Crystal Expedition Cruises Announces Northeast Passage Voyage

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. 
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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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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)

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Mrs Gretton

Thank you to Rob for organizing an amazing holiday to Vienna and the Orient Express. My friend Christine and I had the most fantastic time. Everything was first class. I would recommend mulberry travel to anyone who wants the perfect holiday.

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Miss Wilson

Thankyou, thankyou for a wonderful trip to Verona to see Andrea Bocelli at tha Arena. The airport pickup, the hotel and the concert were perfect. My friend and I booked rather late, but Rob managed to get amazing seats in the Arena just behind the VIP section, we were privileged (even leaving on the red carpet!) My thanks to all at Mulberry Travel with a special thankyou to Rob. An experience i’ll never forget. Jean

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Mr & Mrs Rohan-Kickham

We asked Mulberry to help us with a trip to Moscow and St Petersburgh. Although this was not an area they were particularly familiar with Rob delivered a brilliant package which included 5 star hotels, the Bolshoi ballet, express train and private chauffeur pick up. We were thrilled at how smoothly everything went having had the experience in the past of sorting everything out ourselves. Well worth it and we will use them again.

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Mr & Mrs Troiano

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Evans family

We would like to thank Rob very much for ensuring that our holiday to Singapore and Dubai was so successful, we had an amazing time. He was very efficient and an excellent communicator he also found some fantastic deals for us. Our whole trip went very smoothly thanks to Rob's attention to detail. Thank you for arranging our holiday, we will definately use Mulberry Travel again and will be recommending Mulberry to our friends and family.

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Brown & Round families

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Angela Brown

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Mrs & Mr Jamieson

We had the most amazing trip and cannot thank Mulberry Travel enough for managing the seamless booking and reservations. From the level of information provided initially (and throughout) to the consistent communications, these were very much appreciated! Florence Trip - Andrea Bocelli in Opera in Lajatico The transfers to/from airport and to the farmhouse dinner/opera were brilliant. The drivers were highly professional, punctual and friendly ……..and of course the cars were beautiful….a top class service! Hotel Brunelleschi was just perfect – very central, spotlessly clean, friendly and informative….. it was beautiful! I cannot fully describe the wonderful experience we had at the farmhouse dinner prior to the opera as there is just one word for it “magical”! From being met at the door from the owner and his family which made us feel very welcome and special, to the setting which was breath-taking and the dinner and wine which was exquisite! All of this prior to the most amazing evening at the opera is an experience my husband and I will never forget! All in all we received the greatest 5 day “experience” and this is what we were looking for, as an experience will last with us forever – a holiday we may forget! Thank you to Roband all your team at Mulberry Travel, I would definitely recommend your services and I hope to use your services again in the future!

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Mr & Mrs Russell

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The package Rob put together for us was excellent and worked like clockwork. Our hotel at Castile de Casole was probably the highlight of the trip and was first class in every respect. We also told the local management this. Happy Customers !

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Mrs Lane

What a wonderful holiday. Absolutely everything went like clockwork from trains to coaches to hotels to water taxis. The whole experience was amazing and of the highest quality. The food on both the Pullman and Orient Express was excellent and nothing was too much trouble for all the staff involved. I would recommend this holiday and Mulberry Travel to anyone.

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Ms Cooper

Mulberry Travel were fantastic - they arranged our trip very efficiently and included everything we had wanted. Everything went very smoothly on our trip - we enjoyed every aspect of the trip from the Orient Express to the hotel in Verona - everything was amazing and extremely well organised.

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Pauling family

Rob at Mulberry Travel was great. Excellent service and improved upon offers from other agents with better choice of Hotels. Thoroughly recommend Mulberry and will be using them again.

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Mr & Mrs Plant

This was a special break for us and the team at Mulberry were very knowledgeable and helpful in putting the Itinerary together.

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Mrs & Mr Evans

I bought this trip as a special birthday present for my husband and we were delighted with the whole trip. Rob provided great service and was always there at the end of the phone. I would recommend to friends. Couldn’t fault the Orient Express and the attention to detail was second to none. The Llondra Palace was lovely and we had a great room overlooking the Lagoon. Glad I took Rob’s recommendation!! Loved Venice and would love to go back someday. Just wasn’t long enough!! Thank you Rob for all your help

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Malcolm Smith

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