Crystal Endeavor, the hitherto unsold expedition vessel from the bankrupt Crystal Cruises, has been acquired by Silversea Cruises.
As we’d previously reported, industry insiders anticipated the purchase. Now Silversea have confirmed the vessel will join their fleet. The company paid USD275-million for the 200-guest vessel. It’s worth noting that amount is significantly less than the reported USD385-millon cost of construction.
Renamed Silver Endeavour the mega yacht will make its Silversea debut in Antarctica from November 2022. It will replace Silver Explorer this season, including on the popular Antarctica Bridge sailings.
“Silver Endeavour will strengthen our polar offering, further diversifying our broad-ranging product. 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.”Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO, Silversea Cruises.
Silver Endeavour will be the fifth ship in the Silversea Expedition fleet. However, before sailing for Silversea the vessel will get a repaint and soft refurbishment.
Silver Endeavour boasts eight passenger decks as well as all-suite accommodation and multiple restaurants. Indeed, the vessel offers the most spacious accommodations in expedition cruising.
Crystal Endeavor’s guest deposits protected by Silversea
Silversea Cruises have also announced they will protect the deposits of guests who previously had bookings on Crystal Endeavor, so long as they make a new booking on one of the Royal Caribbean Group global brands.
“We are delighted to offer an additional incentive to all guests who were booked on the former Endeavor to experience the Silversea difference. They are invited to sail on any Silversea ship from our beautiful fleet.”Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO, Silversea Cruises.
In a statement, Silversea said to the extent the Crystal Endeavor guests do not receive their deposits back from Crystal or other sources, the Group will refund any amount paid on their new booking up to the amount of their lost deposits from Crystal.
For more information visit the Silversea website.