Crystal Expedition Cruises and Leica Akademie Partner to offer Photography Themed Voyage aboard Crystal Endeavor

Leica Akademie Australia Principal Instructor to lead Photography Enrichment on Indonesian Immersive & The Great Barrier Reef expedition in 2020

SYDNEY, October 9, 2019 – Leica Akademie Australia’s Principal Instructor and ‘Master Photographer’, Nick Rains, will join Crystal Endeavor’s captivating expedition ‘Indonesian Immersive & the Great Barrier Reef’ sailing from Bali to Cairns, departing 15 October, 2020.

Announced today, the partnership will see Crystal’s heralded Experiences of Discovery theme cruises expand to include a ‘Photography’ voyage with the award-winning photographer bringing a high level of expertise; enlightening and educating guests through riveting and interactive presentations. 

Expedition guests will have the opportunity to participate in travel photography lectures on board as well as pick up tips and tricks ashore on select landings as the luxury expedition yacht travels to stunning isles in Indonesia, exploring the rich marine-biodiversity of Raja Ampat, the ‘Spice Island’ of Banda Neira, and active volcanoes contrasting the secluded bays of Sumbawa Island. In Australia, Crystal Endeavor will visit Thursday Island, the northernmost point of the Australian continent at Cape York, the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island and Cairns.

“Leica and Crystal have a natural affinity with both companies enjoying a reputation for superior quality, innovation and service and therefore an obvious choice for partnership.” says Karen Christensen, Crystal’s senior vice president & managing director for Australasia. “The adventure-filled journey throughout Indonesia and the Great Barrier Reef will only be enhanced as guests look through the lens of an expert such as Nick. His expertise will give guests the opportunity to develop their photographic skills alongside a true professional – while exploring stunning destinations aboard the world’s most spacious luxury expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor.”

Nick Rains is a Master Photographer (Australian Institute of Professional Photographers) and Leica Akademie Principal Instructor, specialising in travel and documentary work. During a career spanning over 35 years, his photographs have been featured in publications such as Australian Geographic, Australian Photography Magazine, GEO, Outback Magazine, and more. Nick was named Australian Geographic magazine’s Photographer of the Year in 2001 and in 2014 was named Travel Photographer of the Year at the AIPP’s Australian Professional Photography Awards for his portfolio of Gold Award prints.

From extreme polar regions to remote tropical isles, Crystal Endeavor will explore the world’s most intriguing destinations with extraordinary insight. Exploring in all-suite comfort, a mere 200 guests will be hosted by Crystal’s award-winning staff, attentive butlers, and team of expedition and destination experts.


Only the world-renowned Crystal Experience offers an unwavering, unparalleled standard of excellence and luxury across four distinct cruising options: Crystal Cruises, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line; Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line; Crystal Yacht Cruises, offering boutique luxury and bold adventure in the world’s most elite harbors; and Crystal Expedition Cruises, taking Crystal’s acclaimed elegance to the farthest reaches of the world. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast TravelerReaders’ Choice Awards for a record 26 years including, in 2019, for Best Medium-Ship Cruise Line for Crystal Cruises, Best Small-Ship Cruise Line for Crystal Yacht Cruises and Best River Cruise Line for Crystal River Cruises. Crystal was also voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 20 years; and won “Cruise Line of the Year” and “Most Luxurious Guest Experience” by Virtuoso for 2018 & 2019. Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA.

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Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary reputation of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellent quality. In combination with innovative technologies, all Leica products fulfil a common objective: better pictures, wherever perception and visualization matter. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Wetzlar, in the state of Hessen in Germany, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal and operates its own worldwide network of regional organisations, Leica Retail Stores, Leica Galleries and Leica Akademies. 

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