ms La Belle des Oceans

Former names: Silver Discoverer (Silversea Cruises), Clipper Odyssey (Zegrahm Expeditions), Oceanic Odyssey (Spice Island Cruises), Oceanic Grace (NYK Line)

ms La Belle des Oceans Review and Specifications

Specifications of ms La Belle des Oceans

Year built1989  /  Age : 30
Flag state Bahamas
Builder(NKK) Nippon-Kokan Kabushiki Kaisha Shipyard (Tsurumi, Japan)
Classexpedition ship
OwnerCroisiEurope
OperatorCroisiMer
Speed18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA)102 m / 335 ft
Beam (width)15 m / 49 ft
Gross Tonnage5218 gt
Passengers154
Crew70
Passengers-to-space ratio34
Decks7
Cabins64
Decks with cabins4
Last Refurbishment2016
Former namesSilver Discoverer (Silversea Cruises), Clipper Odyssey (Zegrahm Expeditions), Oceanic Odyssey (Spice Island Cruises), Oceanic Grace (NYK Line)
Christened byElda Turco Bulgherini (for Silversea)

Current itinerary / position of ms La Belle des Oceans

ms La Belle des Oceans current cruise is 13 days, one-way from Benoa to Singapore. Prices start from USD 6980 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 09 Jul, 2019 and ends on 22 Jul, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
10 Jul    Departing from Benoa, Bali, Indonesia hotels
11 Jul 07:00 - 19:30    Banyuwangi, Java, Indonesia
12 Jul    Probolinggo, Java, Indonesia(Pasuruan)
13 Jul 07:00 - 13:30    Pulau Madura Island, Sumenep, Indonesia
14 Jul 16:30    Kumai, Borneo, Indonesia
15 Jul - 20:00    Kumai, Borneo, Indonesia
16 Jul 14:00 - 22:00    Karimunjawa Islands, Menyawakan, Kura Kura Resort, Indonesia
17 Jul 06:00 - 23:30    Semarang, Java, Indonesia
18 Jul    At Sea
19 Jul 06:00 - 23:59    Krakatoa Island, Anak Krakatau, Indonesia
20 Jul 12:00 - 17:30    Pulau Belitung Island, Tanjung Pandan, Indonesia
21 Jul    At Sea
22 Jul    Arriving in Singapore hotels

Review of ms La Belle des Oceans

Launched in 1989 as "Oceanic Grace", until 2019, the cruise ship (as "Silver Discoverer") was owned by SunStone Shipc Inc (US shipowner) and operated under charter by Silversea Cruises via the brand “Silversea Expeditions”. Liner's fleetmates in the Silversea Expeditions fleet were Silver Cloud (1994), Silver Galapagos (2013), Silver Explorer (2008) and Silver Origin (2020).

In May 2019, CroisiEurope (one of Europe's largest river cruise companies) announced Silver Discoverer's acquisition from SunStone Ships. Joining CroisiEurope's fleet in December 2019, the vessel will be renamed "La Belle des Oceans". The French company currently owns one sea-going vessel - the 2007-built La Belle de l'Adriatique. La Belle des Oceans will have 60 staterooms (9 of which with balconies), 1 restaurant, 1 grill, 2 bars; poolside bar, Gym, Beauty Salon, Spa.

History - construction and ownership

Silversea Cruises is a Monaco-based privately owned luxury cruise line. It was established in 1994 by a joint venture of V-Ships, Monaco (known previously as Vlasov Group) and the Lefebvre family of Italy (Rome). Silversea pioneered all-inclusive cruising with the launch of its first ship, Silver Cloud. As of early 2014, Silversea Cruises owns eight boutique cruise vessels, each carrying only 100 to 540 guests. Silversea's business model is to operate cruise ships in the small, ultra-luxury, all-suite category. The new all-inclusive fares of the line offer such features as beverages (including selected wines), gratuities (none are allowed), travel insurance, port charges and one or more complimentary shore excursions in every itinerary.

Silver Discoverer cruise ship (Silversea)

The 128-passenger cruise ship Silver Discoverer was the third expedition vessel in Silversea Expeditions fleet (since March 1, 2014) following an extensive drydock refurbishment that also included hull-repainting - from white to dark blue. The expedition ship is designed for exploring world's most remote archipelagos. Its small size and low drought allow access to rugged coasts that ordinary ships can't reach.

Silver Discoverer cruise ship (Clipper Odyssey)

Constructed in 1989 in Japan, Silver Discoverer has cruised for ten years in Japan as "Oceanic Grace" (NYK Line-owned subsidiary and brand), before it was transferred to Spice Island Cruises and renamed "Oceanic Odyssey". In 1999, Clipper Cruise Line bought the vessel, reflagged it to Bahamas and deployed it year-round in the Oceania-Pacific Ocean region. In May 2007, Clipper Adventurer (now Ocean Adventurer) and Clipper Odyssey (later Silver Discoverer) were bought by Danish owners and put under International Shipping Partners (Miami-based company). Zegrahm Expeditions (Seattle-based US company) chartered the vessel for 5-year in April 2008 (through 2013) entering service for Silversea in March 2014 as Silver Discoverer (MMS 309913000, Bahamas-flagged).

