Crystal Expedition Cruises' first ship, the Crystal Endeavor, has begun its maiden sailing from Reykjavik on 18 July for a 10-night voyage around Iceland.
The cruise line said Crystal Endeavor is “the most spacious, fastest and most powerful expedition ship” in the industry.
The luxury vessel accommodates just 200 passengers per sailing within its 100 all-verandah, all-butler suites, offering one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio and passenger space of 283 cubic metres per guest.
Other luxury 'toys' include 18 Zodiacs, a fleet of 14 sea kayaks, snorkel gear, a six-guest submersible, and two helicopters in select regions of the world.
A Remote Operated Vehicle will take guests down into the sea at some 300m deep, or view wildlife and scenery up to 1.5km away thanks to a 90 times zoom function on a Gimble long-range camera onboard.
These 4K video footages are streamed directly onto HD TVs throughout the ship including public areas and guest suites, and onto other screens that go up to a massive 218-inches wide. Guests can also ask the camera operator to pinpoint specific sights they'd like to see up close.
All of Crystal Endeavor’s Iceland voyages offer complimentary excursions led by naturalist experts from the ship’s expedition team.
Crystal Endeavor’s launch was delayed from last August, and finally completed its sea trial on 23 May this year.