(Monaco -- June 21, 2018) The result of a partnership established earlier this year between Silversea and ORCA, a groundbreaking array of species have been documented on the first two in a special series of collaborative whale watching voyages. Guests of the ultra-luxury cruise line and representatives of the marine conservation charity were thrilled to witness an unprecedented number of animals, including species that are new to ORCA’s extensive data set.
Part of Silversea’s collection of Enriched Voyages, the whale watching cruises saw ORCA conservationists join Silversea’s Silver Explorer to collect critical data of sightings and to educate Silversea guests on some of the most beautiful marine species on the planet.
The first voyage, which departed San Diego for Vancouver on May 2, yielded 565 sightings, including 232 sightings of humpback whales, with a total of 100 in a single day near the coastline of San Francisco. To put this number in context, ORCA recorded 78 humpback whales between 2006 and 2015; these figures are therefore truly exceptional.
Similarly, guests on the second whale watching voyage, which departed from Vancouver for San Francisco on May 13, saw 661 sightings. Animals sighted ranged from orcas to three different types of dolphins, humpback whales, Californian sea lions and many more.
Commenting on the recent whale watching voyages, ORCA Director Sally Hamilton says: “the entire ORCA team are delighted to see such an impressive number of species spotted on the first two of our collaborative voyages with Silversea.”
“This programme has demonstrated how the partnership with Silversea can help our experts reach parts of the world that we have previously been unable to visit, contributing crucial sightings of whales, dolphins and porpoises to our ongoing marine conservation work.”
“We are delighted to hear of the success of our first two voyages with ORCA,” says Erin Johnson, Silversea’s Marketing Director, UK and Ireland. “We strongly believe that when guests travel with Silversea they become ambassadors for both the destinations and wildlife across the globe, and the fantastic feedback we have received from our guests aboard both voyages is a great testament to this.”
The collaborative whale watching voyages continue into 2019 with conservationists from ORCA set to travel aboard the following cruises:
Find out more information about Silversea’s range of Enriched Voyages: https://www.silversea.com/themed-cruises.html
Find out more information about ORCA: https://www.orcaweb.org.uk/
View maps from the voyages and a selection of images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wmrmv1z65lr5k9s/AADZJ_pq5adheznqY_mUPlHGa?dl=0
Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, is recognised 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. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of two new ultra-luxury ships: Silver Moon is due to join the fleet in 2020, and Silver Dawn is scheduled to be delivered in late 2021. Both will be sister ships to flagship Silver Muse, maintaining the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations.
ORCA is 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.