It’s Time to Update Your Travel List
Make room for the Russian Far East, the treetops of Borneo, and the expanse of the Great Barrier Reef, and plan for adventures great and small. As the far-reaching itineraries for Crystal Endeavor’s inaugural season (August 2020 through January 2021) were recently unveiled, we’re enticing adventurists to some of the most remote coastlines, peaks, glaciers and islands on earth. On 12 voyages of 12 to 22 days, one discovery will lead to another as travelers explore destinations far off the beaten path, and dive deeper into new perspectives on beloved locales.
There will be Zodiac quests, helicopter adventures, under-water wonders viewed by snorkel, scuba and submersible, and countless cultural connections as our brand new, polar class luxury expedition yacht charts new courses for Crystal guests. Start planning your Crystal Endeavor expedition by immersing yourself in these incredible voyages. In the meantime, here are some fascinating facts to know about the destinations that are sure to take your breath away along the journeys:
1) Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest and highest continent on earth, also officially the world’s whitest and largest desert, and yet it holds roughly 90% of the earth’s fresh water.
2) Easily the cutest residents of Antarctica, penguins reside throughout the continent segregated by species. Cape Hallett is known for its large Adélie penguin colonies, while emperor penguins congregate in Cape Roget.
3) USA’s McMurdo Station and New Zealands’s Scott Base, Antarctic research stations conduct innovative and important science in Antarctica. In the distance lies Mount Erebus, the continent’s most active volcano.
4) There are 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan. Among those featured on Crystal Endeavor itineraries are Mount Fuji, Yakushima Island, Himeji Castle, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine.
5) The legendary dragons are not the only remarkable creatures found in east Indonesia’s Komodo National Park. “Flying Foxes” or fruit bats (one of the island’s endemic species) take flight around twilight, covering the skies in search of the island’s rich fruit.
6) Harvey Bay, Fraser Island in Australia is a whale-watcher’s paradise, as its sheltered waters attract calving humpback whales each year and serve as a seasonal nursery for their young.
7) The Great Barrier Reef boasts some jaw-dropping numbers: It measures over 1,600 miles long and contains approximately 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. It is home to more than 1,500 species of fish (plus hundreds of sea plants and coral species).
8) In the 18th century, on his second expedition, British navigator James Cook spent several weeks exploring New Zealand’s Dusky Sound, one of the largest fjords in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. Dolphins, whales, seals and an array of seabirds, including penguins, are often sighted in this wonderland of nature.
9) Borneo is home to the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, which cares for young and orphaned orangutans before releasing them back into the wild. The rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra are the only places orangutans can be found in the wild.
10) Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula is a place of varied climates, with green grass fields surrounding thermal baths, icy rivers (even in the summer), high winds and imposing volcanoes. The region’s mix of mountains, lakes, geysers and forests will certainly fill your camera roll.
These highlights are just beginning of the long list of wonders in store for Crystal Endeavor’s inaugural season. Join us in 2020 and prepare to make your own discoveries.