ms La Belle des Oceans Review and Specifications
Specifications of ms La Belle des Oceans
|Year built||1989 / Age : 31|
|Builder||(NKK) Nippon-Kokan Kabushiki Kaisha Shipyard (Tsurumi, Japan)|
|Speed||18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph|
|Length (LOA)||102 m / 335 ft|
|Beam (width)||15 m / 49 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||5218 gt|
|Decks with cabins||4|
|Former names||Silver Discoverer (Silversea Cruises), Clipper Odyssey (Zegrahm Expeditions), Oceanic Odyssey (Spice Island Cruises), Oceanic Grace (NYK Line)|
|Christened by||Elda Turco Bulgherini (for Silversea)|
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 was renamed "La Belle des Oceans". The French company CroisiMer (subsidiary and brand of CroisiEurope) currently operates two sea-going vessels - La Belle de l'Adriatique (2007-built) and La Belle des Oceans. La Belle des Oceans ship has 62 staterooms (9 with balconies), 1 restaurant, 1 grill, 2 bars; poolside bar, wellness complex (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.
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.
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).
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) repositions the ship to North America's homeports St Pierre and Miquelon (France) and Quebec City (Canada).
After cruising between homeports Singapore and Phuket Thailand (fall 2019), the cruise liner offers a series of global / repositioning voyages before the summer homeporting season in Canada (starting June 2020). Passengers can book three global voyages:
- 11-day itinerary (January 11, 2020) Around India and Sri Lanka cruise visits Madras, Colombo, Trincomalee, Cochin, Mormugao-Goa, Mumbai-Bombay, with shore excursion options Mahabalipuram (Madras), Goa's churches and convents, Bombay's Elephanta Island. Prices start at USD 6,065 pp (double occupancy cabin rates).
- 9-day itinerary (January 27, 2020) from Abu Dhabi to Muscat, passengers can experience Louvre Abu Dhabi, Oman’s fortresses' route, meet with an Omani family in Al Hamra, swim in Wadi Bani Khaled, drive a 4x4 through Wahiba Sands desert, visit Burj Khalifa (aka Burj Dubai skyscraper - currently world's highest tower). Prices start at USD 5,237 pp.
- 10-day itinerary (February 17, 2020) cruise through Suez Canal is offered as relocation from Red Sea to Mediterranean Sea. The itinerary visits Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus. Shore excursions include Wadi Rum desert, Petra, Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Jerusalem, Galilee, Acre. Prices start at USD 6,700 pp.
Starting June 2020, the cruise ship operates a new 11-day itinerary in Canada and the French Overseas Territory St Pierre and Miquelon. The voyage is one-way and in both directions (between homeports Montreal and Saint-Pierre-Et-Miquelon) and includes cruising on St Lawrence River. The westbound itinerary (St-Pierre to Montreal) visits Gaspe, Quebec City, Tadoussac, Saguenay, Baie-Comeau.
Almost all passenger cabins on La Belle des Oceans (53 out of 62 total) are with large windows, and only 9 suites have step-out balconies (categories VE-Veranda and ME-Medallion). All window suites are located on decks 3-4-5, while all balcony suites are on deck 6. The ship has no handicap / wheelchair-accessible cabins (for disabled passengers) nor connecting cabins. most cabins are double-occupancy, and only 5 (balcony suites) are triple-occupancy (with convertible sofabeds as 3rd bed) - rooms numbers 601-602-603-604-610.
Each cabin offers as standard (complimentary / ticket-price inclusive) amenities:
- lounge/living area with comfortable seating (3-seater sofa, armchairs, coffee table /convertible to dining table)
- bedroom / sleeping area (Queen-size double bed /convertible to twins, luxury mattresses and bedding sets, pillow menu, duvets), leather headboard, bedside cabinets, wall-mounted reading lamps, interactive HDTV (satellite reception, infotainment system with Internet, on-demand movies, live cam views), quality sound system
- large wardrobe (slide-opening, with shelves and drawers), mirrored vanity table (writing desk with chair)
- mini-bar (refrigerator stocked with complimentary beverages), electronic safe box (in the closet), direct-dial phone (intercom), 110-220 V power outlets, USB charging ports, binoculars, personalized stationery, individually controlled air-conditioning
- marble bathroom (WC-toilet, glass shower, rain showerhead, single-sink vanity, plush robes, slippers, terry towels, hairdryer, premium-brand bath products, magnifying mirror)
- As bath products, CroisiEurope (CroisiMer) passengers may choose from the premium brands Bvlgari, Neutrogena or Ferragamo.
Personal butler service provides dinner and spa reservations, 24-hour room service (in-cabin dining), refrigerator re-stocking, laundry, shoeshine, packing/unpacking. Wi-Fi is with shipwide coverage. Cleaning service is daily, turndown service is nightly.
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.
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, 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); Jogging track
- Sun Deck with a pool.
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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).
The Panama-flagged Silver Discoverer (MMSI 309913000) 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). Following the acquisition, CroisiEurope re-flagged the vessel to Belgium (MMSI 205788000).
