NORTHEAST PASSAGE

August 17 – September 15, 2021

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Embark on an Expedition Rarely Traveled

Through The High Arctic

On a quest once made only by history’s boldest explorers, Crystal Endeavor™ journeys through the High Arctic, navigating the northern-most realms of Russia and Norway. Discover the regions of Wrangel and New Siberian Islands which were once roamed by mammoths, and Franz Josef Land, guarded by polar bears and populated by Arctic foxes, walrus, seals and thousands of sea birds.

Marvel at glacier-carved mountain peaks towering over Severnaya Zemlya, the last charted place on Earth, and reflect upon the pilgrimage of those who once flocked to the holy monastery on Solovetsky Island. Ayon Island greets with warm local hospitality on an icy tundra rarely seen by travelers. This epic expedition includes a one-night, pre-cruise luxury hotel stay in Anchorage, Alaska, and a flight to from Anchorage to Anadyr, Russia, where the Expedition begins.

Cruise Dates

August 17 – September 15, 2021

28 DAYS

Anadyr > TromsØ

 FARES FROM

$45,499

PER PERSON | Fares expire 4/30/2019

DESTINATION

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chukotka Museum of Local Lore
  • Solovetsky Island Monastery
  • Cape Dezhnev Lighthouse
  • Ayon Island Neolithic Camps
  • Murmansk Russian Naval
    Sea Port
  • Honningsvåg, Gateway to the North Cape
  • Tromsø Arctic Cathedral

Fares From

$45,499

PER PERSON

Fares expire 4/30/2019

Itinerary

PRE CRUISE

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

Guests enjoy an inclusive one-night, pre-cruise hotel stay in Anchorage followed by flight to Anadyr the next day.

Day 01 - Anadyr, Russia

EMBARK – PM

DEPART – 5:00PM

ANADYR, RUSSIA

The easternmost town in Russian, Anadyr has only been a town for just over a century. Its position along the Bering Sea made it pivotal to World War II air transport. Its airfield received thousands of American troops headed to the Eastern Front along the Alaska-Siberian air route, ironically sharing “twin city” status with former foe Bethel, Alaska. The remote town’s colorful architecture stands brightly against the open tundra, set against mountains and the Anadyr River.

Day 02 - Provideniya, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

PROVIDENIYA, RUSSIA

Perhaps as close to a city as one can find in the extreme north, Provideniya is an urban hub of about 2,000 residents, most of them of Yupik descent. What was once an important depot for Russian military operations is now a relatively booming community that welcomes visiting explorers. Local museums tell the tales of the rugged history and heritage of the people and wildlife here, while the surrounding Provideniya Bay highlights the natural beauty of the area.

Day 03 - Cape Dezhnev & Uelen Village, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

CAPE DEZHNEV & UELEN VILLAGE, RUSSIA

In the wild, wild east, Cape Dezhnev sits on the Bering Strait, the farthest point of the Chukotka Peninsula. Surrounded by icy seas that are home to whales and seals who frequently appear above the water line, the cape is also home to Uelen Village, the easternmost settlement in Eurasia and the only remaining inhabited village on the cape. A lighthouse monument to the region’s Soviet border guardsmen presides over the vast tundra, which blooms with green in summer months.

Day 04 - Kolyuchin Island, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – AFTERNOON

KOLYUCHIN ISLAND, RUSSIA

Small in size and uninhabited, this Chukchi Sea island is teeming with life. Residents here take the form of walrus herds that crowd the rocky shores, and thousands of puffins, thick-billed murres and kittiwakes that congregate on the cliffs of Bird Rock. The Russian polar station here was abandoned in the 1990’s, leaving outbuildings and huts for explorers to discover.

Day 05-07 - Wrangel Island, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

WRANGEL ISLAND, RUSSIA

This island high in the Russian Far East has been home to giant Arctic mammals for millennia, known as one of the last stomping grounds of the woolly mammoth. Scientists have found astonishing fossil evidence of the extinct beasts here, where polar bears, musk oxen, Arctic foxes and the world’s largest population of Pacific walrus now roam. As wildlife still far outnumbers human presence on the island, opportunities for observing the many magnificent species here abound.

