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BALI To PHUKET

ASIA expedition cruise Silver Discoverer

This exciting semi-circumnavigation of Sumatra and Java is an explorer’s dream come true. The crystal clear waters of new destination Batu Island are ideal for a morning’s snorkelling safari, while beachcombers may prefer the back sands of Anak Krakatoa. Anthropologists will delight at meeting the King of Bawemataluwo, while urbanites will no doubt enjoy sipping sundowners in beautiful Phuket.
Voyage 9821

Book by 15 September, 2018 and enjoy $1,000 onboard credit per suite and one-category suite upgrade*

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Cruise itinerary

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Bali really is as alluring as everyone says. This island, slightly bigger than Delaware, has it all: beaches, volcanoes, terraced rice fields, forests, renowned resorts, surfing, golf, and world-class dive sites. But what sets Bali apart from other nearby tropical destinations is Balinese tradition, and villagers dedicated to celebrating it. The hundreds of temples, dances, rituals, and crafts linked to their ancient Hindu faith aren't a show for tourists, but a living, breathing culture in which visitors are warmly received by the Balinese, who cherish their own identities.

Probolinggo is a beautiful and enchanting city on the north coast of East Java, Indonesia. It is located on one of the major highways across Java, has a harbour filled with fishing vessels and is surrounded on the landward side by the Probolinggo Regency, but is not part of the regency. Probolinggo is home to the Javanese, Maduranese, Pendalungan (descents of Java and Maduranese) and Tenggerese, who still practice their centuries-old customs and traditions. Probolinggo is bordered by the imposing Mount Semeru, Bromo and Argopuro mountain group, and lined with lovely beaches to the north.

Sumenep is sleepy town located on the eastern side of the island of Madura. Sumenep and the surrounding areas are home to a number of traditional arts and crafts – among them the production of Keris (daggers), batik, woodcarving of the Karduluk style, and the Muang Sangkal dances. Sumenep is also known for timeworn villas and historic buildings including the Sumenep Great Mosque and the Palace (Keraton) of Sumenep. The island of Madura may be most famous for its bull races, which are opened with the performance of Saronen, a traditional Madurese music.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
In the Sunda Strait of Indonesia lies an area that was witness to one of the most devastating volcanic eruptions in historical times. Anak Krakatoa is a volcano that first emerged from the sea in 1930 and has grown continuously since the 1950s. The active nature of the volcano is the ultimate decider of whether or not a landing can be made on the black sand beaches of the island. Krakatoa’s active fumaroles, lava flows, beautifully colored rocks and the volcano itself are all stunning.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Padang is part old port town, and part modern capital of West Sumatra. Dutch colonialists traded coffee and spices from the harbor starting in the 17th century. Driving out from Padang one can reach Cupek, a Minangkabau village in Sumatra’s interior. The ancestral homelands of the Minangkabau, devout Muslims, are centered in West Sumatra’s lush highlands and stretch as far as the seashore. They claim the world’s largest matrilineal society and ownership of a family’s property—their homes, rice paddies and the like—passes from mother to daughter.
The Batu Islands are an archipelago of roughly 50 islands located off the west coast of Sumatra. The islands have a close cultural and governmental connection with the famous Nias Islands. The islands are generally low and forested, mostly with coconut palms for copra production, and some forest products. Many of the islands are framed by exquisite beaches studded with palm trees and surrounded by vibrant and clear aquamarine water. The Batu (or Telos) Islands are located on the equator and are known worldwide to surfers for the special waves found along their shores.
The local village of Bawomataluo is found in the Nias Islands where the islanders were once said to be fierce. Traditionally, passing through various stages of growth for a child or juvenile required that animals be slaughtered or enemies killed. Therefore young men prepared to become warriors at an early age. One of the preparations was stone jumping, a ritual where youngsters jumped over 1.5 to 2-meter (5 to 6.5 feet) high stone towers. Once a boy could jump over the stone tower, it signified that he was ready to assume the responsibilities of a man.
With some of the highest biodiversity of anywhere in the entire Asia-Pacific region, the small island group of Simeulue is as yet unspoiled and undeveloped. Located at the northern tip of Sumatra off the west coast, the islands are part of Aceh province. Several earthquakes have rocked this region in recent years; one in particular is reported to have raised part of the islands about 2 meters, or 6 feet, up out of the water.
Sabang is the largest city on the island of Weh or Pulau Weh. Weh is a small, active volcanic island, just northwest of Sumatra. It's at the northern end of the Indonesian Archipelago and at one time, was a coal loading station for ships passing between Europe and Asia. Today, the island is known for its ecosystem and much of its surrounding sea and inland areas have been declared as wildlife protection areas by the Indonesian government. Pulau Weh attracts visitors seeking underwater diving, hiking through the volcanic mountains and relaxation by the beach.

