Crys­tal eyes more ex­pe­di­tion ships

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CRYS­TAL Cruises is con­sid­er­ing or­ders for ad­di­tional ex­pe­di­tion ves­sels after a strong sales re­sponse to its re­cently an­nounced Crys­tal En­deavor.

At an event in Syd­ney last night to out­line de­tails of its next gen­er­a­tion ex­pe­di­tion of­fer­ing, the line con­firmed it had op­tions for ad­di­tional new-build ships and was likely to com­mit to at least one more in the near fu­ture.

“I think with­out doubt that we will have two,” said Crys­tal se­nior vp and md for Aus­trala­sia, Karen Christensen of fu­ture or­ders.

“This ship is a game changer and it’s a prod­uct that will be copied by oth­ers,” she said.

Billed as the largest and most spa­cious po­lar class ves­sel on of­fer, Crys­tal En­deavor will make its de­but in Aug 2020 with a se­ries of cruises in Asia and Aus­trala­sia, in­clud­ing sail­ings from Ho­bart and Christchurch to Antarc­tica and the Ross Ice Shelf ( CW 02 Aug).

The 200-pas­sen­ger ship is un­der con­struc­tion in Ger­many and will of­fer fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing two heli­copters, two sub­mersible ves­sels and a fleet of 18 Zo­di­acs.

Christensen said ini­tial En­deavor sales from the Aus­tralian and New Zealand mar­kets had been “very en­cour­ag­ing”, in­spired partly by the ship’s de­ploy­ment in lo­cal seas.

“It’s a huge ad­van­tage to have En­deavor in th­ese waters, and a huge com­mit­ment from Crys­tal show­ing what they feel in the long term,” she said.

Crys­tal also an­nounced last night a part­ner­ship with Qan­tas in which guests can earn Fre­quent Flyer points for book­ings on Crys­tal’s ocean, river and ex­pe­di­tion itin­er­ar­ies.

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