Silver Explorer Review and Specifications
Specifications of Silver Explorer
|Year built||1989 / Age : 31|
|Builder||Rauma Shipyard (Rauma, Finland)|
|Class||ice-strengthened expedition ship|
|Building cost||USD 50 million|
|Owner||Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) & Lefebvre Family (Rome, Italy)|
|Operator||Silversea Cruises (Silversea Expeditions)|
|Speed||15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph|
|Length (LOA)||108 m / 354 ft|
|Beam (width)||15 m / 49 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||6130 gt|
|Passengers||144 - 173|
|Decks with cabins||4|
|Former names||MS Prince Albert II (Society Expeditions), World Adventurer, World Discoverer, Dream 21, Delfin Star, Baltic Clipper, Sally Clipper, Delfin Clipper|
Current itinerary / position of Silver Explorer
Silver Explorer current cruise is 18 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer . Prices start from USD 31411 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 16 Jan, 2020 and ends on 03 Feb, 2020.All Itineraries Current Position
|Date / Time||Port|
|16 Jan 17:00||Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina hotels|
|17 Jan||At Sea|
|18 Jan 06:30 - 11:00||West Point Island, Falkland Islands|
|18 Jan 15:00 - 19:30||Saunders Island, Falkland Islands|
|19 Jan 07:30 - 16:30||Port Stanley, East Falkland Island|
|20 Jan||At Sea|
|21 Jan||At Sea|
|22 Jan 09:30||South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica|
|23 Jan||South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica|
|24 Jan - 19:00||South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica|
|25 Jan||At Sea|
|26 Jan||At Sea|
|27 Jan 09:30 - 14:00||Elephant Island, Antarctica|
|28 Jan||Antarctic Sound, Antarctica|
|29 Jan||Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica|
|30 Jan||Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica|
|31 Jan||South Shetland Islands, Antarctica|
|01 Feb||Drake Passage, Antarctica|
|02 Feb||Drake Passage, Antarctica|
|03 Feb 08:00||Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina hotels|
Review of Silver Explorer
Launched in 1989, MS Silver Explorer cruise ship is owned by Silversea Cruises and operated by company's “Silversea Expeditions” division. The vessel's fleet mates in Silversea Expeditions are Silver Cloud (1994), Silver Galapagos (2013) and Silver Origin (2020).
History - construction and ownership
Silversea Cruises is a Monaco-based privately-owned cruise company and top-luxury travel brand. It was established in 1994 as joint venture of V-Ships Monaco (fka Vlasov Group) and Lefebvre Family of Rome Italy. In 2018, RCCL-Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd acquired 2/3rd of the company. Silversea now has a fleet of smaller-sized boutique cruise vessels with passenger capacity between 100-700. Company's business model is to operate yacht-like vessels in the industry's ultra-luxury-all-suite ship category. Silversea's all-inclusive fares include beverages (also selected wines), gratuities (none are allowed), travel insurance, port charges, one or more shore excursions (per voyage).
The 132-passenger cruise ship Silver Explorer has been operated under different names before being acquired by Society Expeditions. The last names she operated under were World Discoverer and World Adventurer. In 2007 the ship was purchased by Silversea and underwent a refit at Fincantieri (Trieste) that cost a multi-million pound. In June 2008 in Monte Carlo, the ship was re-christened as “ms Prince Albert II”, and later in 2011 renamed Silver Explorer in order to align with fleet’s other vessels.
The Silversea Explorer ship has been designed for navigating waters in the most remote destinations – both polar regions as well. The strengthened 1A ice-class notation hull (Lloyd’s Register) enables the ship to safely push through floes with ease. Ship's Zodiac boats fleet allows passengers to visit distant locations along the coast and on inland waterways.
