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. 

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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