Silversea buys Crystal Endeavor for $275 million

Silversea Cruises has officially welcomed Silver Endeavour to its fleet. The former Crystal Endeavor is one of the world’s most luxurious expedition ships.

Silversea has bought the former Crystal Endeavor for $275 million. The vessel will be renamed Silver Endeavour and join the fleet as the fifth expedition ship in Silversea’s fleet of 11 ships.

“One of the most luxurious expedition ships afloat, Silver Endeavour will accelerate our strategy of growth, enriching our offering to unprecedented levels and reaffirming our position as the leading ultra-luxury expedition cruise line,” said Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO, Silversea Cruises. “The expedition cruising industry is poised to resume accelerated growth, driven by demand among high-end, affluent customers for travel to remote and hard-to-access destinations. Silver Endeavour will strengthen our polar offering, further diversifying our broad-ranging product.

Built to PC6 polar class specifications, the luxury expedition ship is designed for polar exploration. She carries state-of-the-art amenities, with an industry-leading Zodiac-to-guest ratio; kayaks; and cutting-edge navigation and exploration technology, including a remote gimbal camera system, which can capture high-quality images from 5km, among other amenities. She will maintain Silversea’s trademark level of luxury, with a crew-to-guest ratio of approximately 1:1.

Spread over eight public decks, the all-suite ship offers guests the most spacious accommodations in expedition cruising, upholding Silversea’s trademark level of comfort; multiple restaurants, bars and lounges; an expansive spa; a two-storied solarium with a swimming pool and whirlpool; and an array of indoor and outdoor observation areas. She fosters an intimate onboard atmosphere, enabling guests to discover destinations like Antarctica in depth, with great interaction between travellers and Silversea’s expedition experts.

Before Silversea Endeavour sets sail she will undergo some small changes including the adding of new signage, the trademark Silversea livery and some restaurant adjustments. The company is also considering adding more suites and repurposing the spaces used for the helicopter and submarine operations onboard the vessel.

Silver Endeavour will enter service in November 2022, replacing Silver Explorer from the 2022/2023 Antarctica season, including the ship’s highly popular Antarctica Bridge sailings. The smaller 132-guest Explorer is set to leave the Silversea fleet in September 2023. The vessel will start sailing for new expedition cruise line Exploris in December 2023.

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