Arrivals & Departures Crystal Cruises previews 'largest, most spacious expedition yacht in the world'

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The polar-class Crystal Endeavor will have all-suite accommodation and a restaurant by Nobu Matsuhisa.

American luxury cruise line Crystal has released more details of Crystal Endeavor, the new ship that it's billing as "the largest, most spacious expedition yacht in the world".

Set to launch in 2020, the 200-guest polar-class vessel will be equipped for Arctic and Antarctic cruising, as well as voyages in tropical waters.

“Crystal's entrance into the expedition cruising industry is a natural response to the demand from an increasing segment of travellers craving more immersive and active experiences in lesser-known destinations around the world,” said Crystal president and chief executive Tom Wolber. 

Restaurants aboard the new ship will include Umi Uma, by Japanese celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and Italian eatery Prego.

There'll also be public spaces including a solarium-style pool deck, a Palm Court for afternoon tea, cocktails and dancing, and what Crystal says will be the only casino aboard an expedition yacht. 

Crystal has previously announced that Endeavor will also have two helicopters for sightseeing flights and two seven-person submarines, plus gear including electric amphibious zodiacs, jet skis, kayaks, paddle boards, snorkelling and scuba equipment, and underwater scooters known as Seabobs. 

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