Crystal reveals details about accommodations on upcoming yacht

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Deluxe Suites on the Crystal Endeavor will measure 304 square feet.
Deluxe Suites on the Crystal Endeavor will measure 304 square feet.

ABOARD THE CRYSTAL SYMPHONY -- Crystal Cruises CEO Tom Wolber unveiled some details about the company's polar-class expedition yacht, the Crystal Endeavor, during its 2018 Annual Sales Gala sailing from Aruba to Fort Lauderdale.

Wolber, speaking to an audience of top-producing travel agents, said the Endeavor will be the largest vessel of its kind at 19,800 gross tons. It is expected to debut in 2020.

It will consist solely of suites, 100, for a total of 200 passengers. He called them "the largest and most spacious suites in the expedition industry," and said all suites will have verandahs and butler services. They will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and roomy bathrooms with dual vanities, rainshower heads, heated floors and heated closets designed to warm and dry damp parkas.

Among the 100 suites will be two Crystal Penthouse Suites, which are between 985-1,130 square feet; eight Penthouse Suites, 457 square feet; and 90 Deluxe Suites, 304 square feet.

Wolber said the Endeavor will feature streaming televisions, bedside iPads and ambient lighting.

"Crystal's entrance into this segment is a natural response to the demand for an increasing segment of consumers who are craving immersive, active experiences into the lesser-known regions of the world, the final frontier, if you wish," Wolber told agents. "The Crystal Endeavor will be an industry game-changer. She will deliver on what Crystal does best: innovative ship design, generous public spaces, warm and attentive service, unique destination experiences, and world-class cuisine."

There will be 90 Deluxe Suites on the polar-class expedition yacht.
There will be 90 Deluxe Suites on the polar-class expedition yacht.

Wolber said more details on the ship, including itineraries, will be unveiled at a later date.

At this year's gala, the threshold for agents to qualify was $1 million in revenue, according to Carmen Roig, senior vice president of marketing and sales. In total, 74 travel partners from 14 countries qualified and attended. Fifty-six of them had over $1 million in revenue. Another 13 had over $2 million, and five had over $5 million.

Next year's requirements to attend the gala will remain the same, Roig said. The 2019 gala will be held aboard the Crystal Serenity.

On Tuesday, agents had the chance to hear from a number of the cruise line's executives, who provided updates on the company -- including the drydock upgrades the Serenity will undergo, similar to those the Symphony recently had -- and fielded any questions attendees had. Another day of updates was scheduled for Friday, and agents were also given the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one sessions, scheduled for Saturday.

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