Production for Crystal's first luxury expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor, has resumed for a slated debut in summer 2021.
Originally scheduled to launch in August 2020, Crystal Endeavor’s construction was delayed as the global health crisis forced a shutdown of MV Werften where the ship is currently under construction.
Genting Hong Kong — Crystal’s parent company — said during its earning guidance announcement last August that the group would push back the delivery of Crystal Endeavor and Global Dream, as part of its cost saving measures amid the pandemic.
Genting has also recently completed a $193 million euro (US$235 million) loan agreement with the German government to support the operations of the shipyard through March 2021, and the completion of Crystal Endeavor.
The shipyard has reopened fully this year.
“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,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal’s interim president and CEO.
Crystal Endeavor voyages through 1 May 2021 has been cancelled, although the company is reviewing the expedition ship's summer itineraries.
Upcoming destinations planned include the Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Isles, France, Spain and Portugal, the Atlantic Isles and Western Africa, Brazil and Argentina, and Antarctica.
Sailing to some of the world's most remote areas, the 200-pax Crystal Endeavor will feature six dining venues including Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Umi Uma & Sushi Bar. The expedition ship will also offer a salon/spa, fitness centre, expedition-specific amenities, mud rooms, helicopter lounge, and for the explorers — a seven-person submersible which brings guests for deep-water explorations up to 298 metres down.