Before Your Expedition

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CUSTOMS 


FOR UNITED STATES RESIDENTS
Prior to departing, please consider registering your valuables (e.g. jewellery, cameras, electronic equipment, etc.) with US Customs and Border Protection. Although this is not a requirement, it will help to prevent delays in clearing Customs upon your return to the US For further information, please consult your travel agent or visit the US Customs and Border Protection website at www.cbp.gov and click on "Travel". If you are not a US resident, contact your local Customs office.

EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION
Embarkation times are included in your final cruise documents. Please arrive at the ship during these times. Guests should plan on vacating their suites by 8:30 am on disembarkation day.

Once you arrive at the cruise terminal or airport, you will be asked to show your Silversea voyage documents and your passport. We strongly recommend that you keep all necessary documents handy in your carry-on bag.

HOTEL & TRANSFER PROGRAMMES
Cruise-only guests who purchased an optional pre- and/or post-cruise Silver Shore Hotel package through Silversea should refer to their documentation packet for applicable transfer arrangement information. Please contact Silversea and advise us of your flight schedules to ensure proper arrangement of transfers. Guests who have made independent pre- and/or post cruise hotel arrangements may purchase applicable ground transportation and baggage handling through Silversea. Please contact your travel agent for availability and details. Due to distance between the ship's berth and the airport in some ports guests should allow additional time for departing flights. This will allow for unexpected delays, including but not limited to, disembarkation formalities, transfer time to the airport, two to three hours for flight check-in, unanticipated scheduled air or charter flight delays, baggage claim/transfer, and customs and immigration procedures. Guests requiring wheelchair assistance should notify Silversea in advance to ensure appropriate transportation and/or accommodation arrangements are made.

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE
Luggage belonging to Silversea guests must be handled in accordance with regulations and tariffs of airlines and/or ground operators. All of your luggage must be securely packed and tagged with the pre-printed luggage tags supplied as part of your documentation package. In accordance with airport security restrictions for carry-on baggage, we recommend that you hand carry travel documents (passports, visas, inoculation verification, cruise and air tickets), medications and valuables. Liquid, fragile, perishable and other articles not suitably packed are transported at your own risk. Upon embarkation of the ship, whilst every effort will be made to deliver luggage to your suite/stateroom in a timely manner, delivery may be delayed due to strict customs formalities, which are beyond the ship's control.

Important Notice: To avoid excess luggage fees, it is highly recommended that you verify the luggage allowance for all pre- and post-cruise flights and pack according to the most restrictive policy.

ALL OTHER SCHEDULED FLIGHTS
Luggage allowance guidelines and fees vary by airline, airport and/or class of service booked/ticketed. Airlines are strictly enforcing their policies and you may be required to pay fees at check-in. Many airlines limit each piece of luggage to 23kg (50lbs) or less. Airlines change their policies frequently, therefore it is highly recommended that you or your travel agent contact the airlines directly for the most up-to-date luggage allowance policies. These policies are updated regularly on most airline websites. Please note that each guest is fully responsible for any/all luggage fees imposed by the airlines upon check-in. Silversea is not liable for any fees associated with checked or carry-on luggage, or any items confiscated at the security checkpoint.

AIRLINE IMPOSED LUGGAGE FEES
Most airlines today, depending on destination and class of service purchased, are charging fees for each piece of checked luggage. If you booked your air via Silversea, please be advised that Silversea does not cover this additional expense. The airlines are continually updating their policies. To access the most up-to-date information please refer to your specific carrier's website.

LAND ADVENTURES INCLUDING AIR SERVICE
Additional luggage limitations may apply. Refer to your final travel documents for details.

MEDICAL INFORMATION INOCULATIONS
Generally, inoculations are not required in most areas where Silversea travels. These requirements are subject to change, and we recommend that you verify current guidelines with your travel agent prior to departure. Please note that when travelling to countries that do require inoculations, written verification will be necessary. Before taking any trip outside your country of origin, it is wise to check with your doctor, particularly if you are under a doctor's care.

PREGNANCY
At the time of booking, expectant mothers are required to supply a medical certificate establishing their fitness for travel at the time they are due to travel. Silversea is unable to accommodate women who have entered their twenty-fourth week of pregnancy and will not be responsible or liable for any complication relative to any pregnancy during the entire duration of the cruise or thereafter. Additionally, airlines may have restrictions that may differ from Silversea's.

