CruiseThree polar-class beauties from Crystal, Atlas Ocean Voyages and Lindblad Expeditions.

First look at 2021's newest expedition ships

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Crystal Endeavor set sail in Iceland this past July.
Crystal Endeavor set sail in Iceland this past July. Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

Following a plethora of new expedition cruise ship announcements, many polar-class vessels are now starting to launch globally.

Atlas Ocean Voyages’ World Navigator, Crystal’s Crystal Endeavor and Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Endurance all recently set sail within a few weeks of each other.

Here’s what you need to know about the new ships.

Crystal – Crystal Endeavor

Crystal welcomed guests onboard the new 20,200-gross-registered-ton Crystal Endeavor in Iceland on 17 July, sailing from Reykjavik. In fact, the line just extended its inaugural season in the destination, with two additional sailings into this September.

Endeavor offers 100 of its gross tons and 283 cubic metres to each and every client (only 200 in total), who can enjoy a high passenger-to-space ratio and a one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio.

Supporting adventures off the ship are 18 Zodiacs, 14 sea kayaks, snorkel gear and a six-passenger submersible and two helicopters for use in certain regions. The ship is bringing the environment back onboard via a remote operated vehicle to capture views at a depth of nearly 304m and a mast-mounted, zoom camera capable of imaging from more than a mile away.

The Dome Lounge onboard Atlas Ocean Voyages’ World Navigator. Credit: Atlas Ocean Voyages
The Dome Lounge onboard Atlas Ocean Voyages’ World Navigator. Credit: Atlas Ocean Voyages Photo Credit: 2021 Crystal/Bruno Cazarini Photography

Atlas Ocean Voyages – World Navigator

On 4 August, World Navigator was introduced to guests. The luxury ship is currently embarking on Egyptian and Greek Isles voyages for the summer, before making its way to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South America and eventually down to Antarctica.

Among such features are the line’s signature “All Inclusive All the Way” perks, which extend to free roundtrip flights; ground transfers; gourmet cuisine (with six dining options); premium wines, beers and spirits, as well as specialty coffees; a complimentary shore excursion in every port; prepaid gratuities; polar parkas; emergency medical evacuation insurance; Wi-Fi access; and L’Occitane bath products.

National Geographic Endurance was recently christened in Iceland, ahead of its first sailing.
National Geographic Endurance was recently christened in Iceland, ahead of its first sailing. Photo Credit: 2021 Julie Rowland

Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic Endurance

Lindblad Expeditions’ new National Geographic Endurance first sailed from Reykjavik on 22 July 2021.

As polar-class vessels go, the Endurance hull is the strongest of the three — specified at PC5 Category A (the lower the number, the stronger it is) — making it ideal for navigating icy waters. It features a distinct X-Bow design for quieter and smoother sailing through rough conditions. The ship also carries the fewest guests, with a capacity of just 126 passengers.

“The ideas that we have inside the ship, they have been coming, not just for years, [but] for decades, for whole careers,” said Aaron Wood, captain of National Geographic Endurance. “And this vessel is the pinnacle of all of that.”

Source: TravelAge West

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