Crystal Extends a Beloved Sail-Away Tradition Aboard New Luxury Expedition Yacht
Imagine a sleek, yacht-like cruise ship departing as the sun sets, guests on the open deck with champagne in hand while the melodies of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World float out across the water. It is the perfect musical backdrop for a sublime moment of emotion and anticipation as travelers toast new adventures to come.
What began as a lovely added touch in 1990, when Crystal Harmony first left San Francisco harbor on its maiden voyage, has become a longstanding tradition beloved by the award-winning line’s loyal guests.
Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World has become a mainstay aboard Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, while each new Crystal Experience has adopted a special tune to suit its individual character – Moon River for Crystal River Cruises and Somewhere over the Rainbow for Crystal Yacht Cruises. For Crystal Endeavor, What a Wonderful World has been chosen to be the official sail away song.
Now Crystal is inviting Crystal Society Members to help personalize this magical moment for the line’s intrepid new expedition yacht by choosing a second sail-away song to follow What a Wonderful World aboard Crystal Endeavor. The newly chosen song will extend the sail-away celebration, offering guests a musical invitation to linger in the moment and giving Crystal Endeavor a sail-away experience all its own.
“The sail-away celebration is full of anticipation and excitement,” said Keith Cox, Crystal’s vice president of entertainment. “It’s a special time of camaraderie and conviviality among our guests where you see toasts and conversation, friendships old and new. It’s fitting to have our Crystal Society Members help us chose a personally meaningful song for Crystal Endeavor because they helped to create this special tradition and it truly belongs to them.”
Crystal Society Members can vote for one of five choices for Crystal Endeavor’s additional sail-away song – all of which are featured on a Spotify playlist curated by Crystal Society members, featuring songs that most remind them of their Crystal experiences in commemoration of Crystal’s 30th Anniversary in 2020.
Choices for Crystal Endeavor’s Sail-Away Song Contest include: Somewhere Over the Rainbow & What a Wonderful World medley by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole; Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin; Sailing by Christopher Cross; Time to Say Goodbye by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli; and In the Groove by Richard Elliot. The Crystal: Sailing Through 30 Years playlist is available for download on Spotify, allowing travelers to listen to the songs and decide which melody should follow What a Wonderful World aboard Crystal Endeavor.
Voting opens May 5, 2021, and closes May 18, 2021, allowing Crystals Society Members to submit their choices via this online form and play a part in Crystal Endeavor’s history by creating an enduring soundtrack for expeditions to come.
Designed to the highest standards of renowned German engineering, Crystal Endeavor will be the world’s fastest, most powerful, and most spacious expedition yacht, with a Polar Class 6 (PC6) classification that enables her to sail in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
Built to accommodate just 200 guests, Crystal Endeavor will deliver the personal service and world-class experiences for which Crystal is known, all while traveling to the far reaches of the globe. From Michelin-inspired dining options including Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Umi Uma & Sushi Bar, to a state-of-the-art fitness center, and the only casino on an expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor has been designed to exceed every expectation of luxury travel while exploring the world’s most remote settings.
Crystal Endeavor will embark upon her inaugural voyages this summer with Luxury Iceland Expeditions, five consecutive 10-night voyages circumnavigating Iceland and exploring the Arctic Circle, from pristine fjords and glaciated tundra to geothermal springs and thundering waterfalls. Voyages depart roundtrip from Reykjavík, beginning July 17, 2021, with fares starting at $13,999, per person, double occupancy, when booked by May 19, 2021.
As the song says, it is a “Wonderful World”, and Crystal Endeavor is ready to explore it.