Day 08 - Ayon Island, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – AFTERNOON

AYON ISLAND, RUSSIA

Off the coast of Chukotka on the East Siberian Sea, this vast expanse of open tundra is populated primarily by reindeer, and the welcoming Chukchi people who tend to them. Such has been the case for more than 2,000 years, according to evidence found on the island. Neolithic camps have been curated by the island’s school children share these museums of mammoth tusks, Paleo Eskimo artifacts and stuffed wildlife from Ayon’s history with visitors.

Day 09 - Medvezhiy Islands, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

MEDVEZHIY ISLANDS, RUSSIA

Granite plateaus in the East Siberian Sea create a rocky tundra wandered by bears, foxes, seals, deer and wolves from the mainland. The remote, uninhabited islands constitute an unlikely commercial fishing hub, considering the fast-moving ice that surrounds the land masses. Also unexpectedly found on this complex of six islands: flourishing flora that includes lush reindeer moss and lichens, mushrooms and abundant flowers.

Day 10 - Cruising the East Siberian Sea

DAY AT SEA

Days at sea are an indulgent invitation to take full advantage of Crystal Endeavor’s luxurious amenities and services, from pampering interludes at the Crystal Life Spa & Salon or invigorating work-outs in the state-of-the-art fitness center to wine tastings, culinary presentations, lectures on art and history, or even a date with Lady Luck at the Resorts World at Sea Casino. Of course, the real thrill remains the opportunity for wildlife sightings with our Expedition Team keeping an eye out for nature’s wonders in addition to leading enriching presentations and conversational lectures unique to each destination.

Day 11 - Lyakhovsky Island, New Siberian Islands, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – LATE NIGHT

Lyakhovsky Island, New Siberian Islands, Russia

The Lyakhovsky archipelago is located between the Laptev and East Siberian seas, about 44 miles off the Siberian coast in extreme northern Russia. This southernmost group of the New Siberian Islands was named after Ivan Lyakhov, who explored the region in 1773. Today, the islands attract tusk hunters and paleontologists searching for the remains of the islands’ most famous ancient animal resident, the woolly mammoth. Saber-toothed tiger bones have also been excavated on these islands.

Day 12 - Stolbovoy Island, New Siberian Islands, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

Stolbovoy Island, New Siberian Islands, Russia

Hundreds of miles above the Arctic Circle, in the frigid Laptev Sea, on the southwest edge of the New Siberian Islands, sits Stolbovoy, a narrow island of steep cliffs dotted with unusual rock formations. Now mostly sunken, scientists believe this was once an ancient land bridge that connected Russia with America. In 2018, scientists unearthed stone implements here that may be the first traces of Paleolithic humans, and the most northerly evidence of ancient humans anywhere on Earth.

Day 13 - Cruising Laptev Sea

DAY AT SEA

Days at sea are an indulgent invitation to take full advantage of Crystal Endeavor’s luxurious amenities and services, from pampering interludes at the Crystal Life Spa & Salon or invigorating work-outs in the state-of-the-art fitness center to wine tastings, culinary presentations, lectures on art and history, or even a date with Lady Luck at the Resorts World at Sea Casino. Of course, the real thrill remains the opportunity for wildlife sightings with our Expedition Team keeping an eye out for nature’s wonders in addition to leading enriching presentations and conversational lectures unique to each destination.

Day 14 - Cape Chelyuskin, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

Cape Chelyuskin, Russia

This northernmost point on the Eurasian continent (or any continental mainland) embodies the fortitude and innovation required to thrive in such extreme geography. It’s home to a weather and hydrology station whose magnetic observatory sits on the eastern side of the cape’s point, as well as the region’s northernmost airfield.

