Silver Endeavor First Impressions – Cruise Critic

(4:35 a.m. EDT) — Silversea Expeditions took delivery of its luxury expedition vessel, Silver Endeavor, four months ago after buying it from creditors following the collapse of Crystal Cruises.

Although the ship itself is just over a year old, Silversea has refurbished Silver Endeavour’s suites, giving them the line’s understated luxury feel – grays and beiges – as well as revamping the restaurants, bars and of certain public spaces to better reflect the Silversea. Mark.

Crystal-branded signage has been removed, as has the ship’s old helicopter and submersible, freeing up space for further structural changes to come (see below).

(The line also added the u to Endeavour, in keeping with its use of British spelling and as a nod to Captain Cook’s original HMS Endeavour).

However, as a result of this partial refurbishment – ​​and as Silversea executives freely admit – the ship looks a bit like a hybrid of Crystal and Silversea.

We joined Silver Endeavor for a six-day voyage to Antarctica, which included the ship’s extraordinary christening in the Lemaire Channel – here’s our take on what worked – and what didn’t.

More Changes Coming to Silver Endeavor in Spring 2023

Owner's suite living room on Silver Endeavor (Photo Adam Coulter)

Silver Endeavor doesn’t seem quite finished, mostly because it isn’t. You get the sense that Silversea wanted to get it up and running as soon as possible to recoup the $385 million the line paid for it.

There’s no doubt that this is a stunning ship, with so many beautiful spaces, and honestly, if you weren’t looking you probably wouldn’t see those crystal touches.

However, a lot of work is planned for the month-long drydock in April 2023, and that will undoubtedly make her the luxury polar expedition vessel that Silversea envisions.

The biggest of these changes is expanding the expansive space on Deck 8 that once housed the Endeavor Helicopter, as well as the meeting room.

This area will be reserved for superior suites, although it has not yet been decided on what level these will be, although we are told that they will come below the owner’s suites and the large suites, but on the above regular suites.

The ship’s medical center, currently on deck 5, will be moved to the space formerly occupied by the casino and the former medical center space will become four additional suites.

This brings the ship to a capacity of 220 passengers, which changes the 1:1 guest:crew ratio and could also prove difficult for Antarctica excursions, which are governed by IAATO regulations limiting the number of passengers. down at one point only 100.

The Lady on Silver Endeavor (Photo by Adam Coulter)

Other structural changes to Silver Endeavor include redesigning the Explorer Lounge on Deck 4 to allow for more seating; and deciding what to do with the former Teppanyaki space at La Dame (formerly Crystal Cruises’ Nobu restaurant).

Minor changes include fixing drying cabinets in suites, fixing shower doors (which don’t close properly), motion sensor cabinet light (which comes on in the middle of the night) ; and replacing the sliding wardrobe doors.

The ship also has some less immediately fixable issues such as incessant creaking in some cabins (most noticeable when the ship sags while going through Drake’s Passage).

Then there’s the Pool Grill, which for our money is one of the most breathtaking spaces we’ve seen on a ship of this size.

However, this is also problematic as it is a restaurant/pool area, and therefore people feel embarrassed to swim here, to be watched by diners.

There are no immediate plans on what to do with this area (if at all), but the proximity to the spa would lend itself to a spa expansion.

Service on Silver Endeavor varies by location

Pool Grill on Silver Endeavor (Photo by Adam Coulter)

The service on our Antarctica expedition varied on board, so much so that we chose specific locations because they were much better than others.

The restaurant, which is effectively the main dining room on board, had wait times between courses of up to 45 minutes, with some waiters looking distracted while others were busy playing.

(Editor’s note: This was a shakedown cruise, which, as the name suggests, means getting things done. We have no doubt these issues will be resolved).

The contrast to the Pool Grill is noticeable, where Maitre’d Igor was always attentive, as were his well-trained staff.

It was a similar story to Il Terrazzino, the smaller La Terrazza version of the classic ship, with long wait times.

We can’t speak for the French-themed specialty restaurant La Dame, as we didn’t eat there, although passengers who did said the service was good.

Food is not yet consistent on Silver Endeavor

Sushi on Silver Endeavor (Photo by Adam Coulter)

Silversea places great emphasis on food, so much so that the line has launched its superb SALT (Sea And Land Taste) program as one of its culinary mainstays.

This did not translate to Silver Endeavour, where we were disappointed with the quality of the food in a number of places including the restaurant.

It may be the downfall of Executive Chef Rudi Sheldis, who has since moved to Santiago, Chile, to open his own restaurant (and fed us over two nights overland, with exceptional meals), but few meals have really successful.

A steak at the Pool Grill was overdone, the Chilean sea bass at Il Terrazzino was glassy and lukewarm, and the pork chops at the restaurant were tough.

On the other hand, the dish of the day at the Pool Grill (usually a curry) was always excellent, as were the takeaway snacks at the Arts Café and the daily sushi served at the Pool Grill and Restaurant.

To be fair, this is Antarctica and the very fact that we can be served a wide variety of food in one of the most remote places on earth is amazing.

The expedition team on Silver Endeavor is superb

Silver Endeavor officers and expedition leader Marieke (photo by Adam Coulter)

The Expedition team on Silver Endeavour, led by the amazing Marieke (above in red), were some of the best we have ever had on an expedition cruise.

Deeply professional, knowledgeable and patient, they ensured that our safety was the top priority – and that we experienced all that Antarctica has to offer.

From their lectures to the direction of the Zodiacs, to their smiley welcomes when we first touched land, they went out of their way to make sure it was an unforgettable experience.

Silver Endeavor is an exceptional expedition ship

Silver Endeavor in the Lemaire Channel (Photo by Adam Coulter)

Silver Endeavor is a beautiful ship, inside and out, and a wonderful vessel for traveling to Antarctica. Its speed (19 knots) got us across the Drake in record time (36 hours), allowing us to do a day 2 excursion; it’s classified as a Polar Ice Class 6 vessel, designed to traverse meter-thick pack ice, and it has azipod propulsion units, making it an even smoother crossing, as those propellers at nacelles tend to reduce vibration and noise compared to vessels driven by traditional shaft-mounted propellers.

It also has a dynamic positioning system, allowing it to stay in one position without dropping anchor and to “turn around in no time”, as Captain Niklas demonstrated in the Lemaire Channel before the christening.

Map and science room on Silver Endeavor (Photo by Adam Coulter)

Inside, public spaces such as the Pool Grill dazzle; as is the magnificent observation lounge, library, science room and studio. The suites are plush and we love how the Silver Suite beds face the window.

There are only a few areas to iron out but we have no doubt the service and food will settle down and improve as the season progresses and we can’t wait to see what the ship will be like after the drydock in May.

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