The $245m price tag is a figure that the cruise sales and purchase market hasn’t seen in years, but that is what Royal Caribbean Group’s Silversea Cruises was willing to pay to get its hands on what some have described as the best luxury expedition cruise ship of its class afloat.

Silversea has confirmed that it has acquired Crystal Cruises’ 20,500-dwt polar class cruise ship Crystal Endeavor (built 2021) from the liquidators of collapsed parent company Genting Hong Kong.

To put that price in perspective, it is nearly double the combined $128m that Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio’s Abercrombie & Kent paid for Crystal’s 68,900-gt Crystal Serenity (built 2003) and 51,000-gt Crystal Symphony (built 1995) at auction in June.