Silver Explorer accidents and incidents

Silver Explorer cruise ship

Former names
Exploris One, Silver Explorer (Silversea), MS Prince Albert II (Society Expeditions), World Adventurer, World Discoverer, Dream 21, Delfin Star, Baltic Clipper, Sally Clipper, Delfin Clipper

Length (LOA)
108 m / 354 ft

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CruiseMapper's Silver Explorer cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 173-passenger vessel owned by Exploris Cruises (Small Cruise Lines). Our Silver Explorer accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • propulsion/power loss - 2019 (Aleutian Islands, Alaska USA)
  • Coronavirus - 2020 (1 passenger, ship quarantine off Chiloe Island Chile)
  • boat rescue - 2011 (MS Oliva, in Tristan da Cunha)

The vessel was previously operated by Society Expeditions (1989-2007) and by Silversea Cruises since 2007. The ship was operated under the names Delfin Clipper (1989–1990), Sally Clipper (1990-1992), Delfin Star (1992–1997), Dream 21 (1997–2002), World Discoverer (2002–2004), World Adventurer (2004–2008), Prince Albert II (2008-2011) and Silver Explorer (since 2011).

14 March 2020Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

(Coronavirus) On March 14, 2020, the ship was quarantined off Chiloe Island (Port Castro, Chile) after an elderly British man tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The 85-year-old male passenger showed flu-like symptoms after disembarking Silver Explorer in Port Caleta Tortel (Patagonia, Chilean Fjords). He was later transferred to a hospital in Coyhaique (Aysen Chile) where tested Coronavirus-positive. The ship was carrying a total of 231 people (111 passengers plus 120 staff-crew).

The cruise vessel operated a 14-day South America cruise from Ushuaia to Valparaiso-Santiago (itinerary March 4-18) and visited Garibaldi Fiord, Ainsworth Bay, Punta Arenas (Mar 7), Puerto Natales (Mar 9), Caleta Tortel (Mar 12), Chiloe Island (Castro, Mar 14). The next scheduled visits - to Puerto Montt (Mar 15) and Niebla (Mar 16) were cancelled.

26 June 2019Propulsion / Power Loss

On June 26, 2019, while cruising in Alaskan waters, Silver Explorer became entangled in a drifting fishing net. As a result, the propulsion was damaged and the vessel was forced to enter drydock (in Vancouver, BC Canada) for repairs. Silversea officially announced that the ship's rope guard cutters had not been enough to handle the fishing net that tangled the propellers and damaged the reduction gear. Departure July 1 was canceled due to repairs.

The accident occurred during the 17-day cruise from Otaru (Japan) to Seward AK (itinerary June 14 - July 1) which was reduced by 5 days to allow the drydock. The current cruise was officially canceled and all passengers were flown (via charter flights) from the Aleutian Islands (Adak Airport on Adak Island) to Anchorage AK. To all were given full refunds plus future Silversea cruise credit. Same compensation was given to all affected bookings on the canceled 11-day cruise (July 1-12) from Seward to Vancouver.

Next tables show the ports sequences of both affected itineraries.

17-days from Otaru to Seward

Date / TimePort
14 Jun 17:00Departing from Otaru, Japan
15 Jun 14:00 - 20:00Korsakov, Sakhalin Island, Russia
16 Jun 15:30 - 20:30Tyuleny Island, Russia
18-19 JunKuril Islands, Russia
20 Jun 07:30 - 17:00Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka, Russia
21 Jun 14:30 - 19:30Aleutians (Attu Island)
22 Jun 12:00 - 19:00Aleutians (Kiska Island)
24 Jun 05:30 - 10:30Aleutians (Seguam Island)
25 Jun 08:00 - 14:00Dutch Harbor, Unalaska Island
26 JunAleutian Islands
27 Jun 07:30 - 11:00Chignik
27-28-29 JunKodiak Island
30 Jun 09:00 - 14:00Chiswell Islands
30 Jun 16:30 - 18:00Kenai Fjords NP
01 Jul 07:00Arriving in Seward

11 days from Seward to Vancouver

Date / TimePort
01 Jul 17:00Departing from Seward
02 Jul 08:30 - 14:00Prince William Sound
03 Jul 06:30 - 13:00Kayak Island
04 Jul 08:00 - 14:00Hubbard Glacier
05-06 JulChichagof Island
06 Jul 12:00 - 18:00Sitka, Baranof Island
07 Jul 09:30 - 11:30Sail Island
07 Jul 14:00 - 20:30Endicott Arm Fjord
08 Jul 07:00 - 17:00Petersburg, Mitkof Island
08 Jul 17:30 - 19:30Wrangell, Alaska
09 Jul 06:30 - 11:30Metlakatla, Annette Island
10 JulInside Passage
11 Jul 10:00 - 23:30Nanaimo, BC Canada
12 Jul 06:30Arriving in Vancouver, BC Canada

17 March 2011Boat Rescue

(MS Prince Albert II) On March 17, 2011, the cruise ship's crew assisted the transfer of all the 10 crew from the disabled cargo vessel MS Oliva (launched 2009) to a fishing boat,

At 4 am on March 16, 2011, due to human error (risky navigation) the bulk carrier ran aground off Nightingale Island (Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic Ocean). On March 18, the cargo vessel (loaded soya beans) broke in two and subsequently sank.

The freighter was en-route from Santos Brazil to China. All its 22 crew were rescued alive. Over 800 tons of MDO fuel (marine diesel oil) leaked and coated around 20,000 penguins. The accident also resulted in sealife lost as a large area around the shipwreck remained covered with soya beans, removing oxygen from the water.

The cruise ship had a major role in the conducted rescue operation. The crew launched the zodiacs (large inflatable boats used for passenger tendering) and rescued the freighter's remaining crew in dangerous sea conditions. They were catching the seamen jumping off the vessel's pilot ladder into the cruise zodiacs below. The cruise ship was commanded by Captain Alexander Golubev. Afterwards, the ship's housekeeping staff helped in cleaning the oil covered clothing and zodiac boats.

10 May 2010Structural and Technical Issues

(MS Prince Albert II) On May 10, 2010, the ship was impounded in Portsmouth (Hampshire England) for 24 hours after Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) inspectors found it was overloaded. They found records incorrectly recorded and the excess load (100 tons) removed from the logbook.

The inspecting officers found 18 deficiencies, of which 4 gave grounds for the vessel's detention. These were overloads (port and starboard "load line" marks submerged), lifeboats "not ready for use", infrequent staff breaks, 3 unsafe fire emergency routes, an air bubble in the magnetic compass.

The vessel (managed by V-Ships Leisure) was carrying 120 passengers and left port toward Scotland at midnight on May 11.

13 June 2004Other Incidents

(MS World Adventurer) On June 18, 2004, mortgage holders took possession of the vessel and the Society Expeditions cruise company ceased operations.  All passengers were flown back home from homeport Nome Alaska.  On June 30, Society Expeditions filed for bankruptcy.

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