Please contact your travel agent or airline.
Silversea Cruises
Attn: Special Services Department
110 East Broward Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
or Fax to: 954.759.5049 or
e-mail to: specialservices@silversea.com

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION
For your convenience and well-being, it is important that you bring a sufficient supply of any prescription medicine that you may need. Prescriptions cannot be refilled onboard, and usually cannot be refilled shoreside. To prevent delays in clearing customs, it is also a good idea to travel with a doctor's letter explaining that your prescription medication is required for your continued health. It is also recommended that the medicine remain in its original container with the original pharmacy label intact.

SPECIAL MEDICAL CONDITIONS
At Silversea, your health and safety are our first priority. If you have any existing medical condition that may require our attention, or should you require oxygen for medical reasons whilst onboard, we ask that you please send written notification prior to your voyage to:

Silversea Cruises
Attn: Special Services Department
110 East Broward Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
or Fax to: 954.759.5049 or
e-mail to: specialservices@silversea.com

Please note:
• An oxygen concentrator is the only form of oxygen equipment that Silver Discoverer can accommodate.
• Guests requiring wheel-on and/or wheel-off access must contact Silversea.
• Not all expedition excursions are suitable for guests with impaired mobility.


By booking passage and by boarding the ship, the guest represents and warrants that he/she is physically and otherwise fit to travel, and that the guest will comply at all times with applicable rules and regulations of the ship and orders and instructions of the ship's officers and medical staff. Silversea reserves the right without liability to require a guest to disembark and/or to refuse to board and transport a guest who, in the judgment of Silversea or the ship's Master, is unfit to travel or may require care beyond that which Silversea is reasonably able to provide. For guests travelling aboard Silver Discoverer, Silversea strongly recommends wheelchair guests travel with someone who is able to assist them both ashore and at sea as Silversea is unable to offer full assistance during embark/debark and ports of call. Please note that wheel-on and/or wheel-off access is not be available at most ports-of-call. Wheelchair guests must bring their own collapsible wheelchair.

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Silversea will make every attempt to accommodate guests with special dietary requirements. If you have any special needs, please note them on the online Guest Information Form or have your travel agent fax Silversea Special Services (954-759-5049) at least 90 days prior to sailing.

SPECIAL OCCASIONS
If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, honeymoon or other special occasion during your Silversea Expedition, we will be happy to celebrate the event with you. Please indicate your special occasion on the online Guest Information Form or have your travel agent advise us of such occasions at least four weeks prior to departure.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
To ensure that your journey runs smoothly, please remember to bring along all required travel documents. These include air and cruise tickets, passport, visa and medical card inoculation verification (where applicable). Please be aware that security measures imposed by foreign governments may change from time to time. It is your responsibility to secure all relevant documentation for your trip. If any guest fails to obtain and to have such documents readily available, that guest may be denied boarding and accommodation, or the guest may be disembarked during the voyage. Guests for whom boarding of ship or aircraft is denied are fully responsible for any and all expenses, including but not limited to ground transportation, hotel accommodations and meals. For your personal safety, we require all guests to provide us with the above-mentioned documentation in order to board Silver Discoverer. Should you have any questions regarding travel documents, please consult your travel agent for advice.

ONBOARD

SILVERSEA'S ALL- INCLUSIVE FARES

BEVERAGES
A selection of fine wines, spirits, champagnes, soft drinks, specialty coffees and water are complimentary throughout the ship, and your in-room bar and refrigerator will be replenished upon request with your preferences. (A selection of premium wines, champagnes and spirits is available at an additional charge).

ONBOARD GRATUITIES
All hotel service gratuities are included in your cruise fare. Gratuities for services received shoreside are at your own discretion.

SPECIAL REQUESTS
Due to limited availability and accessibility on board our expedition ships, we may not be able to accommodate the same special requests as we are able to accommodate on the other Silversea ships.

COMMUNICATION SERVICES

BUSINESS SERVICES
Onboard Silver Discoverer, ship-to-shore phone calls are available at an additional charge.

INTERNET ACCESS
Onboard Internet services are available with a range of pricing plans. Guests may use their own laptop with wireless card to conveniently access the Internet and personal email in the privacy of their own suite, and at WiFi locations throughout the ship. In remote areas, a regular and steady Internet connection cannot be guaranteed.

WIRELESS PHONE & DATA SERVICES
On board, guests may make and receive phone calls, text messages and other select data services on their own mobile phone or PDA device. Guests will be billed by their home mobile phone provider and calls or messages will appear as roaming charges on their bill. Before leaving home, guests should contact their provider to confirm a roaming agreement with Silversea has been established. Silver Discoverer is also equipped with a phone system that allows guests to make direct-dial calls from their suite whilst at sea. Calls will be billed to the guest's onboard account. Please consult the ship's Reception Desk for the current rate. Should someone wish to reach a guest at sea, please refer to the Leave Behind Information provided in the final cruise documents.

