Silversea Names Silver Endeavour in Antarctica

Silver Endeavour godmother, Felicity Aston (center-left) at the ship's naming ceremony.
Silver Endeavour godmother, Felicity Aston (center-left) at the ship's naming ceremony.

Silversea Cruises has officially named Silver Endeavour with a naming ceremony in Antarctica on November 19NOV. The cruise line held an expedition-style celebration in the Lemaire Channel, Antarctica, to inaugurate Silver Endeavour as the 11th ship in its fleet. Executives from Silversea Cruises, the ship’s Godmother Felicity Aston MBE, and select members of the cruise line’s extended family were in attendance as an ice-sculpted champagne magnum smashed against Silver Endeavour’s hull to mark the cruise line’s third naming ceremony in nine months.

First Naming Ceremony in the Lemaire Channel

On 19NOV, Silver Endeavour became the first-ever ship to be named in the Lemaire Channel, located off the Antarctic Peninsula. A long-respected maritime tradition, godmother Felicity Aston blessed Silver Endeavour for good fortune, cutting a ribbon alongside Captain Niklas Peterstam on one of the ship’s outer decks to trigger an ice-sculpted, magnum-sized bottle to smash against the hull. Guests, including Barbara Muckermann and other Silversea executives, witnessed the moment from Zodiacs in the 11km-long, cliff-lined stretch of water.

An ice-sculpted, magnum-sized bottle smashing against Silver Endeavour's hull.
An ice-sculpted, magnum-sized bottle smashing against Silver Endeavour's hull.

Silversea named polar explorer and climate scientist Felicity Aston as Silver Endeavour’s Godmother in OCT 2022. Aston became the first woman to ski solo across Antarctica in 2012, as well as the first person to traverse the continent by muscle power alone.

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“Being among the first to sail aboard Silver Endeavour, naming the ship in the company of such esteemed guests, and assuming the role of Godmother makes me incredibly proud,” said Aston.

Silver Endeavour's naming ceremony.
Silver Endeavour's naming ceremony.

Building on the extended polar season announced for Silver Endeavour for 2023/2024, Silversea Cruises recently unveiled 27 new voyages for the vessel, calling in more than 125 remote destinations between summer 2024 and winter 2024/2025. Featuring a varied array of departures, itineraries, and voyage lengths, with sailings ranging from six to 21 days, the new sailings include four new voyages to the British Isles and Iceland, nine additional sailings to the Arctic, and 14 voyages to Antarctica.

For more information, visit Silversea Cruises' web site.

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