Day 15-16 - Severnaya Zemlya, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – AFTERNOON

Severnaya Zemlya, Russia

Truly no man’s land, covered in glacier-carved peaks, vast tundra, dramatic fjords and surrounded by the icy Vilkitsky Strait, this northern Siberian land of four islands was not officially documented until the early 20th century. Before that time, it was an unknown white space on the map, favored only by birds, lemmings and wolves. Not much has changed in this time, as its extreme terrain and location beckon only the heartiest travelers, rewarding them with magnificent ice domes and vistas.

Day 17-19 - Franz Josef Land, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – AFTERNOON

Franz Josef Land, Russia

This archipelago of 192 flat islands is an ideal lookout point across the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean. A home base for Russian military operations in the north since 1932, the islands are still inhabited only by servicemen and women, as well as a few polar bears. Franz Josef Land offers and ideal vantage point for those exploring the pole and beyond, with seas and shores that house the great white bears, bowhead whales, ivory gulls and walruses.

Day 20 - Novaya Zemlya, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

Novaya Zemlya, Russia

Explorers have been attempting to transit the Northeast Passage through the High Arctic since the 16th century, having used this steeply accented archipelago as a stopping point. It is now a preserved Russian Arctic National Park, with restricted access enforced to preserve the ecosystems that comprise polar bears, Arctic foxes, bearded seals, walruses and many species of sea birds. Explore the terrain of expeditions past and marvel at the expanse of the extreme North during this rare visit.

Day 21-22 - Cruising the Barents Sea

DAY AT SEA

Days at sea are an indulgent invitation to take full advantage of Crystal Endeavor’s luxurious amenities and services, from pampering interludes at the Crystal Life Spa & Salon or invigorating work-outs in the state-of-the-art fitness center to wine tastings, culinary presentations, lectures on art and history, or even a date with Lady Luck at the Resorts World at Sea Casino. Of course, the real thrill remains the opportunity for wildlife sightings with our Expedition Team keeping an eye out for nature’s wonders in addition to leading enriching presentations and conversational lectures unique to each destination.

Day 23 - Kanin Cape, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – AFTERNOON

Kanin Cape, Russia

Not surprisingly, the chilly seas surrounding this peninsula are playgrounds for beluga and sperm whales who crave the cold. The unexpected lies in the 29 species of butterfly that populate the forest-tundra and 14 species in the hypoarctic region, which add color and life to this remote expanse of land.

Day 24 - Arkhangelsk, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

Arkhangelsk, Russia

An important Russian seaport situated across the White Sea from Finland, Arkhangelsk has played starring roles in Russian-European trade since Tsar Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century, Peter the Great in the 18th century, and both World Wars. It is an epicenter of culture and commerce, home to thriving fishing and timber operations, and a number of art and literature institutions. Legend tells that this is also the exact place where the Archangel Michael defeated the devil, as depicted on the city’s coat of arms, adding to Arkhangelsk’s mystique.

Day 25 - Solovetsky and Zayatsky Island, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

Solovetsky and Zayatsky Island, Russia

Now a UNESCO-listed complex of islands in the White Sea, the “Solovki” were once home to the Solovetsky Monastery, an important holy site and pilgrimage destination. The monastery was reinstated as a place of worship following the 20th century’s World Wars. Today, the islands welcome not only the faithful, but the most intrepid history buffs and nature lovers, who can explore the remarkably preserved Annunciation Church and ascend to the top of St. Nicholas Church.

Day 26 - Cruising the White Sea

DAY AT SEA

Days at sea are an indulgent invitation to take full advantage of Crystal Endeavor’s luxurious amenities and services, from pampering interludes at the Crystal Life Spa & Salon or invigorating work-outs in the state-of-the-art fitness center to wine tastings, culinary presentations, lectures on art and history, or even a date with Lady Luck at the Resorts World at Sea Casino. Of course, the real thrill remains the opportunity for wildlife sightings with our Expedition Team keeping an eye out for nature’s wonders in addition to leading enriching presentations and conversational lectures unique to each destination.

