Expedition Cruise Diary

Stowaway Medias exclusive Expedition Cruise Diary

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Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands,<br />

Svalbard, Greenland, the Kimberley, the Galapagos<br />

Islands, the South Pacific, the Russian Far East, a<br />

spectacular wilderness closed to westerners for<br />

decades, where volcanoes smoulder, brown bears<br />

roam and numerous seabirds swarm.<br />

And still Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s keeps exploring,<br />

‘Silversea is the<br />

acknowledged<br />

leader in luxury and<br />

expedition cruising’<br />

Richard Fain,<br />

Chairman and CEO,<br />

Royal Caribbean <strong>Cruise</strong>s<br />

What an amazing few months it has been for Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s.<br />

On June 3 2018, 10 years to the day after stake in Silversea, dubbed a ‘crown jewel<br />

Silversea’s first expedition ship set sail and acknowledged leader in luxury and<br />

on its maiden voyage from London’s expedition cruising’ by Royal Caribbean<br />

Tower Bridge to Svalbard in the Arctic, Chairman and CEO Richard Fain.<br />

the company celebrated a decade of Within six weeks the deal was done<br />

exploring the world in all-inclusive and just three months later, Silversea<br />

luxury with a gala voyage from Tower signed a contract with Dutch shipyard<br />

Bridge to Dublin.<br />

De Hoop to build a new luxury<br />

In a neat piece of symmetry, the gala expedition ship, Silver Origin, to cruise<br />

was on Silver Cloud, Silversea’s first the Galapagos Islands.<br />

luxury ship when the company was<br />

Exciting doesn’t even get close<br />

founded in 1994 and the newest addition to describing Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s’<br />

to the expedition fleet, which it joined in itineraries, which visit the very ends<br />

2017 after a $40 million refit.<br />

of the earth, taking intrepid travellers<br />

Just two weeks later, Royal Caribbean to bucket-list destinations and remote<br />

<strong>Cruise</strong>s announced it was acquiring a 67% islands that few will even have heard of.<br />

much to the delight of past and new customers<br />

seeking excitement and adventure off the grid.<br />

New this year, an epic 25-day voyage through the<br />

Northeast Passage from Nome in Alaska to Tromso<br />

in Norway on Silver Explorer was snapped up so<br />

fast when it went on sale that it is being repeated in<br />

August 2020.<br />

This is a journey beyond thrilling, taking guests<br />

across the top of Russia, sailing through glistening ice<br />

and calling into islands where wildlife is king and few<br />

humans have ever set foot.<br />

With the help of an expert expedition team, they’ll<br />

be on the lookout for all manner of seabirds including<br />

cormorants, murres, kittiwakes, puffins and guillemots,<br />

as well as walruses, polar bears and reindeer. There’ll<br />

be intriguing stories of explorers who passed through<br />

these lands in centuries past, of the geology and<br />

history of this harsh terrain. And of course plenty of<br />

treasured memories to take home.<br />

<br />

‘We will continue<br />

to bring innovation<br />

to the world of<br />

expedition cruising’<br />

Silversea Chairman<br />

Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio<br />

In summer 2020, Silver Origin will start<br />

sailing in the Galapagos Islands. Here’s what<br />

we know so far about the new ship.<br />

• Silver Origin is designed specifically to cruise the<br />

Galapagos. It is being built by Dutch shipyard De<br />

Hoop, is due to be delivered in Rotterdam in March<br />

2020 and will start cruising around the islands in<br />

summer 2020.<br />

• She will hold 100 guests – the maximum allowed in<br />

the Galapagos – and have 84 crew members as well as<br />

an expedition team to host talks on board and guide<br />

walks ashore.<br />

• She will have six inflatable Zodiacs for wet landings<br />

onto beaches and rocks, and also carry kayaks and<br />

snorkelling gear that can be borrowed for free.<br />

• She will have spacious all-suite, all-balcony<br />

accommodation and every guest will enjoy Silversea’s<br />

signature butler service.<br />

• She will have a new Stargazing Lounge, two<br />

restaurants, a plunge pool, and small spa, hairdresser<br />

and fitness centre.<br />




• All suites are oceanview and 80% have a<br />

private balcony<br />

• Butler service in every suite<br />

• Personalised service guaranteed with nearly<br />

one crew member for every guest<br />

• Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open<br />

seating dining<br />

• <strong>Cruise</strong>s led by a highly-qualified expedition<br />

team of experts (marine biologists, ornithologists,<br />

historians and more)<br />

• Enrichment lectures on related topics enhance<br />

guests’ knowledge<br />

• Exclusive partnership with The Royal<br />

Geographical Society<br />

• Unlimited Wi-Fi for all guests<br />

• Alcoholic and soft drinks in suites and throughout<br />

the ship, including champagne, wines and spirits<br />

• Room service<br />

• On-board gratuities<br />

• Excursions and activities, with Zodiac cruising,<br />

hiking and kayaking on selected voyages<br />

• Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s Parka<br />

Due to local regulations, some services and selections are limited or not available on Silver Galapagos.<br />

0207 340 0700<br />

silversea.com,<br />

silverseaacademy.com or<br />

salesuk@silversea.com<br />

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