Crystal Expedition Cruises Announces Northeast Passage Voyage

CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR TO TRANSIT NORTHEAST PASSAGE IN 2021

Crystal Expedition Cruises’ luxury yacht, Crystal Endeavor, will travel a route that has captivated travellers for centuries when she embarks from Anadyr, Russia for Tromsø, Norway on 18 August 2021. On the 28-night expedition, the 200-guest, German-built vessel will visit some of the world’s most remote islands, archipelagos and coastlines, allowing adventurous guests to explore terrain few others ever have all in luxurious comfort.  

“The Northeast Passage is precisely the type of bold expedition for which Crystal Endeavor is designed, with her PC6 designation and the ability to manoeuvre through medium first-year ice, offshore dynamic positioning, zodiacs and virtually all other gear necessary for such intrepid exploration,” said Tom Wolber, president & CEO of Crystal. “In addition to these technical amenities, she’ll accommodate guests in the highest standard of comfort and luxury, even as they travel to the most remote destinations.”

The voyage departs 18 August 2021 and will visit places that are only sparsely occupied since legendary polar explorer Nils A.E. Nordenskjöld first successfully made the passage in 1878-79. Before that time and since, polar bears, Arctic foxes, walruses, whales and hundreds of species of seabirds are the primary local residents in the region, which is a Russian-controlled trade route in the summer months. 

Highlighted destinations include:

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Wrangel Island, one of the last known places on earth roamed by the woolly mammoth, with significant fossilised finds throughout the destination;
  • Franz Josef Land, which was once a Russian military watch-point thanks to its positioning in the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean, now home to polar bears and numerous other wildlife;
  • The New Siberian Islands, which offers more archaeological discoveries, with sabre-tooth tiger bones and mammoth remains having been excavated, as well as what are believed to be tools used by Palaeolithic humans and the most northerly evidence of humans on earth;        
  • Severnaya Zemlya, the last charted archipelago on earth, only added to global maps in the early 20th century; and
  • Cape Chelyuskin on the Taimyr Peninsula, the northernmost point on any continental mainland. 

The voyage will also visit Murmansk, the largest city in the Arctic, and Russian Federation ports Provideniya; Cape Dezhnev & Uelen Village; Kolyuchin Island; Ayon Island; Medvezhiy Islands; Novaya Zemlya; Kanin Cape; Arkhangelsk; Solovetsky & Zayatsky Island, as well as Honningsvåg and the North Cape, Norway. En route, Crystal Endeavor will sail the East Siberian Sea, the White Sea, the Barents Sea and the Laptev Sea. Stops and shoreside access and activities will be largely dependent on weather and sea conditions. There will also be numerous opportunities for zodiac landings and navigation of ice floes and other rugged and fascinating pursuits. On board, expedition guides, scientists and destination experts will further illuminate the journey with engaging presentations and seminars focusing on the unique nature and history of the region. 

Guests on the Northeast Passage journey will enjoy one-night pre-cruise hotel accommodations in Anchorage and a flight transfer to Anadyr on embarkation day.

The Northeast Passage itinerary, which sails from 18 August to 15 September 2021, will first open for booking for Crystal Society members on 20 February 2019, and to the public on 13 March 2019 

The itineraries for Crystal Endeavor’s inaugural season sail from August of 2020 through to January 2021, with voyages of 12 to 22 nights travelling far off the beaten path of traditional cruise routes. The ship’s maiden voyage on 10 August 2020 from Tokyo will be a round-trip 17-night Russian Far East Expedition. These voyages are rich with discovery and will explore the cultural and bio-diversity of Japan and the Russian Far East; Indonesia, Borneo and the Philippines; New Zealand and Tasmania; Australia and the Great Barrier Reef; and Antarctica via the Ross Sea. 

At all times, Crystal Endeavor’s itineraries and visits are subject to the Captain’s discretion based on prevailing weather and ice conditions and government permits. Wildlife sightings and wilderness highlights on any itinerary cannot be guaranteed. 



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Brexit Travel Advice – Peace of Mind with Mulberry Travel

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Here at Mulberry Travel we’ve assembled some of the most commonly asked questions in regards to Brexit and the uncertainty that we currently face.

How will Brexit affect my holiday?

