A Photographic Preview of Crystal Endeavor’s Latest Collection of Bold Adventures
From the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic Peninsula, Africa’s Ivory Coast to South America’s west coast, Greenland to Iceland and Seville to Svalbard, the just announced 2022 and early 2023 expeditions aboard Crystal Endeavor span the farthest reaches of the globe. There will be “Remote Expeditions,” “Cultural Discoveries” and “Destination Explorations” designed to suit every type of explorer. This means you can be a pioneer with a penchant for rugged terrain that has seen more penguins than humans, a connoisseur of pre-colonial South American history and the deeply rooted spiritual and artistic heritage in Spain and Portugal, or a student of Viking lore in Norway and find expeditions that will ignite your sense of exploration.
All of this and so much more is on the roster of global expeditions set for Crystal Endeavor in 2022. Here’s a glimpse of the extraordinary encounters that may be in store, and some fascinating facts about the destinations…
Gough Island – The second largest of the Tristan da Cunha Islands – a British Overseas Territory located in the south Atlantic over 1,500 miles from Cape Town – it is completely uninhabited except for the six personnel monitoring the weather station maintained by the South African National Antarctic Programme.
Antarctic Peninsula – Kings, emperors, gentoos and other penguins join leopard seals and migrating whales as the predominant residents here. The landscape is dominated by a mountain range that is an extension of the Andes; Mount Jackson is the highest peak at over 10,000 feet.
Svalbard – Longyearbyen, the world’s most northerly city, is the capital of the Svalbard Archipelago between Norway and the North Pole. With a population that shifts between 2,500-3,000, there are more polar bears than people in this region.
Seville – Overflowing with regal architecture and a rich explorer heritage (Christopher Columbus’ final resting place), Seville has charmed travelers for centuries. The way of life is celebratory here – it’s the birthplace of tapas and home to the Feria de Abril Festival, a springtime event of dancing, drinking, dining and general merriment. *Crystal Endeavor’s 2022 call here aligns with this festival, so pack your dancing shoes.
Peru – In the Nazca Desert lie a massive series of geoglyphs etched in the ground. The Nazca Lines have perplexed archaeologists and historians for over a century, with more than 800 straight lines and 300 geometric figures whose meaning is unknown but are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Seydisfjordur – One of the most remote places to reach in Iceland, Seydisfjordur offers visitors magnificent rewards once they make the trip. Spectacular vistas of Iceland’s surrounding fjords and valleys stretch in all directions. The town isn’t all remote beauty, though. It is dotted with colorful houses and even has a golf course.
Luderitz – First established in 1883, Luderitz really made it to the map in 1912, when diamonds were discovered in surrounding caves and a mining town was promptly set up. Today, the town is well known for wildlife, particularly bird species.
Kakum National Park – Located in Ghana, West Africa, the numbers here are astonishing: more than 300 bird species and over 600 butterfly species flutter overhead; visitors can explore via seven canopy bridges stretching 1,080 feet in the treetops and connected by viewing platforms.
Nantes – Located on the western banks of France’s Loire River, this town has long played a pivotal role in the province of Brittany. Today it thrives as a hub of more than 250,000 people, counting Jules Verne among its famous historical citizens.
South Georgia – Explorers have pioneered toward this British Territory for centuries, including greats like Captain Cook and Ernest Shackleton, who is buried here. But its most abundant inhabitants are certainly the millions of penguins and seals that flock to the shores for sun and swimming.
Crystal Endeavor’s 2022 and early 2023 expeditions range from nine to 19 nights and are available to book November 13, 2019. Plan to reserve your suite on the all-suite, butler-serviced luxury expedition yacht as you traverse the globe’s most fascinating destinations.