Please note that these onboard technologies utilise satellite equipment. As such, there may be temporary outages of any satellite-connected shoreside service, including Internet connections, cell phones, in-suite phones, television broadcast channels and world news summaries.

DINING
The Silver Discoverer features a variety of onboard dining options including The Restaurant, Discoverer Lounge, The Grill and complimentary 24-hour Room Service.

THE RESTAURANT
The Restaurant serves dinner. Our open-seating policy allows you to dine when and with whom you wish. The menu features sumptuous classical and modern cuisine with the local flairs from our different ports of call. Low calorie, low carb, vegetarian and vegan options are also available.

DISCOVERER LOUNGE
The Discoverer Lounge serves breakfast and lunch from the self-service buffet.

THE GRILL
For lunch the outdoor grill serves casual lunchtime salads and specials. Come evening the outdoor grill is transformed into The Grill featuring "hot rock" dining under the stars. This fun, interactive cooking concept allows guests to grill their own seafood and prime meats directly at their table on a heated volcanic rock plate. Dinner reservations recommended and may be made once on board.

COMPLIMENTARY 24-HOUR ROOM SERVICE
You may order from the Room Service menu 24 hours a day.

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
Silver Discoverer has 110 AC power. Most modern electronic devices support dual voltages, but if you are uncertain, please verify your equipment prior to plugging it in. The electrical receptacles on the ship accept plugs of a type known as North American non-grounded or type A. The receptacle is as shown: In particular, please be advised that devices such as generators, lamps, electric motors, electric shavers, hair dryers, clocks and some video equipment may be incompatible with the 1100v/609 Hz power. A hair dryer is provided in each suite/stateroom. If you wish to bring along other equipment, you should verify if a voltage transformer or other conversion device is necessary.

Ordinarily, simple plug converters will suffice for laptop power supplies and many devices with rechargeable batteries such as cell phones, iPods, or digital cameras. We do advise that you read the labels on each particular device to determine the compatibility.

Remember to bring an adequate supply of batteries for the voyage. Because of the environmental hazards inherent in the disposal of batteries, we recommend rechargeable batteries for most applications. To protect the fragile environments where Silver Discoverer sails, we request that guests retain all their exhausted batteries and dispose of them in an environmentally safe manner after you return home. For your convenience, there is also a battery disposal box onboard.

ENRICHMENT AND ENTERTAINMENT
Silver Discoverer is staffed with an enthusiastic and informative Expedition Team, and each voyage is hosted by leading naturalists who share their expert knowledge of each area's unique wildlife, history, ecology and geology. From educational lectures and expedition recaps in the Lecture Room, to guided field studies ashore, they offer great insight on the nature and culture of the day's destination. The Main Lounge features a pianist/vocalist for light evening entertainment.

EXPEDITION EXCURSIONS

COMPLIMENTARY EXCURSIONS
Every Silversea Expedition features complimentary excursions led by the Expedition Team or guest host. Activities vary daily for each itinerary and are designed for most levels of interest and physical ability. Day-by-day highlights for your Silversea Expedition are available online, and include a variety of possible destinations that can be reached by cruising and exploring aboard ship, by docking or anchoring in port, or by Zodiac landing. Please note that Silversea Zodiacs are unable to accommodate children less than six (6) years of age or expectant mothers who have entered their twenty-fourth (24th) week of pregnancy. As Silversea does not provide babysitting services; an adult family member will be required to remain onboard with their child during Zodiac expeditions.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
Select voyages also offer optional excursions for purchase. You can conveniently book many of these optional shore excursions from 120 days prior up until one week prior to sailing at Silversea.com/MySilversea. The cost of the excursion will be charged to your shipboard account during your voyage. Only a limited number of reservations are taken online, but you may still be able to make your reservations once onboard.

ZODIAC® LANDING CRAFT
Silver Discoverer carries a fleet of Zodiac boats, allowing you to explore places that would otherwise be inaccessible. To reach destinations where there are no piers and for islands surrounded by shallow waters, Zodiacs are the perfect solution. These rigid boats are specifically designed for nature study, and are very rugged, as well as safe, sturdy and durable. They are easy to board, whether at the ship or ashore, and are operated by highly-trained crew.

A Zodiac is an exceptionally buoyant rubber boat with an inflatable hull of multiple air-filled compartments, a feature that allows the Zodiac to float even should a compartment become deflated. A low centre of gravity makes Zodiacs very stable. Zodiacs are also agile, allowing them to easily come alongside Silver Discoverer, and to manoeuvre over reefs and between narrow passages.

All guests will participate in a complete Zodiac familiarisation session upon embarkation. Please review these instructions carefully prior to your training session and throughout your Silversea Expedition.

