CruiseWith final sea trials cleared, Crystal Endeavor is on track for its July launch service in Iceland.

Crystal's luxury expedition ship nears completion

Beginning 17 July 2021, the 200-passenger ship will offer round-trip sailings from the capital of Reykjavik.
Beginning 17 July 2021, the 200-passenger ship will offer round-trip sailings from the capital of Reykjavik. Photo Credit: Crystal Expedition Cruises

Crystal Expedition Cruises' new luxury expedition yacht successfully completed its second and final sea trial on 23 May, marking a milestone toward its upcoming delivery.

During sea trials, the 200-guest Crystal Endeavor underwent rigorous tests on the ship’s systems, machinery and engines, including safety, navigation and propulsion systems, and noise and vibration measurements. It now is undergoing the final steps of the construction process at MV Werften shipyard in Germany.

The onboard team, led by captain Thomas Larsen, said the ship “is an absolute gem and performed like a dream, far exceeding specifications".

For example, the ship “crash-stopped” from full speed to zero within 660m (four ship’s length) compared with the 1,700m (10 ship’s length) requirement. Ship manoeuvrability, such as the turning circle test, far exceeded standards. Noise measured at 10% lower than requirements, with vibration measuring even lower at up to 80% lower than requirements.

Crystal Endeavor's helipad.
Crystal Endeavor's helipad.

Crystal Endeavor is said to be “the most spacious, fastest and most powerful expedition ship in the industry,” and will have a Polar Class 6 (PC6) classification so it can sail in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

“The design and building standard of Crystal Endeavor is outstanding. Contracted for max speed of 19 knots, she has delivered an actual max speed of nearly 20 knots during sea trials, exceeding all performance expectations and standards with little to no vibration even during ‘crash stop’ tests in the suites and public areas,” Larsen said.

“This means a comfortable, enjoyable experience for guests even in unpredictable weather conditions. With her responsive, agile manoeuvrability, safety and technical capabilities, this vessel is akin to driving a finely tuned German-built elite sports car such as a Porsche.”

Crystal Endeavor will sail beginning 17 July with five 10-night voyages circumnavigating Iceland. The Iceland expedition voyages will sail round-trip from Reykjavík, which is a six-hour flight from New York City. The next itinerary will be the 10-night “Journey of Vikings: Iceland & Norway” from Reykjavík to Tromsø departing 5 September 2021.

Source: Travel Pulse

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