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New Luxury Cruise Ship Will Sail Iceland This Summer

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Less than a month after announcing its roundtrip Bahamas sailings for this summer, Crystal is back with another 2021 cruise option: Iceland.

Crystal Endeavor is Crystal Expedition Cruises’ very first ship, and she will be spending her inaugural season circumnavigating the beautiful landscapes of Iceland. The vessel will operate five 10-night immersive voyages in the region beginning July 17, 2021.

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Crystal Endeavor (Rendering courtesy of Crystal Cruises)

Iceland Expeditions

The ‘Luxury Iceland Expedition’ voyages will sail roundtrip from the country’s capital of Reykjavík, which is just a six-hour flight from New York City and a three-hour flight from London.

The itinerary has been designed to take travelers off the beaten path of traditional cruise routes, and travelers will have plenty of daylight to enjoy what the destinations have to offer due to the summer season’s almost endless daylight.

Highlights of the itinerary include:

  • Overnight stays in Reykjavík and Akureyri
  • A call to Grímsey Island and crossing the Arctic Circle
  • The Arnarfjörður fjord
  • Dynjandi Waterfall
  • The famous geothermal springs of Vopnafjörđur and Seyđisfjörđur
  • Pink and red-sand Rauðasandur Beach
  • Iceland’s whale-watching capital of Húsavík
  • Heimaey, home to a beluga whale sanctuary
  • Flatey Island, a floating nature preserve that’s home to thousands of puffins, Eider ducks, Black Guillemots, and Arctic Terns
  • Vigur and the Látrabjarg Cliffs, where thousands of puffins reside
  • The opportunity to stand on the Bridge Between Two Continents, which connects North America with Eurasia

During Crystal’s expedition sailings, expedition guides and guest experts will be on hand to offer insights into the local environments, landmarks, and traditions. Depending on the itinerary, the expedition team will include biologists, marine biologists, naturalists, historians, ornithologists, geologists, ecologists, and others.

A pre- and post-cruise hotel program at the Hotel Borg in Reykjavík will allow passengers to extend their vacation in the heart of the city. Passengers who take advantage of this program will have the option of one, two, or three-night stays that include transfers between the ship, the hotel, and the airport.

About Crystal Endeavor

Crystal Endeavor‘s staterooms are among the largest, most spacious suites in expedition cruising. There will be four types of suites to chose from, each with private balconies.

Each suite includes a king-sized bed, walk-in closet, heated storage for drying coats, and interactive streaming TVs. Bathrooms are equipped with heated floors, dual vanities, anti-fog mirrors, and rainfall showerheads.

Endeavor features eight different dining venues, as well as a variety of lounges and bars. A glass-covered, two-story Solarium houses a pool and jacuzzi, transforming into a stage and dance floor at night.

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The Solarium on Crystal Endeavor (Rendering courtesy of Crystal Cruises)

The ship is also equipped with two helicopters, a six-guest submersible, snorkeling equipment, and a fleet of zodiac boats and kayaks.

Health and Safety

Until further notice, all passengers sailing with Crystal must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to boarding. Other health measures include COVID-19 testing, reduced capacity, social distancing, a mask policy, and extensive cleaning procedures.

Pricing

Cruise fares for the Luxury Iceland Expeditions start at $13,999 per passenger, including up to double Book Now Savings at $3,000 for a limited time. Passengers will receive a $300 per person onboard credit. Crystal Society Savings will double to five percent, and new-to-Crystal passengers will save 2.5 percent.

Those with Future Cruise Credits and Future Cruise Payments may use them on these sailings.

READ MORE: 9 Reasons To Cruise Crystal Serenity

Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015. She’s been on eight cruises so far, and her favorite onboard activities include trying out the water slides, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, eating lots of food, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her over on her Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.

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