Silver Discoverer cruise ship (Clipper Odyssey)

Ship's last drydock refurbishment (in October 2016) was focused on public areas. Discoverer Lounge was redesigned and converted from breakfast venue into a premium bar lounge. Explorer Lounge received new furniture and new media (audio-video) equipment. The Restaurant was renovated and modernized. The Pool Grill received new outdoor furniture.

Cruise itinerary program

Silver Discoverer itinerary program was based on voyages to exotic island destinations, such as Melanesia, Micronesia, French Polynesia, Russia's Far East, Southeast Asia, Australia New Zealand.

La Belle des Oceans cruise itineraries and launch date were revealed by CroisiEurope on May 22, 2019. Among the planned destinations are Europe-Mediterranean, Indian Ocean islands, Asia, Canada, USA, Alaska. The renamed cruise ship starts operations for CroisiEurope (shipowner) on October 16, 2019. Until December 27, 10x itineraries were scheduled in Southeast Asia (between Thailand and Malaysia). The inaugural cruise for CroisiEurope was scheduled for October 17 to December 28. The 11-day Singapore to Phuket itinerary has planned visits to ports in Malaysia (Klang, Penang Island, Langkawi Island) and Thailand (Koh Muk Island, Koh Lanta Island, Phang Nga Bay).

In January 2020, the vessel returns to Europe via Suez Canal repositioning cruise divided into 4 legs and visiting ports in India, Jordan, Israel, UAE, Cyprus, Greece islands. In the Mediterranean, ship's first stopover is in France (Villefranche-Nice) on March 15, 2020. In May, a Transatlantic crossing (via Madeira and Azores) repositiones the ship to North America - Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) and Quebec City (Canada).

Cabins

Silver Discoverer has a total of 62 cabins (all of which Oceanview Suites) in 5 grades. 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

The Restaurant offers contemporary, international cuisine with impeccable service and sophisticated elegance. Menus feature regional specialties that are unique to the cruise destination.

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

  • "The Restaurant" MDR (open-seating)
  • The Grill (poolside eatery, transforming into an interactive dining venue "Hot Rock", where prime cuts and fresh seafood are grilled tableside on a volcanic plate)
  • The Discoverer Lounge (serving as main Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea area).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Silver Discoverer has twelve Zodiac boats, a restaurant and pool grill, gym and beauty salon, swimming pool, panoramic lounge and lecture room. There's a spectacular glass-bottom boat created for underwater viewing. As well available is snorkeling equipment and dive programs for advanced divers. Silversea Expeditions onboard team consists of eleven experts - expedition leaders, marine biologists, and dive masters, as well as geologists, historians, and naturalists.

Additional amenities include a Medical center, complimentary 24-hour Room Service, Butler Service, Internet/WiFi Access.

Silver Discoverer cruise ship (Silversea)

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

  • The Explorer Lounge (live music, lectures, briefings, social gatherings)
  • The Library (with audio listening stations and on-demand movies)
  • Expedition Boutique (offers the highest quality products: logo items, jewelry, 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); Jogging track
  • Sun Deck with a pool.

ms La Belle des Oceans wiki

This mega-yacht type vessel was Silversea fleet's 3rd member - together with Silver Cloud, Silver Explorer and Silver Galapagos). The vessel has been previously operated under the names Oceanic Grace (by NYK Line Japan - via the brands "Showa Line" and "Oceanic Cruises"), Oceanic Odyssey (1998-2007, by Spice Island Cruises), Clipper Odyssey (2007-2014, by Zegrahm Expeditions via the brand Clipper Cruise Line) and Silver Discoverer (2014-2019, chartered from SunStone Ships by Silversea). In May 2019, SunStone Ships (shipowner) sold the vessel to CroisiEurope. The sale price was not disclosed.

On 1 March 2014, the vessel entered service for Silversea, following a rechristening ceremony in Singapore. For Silversea, ship's Godmother is Elda Turco Bulgherini (Maritime Law professor, "University of Rome Tor Vergata"). The ship was deployed on itineraries in some of the world's most remote regions - Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, Southeast Asia, Russian Far East, South Pacific, Australia-New Zealand. Silver Discoverer's shallow draft allows navigation closer to shore. The ship is equipped with 12x Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat to explore marine life. The Silversea Expeditions team on board consists of 11 experts (expedition leaders, marine biologists, dive masters, historians, naturalists).

Discoverer (MMSI 309913000, Panama-flagged) was Silversea's first expedition ship to offer itineraries along Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast, between homeports Darwin and Broome. Ship's 2017 Kimberley-based departure dates were March 26, April 6, April 16, April 26, May 6. Its all-inclusive cruise fares started from USD 9,450 per person (double occupancy cabin rates).

