MV WERFTEN build the world's largest expedition yacht

MV WERFTEN build the world's largest expedition yacht

August 21, 2018- Today the keel-laying of the "Crystal Endeavor" was celebrated in the Stralsund company of MV WERFTEN. The construction of the luxury expedition yacht took two years to prepare. The first steel cut took place in January 2018. The handover of the cruise ship measured at 20.000 GT is scheduled for the end of 2019/ beginning of 2020.

Around 500 shipyard employees and 500 external workers will drive the construction of the 164 meter long and extremely lavishly equipped ship. According to the shipyard, the Crystal Endeavor, the word stands for effort, is the most valuable ship the shipyard has ever built. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 200 passengers in 100 suites. The suites are between 28 and 105 square meters. The equipment: king-size beds, ambient lighting, walk-in wardrobes, comfort bathroom with rain shower and separate toilet as well as spacious private balconies.

Crystal Endeavor rendering

Crystal Endeavor - rendering © MV WERFTEN

There are also six gourmet restaurants, a large spa, a fitness studio and a two-story sundeck with a pool at the rear. From the sun deck, guests can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area. The ship offers state-of-the-art technology, on-board mini-submarines, helicopters, zodiacs and special rooms for putting on and storing expedition equipment.

The ship is equipped with ice class PC6 for cruises in polar regions. From August 2020 to January 2021, the ship will travel to Japan, the Far East, New Zealand, Australia and the Antarctic Ross Sea, among others, in the first months of its premiere season. It is planned to start and end the trips in New Zealand or Tasmania / Australia. This would allow guests to spend a few days in these locations before and after the cruise.

Crystal Endeavor - keel laying

Crystal Endeavor - Keel laying © MV WERFTEN

The ship is on behalf of the US shipping company Crystal Cruises manufactured. The Star Cruises company currently operates three older ships. River cruises are also carried out on European rivers under the name Crystal River Cruises. The laying of the keel was attended by shipyard employees, the Federal Chancellor, Mecklenburg's Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig and representatives of the shipping company and the shipyard.