Banda Aceh, the capital of Banda Province with a population of over 200,000 people, was severely hit by a tsunami in 2004. Since this tragedy, the community has resurged both in terms of cultural revival and building. The Blang Padang Park and Tsunami Museum were constructed as memorials to all the nations that helped Aceh after the terrible earthquake and tsunami. The city was originally built in the late 15th century and was a stop for hajj pilgrims traveling by sea to Mecca. It has been a thriving and strategic port in the Indian Ocean ever since.
Sumatra is the fourth largest island in the world. Although not known for the rich archaeological sites that distinguish Java, Sumatra offers magnificent natural landscapes. The port serves as our gateway for Medan and Lake Toba, Southeast Asia's largest lake, which lies about 120 miles from Belawan. Sumatra is also vital to Indonesia's economy, with over 60% of the country's total production coming from the island. Belawan is one of the busiest ports in Indonesia. Exports include minerals, oil, palm oil, rubber, tea and tobacco.

Gunung Leuser National Park covers more than 3,000 square miles in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, straddling the border of North Sumatra and Aceh provinces. It is named after Mount Leuser (10,230 feet), and includes a wide range of ecosystems. Most of the park is mountainous. It was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site “Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra”, because of its unique biodiversity, with more than 120 species of mammals, 190 species of reptiles and amphibians, 350 species of birds and 4000 plant species.
Phuket is one of the region's economic powerhouses—millions of tourists visit the island every year, enjoying the many delights that are offered in this established resort island. Phuket is a modern, vibrant island with more than 6 million annual visitors, a number that is only increasing year-to-year. If you've never been to Phuket, you will likely love it; returning visitors will find a new island that eagerly greets its next wave of tourism. Koh Phuket is linked to the mainland by a causeway, and the rest of the world by an international airport.

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Medallion Suite

408 ft² / 38m² including a private balcony

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Veranda Suite

280 ft² / 26m² including a private balcony

From US$ 17,600
Vista Suite

269 ft² / 25m²

From US$ 15,500
View Suite

181 ft² / 16.8m²

From US$ 9,700
Explorer Suite

186 ft² / 17.3 m²

From US$ 7,200
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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
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • *If the one-category upgrade is not available, guests receive instead $500 onboard credit per suite for a total of $1,500 onboard credit per suite.
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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.

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.

Medallion Suite

408 ft² / 38m² including a private balcony

Waitlist
Veranda Suite

280 ft² / 26m² including a private balcony

From US$ 17,600
Vista Suite

269 ft² / 25m²

From US$ 15,500
View Suite

181 ft² / 16.8m²

From US$ 9,700
Explorer Suite

186 ft² / 17.3 m²

From US$ 7,200
Fares shown are per guest

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.

2 Hotels

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.

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

Day 1 – Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
After your arrival in Benoa, embark Silver Discoverer during the early afternoon. After settling in you will attend a mandatory safety drill and Zodiac briefing. After sail-away cocktails on the aft deck, important crew members and the Expedition Staff will be introduced to you. This evening, enjoy the first of many memorable culinary highlights in The Restaurant.