Many of our customers are already booking their travel plans for 2019, and have questions about what might happen after 29 March 2019 when the UK leaves the European Union (EU).

The political process is still on-going and we don’t yet know the final outcome, however there have been some reassurances recently around flights and visas and these are reflected in the ABTA Brexit advice for travellers page.

Most Commonly Asked Brexit Questions (and Answers)

I’ve booked a holiday for this year – will it still go ahead?

If the EU and the UK government reach a deal on Brexit, there will be a two year transition period. That means nothing changes until 31 December 2020.

Even in a no-deal scenario, both the UK authorities the European Commission has said flights to and from the UK will operate as normal so we are confident that Freedom Travel Group will be able to offer all our package holidays as planned.

Do I need to get a new passport following the Brexit vote?

No. However, if you’re planning on travelling to Europe after 29 March 2019, you might need to renew your passport earlier than planned.

Before you travel, please use this tool to check you have enough time left on your UK passport. For further details on the rules for passports and the countries affected, please visit the gov.uk Passport rules for travel to Europe page.

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

No, the European Commission has announced that even in a no-deal scenario, British holidaymakers can still travel to the EU without a visa.

Will my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) still be valid after Brexit?
UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

We recommend that travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance ahead of any trip, no matter where they are
travelling to. For more information please speak to the professional who made your booking. You are, of course, free to purchase insurance from any provider.

What about using my mobile phone abroad? Will roaming charges increase following the Brexit vote?

Currently the cost of making calls, sending messages and using the Internet on your mobile phone while in the EU is the
same as while in the UK. In a no-deal scenario, these rules will no longer apply.

Some UK mobile phone providers may continue to offer this to their customers after 29 March. We’d recommend you check with your provider before travelling.

Will I get a refund if my flight is cancelled after Brexit?

If the EU and the UK government reach a deal on Brexit, there will be a two year transition period. That means nothing changes until 31 December 2020. Even in a no-deal scenario, we expect all flights to operate as normal after 29 March. All of our package holidays are protected under the Package Travel Regulations. This means you will be entitled to a full refund should your holiday not go ahead.

Full ABTA & ATOL Protection

Irrespective of Brexit, we have the necessary bonding and licenses to ensure that when you book with us you can have complete faith that your money is safe. We are also part of the Thomas Cook Group giving you additional security and complete peace of mind.Our ABTA bond is held under ref Q8318 and we book packages including a flight under ATOL license 11741.

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As I had hoped it was a fabulous and unique experience from stepping out from the Clermont onto the concourse of Victoria Station and almost straight away being approached by Belmond staff to escort us to check in. The ratio of staff to guest on the whole journey was so high to ensure attentive service. I know the British Pullman is denoted as the hors d’oeuvre with the VSOE the main positive course! For us however the Pullman was the ultimate experience. We feel it is our country Britain at its very best! Everything about it is so British with real quality and indulgence. I’m so so sorry and disappointed to hear that the British Pullman service is no longer going to be a feature of Orient Express journeys! I even took photos of the toilets with the mosaic tiles! On the actual Orient Exoress, even though I had done all the research I thought I needed, we weren’t clear that certain wines and champagnes were complimentary Ian’s eyes popped out at the prices of some of the bottles! We enjoyed all our meals though the drinks for breakfast were served in cups and therefore were not hot The transfer to the Ca Sagredo was really well organised and efficient. Though they didn’t say at reception as we checked in, it was clear on entering the room that it was not the Grand Canal Double and that we had been upgraded! We were shown to the Library Suite with balcony onto Grand Canal. Maybe it was through the membership of that hotel group that I have The break in Florence was also lovely with attentive service and friendliness from staff at The Lungarno. That hotel has the best location in terms of proximity to Ponte Vecchio Sasha we were also pleased with the efficiency of the agents you use for the transfers. The timings were so accurate and agsin service very attentive The only slight snag we had was as we got off the water taxi at Venice Santa Lucia. We know now it was separate from that service. A porter was waiting with a barrow and started to load our luggage! It was a short distance to the station concourse yet we were charged 20 Euros as an official transaction with a machine issuing a receipt Apart from that we enjoyed a truely memorable holiday which I can recommend as a unique treat for a special celebration.

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