Cruise itinerary program
Silver Explorer itinerary program is based on top luxury adventure polar cruises that last from 10 to 21 days. Silver Explorer cruises the Arctic Circle in summer with calls on Iceland, Greenland and Svalbard archipelago. During northern hemisphere winter and autumn, the Silversea’s Explorer sails off Antarctica and South America. The ports of departure include Ushuaia, Cape Town, Dakar, Lisbon, Tromso, Reykjavik.
The Silver Explorer expedition ship is carrying up to 132 guests in 66 cabins (all of which Oceanview Suites, 20 Balcony). During World Discoverer II refit, the accommodations’ number was limited from 112 to only 66 (in 10 categories) in order to create larger staterooms. Ten are cabins, the rest – suites, all offering oceanview and butler service. Twenty of the Explorer’s cabins feature French balconies or verandahs. Upon arrival, all passengers will find flowers and a fruit basket, the beverage cabinet will be stocked to their preferences. The largest aboard Silver Explorer is the Owner's Suite (728 ft2).
Gratuities are included in fares and no other tips are needed. Other staterooms’ amenities include binoculars, personalized stationery, personal safe, flat-screen television, satellite news reception, music channels, complimentary movies and documentaries. All cabins are Wi-Fi accessible. The bathrooms are marbled and have separate shower and tub, as well as oversized wash basin (the best option for babies). Passengers may choose from Bvlgari, Neutrogena or Ferragamo bath products.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
Silver Explorer's Restaurant offers contemporary, international cuisine with impeccable service and sophisticated elegance. Menus feature regional specialities that are unique to the cruise destination, for example, while cruising the Chilean fjords passengers can try Roasted Chilean Sea Bass. During days at sea, guests are pampered by La Collection du Monde, which is a series of signature dishes designed exclusively for the line by the Grands Chefs of Relais and Châteaux. The Restaurant provides open-seating dining, with no assigned times and tables. Guests are free to dine where, when and with whom they please.
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- "The Restaurant" MDR (open-seating)
- Outdoor Grill.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
The Silver Explorer cruise ship has an Expedition Team of experts to provide guests with understanding and insight to each adventure voyage. Schedules vary from the first announced times, and it is important to be on short notice ready for getting into Zodiacs if weather conditions or wildlife sightings dictate changes. When a polar bear is first seen in the Arctic, an announcement is made, though it may be 2:00 a.m.
On Silver Explorer cruises, Silversea sends packing recommendations to passengers for the polar expeditions. Lists include items like boots, waterproof pants, gloves, thermal underwear. The Explorer’s passengers are well-travelled and well-heeled Europeans (many of them Germans) and Americans, couples mostly in their 40’s-60’s.
The Silver Explorer cruise entertainment options include martini and wine tastings, culinary demonstration and outdoor afternoon tea parties served on deck. No casino is featured onboard. Different board games are available in the lounges for play. Four Internet access stations are provided at the internet centre, as well as Wi-Fi, fully equipped library and lecture theatre.
After the Explorer’s transformation, the swimming pool was removed, as it was rarely used during ship’s polar expeditions. The ship has two whirlpools used occasionally. Fitness options include Fitness Centre and jogging track. Numerous spa facilities are offered – sauna, steam room, a treatment room for facials, massages, and wraps. The treatments include Elemis Cleanse men’s facial ($129), deep-tissue massage ($116); Swedish massage ($110), and Elemis Stone Aromatherapy ($159), all great after the long hikes.
Additional amenities include a Medical centre, Boutique, complimentary 24-hour Room Service, Butler Service, Internet/WiFi Access.
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- The Theatre (Seminars and lectures are presented by educated experts in various scientific fields throughout the voyage. Guests can hear tales of adventure or learn about the region’s remarkable nature and endemic wildlife)
- Internet Cafe (Email family and friends or surf the web for a nominal fee. Complimentary black and white printing and headphones are also available)
- The Connoisseur’s Corner (serves exceptional cognacs and offers a premium selection of cigars)
- The Observation Lounge; The Panorama Lounge
- The Library (with audio listening stations and on-demand movies)
- Expedition Boutique (offers the highest quality products: logo items, jewellery, perfumes, souvenirs)
- The Spa at Silversea (features spa therapies including body wraps, massages and facials; sauna and steam rooms)
- Beauty Salon (provides a full range of services: hairstyling, manicures, pedicures)
- Fitness Centre (offers a treadmill, stationary bike, weight machine, elliptical trainer).
