Crystal Cruises has named a Captain for its groundbreaking expedition yacht, the Crystal Endeavor. Captain Thomas Larsen will lead the Endeavor on her maiden voyage from Tokyo in August of 2020.
After being hit with seemingly endless problems at the shipyard, Scenic Cruises can at last breathe a deep sigh of relief. Yesterday, the Scenic Eclipse, what the company calls the world’s first Discovery Yacht, completed its ever important sea trails with flying colors. This news comes amidst a year of setbacks, as construction delays and strikes at the Croatian shipyard where the Eclipse was being built forced Scenic to delay the ships launch date. Now, it appears the August 15, 2019 official launch date will become reality, which should please some disgruntled Scenic patrons.
Over the past year, there has been robust and almost frenzy-like activity by cruise lines to enter the luxury yacht expedition market. The popularity of this type of travel has grown so considerably that brands who have historically been in the hotel and resort game have announced an expansion into the ultra-luxury yachting market. Last year, the Ritz-Carlton revealed concrete plans to launch three new mega yachts to begin sailing in 2020. Fast forward a year later, the first of three has touched water for the first time.