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PHOTO DISPATCH: EXPEDITION ANTARCTICA

NEW EXPEDITION YACHT CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR ARRIVES IN ANTARCTICA OFFERING THRILLING ADVENTURES

Certain experiences in life seem relegated to the stuff of dreams, meant for daring explorers, but beyond our own grasp. If you have ever counted Antarctica among these unreachable encounters, Crystal Insider is here to show you that an expedition adventure to the 7th continent is both within your grasp and out of this world.

New luxury expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor reached Antarctic this week for her first-ever expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. The first photo dispatches from the ship arrived today showcasing a pristine wonderland of incredible wildlife, majestic glaciers and …

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Q & A with Crystal Endeavor’s Antarctica Expedition Leaders

All new luxury expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor is set to depart from Ushuaia, Argentina on November 18th for the first of eight inaugural journeys exploring Antarctica. From sea kayaking to Zodiac landings, immersive expedition adventures will offer guests up-close encounters with penguins, seals and whales, in a land of ice and snow.

Adding insights and meaning to Crystal Endeavor’s intrepid expeditions will be a team of expert naturalists including marine biologists, ornithologists, geologists and more, all directed by Expedition Leader Sam Gagnon and Assistant Expedition Leader Rashidah Lim. We asked Gagnon and Lim to share some experiences from their previous explorations in Antarctica as …

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The 10 Most Instagrammable Moments in Antarctica

A journey to icy Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience of epic proportions. Awaken each day as if in a snow globe witnessing expansive glittering landscapes, towering glaciers, and sculpted icebergs in a land where the locals are tuxedoed penguins, spouting whales and basking seals.  

From sea kayaking excursions to Zodiac landings, Crystal Endeavor’s expert-led expeditions showcase Antarctica with immersive experiences and wildlife encounters so close they will take your breath away. In this photogenic paradise a picture is worth a thousand words, so have your camera ready to capture memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Let’s dive in and explore the 10 most Instagrammable …

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Sunday Cooking with Chef Jon Ashton: Grilled Ahi Tuna and Tuna Poke

Crystal Endeavor’s Executive Chef David George joins guest Chef Jon Ashton for a special Crystal@Sea cooking demonstration on Sunday, October 31 at 3 p.m. EST premiering on Crystal’s Facebook Page. Together they prepare a guest favorite, Grilled Ahi Tuna and Tuna Poke, which is served in the ship’s Waterside Restaurant.

Chive Oil

2 1/2 tablespoons fresh chives

1/2 cup grape-seed oil

Salt to taste

Japanese Rice

2 cups sushi quality rice

2 1/2 cups water

Apple Cider Sauce

2 cups sparkling apple cider

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup apple juice

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup …

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Crystal Serenity’s 10 Most Unique Ports of Call for 2022

Crystal Serenity’s 132-night 2022 Grand Voyage offers exploration on an epic scale, featuring 82 ports of call from lush Caribbean isles to exotic Spanish archipelagos and legendary lands of the Mediterranean.

This grand adventure is also available in 11 combinable segments ranging from 9 to 16 nights inviting travelers to curate their own itineraries from explorations of the Canary Islands to journeys along the Costa del Sol, the Amalfi Coast and more!

Each destination-rich voyage features overnights in iconic cities including Barcelona, Athens, Istanbul and more, as well as calls in harbors and hideaways off the beaten path offering rare encounters to intrigue and …

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Remote Isles & Rare Encounters – Expedition Yachting on Crystal Endeavor

Your ship has come in…

Imagine cruising into an idyllic yachts-only enclave in the Caribbean on the largest yacht in the harbor, replete with spa, pool, casino, multiple dining venues and the attentions of a personal butler. A watersports marina filled with toys including Zodiacs, sea kayaks and snorkeling equipment awaits, staffed by an expedition team to lead you on ecological tours and bespoke adventures. Exclusive beaches reserved for your use. A DJ-hosted beach party on an uninhabited isle. This is not a dream. This is Crystal Endeavor.

If you’ve ever relished the idea of escaping to the Caribbean’s most exclusive harbors and untouched isles, …

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Unlock Doors to Unique Experiences Along Europe’s Rivers

There is always a fascination with what lies behind a closed door. Backstage passes, behind the scenes access, we all crave special entrée into experiences that offer insider knowledge and rare encounters. Crystal’s luxurious river cruises on the Rhine, Danube and Moselle, offer an incredible selection of Destination Discoveries that open doors to experiences typically beyond the reach of the casual traveler.

With more than twice to three times the shoreside excursions of any other river cruise line, Crystal River Cruises showcases experiences that provide a variety of perspectives and insights on Europe’s best-loved destinations. If you think you’ve seen it all, Crystal’s shore excursion …

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The 10 Most Instagrammable Sights in Bermuda

Bermuda’s legendary beauty is so vast and varied that it can be difficult to put into words. Perhaps Mark Twain captured it best when he reportedly said, “You can go to Heaven if you like. I’ll stay right here in Bermuda.”

