(10:39 a.m. EDT) -- Crystal Cruises has revealed details of the staterooms on its first expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor, which will debut in 2020. The announcement was made at Crystal's 2018 Sales Gala, attended by the cruise line's top travel agents.
The 200-passenger, 19,800-ton ship will feature 100 suites, all with private balconies and all with butler service. Out of the 100 total suites, 90 will be deluxe veranda suites (304 square feet), eight will be penthouse suites (457 square feet) and two will be Crystal penthouses (985 to 1,130 square feet). The larger penthouse has two bedrooms, while the smaller one-bedroom design connects to the deluxe suite next door. Tom Wolber, Crystal's president and CEO, claims they will be the largest and most spacious suites in the expedition industry.
All of the suites will offer modern decor, king-size beds and floor-to-ceiling windows designed for passengers to take in the views of Endeavor's far-flung, exotic destinations. Bathrooms will be spacious with double vanities and heated floors. Not only will the suites offer walk-in closets, but all will have private, heated storage space for parkas used during explorations ashore.
In addition, passengers will appreciate the ship's state-of-the-art technology, including free Wi-Fi for everyone, interactive television and bedside iPads.
Crystal has already announced details of the restaurants, public spaces and amenities onboard this PC-6 polar class vessel. It will offer six restaurants, including Crystal favorites such as Prego and Nobu's Umi Uma; a two-story solarium with a pool; expansive spa and spacious social spaces; an onboard marina for launching kayaks and Zodiacs; and two helicopters and a submarine.
Itineraries for Crystal Endeavor are yet to be announced, but the ship will be able to cruise from the Arctic to the Antarctic.
--By Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor