Crystal Cruises’ luxury expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor, departed the Port of Ushuaia at the southernmost tip of Argentina on her first-ever expedition voyage to Antarctica—the first of in a series of eight round-trip 11- to 19-night sailings aboard the polar-class vessel.

“We designed Crystal Endeavor to provide the ultimate Antarctic adventure providing guests opportunities to get ‘up close and personal’ views of this stunning cruising region sailing a precision, German-engineered expedition while enjoying the refined comfort, luxury amenities and attentive service that are Crystal hallmarks,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal president, in a press statement. “Exploring Antarctica is an unforgettable, life-changing experience and we encourage our guests to join us as we set a new standard in luxury expedition cruising.”

Crystal Endeavor’s Antarctica voyages feature adventures including Zodiac landings, sea kayaking and expedition hikes to experience the landscapes and wildlife of the world’s southernmost continent. Guests’ journey of rugged adventure includes the crossing of the famed Drake Passage and visits to the South Shetland Islands, the Weddell Sea, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia, as well as ample time exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, home to penguin colonies, seals, whales and seabirds.

The yacht’s itineraries are specially curated for maximum flexibility, allowing the captain and Crystal Endeavor’s team of experts to incorporate unplanned “expedition days” when favorable weather conditions invite the opportunity for uncommon discovery.

Guests on Crystal Endeavor’s Antarctica voyages enjoy complimentary round-trip charter air and luxury pre-cruise accommodations in Ushuaia as well as luxury hotel accommodations in Miami following their return flight.

Crystal Endeavor’s Antarctica season runs through February 2022, with all voyages led by a talented and passionate expedition team comprised of marine biologists, ornithologists, polar experts, kayaking guides and landscape photographers whose keen understanding and appreciation of the remote polar region enhances this once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience. Following the completion of her Antarctica season, Crystal Endeavor will sail to Cape Town to continue her luxury yacht expedition adventures.

Offering the largest space ratio of any ship at sea — 100 gross tons and 10,000 cubic feet per guest — and a one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio delivering the friendly and attentive service that Crystal is known for, Crystal Endeavor is luxuriously designed for discerning travelers with elegantly expansive private and public spaces, and all-verandah, all-butler serviced suites that are among the largest and most spacious in expedition cruising.

Guests also enjoy Crystal’s amenities including: Michelin-inspired dining options including Umi Uma, the first and only Japanese restaurant on an expedition ship; fine Italian cuisine at Prego, 24-hour room service and optional Vintage Room experience; the only casino on an expedition yacht; a glass-covered, two-story solarium—housing the Seahorse Pool and Jacuzzi—providing panoramic views from sea to sky; and the full-service Crystal Life Salon & Spa with a fitness center; as well as a wrap-around Promenade Deck. Expedition-specific amenities include high-tech enrichments spaces, designated mud rooms, an Expedition Lounge, and the option of exploration in a 2-guest submersible.

For more information, visit crystalcruises.com.

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