Clear aquamarine waters and blush-colored beaches, dramatic rocky outcroppings and hidden caves and coves make Bermuda a photographer’s dream. It’s hard to grasp how this small island nation can hold so many natural wonders and historic treasures within just 21 idyllic square miles.

The good news is that the stunning locations that follow are just the beginning of the delights that await in …

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The 10 Most Intstagrammable Sights Along Europe’s Famed Rivers

From natural wonders to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, striking beauty delights at every turn

When cruising the beloved Rhine, Danube and Moselle, every bend in the river reveals a new postcard-worthy view, from rolling green hills and terraced vineyards to turreted castles surrounded by verdant forests and charming villages that seem lifted from a story book. Often the scenic beauty is so sublime as to be nearly indescribable, and in that moment a picture is worth a thousand words.

This August, Crystal Ravel and Crystal Debussy, two of the world’s most luxurious river ships are set to return to Europe’s storied rivers with …

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Photo Dispatch from Crystal Endeavor’s Maiden Voyage Luxury Iceland Expedition

Crystal Endeavor in Patreksfjörđur

Crystal Expedition Cruises’ new luxury expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor just completed her maiden voyage and first circumnavigation of Iceland. Yesterday she set off from Reykjavík for her second voyage as part of her inaugural Luxury Iceland Expeditions series.

Leading guests on intrepid land and sea adventures were Expedition Leaders and Polar Expedition experts Boris Wise and Eva Molin Westerholm together with a roster of specialists and expert guides including marine biologist Lisa LaPoint, ornithologist Joe Cockram, glaciologist and geologist Bob Gilmore, historian Capt. Ken Burton, artist-in-residence Bruce Pearson and professional photographers Bruno Cazarini and Roger Pimenta.

Cazarini and Pimenta shared a …

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From the Heart of a Volcano to the Arctic Circle, Luxury Iceland Expeditions Deliver Breathtaking Experiences

Crystal Endeavor takes guests on up-close shore excursion adventures to spy sea birds, whales, waterfalls and an active volcano…

Soar above an active volcanic eruption on a helicopter flightseeing adventure or get an up-close look at an active lava flow on a hike through an evolving volcanic landscape. There has never been a more exciting time to visit Iceland as it spectacularly displays how it achieved the name “Land of Fire and Ice”.

Crystal Expedition Cruises’ new polar class expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor will take guests closer to the action than ever before with an inaugural series of 10-night Luxury Iceland Expeditions July …

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LUXURY BAHAMAS ESCAPES: Q&A WITH JOY JIBRILU, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE BAHAMAS MINISTRY OF TOURISM

One-of-a-Kind Experiences in the Islands of The Bahamas

Like many of our guests, we have been waiting for the day our ships can return to the seas and explore the world’s special places. After more than a year of anticipation, waiting and planning, we are at the beginning of a bright and promising future, and it’s as bright as the Bahamian sunshine. Crystal Serenity recently celebrated the relaunch of its cruise operation on July 3rd with the carefully crafted Luxury Bahamas Escapes itinerary. We have been working with our Bahamian partners to design shoreside experiences that explore these treasured destinations in line with …

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YOUR CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR GEAR GUIDE

What to Pack, What’s Included

The journeys ahead aboard Crystal Endeavor are designed to take travelers beyond paths beaten by them and, in many cases, most others on the planet. By this very nature, guests will encounter experiences and environments they may not have before, amounting to some of the most awe-striking moments to ever grace their camera rolls. Such adventures can also take travelers out of their packing comfort zones.   

To help you plan and pack, the Crystal team has thought of all the details. The comprehensive gear guides provided on the Crystal website carefully lay out what you’ll need for …

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Guests choose “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” medley as the Second Sail-Away Song in the Crystal Endeavor Song Contest

Medley by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole to follow What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong in new extended sail-away tradition

The votes are in, Crystal’s guests have spoken and the Somewhere Over the Rainbow & What a Wonderful World medley by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole will now directly follow Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World, as the second song in Crystal Endeavor’s sail-away celebration, giving the intrepid new expedition yacht a sail-away tradition all her own. Nearly 500 guests voted in the contest to choose the second sail-away song which will expand the length of the beloved sail-away celebration on Crystal Endeavor with a new favorite chosen by the …

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The Hemingway Special – A Bold Cocktail for a Bold Adventurer

Hemingway’s namesake drink has a fittingly storied past

Sometimes great things come from unlikely places…. Legend has it that Earnest Hemingway wandered into El Floridita bar in Havana in 1921 to use the bathroom just as bartender Constantino Ribalaigua Vert was setting up a round of daiquiris. Not one to pass up a drink, Hemingway gave it a try. He declared that it was good but a bit too sweet for his taste, so he asked Vert to make one with less sugar and double the rum and the “Daquiri Like Papa”, later known as the Papa Doble (double the rum!) was born.

Hemingway …

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