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Under the Sea: Cruisers Take Submarine Excursion in Antarctica [PHOTOS]

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Crystal Cruises’ luxury expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor, set sail last week from Argentina, and guests onboard got to experience something pretty cool.

The vessel’s current voyage is the first in a series of eight roundtrip 11 to 19-night sailings to Antarctica.

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Crystal Endeavor in Antarctica (Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises)

Now, the line has announced that its first guests have taken a ride several hundred feet under the sea on Endeavor‘s new submersible. The underwater vehicle holds one pilot and two passengers at a time, and no special equipment or gear is required to take a ride.

The cost? $599 per person. But as the photos below show, it’s well worth the price.

Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises

In addition to underwater adventures, Crystal Endeavor‘s Antarctica voyages offer a variety of activities including Zodiac landings, sea kayaking, and expedition hikes.

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“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.

Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises

The journey 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 lots of time exploring the Antarctic Peninsula which is home to penguin colonies, seals, whales, and seabirds.

The yacht’s itineraries are designed for a great amount of flexibility, allowing the captain and team of experts to incorporate unplanned “expedition days” when favorable weather conditions allow for unique experiences.

Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises

Endeavor‘s Antarctica season will run through February 2022. All voyages are led by an expedition team comprised of marine biologists, ornithologists, polar experts, kayaking guides, and landscape photographers.

Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises

Highlights of Crystal Endeavor include a glass-covered, two-story solarium with pool and hot tub, Umi Uma Japanese restaurant, a wrap-around promenade deck, an Expedition Lounge, a salon and spa, and Prego Italian restaurant.

Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises

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