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Crystal Endeavor ship launch postponed

Crystal Expedition Cruises has postponed the launch of its luxury expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor.

The line said the temporary closure of the MV Werften shipyards as a result of the coronavirus pandemic had led to the delay.

Delivery of the ship, which had been due to launch this August, has been pushed back with scheduled itineraries through to October 31 cancelled.

Endeavor’s maiden voyage will now be the Tasmania & Fjords of New Zealand 14-night cruise embarking on November 14, 2020.

“We know that, like us, our guests have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to explore anew with Crystal aboard 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 chief executive 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 November 14 and welcoming travellers on their next great adventure.”

The company said it is contacting guests and their travel agents directly with rebooking options.

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