1. Guests will be divided into Zodiac disembarkation groups and will be disembarked in a rotating order. To avoid congestion and confusion, do not proceed to the disembarkation area until your group has been called.
2. Silversea's Zodiac drivers have all had extensive training and experience. They are experts in this aspect of your expedition cruise. Follow their instruction at all times when aboard.
3. "Dry Landing" means you will disembark the Zodiac at a dock or other landing platform.
4. "Wet Landing" means you will need to step into the water and wade to shore — wear rubber boots.
5. Guests will be advised of the local weather conditions and the kind of landing (dry or wet) in order to dress with the appropriate clothing and footwear.
6. Wear waterproof outerwear — regardless of whether a wet or dry landing.
7. Wear the life jacket provided.
8. Wear sun protection, especially sunscreen with a high factor and dark, polarised sunglasses.
9. Pack your non-waterproof items (camera, binoculars, personal items, etc.) in zip-seal bags, and then place in your personal backpack or complimentary Silversea Expedition backpack.
10. Wear your backpack on your back. All other equipment should be handed to the staff/crew member at the top of the gangway before boarding the boats. This will allow your hands to be free for boarding the Zodiac. You will receive your equipment again once you are in the boat and should place it on the floor in front of you so your hands are free to hold onto the ropes. This procedure will be reversed when exiting.
11. When embarking and disembarking the Zodiac, firmly grasp the wrist of the staff/crew member that is waiting to assist you before stepping aboard/ashore.
12. Remain seated at all times whilst aboard, until otherwise instructed.money matters

MONEY MATTERS

CARRYING MONEY
Silversea does not limit the amount of money you may carry during your voyage. For safety reasons, Silversea recommends that guests take precautions and not carry excessive amounts of cash. Many purchases can be conveniently made using credit cards or travellers cheques and do not require cash transactions. Silversea is not responsible for any loss of money.

If you bring more than USD$10,000 into or out of the United States (e.g. in the form of US or foreign currency/coinage, travellers cheques in any form, money orders, etc.), you must report it to the US Customs and Border Protection. For additional information and forms, visit the US Customs' website at: www.cbp.gov and click on "Travel". If you are not a US citizen, please contact your local customs office.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE
It is a good idea to exchange some of your funds at a bank before leaving home. Most international airports also exchange funds, though they often charge higher exchange fees.

MAKING PURCHASES ABROAD
If you plan to make any major purchases abroad, we recommend that you use your credit card ashore wherever it is accepted. This will often ensure receiving a better exchange rate than what is offered locally.

SHIPBOARD ACCOUNT
Upon embarkation, guests will be asked to register their VISA®, Master Card®, American Express® or JCB credit card number and expiration date, which must be valid through the final day of their voyage. All charges for services provided and products purchased onboard must be settled in cash, by travellers cheques in U.S. dollars, or by above listed credit card at the end of each voyage segment and before final disembarkation from the ship.

TRAVELLERS CHEQUES
Travellers cheques in U.S. dollars may be cashed at the Reception Desk 24 hours a day. Also, your travellers cheques may be used to pay your shipboard account.

ONBOARD SERVICES AND FACILITIES

EXPEDITION TEAM
Aboard Silver Discoverer, the Expedition Team can also assist you with any number of personal needs, reservations, information or other special requests.

INTERACTIVE TELEVISION
Each suite/stateroom features a flat-screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news.

LAUNDRY/VALET SERVICES
Complete valet services, including laundry and pressing, are available at an additional charge and may be arranged through your Butler.

MAIL
Postage and mailing services are available onboard the ship. Please note that due to the remote destinations visited during your expedition cruise, it may not be possible to send or receive mail.

MEDICAL SERVICES
Silver Discoverer is equipped with a Medical Centre. A doctor is on 24-hour call when at sea. When docked, supplementary emergency care may also be obtained through local medical facilities. Guests may be charged for medical services and for medications used for their medical treatment. The Medical Centre is not intended or designed to provide ongoing treatment for pre-existing conditions or for extended critical care, and Silversea is not responsible for the diagnosis, treatment or services furnished by shipboard medical personnel. Guests requiring oxygen for medical reasons are welcome to bring an oxygen concentrator onboard. Guests wishing to bring their own portable oxygen tanks must obtain prior written authorisation from Silversea, as restrictions may apply. (For additional details, see the Passage Contract.)

EXPEDITION POLICIES

ITINERARY VARIATIONS
Itineraries are unstructured by design. Following only a tentative schedule allows for moment-by-moment flexibility to stay longer at sites of particular interest, or make slight detours whenever weather, nature or mere curiosity dictate. Guests will be notified of any required deviation as soon as possible.

