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Crystal Cancels Africa Over Variant Concerns, Replaces with Europe and Antarctica Itineraries

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Crystal Cruises has announced new sailings in Antarctica, South America, and Europe for its expedition ship Crystal Endeavor.

Currently open for sale, the new 10 to 15-night voyages will take place from March 1 to April 29, 2022, and visit 31 ports of call in nine countries. There will be several extended stays and overnight calls in places like Seville, Monaco, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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Crystal Endeavor (Photo courtesy of Crystal)

The new cruises replace four voyages to West Africa, which the line says is due to “ongoing uncertainty of the Omicron variant and its potential impact within the region.”

Following these newly-added sailings, Crystal Endeavor will operate its previously-announced schedule of cruises to Europe, Iceland, and Greenland, including summer Arctic voyages beginning April 29, 2022. In November, the ship will head back to South America for another Antarctica winter season.

“We are very pleased that our talented itinerary planning team was able to create these immersive new sailings aboard the new Crystal Endeavor which has garnered worldwide acclaim for her unique onboard experience that combines bold adventure with the finest in luxury travel,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal president.

“We wish to thank our valued guests and travel partners for their patience and understanding. We made these changes in an abundance of caution as the health, safety and wellbeing of our guests and crew are always our top priority.”

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The Expedition Lounge on Crystal Endeavor (Photo courtesy of Crystal)

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The new voyages include:

14-Night From Ushuaia to Buenos Aires (March 1-15)

This two-week “South Georgia Wildlife Expedition & Uruguay” itinerary will spend four full days exploring remote South Georgia, with two Zodiac landings planned each day to encounter penguins, seals, and more. These landings will also include a visit to the final resting place of famed explorer Ernest Shackleton.

The voyage will continue with visits to the Uruguayan ports of Punta del Este and Montevideo.

Passengers on this cruise will enjoy included one-way chartered air from Miami to Ushuaia and a luxury pre-cruise hotel stay in Ushuaia.

15-Night From Buenos Aires to Santa Cruz de Tenerife (March 15-30)

Highlighted by a transatlantic crossing, this “Buenos Aires to the Canary Islands” voyage calls at Montevideo and Punta del Este before offering the chance to unwind and relax on an eight-day journey across the Atlantic.

Once the ship arrives to the ocean’s eastern shore, it will visit Sao Filipe (Fogo Island) in the Cape Verde Islands featuring streets dotted with colonial-style homes, historic churches, black-sand beaches, and fortresses dating back to the mid-1600s.

10-Night From Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Lisbon (March 30-April 9)

This “Canary Islands & Madeira Archipelago Discovery” itinerary offers an in-depth exploration of the region with visits to Santa Cruz de la Palma, Puerto de la Estaca/El Hierro, San Sebastian de la Gomera, Puerto Del Rosario (overnight), and Arrecife in the Canary Islands, followed by stops at Funchal (overnight), Ilha De Porto Santo/Madeira, and Lagos, Portugal.

10-Night From Lisbon to Barcelona (April 9-19)

The “Seville, Andalucía & Balearic Islands Discovery” adventure will include a call in Portimão, Portugal following a two-day call in Seville, along with visits to Málaga, Alicante, Castellon de la Plana, Port de Soller, and Mahon, Spain.

This itinerary is distinguished by the rare opportunity to cruise the Guadalquivir River through the Andalusian countryside and dock in the heart of Seville, along with a visit to the fishing and shipbuilding town of Portimão, in Portugal’s Algarve region, home to quaint seaside cottages, ancient forts and gorgeous beaches.

10-Night From Barcelona to Málaga (April 19-29)

This “Rivieras & Mediterranean Isles Discovery” cruise takes place in the spring, providing the perfect environment for enjoying eight European destinations, including some of the continent’s most famous resort towns: St. Tropez, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco (overnight); Nice, France; Portofino, Italy; Bastia (Corsica), France; Porto Cervo (Sardinia), Italy; and Ibiza and Málaga, Spain (overnight).

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Umi Uma, the only Japanese restaurant on an expedition ship (Photo courtesy of Crystal)

The 20,200 gross ton Crystal Endeavor features all-verandah suites, a 1:1 crew to guest ratio, a two-story solarium with pool and Jacuzzi, the first and only Japanese restaurant on an expedition ship, and the only casino on an expedition yacht.

These voyages follow the vessel’s inaugural season of Antarctica sailings, which began in November.

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