The Crystal Expedition Ship is the name of a new ocean-going vessel that will make its debut in October 2018 and will be the first in a series of innovative and revolutionary ocean exploration vessels. The Crystal Expedition Ship is a 32-meter (105-foot) vessel that is designed to explore and explore the world’s oceans and will be able to survive extreme weather conditions like hurricanes and tsunamis. The Crystal Expedition Ship is made of a solid crystal material and is built to last, but can also be re-purposed for other purposes.
A new sporting dynasty is about to land on the sporting scene, with the world’s largest yacht on one side of the coin, and the world’s largest cruise ship on the other. They are both owned by the same company, Crystal Cruises, which is based in the US. The yacht will be the result of an unlikely pairing between the largest cruise ship in the world, Crystal Harmony, and the largest private yacht in the world, Crystal Endeavor.
Crystal Expedition Cruises has announced a nine-night Caribbean itinerary for the Crystal Endeavor, which will depart from Miami in October.
The trip will include stops in ports that are usually only accessible to private yachts and sailboats, and it will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for American visitors to board the ship from a nearby port and sail her during her first season.
The new route, dubbed “Expedition Yachting: Caribbean Mystique,” will depart Miami on October 25, 2021 and end on November 3 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Great Exuma and Man of War Bay, Inagua Island, Bahamas; White Bay and Great Harbor (overnight) on Jost Van Dyke and Norman Island, British Virgin Islands; Gustavia, St. Barts; and Saba, Netherlands are among the ports that will be visited.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for U.S. travelers to experience Crystal Endeavor during her inaugural season from a port close to home, and this new Caribbean itinerary is designed to provide exactly what luxury travelers are looking for – exclusive experiences and active outdoor pursuits in fascinating locales delivered with the utmost care and service,” said Crystal president Jack Anderson.
“We are able to visit uncommon, off-the-beaten-path locations because of the scale of Crystal Endeavor. For example, Great Inagua has no natural port, so cruise ships cannot dock there, but Crystal Endeavor will position in Man of War Bay and deploy Zodiacs from the ship’s own marina.”
“Visiting these unique locations is a privilege we take seriously, and Crystal Endeavor has been built with environmentally beneficial features such as dynamic positioning, which allows her to stay in place using GPS and thrusters rather than lowering anchor to preserve fragile coral reefs.”
Crystal Aspiration (Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises)
Swimming with the pigs of Major Cay is a popular activity, as is a picture opportunity off the coast of Great Exuma, where visitors may swim, snorkel, and kayak straight from the ship’s dock.
Great Inagua National Park, which covers 45 percent of the island and is home to over 100 bird species, is located on Great Inagua.
The Soggy Dollar Bar on White Bay and Foxy’s Bar on Great Harbor are popular with yachters for their gorgeous beaches and island entertainment. The coral gardens at the Indians rock formations and sea caves filled with fish, cup corals, and colorful sponges make Norman Island a wonderful snorkeling destination. The island also serves as a jumping off place for trips to Tortola and Virgin Gorda’s Baths.
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St. Barts has 22 beaches, as well as excellent shopping and restaurants, a range of watersports, and a lovely yacht-filled harbor.
Saba, Netherlands, is a treasure trove of natural marvels with 12 paths that highlight the island’s splendor, from tidal pools to cloud forests to Mt. Scenery. Saba is one of the best diving destinations in the world, surrounded by a Marine Park.
(Photo courtesy of Pixabay/Peacenik) Saba, Netherlands
All-inclusive prices for the new Expedition Yachting: Caribbean Mystique, which departs on October 25, start at $13,999 per person, including a limited-time offer. Save $3,000 and get $300 in onboard credits when you book now.
Returning visitors will get a five percent Crystal Society discount, while new-to-Crystal guests will receive a 2.5 percent discount.
All guests aged 12 and above must be properly vaccinated at least two weeks before to departure day, according to Crystal’s current policy. Passengers on cruises departing from Florida, however, will not be obliged to get vaccinated. Unvaccinated passengers must be pre-approved after being placed on a waitlist, are subject to capacity restrictions, and must have proper travel insurance. They’ll also have to follow certain procedures and undergo further testing.
According to Crystal Cruises:
“For unvaccinated guests, some of these restrictions include a mandatory mask requirement in all public areas except when eating and/or drinking, no access to certain public areas such as specialty restaurants, lounges and night clubs, Crystal Life Spa and Crystal Life Fitness, and they may be unable to go ashore at certain ports or attend onboard gatherings such as the Crystal Society party, among others. Dining will take place in a socially segregated location. To aid police and staff in enforcing limitations, unvaccinated visitors will be recognized by a red band, while vaccinated guests will be identified by a green bracelet.”
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