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 / Time||Port|
|10 Jul||Departing from Benoa, Bali, Indonesia|
|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|
|14-15 Jul||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|
20-day Singapore to Cairns (USD 7270 pp)
|Date / Time||Port|
|12 Aug||Departing from Singapore|
|13 Aug||At Sea|
|14 Aug 06:30 - 13:30||Pulau Belitung Island, Tanjung Pandan, Indonesia|
|15-16 Aug||Kumai, Borneo, Indonesia|
|17 Aug - 18 Aug||At Sea|
|19 Aug 05:30 - 20:00||Pare-Pare, Sulawesi, Indonesia|
|20 Aug 15:30 - 18:00||Palopo, Indonesia|
|21 Aug 06:30 - 18:00||Pulau Buton Island, Bau-Bau, Indonesia|
|22 Aug 06:30 - 12:00||Pulau Anano Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia|
|23 Aug||At Sea|
|24 Aug 12:00 - 18:00||Kei Islands, Maluku, Indonesia|
|25 Aug 07:00 - 12:00||Pulau Aiduma Island, Triton Bay, Indonesia|
|26-27 Aug||Asmat Region, New Guinea Island, PNG|
|28 Aug||At Sea|
|29 Aug 12:30 - 17:00||Thursday Island, Queensland Australia|
|30 Aug||At Sea|
|31 Aug||Arriving in Cairns, Queensland Australia|
15-day Cairns to Honiara (USD 5610 pp)
|Date / Time||Port|
|31 Aug||Departing from Cairns, Queensland Australia|
|01 Sep||At Sea|
|02 Sep 13:00 - 20:00||Alotau, Papua New Guinea|
|03 Sep||Goodenough Island, Papua New Guinea|
|04 Sep 07:30 - 14:00||Tufi, Papua New Guinea|
|05 Sep 07:00 - 14:00||Tami Island, Papua New Guinea|
|06 Sep 06:00 - 17:00||Madang, Papua New Guinea|
|07 Sep 13:30 - 18:00||Tuam Island, Papua New Guinea|
|08 Sep 07:30 - 18:00||Witu Islands, Papua New Guinea|
|09 Sep 11:00 - 17:00||Tsoi Islands, Papua New Guinea|
|10 Sep 13:30 - 23:30||Rabaul, New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea|
|11 Sep||At Sea|
|12 Sep 08:30 - 13:30||Njari Island, Solomon Islands|
|13 Sep 07:30 - 18:00||Pavuvu Island, Russell, Solomon Islands|
|14 Sep||Arriving in Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands|
11-day Honiara to Lautoka (USD 4015 pp)
|Date / Time||Port|
|14 Sep||Departing from Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands|
|15 Sep 11:30 - 18:30||Santa Ana Island, Solomon Islands|
|16 Sep 13:00 - 20:00||Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu, Solomon Islands|
|17 Sep 06:30 - 14:30||Utupua Island, Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands|
|18 Sep 11:30 - 20:00||Champagne Bay, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu|
|19 Sep 06:30 - 17:30||Ambrym Island, Vanuatu|
|20 Sep 06:30 - 16:00||Makura Island, Vanuatu|
|21 Sep||Vanuatu Islands|
|22 Sep||Mystery Island, Aneityum, Vanuatu|
|23 Sep||At Sea|
|24 Sep||Arriving in Lautoka, Fiji|
14-day Lautoka roundtrip (USD 5060 pp)
|Date / Time||Port|
|25 Sep||Departing from Lautoka, Fiji|
|26-27-28-29 Sep||Fiji Islands|
|30 Sep 06:00 - 14:45||Nuku Hiva Island, Marquesas, French Polynesia|
|01-02 Oct||At Sea|
|03 Oct 08:00 - 12:30||Niuatoputapu Island, Tonga|
|04 Oct 08:00 - 18:00||Wallis Island, Wallis and Futuna|
|05 Oct||At Sea|
|06 Oct 13:30 - 18:30||Levuka, Ovalau Island|
|07 Oct||Arriving in Lautoka, Fiji|
ms La Belle des Oceans Itineraries
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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2022 Apr 18||23 days, one-way from Manaus to London Greenwich||Manaus||$14883|
|2022 Apr 18||12 days, one-way from Manaus to Praia||Manaus||$7165|
|2022 Apr 20||1 day, round-trip California & Mexico mit Carnival Inspiration||Los Angeles||$417|
|2022 Apr 22||1 day, one-way from Port Canaveral to Port Canaveral||Port Canaveral||$420|
|2022 Apr 23||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$1885|
|2022 Apr 23||2 days, round-trip The Bahamas mit Carnival Liberty||Port Canaveral||$372|
|2022 Apr 23||1 day, round-trip North America West Coast with Carnival Imagination||Los Angeles||$380|
|2022 Apr 24||1 day, round-trip Bahamas mit Carnival Conquest||Miami||$373|
|2022 Apr 25||19 days, one-way from Dubai to Istanbul||Dubai||$10749|
|2022 Apr 25||2 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Los Angeles||Los Angeles||$684|
|2022 Apr 26||1 day, one-way from Port Canaveral to Port Canaveral||Port Canaveral||$395|
|2022 Apr 27||1 day, one-way from Port Canaveral to Port Canaveral||Port Canaveral||$503|
|2022 Apr 27||1 day, round-trip Cozumel and Key West mit Carnival Conquest||Miami||$390|
|2022 Apr 30||2 days, round-trip The Bahamas mit Carnival Liberty||Port Canaveral||$372|
|2022 May 01||1 day, round-trip Bahamas mit Carnival Conquest||Miami||$383|
|2022 Aug 13||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$2066|
|2022 Aug 20||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$1985|
|2022 Aug 27||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$1905|
|2022 Sep 03||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$2066|
|2022 Sep 10||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$2066|
|2022 Sep 17||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$2066|
|2022 Sep 24||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$2066|
|2022 Oct 01||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$1985|
|2022 Oct 08||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$1985|
|2022 Oct 15||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$1985|
|2022 Oct 22||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$1985|
|2022 Oct 29||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$1905|
|2022 Nov 05||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$1905|
|2022 Nov 12||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$1905|
|2022 Nov 19||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$1905|
|2022 Nov 26||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$1905|
|2022 Dec 03||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$1825|
|2022 Dec 10||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$1905|
|2022 Dec 17||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$1905|
|2022 Dec 24||7 days, round-trip Hawaii with Pride of America||Honolulu||$2476|
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