Silversea Cruises launches its new ultra-luxury expedition ship in Antarctica

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Silversea Cruises launches its new ultra-luxury expedition ship in Antarctica
Source: Silversea Cruises
November 23, 2022

Built to polar class PC6 specifications, Silver Endeavor is designed for polar exploration and extended sailing seasons.


Silversea Cruises® officially christened Silver Endeavour℠, the world's most luxurious expedition ship, on November 19 in the first naming ceremony for an ultra-luxury cruise ship in Antarctica. The industry's leading cruise line hosted an expedition-style party in Antarctica's Lemaire Channel to inaugurate Silver Endeavor as the eleventh ship in its fleet. Executives from Silversea Cruises, the ship's godmother, Felicity Aston MBE, and some members of the Silversea "family" attended the ceremony where an ice-sculpted champagne magnum was smashed into the hull of Silver Endeavor to mark the third ceremony. of the company's christening in just nine months.

 

The blessing ceremony in Puerto Williams

The events began with an intimate blessing ceremony, held at the Cape Horn Subantarctic Center in Puerto Williams, on November 15. Local Puerto Williams dignitaries joined in the festivities, which honored maritime traditions. After a performance of bagpipes and singers, they sang the national anthems of Chile and the United States, a video showed a religious figure blessing the ship and Felicity Aston was formally introduced as godmother of the ship. Unable to be in person, Jason Liberty, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, and Roberto Martinoli, Chairman and CEO of Silversea Cruises, sent a video message to thank the community, crew and all employees. involved in achieving the milestone,

 

The first naming ceremony on the Canal de Lemaire

On Saturday, November 19, Silver Endeavor became the first ship christened in the Lemaire Channel, one of the most picturesque straits on the continent, located off the Antarctic Peninsula. Following a well-respected maritime tradition, Aston blessed Silver Endeavor for good luck, cutting a ribbon with Captain Niklas Peterstam on one of the ship's outer decks for a life-size magnum-sized ice-sculpted bottle to crash into. against the helmet. Guests, including Barbara Muckermann and other Silversea executives, witnessed the historic moment from zodiacs on the cliff-lined 11km-long stretch of water. "Champagne on ice" took on a new meaning,

 

"We are delighted to officially welcome Silver Endeavor to the Silversea Cruises fleet, "Silver Endeavor will continue to strengthen Silversea's position as the leading ultra-luxury and expedition cruise company, furthering the mission of offering the best voyages, from responsible manner."

 

"We are incredibly proud to have hosted the first ultra-luxury cruise naming ceremony in Antarctica for Silver Endeavour, our third ship to be christened in just nine months," said Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO of Silversea Cruises. "I would like to thank Captain Niklas Peterstam and the ship's crew, the entire Silversea team, Jason Liberty and everyone involved in reaching this momentous milestone. Silver Endeavor reinforces our position as the industry's leading cruise line, expanding our diverse polar offering for our guests to enjoy We are honored to name Felicity Aston as Godmother of the ship, a source of great inspiration to our guests Felicity is the perfect ambassador for Silversea;

 

The Godmother: Felicity Aston

Silversea named polar explorer and climate scientist Felicity Aston as godmother of the Silver Endeavor in October 2022. Aston became the first woman to solo ski across Antarctica in 2012, as well as the first person to cross the continent alone with his muscle strength.

 

"To be among the first to sail aboard Silver Endeavour, to name the ship in the company of such esteemed guests and to assume the role of godmother makes me incredibly proud," said Felicity Aston MBE. "The Silver Endeavor shares its name with the ship on which Captain Cook set out for the ends of the earth, but exploration has evolved in the centuries since Cook's departure. Today, exploration is not only about geographic discovery, it is also present in the search for new ideas, new inspiration and new perspectives.The Silver Endeavor will allow more people to become explorers and return home with new perspectives.It will be a source of personal enrichment, since people They will connect with the planet and with each other.

 

Silver Endeavour: The most luxurious expedition ship in the world

Built to polar class PC6 specifications, Silver Endeavor is designed for polar exploration and to extend Silversea's polar seasons. She has the most advanced services, with an industry-leading ratio of zodiacs per guest; kayaks; and cutting-edge exploration and navigation technology, including a remote gimbal camera system, which can capture high-quality images from 5 km, among other services. She upholds Silversea's signature level of comfort, with a 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio and the company's hallmarks of luxury, including butler service for every suite and some of the most spacious accommodations on expedition cruises. .

 

27 new trips for summer 2024 and winter 2024/2025

Building on Silver Endeavour's announced extension of the polar season to 2023/2024, Silversea Cruises has recently introduced 27 new voyages for the ship, calling at more than 125 of the world's most remote destinations between summer 2024 and winter 2024. 2024/2025. With a diverse range of sailings, itineraries and voyage durations, with voyages ranging from 6 to 21 days, the new voyages include four new voyages to the British Isles and Iceland, nine additional voyages to the Arctic and 14 voyages to Antarctica.

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