Cousteau to Join Crystal Sailings


Famed oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau – first son of ocean pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau – is teaming up with Crystal Cruises and will join two voyages aboard the Crystal Serenity this spring and fall, as well as an expedition sailing on the Crystal Esprit.

While on board, Cousteau will enlighten guests with expertise gained from decades as a leading explorer and conservationist, working in defense of the planet’s oceans.

The voyages set to feature Cousteau’s presentations are, fittingly, geographically diverse. Crystal Serenity’s May 24 “Hawaiian Havens” sails the warmer regions of the Pacific Ocean; the Oct. 27 “Amazon Escape” explores the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean and Old Bahama Channel; Crystal Esprit’s Nov. 19 West Indies voyage sails round-trip from Marigot Bay through the deep Caribbean.

“As a company, we call the waterways of this planet our home, and as such, are honoured to welcome Mr. Cousteau for the first time aboard our ships to offer a glimpse into his fascinating work,” says Crystal chairman, CEO and president Edie Rodriguez. “The sea is truly his heritage and he has dedicated his life to protecting it. It is an extraordinary opportunity for our inquisitive guests to learn from Mr. Cousteau as they travel the seas together.”

In addition to lectures tailored to the region of each sailing, Cousteau will offer interactive presentations discussing his father’s legend and his own legacy, as well as insights into ocean life that most captivates him, including the delicate balance of the roles of orcas and sharks.

(photo credit/Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society)