Day 2 – Probolinggo, Indonesia    
Arriving in Probolinggo around noon, we will disembark for a hike to Mount Bromo. From Probolinggo we travel southwest to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Semeru and Bromo are active volcanos. Semeru is active on a periodical and fairly reliable schedule with activity about every 20 minutes. The eerie landscape of the park has nurtured legends and myths, and the Tengger people believe that a prince sacrificed his life for his family at Mount Bromo. In a somewhat more humane way, the people here appease the Gods once a year during the annual Kasada festival where offerings of vegetables, chickens and money are thrown into the crater of the volcano.

At 2392 meters high, Mt Bromo is not among Indonesia’s tallest mountains, but its beauty lies in its incredible setting. Mt Bromo sits in the Tengger caldera, surrounded by the “Sea of Sand.” Sulphurous smoke rises from Mount Bromo while Mt Semeru is smoking in the distance. Walking is the best way to experience Mount Bromo, but you can take ponies across the Sea of Sand to the bottom of the steep stairs (200 steps) that lead to the crater. At the base of Mount Bromo and amidst the Sea of Sand is the Poten, a Tenggerese Hindu temple.

Before returning to Silver Discoverer, a snack will be served at the Bromo Restaurant. From here you will enjoy a last look at Mount Bromo in the distance.
 
Day 3 – Sumenep, Madura, Indonesia
A special dance will be performed to welcome us to Sumenep on the island of Madura.  It is known as the Muangsangkal which literally translates to, “throwing unhappiness away.” Located slightly northeast of Surabaya, Sumenep has some interesting sites. Besides historical places such as the Keraton (Palace) and its tiny Museum, there is also the Great Mosque built in 1763. The Keraton Sumenep consists of the old and the new Palace and the adjacent Sare Park. The museum holds antique weapons, ceremonial tools and jewellery, as well as some of the uniforms and furniture used by the different kings. Probably the most unusual object is the golden carriage the Queen of England gave the Sumenep King. Built one year later than the Palace, the Great Mosque shows the influence of Islamic, Chinese and European style, making this building unique, specifically with its beautiful gate.

The island is also known and even famous for its carvings, kris production and textiles. Madura batik has different characteristics compared to the Javanese style and usually boasts clear, strong colours such as red, green and yellow with birds, flowers and dragons as motifs. Madura is also known for its bull racing, which is usually done on an annual basis. Originating with the ploughing of fields, a competition started to see who had the strongest animals. Today these bulls are kept for prestige and are extremely well looked after. A variety of special fodder is prepared including corn, beans, soybean leafs, grass, a mixture of traditional spices, eggs and even beer.  All are believed to strengthen the bulls.

Day 4 – Cruising the Java Sea                  
On our way to our next destination we will navigate along Java’s north coast, eventually leaving Jakarta on portside.  While we cruise the Java Sea, our expedition team, comprised of experts in their fields will bring their subjects to life with presentations representing a wealth of experience. More entertaining and relevant than most university lectures, the choice of presentations on offer through the day will stimulate both thought and conversation aboard the ship.  

Day 5 – Anak Krakatoa, Indonesia                                                                                                 
Expedition Day
During the morning, our little ship will reach the southwest tip of Java and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ujung Kulon National Park. The National Park includes the Ujung Kulon Peninsula containing the largest remaining lowland rain forest on the Java plain, as well as the Natural Reserve of Krakatoa –which we will see in the afternoon.

Over lunch, Silver Discoverer heads into the Sunda Strait to reach the area of one of the most dramatic volcanic eruptions in history. During the afternoon we intend to land on Anak Krakatoa, a volcano that rose above sea level in 1930 where Krakatoa originally stood and has grown continuously since the 1950s. As it is an active volcano, any landing today depends on the volcano’s activity levels, which also determine where we can step foot onto the black sand beaches littered with pumice. The dynamic fumaroles, old and new lava flows, subtly coloured rocks, and the volcano itself are stunning from shore or from the sea.

