Crystal Expedition Cruises has postponed the launch of its luxury expedition ship ‘Crystal Endeavor’.
The delay is due to the temporary closure of the MV WERFTEN shipyards, which stopped ship production to protect its employees during the COVID-19 global pandemic, similar to most European manufacturing companies.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding when production will resume, Crystal had no option but to delay the introduction of the ship – previously planned for August – and cancel all scheduled itineraries through 31st October, 2020, the company explained.
The ship’s maiden voyage will now be the Tasmania & Fjords of New Zealand 14-night cruise, scheduled to start on 14th November, 2020.
“We know that, like us, our guests have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to explore anew with Crystal on board this ground breaking ship, and we deeply regret that this change has become necessary and has disrupted our guests’ travel plans,” said Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber. “While this unprecedented global health crisis inhibits our journeys for now, we are looking ahead with great optimism to introducing ‘Crystal Endeavor’ to the world on 14th November and welcoming travellers to their next great adventure.”
In addition, Princess Cruises has announced that the delivery of ‘Enchanted Princess’ has also been delayed.
A new delivery date cannot be provided since the Fincantieri (Monfalcone shipyard) remains closed, the company said.
Voyages through 31st July were cancelled.
This delivery delay was due to lockdown imposed by the Italian government and public health officials in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The naming ceremony scheduled to take place in Southampton on 30th June has also been cancelled.