Silversea confirms plans for Crystal Endeavor

By Linsey McNeill
18/07/2022
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Silversea Cruises has confirmed that it has bought Crystal Cruises’ expedition vessel Crystal Endeavor for $275 million.

It plans to relaunch the ship in Antarctica later this year, where it will replace Silver Explorer.

The ship will be rebranded in dry dock in Europe before operating ‘a couple of shakedown cruises’ in mid-November and then taking over Silver Explorer’s season.

From Antarctica the ship, which will be renamed Silver Endeavor, will reposition to the Arctic.

Bookings for Silver Endeavor have now opened.

Explorer will leave the line’s fleet in November 2023 and start operating for new cruise line Exploris due to enter the French market next year.

Roberto Martinoli, the line’s president and chief executive, recently spent two days on Crystal Endeavor in Gibraltar.

He said: “The ship is of a very high standard and is compatible with what we do at Silversea Expeditions.

“We’d been looking into it and we thought it was a great fit for our product and our fleet.

“We are really very happy about getting tonnage so soon and that type of quality tonnage. The ship is really impressive.”

Roberto added: “I walked the ship from top to bottom and from bow to stern. It’s a great vessel, very well finished, maybe a little too much I would say. We’re very happy and we can’t wait to see it in operation.”

He added that the vessel is a ‘great polar vessel’.

“The [customer] demand is for the polar regions,” said Roberto. “November 2023, Explorer leaves the fleet, so we would be losing capacity if we did not do this.

“The demand for [expedition] cruises has been extremely positive.”

A visibility study is currently being carried out to identify potential refurbishment opportunities on Endeavor, which launched last year.

Roberto suggested the existing casino could be ripped out and replaced with four cabins.

“She can definitely have more cabins,” he said. “There are probably four cabins in the casino but there are opportunities elsewhere. We are waiting to see what the visibility study tells us.”

Silversea’s parent Royal Caribbean Group will allow customers who had put down a deposit on a Crystal Endeavor sailing to rebook with any of its brands, including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises. It also confirmed agent commission would be protected.

Crystal Endeavor customers who paid a deposit for a future booking and were not refunded by Crystal or ‘other sources’ will be refunded by Royal Caribbean Group, he said.

Full offer details will soon be available via silversea.com.

The Crystal Cruises’ brand has been bought by A&K Travel Group along with two of the defunct cruise line’s ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony.

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