Maldives (Male) To Colombo AFRICA & INDIAN OCEAN expedition cruise

Much more than a honeymooner’s haven, the Indian Ocean Islands are not only white sands and clear seas. Picturesque and paradisiacal, of course, but also a breeding site for frigatebirds, red-billed tropic birds and nesting turtles. Five new destinations allow you to stray from the travel brochures and get to know the small uninhabited islands and villages, as well as the chance to enjoy a unique Keralan experience.

Book by 15 March and enjoy $1,000 onboard credit per suite and one-category suite upgrade on selected voyages

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Silversea Expeditions Silver Discoverer Voyage 9802
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9802 - Maldives to Colombo
9802 - Maldives to Colombo
9802 - Maldives to Colombo

dimension:

One bedroom: 408 ft² / 38m² including a private balcony

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury.
The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line.

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9802 - Maldives to Colombo
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationary
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Balcony with wooden parquet with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa that can accomodate an additional guest
  • Living room with sitting area and convertible sofa to accomodate an additional guest
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Laundry service
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Illy® Espresso machine
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • Bose Sound Touch 30 with Bluetooth connectivity (use Bose APP or direct Bluetooth connection)

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note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
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9802 - Maldives to Colombo
9802 - Maldives to Colombo
9802 - Maldives to Colombo

dimension:

One bedroom: 280 ft² / 26m² including a private balcony

A Silversea signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony with patio furniture.

Veranda Suites lavishly accommodate three guests.

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9802 - Maldives to Colombo
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content
  • Personalised stationary
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Balcony with wooden parquet with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa that can accommodate an additional guest up to the age of 14 years old. (Veranda Suites 601, 602, 603, 604 only)
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
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Veranda View deck Waitlist request a quote
9802 - Maldives to Colombo
9802 - Maldives to Colombo

dimension:

One bedroom: Overall size of 269 ft² / 25m²

A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed.

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9802 - Maldives to Colombo
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • Personalised stationary
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Two large view windows
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
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9802 - Maldives to Colombo

dimension:

One bedroom: Overall size of 181 ft² / 16.8m²

Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window.

Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cozy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day.

Fares from US$ 10,900 (Per guest)

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9802 - Maldives to Colombo
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Personalised stationary
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • View window
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
View View deck US$ 10,900 request a quote
9802 - Maldives to Colombo
9802 - Maldives to Colombo

dimension:

One bedroom: Overall size of 186 ft² / 17.3 m²

As spacious as a Explorer Suite, enjoy the passing scenery through two porthole windows.

An enchanting retreat, Explorer Suites exude cosy opulence and a cushy seating area perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore.

 

Fares from US$ 8,800 (Per guest)

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9802 - Maldives to Colombo
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Personalised stationary
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth connectivity
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Two portholes
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage draws
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Writing desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Explorer View deck US$ 8,800 request a quote
Fares shown are per guest

included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  • Complimentary Parka

Cruise itinerary

Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
Click here to see all photos and videos.

There are many nations around the world with bragging rights to miles of pristine white coral sand and balmy turquoise seas but few can take it to the same level as the Maldives. Its 1,200 islands are spread out over 26 coral atolls; the combined land of all the islands is little more than 100 square miles. That means you are rarely more than a few steps from the beach. Many of the villas are actually built on stilts out over the water, so you may actually have to walk onshore in order to get to the beach.

Hanifaru Bay sits in the Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve made up of 75 islands, 13 of which are inhabited by a population of approximately 12,000 people. Hawksbill and green turtles, manta rays, whale sharks and different species of seabirds use the reserve while Napoleon wrasses and tawny nurse sharks also frequent the area. Hanifaru Bay and its resources were designated as a Marine Protected Area in 2009. This small vegetated sand cay is dominated by sand and has no direct channels to the ocean.
Little Olhugiri Island is uninhabited and located at the southern end of Baa Atoll, which lies in the northern reaches of the Maldives. The island, lagoon and surrounding reef areas are protected. Olhugiri is one of two islands in the entire Maldives with regular roosting frigatebirds, mainly Lesser Frigates. Red-billed Tropicbirds soar over the atoll with their long, white tail-plume feathers fluttering in the slipstream created behind them. In addition, the island’s fine sand beaches are perfect nesting habitat for sea turtles.
Uligamu is one of the northernmost inhabited islands of Haa Alif Atoll in the Maldives. Based on its location, the island is visited by many yachts on their way into or out of the Arabian Sea. The island has been selected as the first in the Maldives to use a combination of renewable energies via wind turbines and solar panels in a micro grid, helping the island through more efficient and non-pollutant energy distribution. The sustainably powered community has approximately 300 inhabitants.
Kochi, formerly and still commonly known as Cochin, is one of the west coast's largest and oldest ports. The streets behind the docks of the historic Fort Cochin and Mattancherry districts are lined with old merchant houses, godowns (warehouses), and open courtyards heaped with betel nuts, ginger, peppercorns, and tea. Throughout the second millennium this ancient city exported spices, coffee, and coir (the fiber made from coconut husks), and imported culture and religion from Europe, China, and the Middle East.

Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River, Beypore, it was one of the prominent ports and fishing harbours of ancient Kerala. The boat-building yard here, famous for the construction of the Uru (the Arabian trading vessel), boasts a tradition of almost 1500 years. It was a mighty seaport where Arab, Chinese and East African traders once converged. Malabar trade, which is focused on spices and textiles, once centred on the teeming coastal town of Calicut, unofficial capital of the north, and incidentally from which the term calico (white, unbleached cotton) is derived.
Tinnakara Island is referred to as the jewel of the Lakshadweep Islands and part of the Bangaram Atoll off the western coast of the Indian peninsula. The tiny, tear-drop shaped island is idyllically covered in palms, offering white sand beaches on its western side and views of serene, crystal clear emerald waters. Snorkelers can feast their eyes on a diverse array of sea life that dwells in the coral. Tinnakara is uninhabited and visitors in need of respite can relax in the peaceful solitude the island offers.
Lakshadweep is a diver’s dream, with excellent visibility and a plethora of marine life living on undisturbed coral reefs. Comprising a string of 36 palm-covered, white sand-skirted coral islands 300 km off the coast of Kerala, Lakshadweep is as stunning as it is isolated. Only 10 of these islands are inhabited, mostly with Sunni Muslim fishermen, and foreigners are only allowed to stay on a few of these.
Minicoy Island, forming the SE side of an atoll, is included with the Laccadive Islands for administration, although it lies about 110 miles SSW from the nearest of these. The island lies about 70 miles N of Ihavandhippolhu Atoll, the N atoll of the Maldives Islands. The island offers no suitable anchorage, as the bottom rises steeply toward the reef. Ships may drift safely under power in fairly calm water close offshore E of the island during the Southwest Monsoon. Minicoy has one of the largest lagoons with a small uninhabited islet Viringili on its southern side.
The coastal port of Vizhinjam is tucked into the Malabar Coast of southern India. It rests in the state of Kerala, which has over 600 kilometers (373 miles) of shoreline bordering the Arabian Sea. Kerala is known for its unique culture, music, cuisine and stunning seashores. Here visitors find beaches lined with palm trees, and a vast system of canals and waterways. It is the 13th largest state by population, with a total population of around 33 million. The port city of Vizhinjam is home to trendy seaside resorts that cater to tourists throughout the year.
Galle is an ancient Muslim port where different political influences from Europe have merged. In fact, the Galle Fort was occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch and British until the late 19th century. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, it is surrounded by the sea on three sides. The surviving Dutch-colonial architecture and narrow streets exude the historic atmosphere of this living fort. The 18th century Dutch church has a splendid wooden memorial to one of the commanders of Galle, while the Arab quarter has a distinctly Moorish touch.
Sri Lanka's capital and largest city, Colombo offers fine restaurants, a buzzing nightlife scene, and good museums, parks, and beautiful Buddhist temples that are all worth visiting. The beach resort of Mt. Lavinia is only a short taxi ride from the downtown area and offers a golden, sandy beach and sunset views to die for. As an exciting blur of colors and cultures, Colombo presents a neatly packaged microcosm of this island nation.

View 1 Land programme(s) in Colombo

Enrichments

Silversea's cruises offer you a chance to indulge your passions and enjoy experiences not found on a typical cruise

Wellness Cruises

included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  • Complimentary Parka
  • * For voyage 9812, only the pre hotel stay is available.

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

9802 - Maldives to Colombo
9802 - Maldives to Colombo
9802 - Maldives to Colombo

dimension:

One bedroom: 408 ft² / 38m² including a private balcony

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury.
The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line.