MINORS & CHILDREN
Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied, in the same or connecting suite, by a parent or other responsible adult over the age of 21 for the duration of the voyage and on all shore excursions and Land Programmes. Silversea cannot accommodate infants under the age of one (1) year on board Silver Discoverer. No children under the age of six (6) years will be allowed on board the Zodiacs. Children under the age of six (6) years will be unable to participate in any expedition excursions or embarkations that require the use of a Zodiac. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to purchase or consume alcohol. Silversea reserves the right to refuse to serve anyone who in its sole judgment may be under the influence of alcohol, or for any reason necessary in its judgment to preserve the health and safety of guests and employees.

PETS
We cannot accommodate pets on Silver Discoverer.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND PROCEDURES
It is mandatory that all guests participate in a Zodiac briefing and safety drill, which is normally scheduled to take place prior to departure from the port of embarkation. Please note that emergency information is posted in your suite/stateroom.

SMOKING
At Silversea, the comfort, enjoyment and safety of all guests are paramount. Most areas on board Silver Discoverer are non-smoking, and as a safety precaution, smoking is not permitted in any guest suites and staterooms or on any guest suite verandas or balconies. Onboard Silver Discoverer, cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking are permitted in specifically designated outside areas on deck. Silversea kindly requests that all guests observe the non-smoking areas.

VISITORS ONBOARD
If you would like to make arrangements to have visitors board the ship, please contact Silversea Special Services. Requests should be made in writing no later than 14 days prior to departure. For security reasons, visitors must be preregistered with Silversea. Silversea may limit the number of visitors permitted onboard and this policy is subject to change without notice.

PUBL IC ROOMS

DISCOVERER LOUNGE
The Discoverer Lounge serves as the main Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Snacks area. This comfortable seating area also comprises a 24-hour self-service coffee, tea and juice bar, which makes it an ideal place onboard to relax and reflect on the day's activities and future expeditions to come.

MAIN LOUNGE
The Main Lounge located on Deck 4 (also the Lecture Room), is specially designed to give guests an uninterrupted view of the destination from the comfort of the ship's interior. This is where all Lectures, Briefings and social gatherings take place. During Cocktail hours and after dinner, a piano player will perform the entertainment as on the Silver Explorer.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

FITNESS CENTRE
Silver Discoverer is equipped with a Fitness Centre that is open daily, and offers four stationary bikes, two top machines, two leg extension machines and free weights.

BEAUTY & MASSAGE ROOM
Beauty and Massage Room services available onboard include hair styling, manicures, pedicures, massages and other spa treatments. Appointments for these services may be made onboard the ship. To ensure the dates and times you prefer, we suggest you book your appointments early in your voyage. Customary charges will apply.

CRUISE LITE DINING
Choose from dishes that are lower in fat, calories, sodium and cholesterol, as well as vegetarian, vegan and low-carb options at every meal.

WHAT TO PACK


PACKING ESSENTIALS
CLOTHING ABOARD THE SHIP
Shipboard attire ranges from casual to informal. Casual wear is appropriate for daytime aboard ship or ashore, and consists of standard sports outfits as worn at five-star resorts. Shoes should be flat or low heeled for deck activities. Evening attire is casual with the exception of the Captain's Dinner, where jackets are recommended for men. On casual evenings, open-neck shirts, trousers and casual wear are appropriate. On the two informal evenings, women usually wear dresses or trouser suits; men wear jackets (tie optional). Remember to pack swimwear.

CLOTHING ASHORE
The right gear is essential for enjoying the full experience of your Silversea Expedition without the limitations of weather and other conditions. Clothing that can be layered to accommodate different temperatures is most versatile and comfortable. A detailed packing list is provided at Silversea.com/expeditions. Click on Gear Shop. Don't Overpack. You don't need a lot of clothing and accessories, but you do need the right gear to fully enjoy your expedition.

AUSTRALIA/KIMBERLEY

TOPS
Shirts: Protect yourself from sun, heat and insects. Pack quick-drying, breathable shirts to stay cool. Choose light colors. Dark shades draw mosquitoes.

BOTTOMS
Pants: Travel with ease and flexibility in lightweight, fastdrying convertible pants. Shorts: Pack comfortable loose-fitting, breathable and comfortable shorts.

Pareos/Sarongs: The most versatile garment of the tropics can be used as a skirt, wrap or to sit on in a pinch.

HATS
Hat: Shade your face from the sun with a large brim hat with a chin strap to secure your hat on Zodiac rides.

FOOTWEAR
Water Sandals: Sturdy sandals that don't chafe when wet. Water sandals are essential to protect your feet while near coral and sharp stone beaches.