Day 27 - Murmansk, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

Murmansk, Russia

This city in the far northwest of Russia is built around the pivotal port that it houses, established in 1916 and integral to Soviet efforts in the World Wars. But beyond its “all business” port facade is a playground for outdoor activities of all kinds. Murmansk’s population of 300,000 makes it a cultural hub of the region, but the pride of the city is its former military clout. Monuments and museums dedicated to naval history and Arctic research are prominent here, most notably the statue Alyosha that presides over the city.

Day 28 - Honningsvåg, Norway

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

Honningsvåg, Norway

The northernmost town in Europe, Honningsvåg embodies the natural majesty of Norway, presenting a sprawling natural landscape of Arctic adventure. Quaint fishing villages set along spectacular fjords offer delectable seafood, with quests for king crab on the “can’t miss” list. Within reach are the North Cape and magical Magerøy Island, as well as endless opportunities for rugged exploration in any direction from town center.

Disembark - Tromsø, Norway

ARRIVE – 8:00AM

DISEMBARK – AM

Tromsø, Norway

Long renowned as an important center of science and exploration, Tromsø lies on a forest-covered island in a narrow waterway, hemmed in by steep mountains and connected to the mainland by a bridge. The imaginative Arctic Cathedral, the Polaria Centre and a scenic cable car ride are among its varied attractions.

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CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR™

At 20,000 tons, the all-suite Crystal Endeavor is the world’s largest and most spacious luxury expedition yacht, equally boasting some of the largest, most spacious suites in all of expedition cruising.

Pricing Per Suite Category

Book by April 30, 2019 for best available fares.

EXPEDITION SUITE

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EXPEDITION SUITE

Interior: 1,290 sq. ft. (119.8 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 735 sq. ft. (68.3 sq. m.)

OWNER'S SUITE

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OWNER’S SUITE

Interior: 1,130 sq. ft. (105 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 737 sq. ft. (63.5 sq. m.)

EXPEDITION PENTHOUSE

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EXPEDITION PENTHOUSE

Interior: 985 sq. ft. (91.5 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 683.5 sq. ft. (63.5 sq. m.)

PENTHOUSE SUITE

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PENTHOUSE SUITES

Interior: 457 sq. ft. (42.5 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 77.5 sq. ft. (7.2 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S7

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DELUXE SUITES S7

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S6

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DELUXE SUITES S6

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S5

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DELUXE SUITES S5

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S4

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DELUXE SUITES S4

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S3

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DELUXE SUITES S3

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S2

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DELUXE SUITES S2

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S1

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DELUXE SUITES S1

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

| Crystal Endeavor, Yacht Expedition Cruises

CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR™

At 20,000 tons, the all-suite Crystal Endeavor is the world’s largest and most spacious luxury expedition yacht, equally boasting some of the largest, most spacious suites in all of expedition cruising.

Fares listed are cruise-only, per person in US dollars based on double occupancy and do not include taxes, fees and port charges, which vary by departure. Available on new bookings when booked by April 30, 2019.

Each Crystal Endeavor itinerary balances days at sea with scheduled ports of call, and is intentionally designed to be flexible, allowing the Captain and his team of experts to incorporate unplanned “expedition days” when favorable weather conditions invite the opportunity for uncommon discovery. The Expedition Team will maintain a keen eye so that if an opportunity arises, is permitted and conditions allow, the Captain will attempt to position the vessel accordingly. The order of expedition calls/stops and/or itineraries may change due to weather/sea conditions or permit specifications. At all times, itineraries and ports of call are subject to the Captain’s sole discretion. Zodiac use and/or landings, wildlife sightings and wilderness highlights on any itinerary cannot be guaranteed. Kindly note that children under the age of 6 are not permitted aboard the Zodiacs. Use of submersible, complimentary marina equipment and helicopter is based on each destination’s local rules and regulations and in the sole discretion of the Captain.