Source: Genting Hong Kong
Royal Caribbean announced they have received court approval to acquire the ultra-luxury Crystal cruise ship, Endeavor.
According to a press release from Royal Caribbean, the $275 million purchase will be renamed Silver Endeavor when it joins Royal Caribbean’s wholly owned subsidiary, Silversea Cruises’ fleet, this month.
We've announced the acquisition of an ultra-luxury #cruise ship, originally delivered to Crystal Cruises, which will be renamed Silver Endeavour when she officially joins the @Silversea fleet this month. Press release: https://t.co/0seFXBHAJT #cruiseindustry #ThisIsSilversea pic.twitter.com/de4gxHuhY7
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“With 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 CEO, Royal Caribbean Group.
Built to PC6 polar class specifications, the ship can operate all of Silversea’s current expedition itineraries and is designed specifically to take travelers to the world’s most remote destinations, including both polar regions.
The ship’s state-of-the-art expedition amenities offer guests some of the most immersive and luxury experiences available, including traveling with a fleet of zodiac boats for remote exploration.
“Delivering the best vacations in the world, responsibly, is Royal Caribbean Group’s purpose,” Liberty said. “While our acquisition only covers the physical vessel, we want all of our guests to know we go above and beyond to take care of them.”
As part of the ongoing RCL Cares program, Royal Caribbean Group will protect the deposits of guests who were originally booked on Crystal Endeavor and make a new booking on one of the Group’s global brands – Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises, the company shared in a press release.
“We believe those Crystal guests will receive back their deposits, but we want to give them added assurance,” Liberty added.
To the extent the Crystal Endeavor guests do not receive their deposits back from Crystal or other sources, the Royal Caribbean Group will refund any amount paid on their new booking up to the amount of their lost deposits from Crystal. Complete terms of the offer will be provided on each brand’s website soon.
Silver Endeavour is scheduled to begin service in winter 2022/2023, spending its inaugural season in Antarctica starting November 2022.