ACCESSORIES
Waterproof Backpack: Provided on board compliments of Silversea. Keeps your arms free and protects your camera and binoculars during zodiac rides. Plastic seal-proof or leakproof bags are recommended for additional protection for your camera etc.

Sun Protection: Sunglasses, waterproof sunscreen (SPF 30 minimum), insect repellent. No snorkelling in Northern Australia due to crocodiles. For voyage 9407, Broome, Australia to Bali, Indonesia there will be one or two snorkelling opportunities. We therefore recommend you pack a Lycra Swimsuit, Rash Guard or Ozone Top to keep your core warm while snorkelling and stay safe from sunburn and jellyfish stings.

NEW ZEALAND & SUB-ANTARCTIC


BASE LAYER
Long Underwear: Breathable, light-weight tops and bottoms provide warmth without bulk. We recommend high performance capilene. Capilene wicks, dries quickly, and is a great option if you are allergic to wool. We suggest at least two sets, based on the length of your trip.

INSULATION LAYER
Expedition Stretch Top and Bottoms: This lightweight layer is worn over your base layer and under your waterproof outer layer. Warmth and flexibility are important for comfort when sitting in Zodiacs. Expedition stretch tops and bottoms are flexible. The legs taper to fit into boots and the tops have articulated sleeves that fit easily over the base layer. Loft Jacket, Pullover or Vest: The loft traps heat with remarkable efficiency, even when wet and is feather light and compacts or easy packing. Loft garments are water repellant and windproof and double as outerwear in mild weather. Fleece is also an insulation layer option but it tends to bunch up when worn with layers.

OUTER LAYER
Hooded Jacket: Windproof, waterproof and large enough to fit over layers. Provided onboard compliments of Silversea. Waterproof Pants: Breathable and wide enough to fit over boots. Knee-high side zippers are preferred so you can get your boots on and off easily. Buy a size larger than your base layer to ensure you are comfortable sitting in the Zodiac with one or two layers under your pants.

Rain Jacket: Packable, lightweight, waterproof rain jacket. The fabric should be breathable so that moisture from your body can escape. Pack this piece in your hand luggage so that you have a windbreaker ready when you deplane.

FOOTWEAR
Boots: Flexible, pull-on boots with sturdy soles. As you will step into icy water during Zodiac landings, boots are essential and must be at least mid-calf high (12-15 inches/30.5-38 cm in height).

Socks: Extra heavyweight socks made of wool or wool blend. If you are prone to cold feet, add sock liners and/or foot warmers.

Sock Liners: Thin sock liners, worn under your socks for extra warmth. Pack as many liners as you have socks.

HATS & GLOVES

Hat: Fleece is excellent because it is lightweight and extremely warm. Wool is also recommended. Choose a hat with a visor to shade your eyes and flaps to protect your ears, the best choice.

Neck Gaiter: A practical and stylish way to protect your neck. Neck gaiters are more flexible than balaclavas and don't fly around like scarves. You can wear a neck gaiter around your neck or use it as a headband. For added warmth, wear two and pull one over your face to protect your mouth and nose.

Gloves: Windproof and waterproof ski gloves. Gloves that keep your hands warm are expensive but are absolutely necessary and a great investment. Select gloves that provide excellent warmth and durability. A breathable lining is a must.

Glove Liners: Recommended as they provide extra warmth on cold days. Some glove liners are wind-resistant and will protect your hands when you slip off your glove to take photos.

ACCESSORIES
Backpack: Provided onboard, compliments of Silversea. Keeps your arms free and protects your camera and binoculars during zodiac rides. Plastic seal-proof or leakproof bags are recommended for addition protection for your camera etc.

Trekking Poles: Trekking poles keep you steady while exploring by providing a sense of security, increased balance, and confidence when walking on ice, snow and rugged terrain.

Also Recommended: Heat-treated foot warming insoles, hand warmers, a pair of good sunglasses or goggles with U.V. filter protection, and protective lotion for lips, hands and face.

SOUTHEAST ASIA

TOPS
Shirts: Protect yourself from sun, heat and insects. Pack quick-drying, breathable shirts to stay cool. Choose light colors. Dark shades draw mosquitoes. A Light-weight Loft Jacket, Pullover or Vest: Feather light and compacts or easy packing. Loft garments are water repellant and windproof and ideal garment to keep you warm on cool evenings. Fleece is also an option. Lycra Swimsuit, Rash Guard or Ozone Top: We recommend you pack a Lycra Swimsuit, Rash Guard or Ozone Top to keep your core warm while snorkelling and stay safe from sunburn and jellyfish stings.

Rain Jacket/Poncho: Lightweight rain Jacket or rain poncho to keep dry during sudden downpours.

