Remote Atolls, Rich Ecosystems and Unknown Tribes -- The Breathtaking Expanse of the Pacific Ocean Can Now Be Explored with Silversea's Newest Expedition Ship
ship, Silver Discoverer, to sail in Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, Russian Far East,
Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand from March 2014
(10 September 2013) Leading ultra-luxury cruise
operator Silversea, renowned for its prestigious ships and exotic locations, is
to sail to even more remote and stunning destinations
from 2014 with the arrival of its newest expedition ship, the 128-guest Silver Discoverer.
Discoverer, guests will be able to explore remote areas of Micronesia,
Melanesia, Polynesia in addition to the Russian Far East, Southeast Asia, New
Zealand and Australia, including one of its hidden treasures, the Kimberley.
This vast area in North West Australia is three times the size of England and
three-fifths the size of Texas.
The small-sized ship, the eighth in
Silversea's fleet, will become part of the Silversea Expeditions fleet, which
already includes Silver Explorer and Silver Galapagos. Since launching in
2008, Silversea Expeditions has established itself as the world's leading,
ultra-luxury expedition cruise line enabling guests to view extraordinary
scenery; get closer to marine life and wildlife; as well as viewing first-hand
some of the world's last wildernesses in a manner that is sympathetic to the
environment. All this is offered aboard authentic expedition ships with some of
the world's leading expedition experts.
is undergoing a major refurbishment prior to entering service on 1 March 2014
and will consist of five suite categories. She can accommodate up to 128 guests
and has extensive facilities on board including 12 Zodiac boats and a
glass-bottom boat for unique exploration of marine life; a swimming pool; a gym
and beauty salon; a restaurant and pool grill; a lecture room for in-depth
stories and briefings about the destinations and a panoramic lounge. She weighs
5,218 tonnes, is 338 feet long and 51 feet wide.
Guests will benefit from the huge knowledge and
experience of the highly qualified Silversea Expeditions team consisting of 11
experts, from expedition leaders, divemasters and marine biologists to
historians, geologists and naturalists.
Enzo Visone, CEO of Silversea, commented: "It's
fitting that, in our 20th anniversary year, our newest ship will continue the
Silversea tradition of reaching some of the most remote areas of the world. Silver Discoverer will bring our guests
even closer to dramatic landscapes, historic locations, and ecologically
important destinations -- all in the comfort of one of the finest expedition
ships operating today with all the trappings that our guests have come to
expect of Silversea."
Silver Discover's 2014 voyages are on sale from 10 September 2013 for all 2014 voyages. Details
are available at www.silversea.com/silverdiscoverer.
Highlights of Silver Discoverer's
The Kimberley – Australia's Hidden Treasure – April 2014 – 11 days
Thundering waterfalls, plunging gorges,
Aboriginal rock art, deserted beaches and fewer people per square mile than almost
any other place on earth -- this is The Kimberley. Cruise by Zodiac through an
untamed wilderness, searching for eagles and ospreys in the mangroves, and mud
flats, and keeping an eye out for saltwater crocodiles. Witness the spectacular
tidal change at Montgomery Reef, view King George's towering twin falls
plunging over 551 feet, experience the sheer vastness of Mitchell Falls from a
helicopter, photograph the spectacular Bungle Bungles with their black and
orange bands. Embark in either Darwin or Broome, Western Australia.
Wild Siberia: The Sea of Okhotsk – June 2014 – 19 days
Long closed to Westerners, the Russian Far
East is one of the planet's least explored and most remarkable destinations.
Here you'll find untouched forests, pristine tundra and vast amounts of
wildlife: brown bears for hunting salmon, basking seals and sea lions in the
thousands, millions of seabirds breeding and feeding their young. Even whales,
including the rare western Grey Whale, have begun to return to the Sea of
Okhotsk. From Sakhalin and the western Kamchatka Peninsula to the Kuril
Islands, this voyage explores the remote region where nature has exceeded
herself, and travellers have only begun to set foot. Highlights included
cruising by Zodiac to search for bears, arctic foxes, sea otters, seals, whales
and the mighty Steller Sea Eagle; photographing smoking, snow-caped volcanoes;
exploring rivers with salmon as they roar through taiga forests and following
in the historic wake of legendary explorer, Vitus Bering, the founder of
Petropavlovsk. Embark and disembark in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan.
The Many Faces of Indonesia – March 2014 – 17 days
Labeled as "The Country of a Thousand
Islands," Indonesia is in fact a country of over 17,000 islands sprinkled
across the Indian and Pacific Oceans between Malaysia and Australia. The world's
largest archipelago is an astonishingly beautiful nation with its powdery white
beaches, sparkling turquoise seas, jade landscapes and misty volcanoes.
Highlights of this 17-day voyage include visiting Komodo Island and enjoying
close encounters with the world’s largest lizard; snorkeling with dazzling
tropical fish; and going on a "mock" whale hunt with the whalers of
Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia – November 2014 – 18 days
From Cairns in Australia to Auckland, New
Zealand via some of the most remote atolls in the Pacific Ocean. You will
experience some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world, as well as
participate in local traditional ceremonies and learn about ancient customs.
The fleet of Zodiac boats enable Silversea guests to visit small islands and
atolls simply not possible with larger ships. Among the highlights are the
chance to explore the Phoenix Islands protected area in Kiribati, Bora Bora and
New Caledonia, the Cook Islands, Kennedy Island also known as Plum Pudding
Island in Solomon Islands, Luganville and Champagne Beach in Vanuatu.
Silversea has an exclusive partnership with the world
renowned Royal Geographical Society which today continues its long tradition of
supporting scientific research around the globe. This partnership gives
Silversea guests exclusive access to in-depth background information and
historical archive material about many of the destinations visited by the
Silversea fleet. Through the highly qualified Silversea Expeditions staff,
guests will benefit from daily briefings to explain the wildlife, nature and
geography of destinations visited, supported by RGS material, such as maps and
artifacts, as well as their geographical expertise.
Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, is recognised as
an innovator in the luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship
amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver
Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit
– all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With
the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer and Silver
Galapagos (debuting late September 2013), Silversea Cruises' itineraries
encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the
Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and over 500 fascinating
destinations in between.
In the US,
Silversea has been voted "World's Best" by the readers of Condé
NastTraveler (nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and
awarded "Best Luxury Cruise Line" by CruiseReport.com (2012) and
"Best Small Ship Cruise Line" by Global Traveler (2013).
International awards include "Five Star Diamond Award" from the
American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2013); "Best Small Ship Cruise
Line" in the Readers' Choice survey conducted by Britain's Condé Nast
Traveller magazine (2013); "Best Luxury Cruise Line" by
Australia's Cruise Passenger magazine (2012); "Best Small Luxury
Cruise Line" by China's Travel + Leisure (2012); and "Best
Luxury Cruise Company" according to the Scottish Passenger Agents'
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