Silver Explorer

Former names: MS Prince Albert II (Society Expeditions), World Adventurer, World Discoverer, Dream 21, Delfin Star, Baltic Clipper, Sally Clipper, Delfin Clipper

Silver Explorer last position

Silver Explorer last location was at West Mediterranean (coordinates 44.40213 N / 8.92866 E) cruising en route to Genoa. The AIS position was reported 3 days ago.

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Specifications of Silver Explorer

Year built1989  /  Age: 32
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderRauma Shipyard (Rauma, Finland)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costUSD 50 million
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) & Lefebvre Family (Rome, Italy)
OperatorSilversea Cruises (Silversea Expeditions)
Speed15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA)108 m / 354 ft
Beam (width)15 m / 49 ft
Gross Tonnage6130 gt
Passengers144 - 173
Crew111
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks7
Cabins72
Decks with cabins4
Last Refurbishment2018
Former namesMS Prince Albert II (Society Expeditions), World Adventurer, World Discoverer, Dream 21, Delfin Star, Baltic Clipper, Sally Clipper, Delfin Clipper
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Silver Explorer Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 May 28 9 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin
2021 Jun 06 9 days, one-way from Broome WA to Darwin Broome WA $13866
2021 Jun 15 9 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $14602
2021 Jun 24 10 days, one-way from Broome WA to Darwin Broome WA $13866
2021 Jul 04 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $14725
2021 Jul 14 10 days, one-way from Broome WA to Darwin Broome WA
2021 Jul 24 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $14725
2021 Aug 03 10 days, one-way from Broome WA to Darwin Broome WA $17056
2021 Aug 13 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $14357
2021 Aug 23 18 days, one-way from Broome WA to Cairns Broome WA
2021 Sep 10 16 days, one-way from Cairns to Lautoka Cairns $16320
2021 Sep 26 11 days, one-way from Lautoka to Papeete Lautoka $13252
2021 Oct 07 22 days, one-way from Papeete to Valparaiso Papeete $24296
2021 Oct 29 12 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Ushuaia Valparaiso $10921
2021 Nov 10 18 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer Ushuaia
2021 Nov 28 10 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer Ushuaia $15952
2021 Dec 11 6 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer King George Island $18897
2021 Dec 17 6 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer King George Island $21351
2021 Dec 23 6 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer King George Island $19510
2021 Dec 29 6 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer King George Island $20737
2022 Jan 07 10 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer Ushuaia $15952
2022 Jan 17 10 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer Ushuaia $17547
2022 Jan 27 20 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer Ushuaia $33131
2022 Feb 16 10 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer Ushuaia $17424
2022 Feb 26 10 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer Ushuaia $16443
2022 Mar 08 21 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Cape Town Ushuaia $18038
2022 Mar 29 18 days, one-way from Cape Town to Sansibar Cape Town $18774
2022 Apr 16 11 days, one-way from Sansibar to Victoria Mah Zanzibar $13252
2022 May 03 16 days, one-way from Colombo to Singapore Colombo $12516
2022 May 19 16 days, one-way from Singapore to Darwin Singapore $13743
2022 Jun 04 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $12639
2022 Jun 14 10 days, one-way from Broome WA to Darwin Broome WA $12025
2022 Jun 24 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $12025
2022 Jul 04 10 days, one-way from Broome WA to Darwin Broome WA $12025
2022 Jul 14 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $11657
2022 Jul 24 10 days, one-way from Broome WA to Darwin Broome WA $11657
2022 Aug 03 17 days, one-way from Darwin to Fremantle Perth Darwin $13866
2022 Aug 20 17 days, one-way from Fremantle Perth to Darwin Fremantle $14479
2022 Sep 06 18 days, one-way from Darwin to Cairns Darwin $15338
2022 Sep 24 16 days, one-way from Cairns to Lautoka Cairns $14725
2022 Oct 10 11 days, one-way from Lautoka to Papeete Lautoka $12393
2022 Oct 21 23 days, one-way from Papeete to Valparaiso Papeete $25155
2022 Nov 13 12 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Ushuaia Valparaiso $12025
2022 Nov 28 5 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer King George Island $16565
2022 Dec 03 5 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer King George Island $16565
2022 Dec 08 5 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer King George Island $16565
2022 Dec 19 9 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer King George Island $26996
2022 Dec 28 9 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer King George Island $26996
2023 Jan 06 6 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer King George Island $20737
2023 Jan 18 6 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer King George Island $20737
2023 Jan 24 6 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer King George Island $20001
2023 Jan 30 5 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer King George Island $16565
2023 Feb 04 5 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer King George Island $16565
2023 Feb 12 20 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer Ushuaia $33622
2023 Mar 04 10 days, round-trip Antarctica with Silver Explorer Ushuaia $14111

Silver Explorer Review

Review of Silver Explorer

Launched in 1989, MS Silver Explorer cruise ship is owned by Silversea 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).

Silver Explorer cruise ship (Silversea)

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.

Cabins

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.

Silver Explorer cruise ship (Silversea)

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.

Follows the complete list of Silver Explorer restaurants and food bars.

  • "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.

Silver Explorer cruise ship (Silversea)

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.

 

Follows the complete list of Silver Explorer lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • 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 cruise ship was built as "World Discoverer II" at Rauma Shipyard Finland. In 2007, the vessel was bought by Silversea from Society Expeditions (1932-1992 defunct) and received an extensive drydock 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.

Silver Explorer refurbishments review

Ship's 2017 drydock refurbishment (May 1-21, done in Cadiz Spain) resulted in the following deckplan changes.

  • All staterooms were renovated with new carpets, curtains, bed mattresses. Cabin bathrooms received new rainforest showers and granite touches.
  • On Deck 3 and Deck 4 were added a total of 16 new suites (Vista and View categories). All these new cabins are with connecting doors making them perfect for families and larger parties travelling together.
  • All the ship's lounges were upgraded with new carpeting, furniture, wall treatments.
  • On Deck 4, the fitness centre was doubled in size.
  • The cruise ship's general colour scheme was changed to "blue and beige " (used throughout).

In 2018 (September 16 - October 11) the liner was drydocked in Vancouver Canada for maintenance works done by Seaspan (Canadian shipbuilder) and 125 local suppliers and contractors. Among the ship upgrades were the assembly and installation of a new stabilizer (ducktail, on the stern), propeller repairs and polishing, blast painting of the underwater hull.

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 flight 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.

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