Fares from Waitlist

request a quote
9802 - Maldives to Colombo
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationary
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Balcony with wooden parquet with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa that can accomodate an additional guest
  • Living room with sitting area and convertible sofa to accomodate an additional guest
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Laundry service
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Illy® Espresso machine
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • Bose Sound Touch 30 with Bluetooth connectivity (use Bose APP or direct Bluetooth connection)

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
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9802 - Maldives to Colombo
9802 - Maldives to Colombo
9802 - Maldives to Colombo

dimension:

One bedroom: 280 ft² / 26m² including a private balcony

A Silversea signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony with patio furniture.

Veranda Suites lavishly accommodate three guests.

Fares from Waitlist

request a quote
9802 - Maldives to Colombo
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content
  • Personalised stationary
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Balcony with wooden parquet with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa that can accommodate an additional guest up to the age of 14 years old. (Veranda Suites 601, 602, 603, 604 only)
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Veranda View deck Waitlist request a quote
9802 - Maldives to Colombo
9802 - Maldives to Colombo

dimension:

One bedroom: Overall size of 269 ft² / 25m²

A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed.

Fares from Waitlist

request a quote
9802 - Maldives to Colombo
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • Personalised stationary
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Two large view windows
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Vista View deck Waitlist request a quote
9802 - Maldives to Colombo

dimension:

One bedroom: Overall size of 181 ft² / 16.8m²

Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window.

Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cozy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day.

Fares from US$ 10,900 (Per guest)

request a quote
9802 - Maldives to Colombo
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Personalised stationary
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • View window
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
View View deck US$ 10,900 request a quote
9802 - Maldives to Colombo
9802 - Maldives to Colombo

dimension:

One bedroom: Overall size of 186 ft² / 17.3 m²

As spacious as a Explorer Suite, enjoy the passing scenery through two porthole windows.

An enchanting retreat, Explorer Suites exude cosy opulence and a cushy seating area perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore.

 

Fares from US$ 8,800 (Per guest)

request a quote
9802 - Maldives to Colombo
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Personalised stationary
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth connectivity
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Two portholes
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage draws
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Writing desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Explorer View deck US$ 8,800 request a quote
Fares shown are per guest

Silver Discoverer

Silversea's loyal following of adventure travellers can now explore the remote archipelagos of the vast Pacific aboard the sleek, 116-guest Silver Discoverer cruise ship. She's the perfect platform for viewing these untamed landscapes, with all ocean-view suites and plenty of deck space so that a breaching whale or a pod of dolphins is always within sight. Silver Discoverer’s shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore, and with a fleet of 12 Zodiacs, guests can land on isolated shores and explore wetlands and submerged ecosystems, up-close and in-depth.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

1 Land programme and 1 Hotel

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

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Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

The Indian Ocean islands are not only white sands and clear seas. They are picturesque and paradisiacal, of course, but also a breeding site for frigatebirds, Red-billed Tropicbirds and many other seabirds. The beaches are important for nesting turtles. Get to know the small uninhabited island of Cheriyum, and remote cultures in the tiny villages of Uligamu and Minicoy.

Expedition Highlights:
• Visit spectacular islands and atolls in the Maldives and Lakshadweep Islands and enjoy the beaches and underwater-world of vast lagoons and tropical islands
• Sail Alleppey’s “Backwaters” on local boats
• Marvel at the workmanship of Padmanabhapuram, India’s largest wooden palace
• Experience a traditional Indian dance-drama

Day 1 — Malé, Maldives
Arrive in Malé and embark Silver Discoverer, settle in and attend a mandatory safety drill before leaving port. During the afternoon you will be introduced to some of the important crew members and your Expedition Team.

Day 2 — Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll, and Olhugiri, Baa Atoll, Maldives
The Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve comprises 75 islands, 13 of which are inhabited by a population of approximately 12,000 people. Maldivian coral reefs support a high diversity of reef animals, including some 250 species of soft and hard corals and 1,200 reef and reef-associated fish species. Hawksbill and green turtles, manta rays, whale sharks and different species of seabirds use the reserve. Napoleon wrasses and tawny nurse sharks frequent the area. Therefore Hanifaru Bay and its resources were designated as a Marine Protected Area in 2009. Since this is also a Core Area of the Biosphere Reserve scuba diving activities within the area are not allowed.

A small vegetated sand cay is located on the western corner of the reef and the lagoon is relatively shallow, dominated by sand and has no direct channels to the ocean. Turtles and seabirds utilize the island for nesting purposes. On the south-eastern side a small bay attracts megafauna and at certain times over 250 individual manta rays and several whale sharks have been recorded actively feeding in this area –obviously, such numbers are exceptional.