BOTTOMS
Pants: Travel with ease and flexibility in lightweight, fastdrying convertible pants.

Shorts: Pack comfortable loose-fitting, breathable and comfortable shorts.

Pareos/Sarongs: The most versatile garment of the tropics: a skirt, wrap or to sit on in a pinch.

HAT
Hat: Shade your face from sun with a large brim hat with a chin strap to secure your hat on Zodiac rides.

FOOTWEAR
Water Sandals: Sturdy sandals that don't chafe when wet. Add socks by night to reduce insect bites. Water sandals are essential to protect your feet while near coral and sharp stone beaches.

ACCESSORIES
Waterproof Backpack: Provided on board compliments of Silversea. Keeps your arms free and protects your camera and binoculars during zodiac rides. Plastic seal-proof or leakproof bags are recommended for addition protection for your camera etc.

Sun Protection: Sunglasses, waterproof sunscreen (SPF 30 minimum); insect repellent.

MICRONESIA, MELANESIA, POLYNESIA

TOPS
Shirts: Protect yourself from sun, heat and insects. Pack quick-drying, breathable shirts to stay cool. Choose light colors. Dark shades draw mosquitoes.

A Light-weight Loft Jacket Pullover or Vest: Feather light and compacts or easy packing. Loft garments are water repellant and windproof and ideal garment to keep you warm on cool evenings. Fleece is also an option. Lycra Swimsuit, Rash Guard or Ozone Top: We recommend you pack a Lycra Swimsuit, Rash Guard or Ozone Top to keep your core warm while snorkelling and stay safe from sunburn and jellyfish stings. Rain Jacket/Poncho: Lightweight rain jacket or rain poncho to keep dry during sudden downpours.

BOTTOMS
Pants: Travel with ease and flexibility in lightweight, fastdrying convertible pants.

Shorts: Pack comfortable loose-fitting, breathable and comfortable shorts.

Pareos/Sarongs: The most versatile garment of the tropics: a skirt, wrap or to sit on in a pinch.

HAT
Hat: Shade your face from sun with a large brim hat with a chin strap to secure your hat on Zodiac rides

FOOTWEAR
Water Sandals: Sturdy sandals that don't chafe when wet. Add socks by night to reduce insect bites. Water sandals are essential to protect your feet while near coral and sharp stone beaches.

ACCESSORIES
Waterproof Backpack: Provided on board compliments of Silversea. Keeps your arms free and protects your camera and binoculars during zodiac rides. Plastic seal-proof or leakproof bags are recommended for addition protection for your camera etc.

Sun Protection: Sunglasses, waterproof sunscreen (SPF 30 minimum); insect repellent.

EAST ASIA & RUSSIAN FAR EAST

RAIN WEAR
Hooded Jacket: Windproof, waterproof and large enough to fit over layers. Provided on board compliments of Silversea.

Rain Jacket: Packable, lightweight, waterproof rain jacket. The fabric should be breathable so that moisture from your body can escape. Pack this piece in your hand luggage so that you have a windbreaker ready when you deplane. Or, you may prefer a Rain Cape/Rain Poncho that covers your backpack in a downpour.

Waterproof Pants: Breathable and wide enough to fit over boots. Knee-high side zippers are preferred so you can get your boots on and off easily. Buy a size larger than your base layer to ensure you are comfortable sitting in the Zodiac with one or two layers under your pants.

INSULATION LAYER
Expedition Stretch Top and Bottoms: This lightweight layer is worn over your base layer and under your waterproof outer layer. Warmth and flexibility are important for comfort when sitting in Zodiacs. Expedition stretch tops and bottoms are flexible. The legs taper to fit into boots and the tops have articulated sleeves that fit easily over the base layer. Loft Jacket, Pullover or Vest: The loft traps heat with remarkable efficiency, even when wet. It is feather light and compacts for easy packing. Loft garments are water repellent and windproof and double as outerwear in mild weather. Fleece is also an insulation layer option but it tends to bunch up when worn with layers.

FOOTWEAR
Boots: Flexible, pull-on boots with sturdy soles. As you will step into icy water during Zodiac landings, boots are essential and must be at least mid-calf high (12-15 inches/30.5-38 cm in height).

Socks: Socks made of wool or wool blend that cushion the feet well and wick moisture.

HAT & GLOVES
Hat: Fleece is excellent because it is lightweight and extremely warm. Wool is also recommended. Choose a hat with a visor to shade your eyes and flaps to protect your ears. Gloves: Windproof gloves that dry quickly or are made of neoprene.

