Since its introduction to the Silversea fleet in 2009, Silver Explorer has redefined the meaning of small-ship luxury expedition cruising, offering guests authentic, off-the-beaten-track adventures to far flung corners of the world whilst still providing the world-class onboard amenities that set Silversea cruises apart.
The specially designed 132-guest vessel is able to venture deep into uncharted regions that other vessels are unable to reach, providing a unique and one-of-kind experience for all onboard. Although compact, Silver Explorer boasts one of the highest space-to-guest ratios of any expedition ship and features 66 elegantly appointed ocean-view suites and staterooms, each one equipped with a 24-hour dedicated butler.
Other onboard amenities include a choice of dining venues featuring gourmet cuisine by Relais & Chateaux, a full service spa, beauty salon, live entertainment and two whirlpools.
Expedition destinations include the frozen polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic, Europe’s remote northern isles, Norway’s breathtaking fjords and the tropical beauty of Latin America. New for 2012, Silver Explorer international expeditions include Franz Josef Land in the Russian Arctic and three itineraries that explore the cultures along Africa’s less visited western coast.
Following only a tentative schedule allows for moment-by-moment flexibility. Stay longer at expedition destination sites of particular interest, or make slight detours whenever weather, nature or mere curiosity dictate. The Expedition Leader will work closely with the Captain to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, based on prevailing weather, wildlife activity and sea/ice conditions.
From the sea level perspective of an authentic Silversea Expedition cruise, Arctic Circle wonders are at their most magnificent. Discover snow-capped mountains and glacier-filled bays. Observe vast colonies of seabirds nesting among coastal cliffs and walrus snoozing. Silver Explorer Arctic expedition cruises venture deep into remote regions at the top of the world in search of reindeer, Arctic fox, seals, walrus, whales and, the most impressive of all – the polar bear.
New for 2012, Silversea’s Arctic cruises explore Russia’s White Sea, Novaya Zemlya and the otherworldly terrain of the Franz Josef Land archipelago. This rare itinerary follows a route once restricted by the Iron Curtain and even now accessible only during summer’s warmest months.www.silversea.com