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Silver Explorer Wiki
Silver Explorer cruise ship was built as "World Discoverer II". In 2007, the vessel was bought by Silversea from Society Expeditions (now-defunct), and given an extensive multi-million-dollar renovation at Fincantieri Shipyard in Trieste, Italy.
Silver Explorer is a 1A ice-rated expedition ship - the highest Lloyds Register rating. The vessel is part of the company's Silversea Expeditions fleet (together with Silver Cloud, Silver Galapagos and Silver Origin). Its shallow draft allows navigating closer to shore.
Silversea Silver Explorer ship is equipped with 8 Zodiacs (high-speed motorized boats for near shore cruising and landings). Since schedules usually vary from the announced times, it's important to be able to get into the Zodiacs on short notice if weather conditions and wildlife sightings dictate changes. When the first polar bear is noticed in the Arctic, an announcement is immediately made - even if it's 3:00 a.m. Guests put their parkas on and come out to the viewing areas. This Silversea ship is not suitable for children (no kids' facilities or babysitting service).
Silversea's "flight and cruise" package deals (by the Silver Sky program) are inclusive of the cruise fare, discount roundtrip airfare (Economy-Class) and airport-pier-airport transfers. Silversea's "hotel and cruise" package "Silver Shore Simply Hotel" offers overnight 5-star luxury hotel stays with the option of adding transfers or upgrades. The upgraded cruise and hotel package ("Silver Shore Grande Hotel") offers 1-3-nights landmark hotel stays (or at a boutique property) and is inclusive of private transfers (airport-hotel and hotel-pier).
In summer 2014, Silver Explorer completed Silversea's first Northwest Passage Cruise crossing. The 23-days long itinerary started in Kangerlussuaq Greenland (on August 9) and ended in Nome Alaska (on September 2), covering a distance of over 4000 ml (6480 km).
In 2019 (August 10 through September 5), Silver Explorer completed a 26-day Northwest Passage cruise from Alaska (Nome AK) to Europe (Tromso Norway). The voyage included ~9260 km of sea navigation and visiting 27 ports and destinations on 2 continents and in 3 countries. During the passage through the Canadian Arctic, the cruise ship was escorted by a CCG icebreaker. On the ship were 15 expedition team crew (including historians, geologist, botanist, marine biologist, ornithologist, professional photographer) presenting ~50 itinerary-themed onboard lectures.
Silversea Antarctica Fly-Cruise Package 2021
In December 2019, Silversea announced company's first fly-cruise program to Antarctica named "Antarctica Bridge". The ultra-luxury flight+cruise packages provide travellers with the fastest and most direct travel to Antarctica. Starting December 2021, the all 12 fly-cruise itineraries are on Silver Explorer. Antarctica Bridge bookings were opened on December 10, 2019, with fares from USD 17,500 per person (double-occupancy cabin rates).
The new packages are inclusive of two direct flights between Punta Arenas (Chile) and King George Island (Antarctica). The 1240 km long flight is over Drake Passage and on a Silversea-chartered plane adapted to land on King George Island. The business-class flight takes 2 hours (each direction), avoiding ~4 days of sea navigation on the return leg of the cruise. An on-flight entertainment program includes information briefings on the Zodiacs (cruise ship's high-speed boats used for landings) and IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators). After the first flight follows 5 full Antarctica cruising days.