In the afternoon we will visit tiny Olhugiri. Olhugiri Island is an uninhabited island located at the southern end of Baa Atoll. The island, lagoon and the surrounding reef area is protected. Olhugiri is one of two islands in the entire Maldives with regular roosting frigatebirds, mainly Lesser Frigatebirds, and Red-billed Tropicbirds. The island’s beaches are used by turtles for nesting.

Day 3 — Vangaaru and Uligamu Island, Maldives
One of the northernmost little islands in the Maldives, Vangaaru offers picture perfect white sand beaches, a barrier reefs, and on land tall coconut trees. If you are keen on snorkelling you might encounter manta rays or moray eels. Black sea cucumbers scour the sandy bottom for food while and snorkelers will have views of myriads of fish. A stroll onshore will reveal countless hermit crabs and innumerable shells, and the occasional shorebirds.

Just slightly to the east of Vangaaru, Uligamu is one of the northernmost inhabited islands of Haa Alif Atoll and the Maldives. Based on its location the island is visited by many yachts on their way into or out of the Arabian Sea. The island has been selected as the first in the Maldives to use a combination of renewable energies via wind turbines and solar panels in a micro grid, helping the island through more efficient and non-pollutant energy distribution.

While Silver Discoverer is cleared out of the Maldives in Uligamu, we will have a look at the community of some 300 inhabitants.

Days 4-5 — Cochin, India
The next two days we will spend in southern India’s port of Cochin, in the state of Kerala. Because of the location between China and Europe and the spice trade the port and town have had many foreign powers interested in this area. Since Cochin was an important spice trading centre and had easy access to the sea it used to be called “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Once we have cleared into India, we will be welcomed with a traditional Kerala drummer performance.

During the two days we will be setting out from the port, we will drive through one of India’s most beautiful and tranquil landscapes to visit Alleppey, the “City of Canals” or “Venice of the East”, located south of Cochin between the Arabian Sea and Lake Vembanad, India’s longest lake. Alleppey’s port was opened to foreign trade by the British in the late 18th century to end the Dutch commercial supremacy in Cochin. We will board a houseboat and cruise the river, lake and canals, collectively known as “the Backwaters”, and have a look at old colonial warehouses and typical thatched local homes. Brilliant green paddy fields where farming is done below sea level, will give way to views of village life and glimpses of churches, mosques and temples. While we cruise the “Backwaters”, a typical Keralan snack with tea, south Indian coffee and fruit juices will be served.

After the cruise we will reach the Brunton Boat Yard for an exclusive Mohiniyattam performance that will be done by Keralan women in traditional attire. After this exceptional presentation you will be treated to a special Syrian Christian dinner. The Christians of Kerala are known for their cuisine mixing Indian and European influences.

To see the town of Cochin, we will board local cruise boats to reach Fort Cochin. In Cochin we will walk through the Heritage city to see the wonderful array of architectural styles dating back to the Portuguese, British and Dutch periods, before the East India Company took over in 1814. There are Portuguese churches including the oldest Portuguese church in India going back to the year 1503, a Jewish synagogue, as well as mosques and Hindu temples. During the walk we visit the Indo-Portuguese Museum and finally the David Hall Gallery, followed by a Kathakali performance and a banana leaf Sadhya lunch.

From the gallery you will take local Tuk-Tuks (open 2-seater taxis) to reach the Mattancheri Palace built by the Raja of Kochi. We will visit the Palace and walk to the Jewish Synagogue and will have some spare time to wander around Jew Town, looking at souvenir and antique shops before being taken back to Silver Discoverer by local boats.

Day 6 — Beypore, India
Beypore is located in Kozhikode at the mouth of the Chaliyar River. Historically, it was an important trade and maritime centre during the days of the early Arab, Chinese and later the European voyages. Formerly known as Calicut it was an important centre for Malabar trade in spices and textiles. The shipbuilding yard at Beypore port is famous for its traditional construction of the ‘Uru’ or the Arabian trading vessel. This tradition of shipbuilding is nearly 1,500 years old, and the craftsmanship of the workers here is exceptional.

We will either witness wooden Dhows being built or will proceed to Feroke Tile factory. Feroke is the cradle of the tile industry in Kerala. Then we proceed by coach to the nearby weaving Centre Tasara, a creative and experimental weaving centre where hand weaving and all related textile activities including, dyeing, batik, tie & dye, block and screen printing are taught.