Next tables show Silver Discoverer's last scheduled cruises for Silversea (2019) with lowest prices per person.

13-day Benoa to Singapore (USD 6980 pp)

Date / TimePort
10 JulDeparting from Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
11 Jul 07:00 - 19:30Banyuwangi, Java, Indonesia
12 JulProbolinggo, Java, Indonesia(Pasuruan)
13 Jul 07:00 - 13:30Pulau Madura Island, Sumenep, Indonesia
14-15 JulKumai, Borneo, Indonesia
16 Jul 14:00 - 22:00Karimunjawa Islands, Menyawakan, Kura Kura Resort, Indonesia
17 Jul 06:00 - 23:30Semarang, Java, Indonesia
18 JulAt Sea
19 Jul 06:00 - 23:59Krakatoa Island, Anak Krakatau, Indonesia
20 Jul 12:00 - 17:30Pulau Belitung Island, Tanjung Pandan, Indonesia
21 JulAt Sea
22 JulArriving in Singapore

20-day Singapore to Cairns (USD 7270 pp)

Date / TimePort
12 AugDeparting from Singapore
13 AugAt Sea
14 Aug 06:30 - 13:30Pulau Belitung Island, Tanjung Pandan, Indonesia
15-16 AugKumai, Borneo, Indonesia
17 Aug - 18 AugAt Sea
19 Aug 05:30 - 20:00Pare-Pare, Sulawesi, Indonesia
20 Aug 15:30 - 18:00Palopo, Indonesia
21 Aug 06:30 - 18:00Pulau Buton Island, Bau-Bau, Indonesia
22 Aug 06:30 - 12:00Pulau Anano Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia
23 AugAt Sea
24 Aug 12:00 - 18:00Kei Islands, Maluku, Indonesia
25 Aug 07:00 - 12:00Pulau Aiduma Island, Triton Bay, Indonesia
26-27 AugAsmat Region, New Guinea Island, PNG
28 AugAt Sea
29 Aug 12:30 - 17:00Thursday Island, Queensland Australia
30 AugAt Sea
31 AugArriving in Cairns, Queensland Australia

15-day Cairns to Honiara (USD 5610 pp)

Date / TimePort
31 AugDeparting from Cairns, Queensland Australia
01 SepAt Sea
02 Sep 13:00 - 20:00Alotau, Papua New Guinea
03 SepGoodenough Island, Papua New Guinea
04 Sep 07:30 - 14:00Tufi, Papua New Guinea
05 Sep 07:00 - 14:00Tami Island, Papua New Guinea
06 Sep 06:00 - 17:00Madang, Papua New Guinea
07 Sep 13:30 - 18:00Tuam Island, Papua New Guinea
08 Sep 07:30 - 18:00Witu Islands, Papua New Guinea
09 Sep 11:00 - 17:00Tsoi Islands, Papua New Guinea
10 Sep 13:30 - 23:30Rabaul, New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea
11 SepAt Sea
12 Sep 08:30 - 13:30Njari Island, Solomon Islands
13 Sep 07:30 - 18:00Pavuvu Island, Russell, Solomon Islands
14 SepArriving in Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

11-day Honiara to Lautoka (USD 4015 pp)

Date / TimePort
14 SepDeparting from Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
15 Sep 11:30 - 18:30Santa Ana Island, Solomon Islands
16 Sep 13:00 - 20:00Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu, Solomon Islands
17 Sep 06:30 - 14:30Utupua Island, Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands
18 Sep 11:30 - 20:00Champagne Bay, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
19 Sep 06:30 - 17:30Ambrym Island, Vanuatu
20 Sep 06:30 - 16:00Makura Island, Vanuatu
21 SepVanuatu Islands
22 SepMystery Island, Aneityum, Vanuatu
23 SepAt Sea
24 SepArriving in Lautoka, Fiji

14-day Lautoka roundtrip (USD 5060 pp)

Date / TimePort
25 SepDeparting from Lautoka, Fiji
26-27-28-29 SepFiji Islands
30 Sep 06:00 - 14:45Nuku Hiva Island, Marquesas, French Polynesia
01-02 OctAt Sea
03 Oct 08:00 - 12:30Niuatoputapu Island, Tonga
04 Oct 08:00 - 18:00Wallis Island, Wallis and Futuna
05 OctAt Sea
06 Oct 13:30 - 18:30Levuka, Ovalau Island
07 OctArriving in Lautoka, Fiji

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The below listed ms La Belle des Oceans cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest CroisiEurope 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Jun 24 16 days, one-way from Darwin to Benoa Darwin $9710
2019 Jul 09 13 days, one-way from Benoa to Singapore Benoa $6980
2019 Aug 11 20 days, one-way from Singapore to Cairns Singapore $7269
2019 Aug 30 15 days, one-way from Cairns to Honiara Cairns $5608
2019 Sep 13 11 days, one-way from Honiara to Lautoka Honiara $4015
2019 Sep 23 14 days, round-trip Lautoke to Lautoka Lautoka $5054

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