Day 6 – At Sea
Silver Discoverer will be heading along the south-western end of Sumatra. After a leisurely breakfast, attend a seminar, perhaps take time to edit your photographs or learn to make some Indonesian food from the chef and his/her team. You may want to exercise in the Gym, visit the Spa, or simply relax on the outer decks where our naturalists will be scanning the horizon for seabirds and marine mammals.

Day 7 – Padang (for Cupek, Sumatra), Indonesia
We will drive from Padang to Cupek, a Minangkabau village in Sumatra’s interior. The ancestral homelands of the Minangkabau, devout Muslims, are centred in West Sumatra’s lush highlands and stretch as far as the seashore. Homes, rice paddies and the like pass from mother to daughter in this, the world’s largest matrilineal society.

Visiting the village we will see a rumah gadang, or “big house,” known to be a traditional Minangkabau home intended to hold the extended family. Made of local Surian wood, it has an arched, buffalo-horn shaped roof and walls woven of bamboo, icons of the Minangkabau building style. With its long hall-like main room, it is not only used as a residence, but also sometimes for meetings and ceremonies. During our visit we will not only see a traditional wedding ceremony, but will be invited to join the parade of the Bride marching to the groom’s house accompanied by more than 100 women in traditional costume.

A welcome dance will be performed and later you can enjoy some other traditional dances. A cooking demonstration will take place and you can learn how to prepare rendang.  Crops like rice, cabbage, beans and the all-important chilies grow in abundance and the Minangnese are known for their spicy, sumptuous cuisine, which we will be able to savour during our local lunch ashore. 

Day 8 – Batu Islands, Indonesia
We will visit the Batu Islands, a group of roughly 50 islands that have a close connection to the famous Nias Islands. The islands are generally low and forested, mostly with coconut palms for copra production, and some forest products. The Batu (or Telos) Islands are located on the equator and are known worldwide to surfers for the special waves found along their shores. There are many other things to do here and we plan to stopover at one of the villages to gain an insight into local life. Bird-watching, hikes, and water-based activities might also be on offer at this expeditionary stop.

Day 9 – Bawomataluo, Nias Islands, Indonesia
The original Nias Islanders were said to be fierce, and different ceremonies recognizing stages throughout  life required that animals be slaughtered or enemies killed. Therefore young men prepared to become warriors at an early age. One of the preparations was stone jumping, a ritual where youngsters jumped over 1.5 to 2-meter stone towers. It was basically part of warrior training, which led to the young boy becoming an adult if he jumped a specific height in warriors clothing.

Still today, Nias boys start preparing for their stone jump from the age of ten. They symbolically become men by jumping over the stone tower, signifying that they are ready to assume the responsibilities of adulthood. Reaching the local village of Bawomataluo – a complex that is on the UNESCO World Heritage site tentative list – we will be met by the king of the village and enjoy a cultural performance including the War Dance. This is performed to enhance the spirit of the ancestors before war and we hope to see the local young men perform the traditional stone jumping.  In addition to the cultural segment of the visit, birders will be looking for the Stork-billed Kingfisher and other birds.

Day 10 – Simeulue Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia                                                                      
Expedition Day
Silver Discoverer will be at anchor today in the Simeulue Islands, a group of 57 islands. More than 80,000 inhabitants live in the islands (the largest, Big Simeulue, being 100 kms long) and make a living largely from farming and fishing. The islands are covered in forest, have beaches, caves, two lakes and even a waterfall. The inhabitants live a traditional lifestyle and the local culture is still important. The Simeulue Islands are known for black magic, practiced by dukun –shaman or healers that can cause damage and heal. The islands are also famous for their dragon boat teams.       