We will continue to Calicut, to a venue for our exclusive use and refreshments followed by a Kalaripayattu performance – the training in the traditional style of combat. The rituals include the worship of certain Hindu gods inside the Kalari, the arena. After the Kalaripayattu performance, treat yourself to a sumptuous Mopilah lunch which will be specially catered by a celebrity chef - Mrs. Faiza Moosa. After the lunch, you will be driven to the busiest street in Kozhikode to try a variety of local Halwa. Today the street bustles with shops that sell anything and everything including locally famous sweets and banana chips.

Day 7 – Tinnakara, Lakshadweep Islands, India
Largely unexplored and unknown, both above and below the water, the Lakshadweep Sea is home to 36 little islands, one of the most spectacular tropical island systems. Most of the islands are inhabited only by birds and hermit crabs. The precious heritage of the Lakshadweep’s ecology and culture is supported by an extremely fragile ecosystem.

Tinnakara is a tiny teardrop shaped island whose panorama encompasses the magnificent lagoon, sun-drenched sand and the enchantment of swaying palms, spectacular marine flora and fauna. A shallow lagoon enclosed by a coral reef surrounds the island. Here the sun, sand and surf cast a spell on its visitors. The crystal clear water, the coral reef and blue lagoon perform magic. A sense of well-being may well take over, as one discovers a graceful school of fish in the water, or hermit crabs and seabirds in lush coconut groves.

Day 8 — Cheriyum, Lakshadweep Islands, India
Cheriyum is one of the easternmost islands in the Lakshadweep Archipelago. Together with Kalpeni it sits on the same eastern side of an atoll of roughly 26 square kilometres. Cheriyum is the northernmost of the two, and although owned by the 49 families of Kalpeni, it has only 10 inhabitants. A road leads from the small settlement to a lighthouse on the northern tip.

Officials and representatives of Kalpeni will come to meet us and umbrellas, chairs and tables will have been set up to relax on the beach and under the trees. The reef wall drops steeply and is alive with fish. The island has clear, shallow lagoon waters not only ideal for sea cucumbers but also for relaxing moments in the water. Perhaps you will choose to relax in the shade, take walks on the wonderful beach, explore a little inland amongst the coconut groves, or snorkel off a Zodiac and swim from the beach.

Day 9 – Minicoy, Lakshadweep Islands, India
The southernmost island of the group in the Lakshadweep, Minicoy, is geographically isolated from other islands. The culture here is a mix of Maldivian and South Indian. Minicoy is about 10.6 km long and is the second largest island in the Lakshadweep Group and is almost completely covered with coconut trees.

Not only will Minicoy be our entrance point to India, this morning stop can be used to explore the island with its many coconut palm trees and nice beaches. The island itself is the southern part of a tear-shaped atoll. In the unspoiled waters of the lagoon, living coral reefs of vibrant blue, green, and yellow ring the island and are home to many colourful reef fish, from lion fish to angel fish to butterfly fish. In the clear blue water, you will see a spectacular display of ocean life, including squid, octopi, sea cucumbers, rays, crabs, and even green or hawksbill turtles. It is believed that several shipwrecks initiated construction of the lighthouse in 1885. These wrecks are virtual underwater museums and fish species found here are said to be larger than average normal size found elsewhere.

Day 10 — Vilanjam, India
Today we visit the largest wooden palace in India, dating back to the 16th century. The palace is a fine specimen of Keralan architecture with antique interiors, intricate rosewood carvings and sculpted décor. The sheer size, style and materials are overwhelming –the palace used to feed 2000 people on a daily basis with a hall able to accommodate everyone.

During the afternoon Silver Discoverer will leave and head for Sri Lanka and Galle.

Day 11 — Galle, Sri Lanka
During the morning our onboard Videographer will screen our documentary-style voyage video.

Once Silver Discoverer has cleared into Sri Lanka, we want to explore the ancient Muslim port of Galle. The different political influences from Europe can be seen at the Galle Fort, which has been occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch and British until the late 19th century. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, it is surrounded by the sea on three sides. Walking along the narrow streets one can best absorb the atmosphere of this living fort. Along these same narrow streets some of the colonial Dutch architecture has survived. The 18th century Dutch church has a splendid wooden memorial to one of the commanders of Galle, but we will also see the Arab quarter with its distinctly Moorish touch.

Enjoy a High Tea at the Rampart Hotel before returning back to Silver Discoverer.

Day 12 — Colombo, Sri Lanka
After breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.

Please Note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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