London UK, 10 January – Ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea has today launched a new partnership with ORCA, one of the UK’s leading marine conservation charities.
Silversea is working with ORCA to enable guests to discover and engage with incredible marine life on their Silversea adventures and contribute to ORCA’s ongoing marine conservation work by helping to collect critical sightings data of whales, dolphins and porpoises.
ORCA conservationists will travel on board select voyages, complementing the extensive Silversea enrichment programme by sharing their knowledge of the rich diversity of marine life on these voyages.
ORCA has championed marine conservation for over 15 years and their mission is to give everyone who cares about whales and dolphins an active role in safeguarding their future.
“We strongly believe when guests travel with Silversea they become ambassadors for both the destinations and wildlife across the globe. Silversea is committed to responsible cruising and with our guests will ensure that generations to come can enjoy the wonders of our oceans,” said Erin Johnson, Silversea Marketing Director, UK and Ireland.
Lucy Babey, ORCA Head of Science & Conservation, said: “The entire ORCA team are incredibly excited to be working with Silversea Cruises, and this partnership will allow us to reach parts of the world we have never visited. This new programme will help us shine a light on some of the most diverse and beautiful marine spaces on the planet, making a significant impact in protecting the wonderful whales, dolphins and porpoises in our oceans.”
The whale watching voyages in partnership with ORCA complement the extensive Silversea enrichment programme. Through Silversea’s partnerships with Accademia Teatro alla Scala, The Peninsula Hotels and Royal Geographical Society with IBG, renowned artists, experts and guest speakers travel on select voyages enhancing the guest experience.
Conservationists from ORCA will travel on board the following voyages:
Silver Explorer voyage 7809 departing from San Diego, California to Vancouver. Voyage departs on 2 May 2018
Silver Explorer voyage 7810 departing from Vancouver to San Francisco, California. Voyage departs on 13 May 2018
Silver Muse voyage 6910 departing from Tokyo to Seward, on 12 May 2019
Silver Muse voyage 6911 departing from Seward to Vancouver on 27 May 2019
About Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer, and with Silver Cloud recently joining the Expedition fleet, Silversea's itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between.
For more information about Silversea, please visit: www.silversea.com.
ORCA are one of the UK’s leading marine conservation charities with a mission to give everyone who cares about whales and dolphins an active role in safeguarding their future. They have coordinated a national network of volunteer citizen scientists since they were founded in 2001, using ferries and cruise ships as platforms of opportunity to collect critical data about whales, dolphins and porpoises.
ORCA’s research is used by government to inform UK & European marine conservation policy and they are a key voice in the UK marine conservation sector. This work culminated in the publication of the State of European Cetaceans Reports, a landmark series of publications analyzing citizen science data stretching back to 2006, with the most recent edition released in December 2017.
ORCA also deliver a far-reaching education & outreach programme, teaching tens of thousands of members of the public both on land and at sea. Public engagement work is critical in mitigating damage to the world’s oceans, and ORCA play a key role in raising awareness of wide-ranging threats whales and dolphins in Europe face.