German Shipyard Building Crystal Endeavor Has "Paused" Ops for Four Weeks

In an update posted late Monday on its website, Crystal said it's been notified that MV Werften, the German shipyard group that's building Crystal's new expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor, will temporarily "pause" operations at its Rostock, Stralsund and Wismar sites for approximately four weeks as a preventative measure to protect employees against COVID-19.

Crystal's statement said:

"We are assessing this situation and how it might impact Crystal Endeavor, and we will provide an update as soon as we can. Our guests can be assured that we will handle any adjustments with the care and consideration that they have come to expect from Crystal."

The ultra-luxury line also thanked guests and travel partners for their understanding and patience. When any update is received, will post it here.

The ongoing pandemic has shut down most world travel: airlines are cutting capacity or suspending flights,  borders are closing and world leaders are urging their citizens to stay home. Other cruises, like Crystal, are suspending operations and providing refund or credit options. 

Still, there is some hope and optimism for the future. Recently, Carnival Cruise Lines illuminated some of its ships with the phrase, "We Will Be Back," to comfort those affected by the industry-wide pause: travel advisors, the crew, guests, port partners and other communities. 

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