Silversea’s Fly-Cruise Antarctica deals (Antarctica Bridge itineraries) are inclusive of:
- (Day 1) international fligh to Santiago, domestic flight (economy-class) from Santiago to Punta Arenas, welcome cocktail reception and gala dinner (in Punta Arenas)
- (Day 2) pre-cruise hotel overnight in Punta Arenas
- (Day 3) private charter flight to Antarctica (King George Island)
- (Days 3-9) Silver Explorer cruise
- (Day 9) private charter flight from Antarctica (King George Island) to Punta Arenas, with post-cruise hotel overnight
- (Day 10) domestic flight (economy-class) from Punta Arenas to Santiago, international flight from Santiago
Complimentary to all cruisers are provided expedition gear (parkas, waterproof trousers, expedition backpacks, water bottles). For rental are offered rubber boots and walking poles. Airport-hotel transfers and luggage services are complimentary if the international flights are booked through Silversea.
Silver Explorer Itineraries
The below listed Silver Explorer cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Silversea fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2019 Dec 17||18 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer||Ushuaia||$26844|
|2020 Jan 04||12 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer||Ushuaia|
|2020 Jan 16||18 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer||Ushuaia||$31411|
|2020 Feb 03||18 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer||Ushuaia||$29963|
|2020 Feb 21||12 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer||Ushuaia||$17042|
|2020 Mar 04||14 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Valparaiso||Ushuaia||$10804|
|2020 Mar 18||9 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Easter Island||Valparaiso|
|2020 Mar 27||14 days, one-way from Easter Island to Papeete||Easter Island|
|2020 Apr 10||14 days, one-way from Papeete to Lautoka||Papeete|
|2020 Apr 24||17 days, one-way from Lautoka to Cairns||Lautoka||$18602|
|2020 May 11||16 days, one-way from Cairns to Guam Island||Cairns||$27847|
|2020 May 27||11 days, one-way from Guam Island to Kobe||Guam Island||$9245|
|2020 Jun 07||11 days, one-way from Kobe to Otaru||Kobe|
|2020 Jun 18||18 days, round-trip Asia with Silver Explorer||Otaru||$23837|
|2020 Jul 06||17 days, one-way from Otaru to Seward||Otaru||$14926|
|2020 Jul 23||18 days, one-way from Seward to Nome||Seward||$15705|
|2020 Aug 10||12 days, round-trip Asia with Silver Explorer||Nome||$10804|
|2020 Aug 22||26 days, one-way from Nome to Tromso||Nome||$48231|
|2020 Sep 17||14 days, one-way from Tromso to Reykjavik||Tromso||$14654|
|2020 Oct 01||13 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Halifax||Reykjavik||$12625|
|2020 Oct 20||11 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Colon||Fort Lauderdale||$7440|
|2020 Oct 31||9 days, one-way from Colon to Guayaquil||Colon||$5974|
|2020 Nov 17||14 days, one-way from Easter Island to Papeete||Easter Island||$14316|
|2020 Dec 11||10 days, one-way from Auckland to Dunedin||Auckland||$8116|
|2020 Dec 21||14 days, round-trip New Zealand||Dunedin||$15556|
|2021 Jan 04||14 days, round-trip New Zealand||Dunedin||$15556|
|2021 Jan 18||22 days, round-trip Antarctica||Dunedin||$30662|
|2021 Feb 09||15 days, one-way from Dunedin to Melbourne||Dunedin||$16007|
|2021 Feb 24||25 days, one-way from Melbourne to Darwin||Melbourne|
|2021 Aug 23||18 days, one-way from Broome to Cairns||Broome||$16040|
|2021 Sep 10||16 days, one-way from Cairns to Lautoka||Cairns||$14146|
|2021 Sep 26||11 days, one-way from Lautoka to Papeete||Lautoka||$10470|
|2021 Oct 07||22 days, one-way from Papeete to Valparaiso||Papeete||$20384|
|2021 Oct 29||12 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Ushuaia||Valparaiso||$9356|
|2021 Nov 10||16 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer||Ushuaia||$20941|
|2021 Nov 26||13 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer||Ushuaia||$24728|
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