Day 11 – Pulau We and Banda Aceh, Indonesia
Located above the very northern tip of Sumatra, the island of Pulau We and its main port of Sabang used to be an important coaling station in former days.  During the morning we will visit Sabang, walking through town to see some of the old Dutch Colonial buildings and the trees imported from Suriname by the Dutch. We continue to We’s south to see the geothermal and volcanic Valley of Jaboi where we will spend some time at the fumaroles in quiet isolation while admiring the panoramic views of the island.

During lunch, Silver Discoverer will reposition to Banda Aceh. Banda Aceh, the capital of Banda Province, was severely hit by a tsunami in 2004 and we can see the power of nature through the PLTD Apung, a former floating power plant, which was moved by tsunami several kilometres inland despite its weight of 780 tons. The structure now acts as a monument in a park that interprets the tsunami damage. Here you can find an old DC-3 representing Indonesia’s struggle for independence and a Tsunami Museum.

After the tsunami certain cultural traits which formerly were only allowed to be performed by men were taught to women as well, among them special dances. One of the dances popularly practiced in Aceh province is the Saman. Dancers sit in a row and perform elaborative movements with their hands, heads and torsos, and the choreography includes clapping and hitting the body with the hands, resulting in percussive sounds that add to the performance. These movements symbolize the daily lives of the Gayo people and their natural environment. The Saman is performed to celebrate national and religious holidays, cementing relationships between village groups. We hope to see a presentation.

Day 12 – At Sea and Belawan (for Gunung Leuser NP), Indonesia
Heading down the northeast coast of Sumatra, our lecturers will provide presentations on various fascinating topics and will prepare you for our encounter with Sumatra’s wildlife.

In the evening, Silver Discoverer will go alongside in Belawan, Sumatra’s busiest port. Built originally to export tobacco, rubber and later palm oil, Belawan today is an important port for container ships exporting coffee and tea along with a slew of other locally produced goods.

Day 13 – Belawan (for Gunung Leuser NP), Indonesia
For us Belawan is the gate to Gunung Leuser National Park. Located in the interior of Sumatra, running along the Barisan mountain-ridge, the park covers an area of some 9000 square kilometers. It is likely one of Indonesia’s oldest (and possibly least visited) parks, and is part of the endangered UNESCO World Heritage site “Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra.”

Before visiting Bukit Lawang, we will have breakfast at the Rindu Alam Restaurant. We will be briefed by a ranger about the flora and fauna of the park and our visit and hike for two hours in the park. The former Bohorok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre has released more than 200 of the Sumatran orangutan back into the wild. The center has closed, but you can still see orangutans in the wild. Apart from the Sumatran orangutan there are eight other primate species present in the park. We hope to see several during our forest walk.

After our walk, lunch awaits us at Rindu Alam before returning to Silver Discoverer in the late afternoon.

Day 14 – Crossing the Malacca Strait and Phuket, Thailand             
After a leisurely breakfast, attend the last of our lectures preparing you for Phuket and Thailand.
Otherwise spend time on the outer decks, keep an eye out for wildlife or watch the ships that have to use the Malacca Strait to get into the Indian Ocean or are heading for Singapore. During the afternoon, our onboard Videographer will present the Voyage-DVD, showing the many interesting and captivating moments of the voyage.

Day 15 – Phuket, Thailand             
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.

360 DEGREES OF GIVING
They say it’s better to give than to receive, luckily we have the opportunity to do both. The friendly villagers we visit throughout our expedition welcome us with such warm hearts, and we receive so much from them, that we want to make sure we’re giving right back.

In the spirit of goodwill, we greatly encourage you to help us support the local communities we will be visiting. Gifts may consist of second-hand children’s clothing, school supplies (pencils, pens, and writing tablets), and medical supplies (Band-Aids, antiseptic wipes, and first aid items). Supplies received will be collected on board by the Expedition Team and evenly distributed throughout the villages as we visit.

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