WHAT: Crystal will celebrate the next important milestone in the construction of Crystal Endeavor, as the keel will be laid for Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ first expedition yacht at MV WERFTEN’s Stralsund shipyard on Tuesday, August 21 at Noon, CEST (Central European Summer Time). Crystal will livestream the ceremony via Facebook Live on the Crystal Cruises Facebook page, inviting travelers from around the world to celebrate alongside VIP guests in attendance. Those guests will include Crystal President and CEO Tom Wolber, Genting Hong Kong’s Executive Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will attend the event in her capacity as a member of the German Bundestag. Also attending will be MV WERFTEN President & CEO Peter Fetten, Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig and 500 MV WERFTEN team members. The complete FB Live video will also be available for viewing on the Crystal Cruises Facebook page following the live broadcast, for viewers who are not able to watch it live. At 20,000 GRT, Crystal Endeavor will be the largest, most spacious purpose-built polar class expedition yacht, accommodating just 200 guests and boasting all the luxurious amenities and special touches for which Crystal is known. The yacht will feature generous public spaces, a full-service spa & salon, six restaurants including Nobu Matsuhisa’s Umi Uma, expedition rooms and elegant suites that contrast beautifully with the rugged adventures beyond the vessel. Crystal Endeavor’s accommodations will offer private butler service for every suite with luxurious touches including king-sized beds, walk-in closets; heated storage for drying parkas; spa-like bathrooms with adjustable heated floors, dual vanities, anti-fog mirrors and rain-showerheads. Crystal unveiled the itineraries for Crystal Endeavor’s inaugural season on July 31, spanning from August of 2020 through January 2021, offering voyages of 12 to 22 days far off the beaten path of traditional cruise routes. Voyages rich with discovery will explore the cultural and bio-diversity of Japan and the Russian Far East; Indonesia, Borneo and the Philippines; New Zealand and Tasmania; Australia and the Great Barrier Reef; and Antarctica via the Ross Sea. Bookings for the general public will open on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. WHERE: Facebook LIVE – Crystal Cruises Facebook Pagewww.facebook.com/crystalcruises WHEN: Tuesday, August 21, 2018Noon, CEST (Central European Summer Time)
During the ceremony, the students of the Maldivian Educational and Cultural Centre (MECC) presented cultural items.The ceremony was attended by staff at Embassy of Maldives and staff at Maldives Education and Cultural Centre and also Maldivian students, and their parents residing in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking after the flag hoisting, the Ambassador conveyed National Day greetings and good wishes to Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President of the Republic of Maldives and Madam Fathimath Ibrahim, First Lady, members of the Cabinet and Senior Government officials and to all beloved Maldivians living in Sri Lanka. In his remarks, the Ambassador recalled on the courage and bravery of Muhammad Thakurufaanu’s battle against Portuguese to free and defend the nation. During the ceremony held this morning at the premises of Maldives Embassy, the flag was hoisted by Mohamed Hussain Shareef, Ambassador of Maldives to Sri Lanka. After the flag hoisting, the national anthem of Maldives was played. On the Occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Maldives a Flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Embassy of Maldives in Sri Lanka today.The National Day of Maldives is marked to celebrate the victory of Muhammad Thakurufaanu over the Portuguese in the year 1573. The National Day of Maldives falls on the first of Rabee ul-Awwal, of the Islamic calendar.