Silversea Cruises has purchased luxury cruise ship Crystal Endeavor and will rename her Silver Endeavour when she joins the Royal Caribbean Group subsidiary officially in late July 2022.
The new Silver Endeavour was acquired at US$275 million and fully financed through a 15-year unsecured term loan.
The fifth expedition ship in Silversea’s fleet of 11, the vessel is scheduled to begin service in winter 2022/2023, with her inaugural season in Antarctica starting November this year.
“With (Silver) Endeavour, we are seeking to grow our world-class fleet to meet the exceptional demand for ultra-luxury expedition cruising, while also enhancing our profitability profile and affirming Silversea’s position as the industry’s leading ultra-luxury and expedition cruise line,” said Jason Liberty, president and chief executive of Royal Caribbean Group.
The ship is equipped to operate all of Silversea’s current expedition itineraries and is designed to take travellers to remote destinations, including both polar regions.
Royal Caribbean Group will protect the deposits of guests who were originally booked on Crystal Endeavor and make a new booking on one of its brands – Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises.
If Crystal Endeavor guests do not receive their deposits back from the original sources, Royal Caribbean Group will refund any amount paid on their new booking up to the amount of their lost deposits from Crystal.