ACCESSORIES
Backpack: Provided on board, compliments of Silversea. Keeps your arms free and protects your camera and binoculars during zodiac rides. Plastic seal-proof or leakproof bags are recommended for addition protection for your camera etc.

Mosquito Head Net/Body Net: Avoid insects with an ultrafine head or a body net.

Trekking Poles: A lightweight, collapsible, walking staff (also called a trekking pole) provides a sense of security, increased balance, and confidence when walking on slippery, muddy terrain.

Also Recommended: A pair of good sunglasses with U.V. filter protection and protective lotion for lips, hands and face. Insect repellent.

For Voyage 9414: Ottaru, Japan to Taipei, Taiwan the weather will be milder. We recommend you pack light-weight insulation layer clothing, all the above as well as: Pants: Travel with ease and flexibility in lightweight, fastdrying convertible pants.

Shorts: Pack comfortable loose-fitting, breathable and comfortable shorts.

Hat: Shade your face from sun with a large brim hat with a chin strap to secure your hat on Zodiac rides.

Water Sandals: Sturdy sandals that don't chafe when wet.

AIR INFORMATION

ALL GUESTS
Please review your air schedule at least 72 hours prior to embarking on your trip. Changes to your flights/itinerary may not be possible after travel has begun without incurring change and/or service fees, or being required to purchase new air tickets at your expense. To secure your seat assignment, we recommend that you contact your travel agent and/or the airline directly. We regret that Silversea is unable to guarantee reserved airline seats for our guests. If you have any dietary restrictions or require a special meal, please be sure to advise the airline at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled flight departure.

FOR US GUESTS
If you find that your flight will be delayed beyond the ship's departure time, please contact Silversea's Fort Lauderdale, Florida office immediately at 800-722-9955 or 954-522- 2299. After normal business hours, please contact our after hours service at 866-746-8872 or 954-761-9595. You may dial the ship directly by using a credit card and calling 888- 722-3562. To dial the ship directly without using a credit card, you will need to first dial the International Dialing code (i.e. 011, 99) plus (954) then the telephone or fax number shown below:

Silver Discoverer
Telephone: 77-32-00-059
Fax: 78-30-00-146

Example:
Telephone: 011 (954) 77-32-00-059
Fax: 011 (954) 78-30-00-146

SILVER SKY AIR PROGRAMME
If you have opted to purchase the Silver Sky Air Programme, available from select US and Canada gateways, you will receive your pre- and post-cruise flight details enclosed in your documentation packet. We highly recommend contacting the airline(s) at least 72-hours prior to your scheduled departure to verify the flight times.

For guests who have not yet made their travel arrangements, please contact Silversea for additional information and availability of our optional air programme.

FOR UK & EU GUESTS
If you find that your flight will be delayed beyond the ship's departure time, please contact Silversea's London office immediately at +44 (0) 845 835 0078. You may dial the ship directly by using a credit card and calling 732-335-3263. To dial the ship directly without using a credit card, you will need to first dial the International Dialing code (i.e. 011, 99) plus (954) then the telephone or fax number shown below:

Silver Discoverer
Telephone: 77-32-00-059
Fax: 78-30-00-146

Example:
Telephone: 011 (954) 77-32-00-059
Fax: 011 (954) 78-30-00-146

SILVERSEA AIR PROGRAMME
If you have opted to purchase the Silverea Air Programme, available from select gateways, you will receive your pre- and post-cruise flight details enclosed in your documentation packet. We highly recommend contacting the airline(s) at least 72-hours prior to your scheduled departure to verify the flight times.

For guests who have not yet made their travel arrangements, please contact Silversea for additional information and availability of our optional air programme

BACK HOME AGAIN

CUSTOMS AND DUTY-FREE PURCHASES

FOR UNITED STATES RESIDENTS
On your return flight home, the airline will provide you with a Customs Declaration Form. If you make numerous purchases during your travels, it is recommended that you keep all sales receipts handy in your carry-on bag to help you complete this form. US Customs and Border Protection will permit each traveller to return to the United States with no more than USD$800 worth of merchandise purchased abroad without paying duty. You will be charged a 3% duty for the next USD$1,000 worth of purchases, and on purchased items that total more than USD$1,800, you will be assessed an additional rate based on the retail value from the country of origin. Limits on tobacco and liquor are as follows: 100 cigars or 200 cigarettes and one litre of wine, beer or liquor.

To prevent the inconvenience of trying to prove that foreign items purchased in the US which you carried aboard were not purchased overseas, you may want to pre-register them with the US Customs and Border Protection Office prior to your departure. 

For additional information on US Customs and Border Protection's regulations, please visit the US Customs and Border Protection's website at: www.cbp.gov and click on "Travel". If you are not a US citizen, please contact your local customs office.