After being bought by Silversea, the former Crystal Cruises' expedition vessel Crystal Endeavor relaunched in November 2022 as Silvers Endeavour.
Silver Endeavour becomes the fifth expedition ship in Silversea's 11-strong fleet and replaces the 144-passenger Silver Explorer for the Antarctica season. The vessel is named after British explorer Captain James Cook's research ship, HMS Endeavour, and Silversea has returned to the original spelling.
The ship stays in the Antarctic all season, which runs from late October to early March, and only offers fly-cruises on Silversea's Antarctica Bridge program, avoiding the Drake Passage and cutting four days from a typical Antarctic itinerary.
The ship might feel part-complete due to its previous incarnation as a Crystal ship, but Silversea will do a more significant, structural refurb in April 2023, which will see 10 suites added, increasing capacity to 220. (Under the Crystal brand, the ship launched in 2021 before the cruise line went out of business in 2022, so the ship still feels new. Refurbishments will bring it more in line with the Silversea brand.)
Silver Endeavour deck plans are well thought out, with a lot packed into a small space including an extraordinary aft restaurant, The Grill.
Almost all dining on Silver Endeavour is included in the price (bar one, La Dame), as is alcohol, gratuities, excursions and Wi-Fi.
The ship's public spaces include a gorgeous Observation Lounge, library and map/chart room, the multiuse Arts Cafe, and the Explorer Lounge for lectures.
Designed for ultra-luxury expedition cruising, Silver Endeavour carries just 200 passengers on a vessel with eight passenger decks.
Public areas are spacious and extensive, and they include a stunning Observation lounge on Deck 9 with 270-degree panoramic views for wildlife spotting, along with a forward observation deck complete with hot tub on Deck 6, and an aft observation area on Deck 5.
Adjacent to the Observation Lounge is a lovely set of rooms, which include the Library, the Studio and a Science Room, complete with maps and charts, and where you'll often find members of the Expedition Team eager to chat.
On Deck 5 you'll find the stunning glass-enclosed, double-height The Grill restaurant; a spa with treatment rooms and a gym and a yoga studio, and shops. The Arts Cafe on Deck 4 is a great spot to meet and grab a light meal.
You'll find the lecture theater, the Explorer Lounge, on Deck 3, along with the main dining room and the specialty restaurants -- La Dame and Il Terrazino and Connoisseur's Corner, a cozy cigar lounge.
The Mud Room, where you get changed for expeditions, and a laundry, are on Deck 2.
Outside spaces include a running track on Deck 10 and a Promenade Deck on Deck 5, as well as the aforementioned viewing spots.
All rooms are termed suites. None are inside and all have balconies and butler service. There are four types: Veranda (which are broken down into Classic, Premium, Superior and Deluxe, but all are the same size and configuration); Silver, Grand and Owner. Only the latter two can be termed true "suites" in that they have separate living areas.
Living space in the entry-level suites comes in at a generous 304 square feet. A curtain divides the bed and living area to provide privacy.
All rooms feature ample wardrobe space, a drying cupboard for wet gear and a separate shower/toilet. Bathrooms feature large showers and sinks with double faucets.
The biggest suites are the Grand Suite and the Owner's Suites, which have very big balconies, a hot tub for two (indoor) and offer fantastic views from the front of the ship. They can be connected to adjoining Penthouse Suites to create accommodations with indoor footage of 2,227 square feet and a veranda of 1,654 square feet.
Silversea has opted not to carry a helicopter or submarines on the ship (a departure from what Crystal offered), and will add six premium suites where the helicopter hangar is and four standard suites where the casino once was.
Rooms/cabins to avoid are the ones higher up at the end of corridors, as these will be more prone to motion.
For a line that places such a strong emphasis on food, the quality has some way to go to reach that of the rest of the fleet.
There are six options ranging from the main dining room through specialty restaurants, an informal bistro and grab-and-go spot:
The Restaurant: Silver Endeavour's main dining venue and has space for up to 192 guests with a modern, spacious design.
Il Terrazzino: Meaning "little terrace"-- is an homage to the La Terrazza restaurant on the rest of the fleet and serves Italian cuisine in an intimate setting for 36 passengers.
La Dame: Silversea's signature French restaurant, La Dame, offers fine French cuisine and is the ship's only for-fee restaurant with a $60 per person charge.
The Grill: Offering 270-degree views of the destination from the ship's aft on deck 4, with a mezzanine on deck 5, The Grill is Silver Endeavour's casual eatery.
The ship also has the Arts Cafe, which offers light snacks and coffee.
Guests can also opt to have their butlers serve meals in-suite.
Silver Endeavour maintains Silversea's high levels of luxury with a crew-to-guest ratio of approximately 1:1 and butler service for every suite. When the ship was ordered by Crystal Cruises and constructed at the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Germany, it was billed as the first purpose-built polar-class mega-yacht.
Designed to explore both polar regions and travel to remote and hard-to-access destinations, Silver Endeavour offers the highest Zodiac-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising, according to Silversea. The vessel is equipped with some of the latest exploration technology, including a remote Shotover gimbal camera system and a robotic Remote Operated Vehicle. The camera can capture high-quality images of wildlife from a distance of 3 miles, and these are streamed directly to TVs on the ship, including the large screens in the Expedition Lounge. Similarly, the remote vehicle can explore depths of nearly 2,000 feet to take underwater images.
All restaurants (except La Dame)
Alcoholic beverages and specialty coffees
Flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island on Antarctica Airways
Use of kayaks
Rides on the ship's Zodiacs
Boots (which need to be returned)
La Dame restaurant
You'll find predominantly well-heeled North Americans 55+ years old, with a number of Brits, Australians and New Zealanders. English is the language spoken onboard.
Passengers would not be on this ship if they weren't curious about the world, and they will likely be ticking off Antarctica from their bucket-list. Many are retirees.
Although the ship is not adults-only, bear in mind should you plan on traveling with kids, there are no facilities or programming for them. There are a number of interconnecting cabins, however.
There is just one accessible cabin, and all rooms are available as solo cabins.
There are no formal LGBTQIA+ meetings or solo gatherings onboard, but the vibe is welcoming and inclusive.
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