port.
As the Covid-19 pandemic developed, SeaDream was able to avoid contamination but decided to pause operations because of the resulting travel restrictions. The yachts moved to Lisbon where the crew chose to stay on board and have been kept busy doing maintenance and upgrades.
They’re also having some fun – a basketball hoop was installed on the pool deck – and keeping calm and in shape with yoga and other activities. The chefs are designing new dishes, and the deck crew has painted, replaced the teak deck, and performed other maintenance tasks.
SeaDream continues to closely monitor the global health and travel restrictions and can adapt itineraries as needed.
“It has been very apparent from our frequent video calls with the onboard teams that without our guests, the yachts are simply not the same and that the crew genuinely miss serving our loyal guests,” said SeaDream’s Andreas Brynestad.
While SeaDream usually operates in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, the yachts have been to Norway before. But this time they are going north of the Arctic Circle so that guests can experience the midnight sun, the Lofoten Fjords, and Tromsø.
The SeaDream experience is known for its personalized service, five-star cuisine, intimate ports and onboard features such as the Balinese Dream Beds to sleep under the stars and the watersports marina with water toys. For additional details, click here.
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