Join Silversea in the likes of Greenland, Antarctica and the Galápapos Islands as it celebrates a decade of redefining the expedition experience with its new Explorer’s Collection
From the volcanic islands of the Galápagos to the pristine wilderness of Antarctica, Silversea has spent a decade taking discerning guests to the world’s most captivating and remote, destinations in total comfort and style.
In 2008, the company expanded its cruise offerings, becoming the first luxury operator to launch a range of expedition voyages. Ten years on, the cruise line continues to redefine adventure with pioneering itineraries, expert expedition teams and a fleet of deluxe, intimate ships.
Through comprehensive scouting missions – a process that often takes a number of years – Silversea’s team of travel experts create bespoke expedition itineraries that pair luxury and exploration.
Each expedition carries a knowledgeable team of trained experts – from historians and archaeologists to marine biologists and ornithologists – who allow guests to learn more as they visit these remarkable regions.
The journey begins
In 2008, Silversea’s Silver Explorer – then HSH Prince Albert II – sailed out of London, passing under Tower Bridge, bound for Svalbard, an isolated Norwegian archipelago rich in natural wonders, beginning a new era for the company. Later that year, Silversea began voyages to the ultimate expedition destination, Antarctica, and then expanded to the Russian Arctic, the West Coast of Africa and, in 2013, became the first ever company to bring an ultra-luxury product to the Galápagos Islands with Silver Galapagos in 2013. Carrying just 100 guests, the ship is the perfect way to explore the region that Charles Darwin called “a little world within itself”.
The following year, the cruise line acquired Silver Discoverer, expanding the expedition offering into new territories, from the Russian Far East to the Northwest Passage.
In 2015, it launched the Shackleton expedition collection, inspired by the legendary polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton and, today, continues to pioneer groundbreaking voyages with nine new itineraries that will form the Explorer’s Collection. Following the routes of famous expeditions, these voyages will feature onboard lectures from historians, archaeologists and VIP speakers from the Royal Geographic Society.
Guests can embrace their inner explorer – be it Magellan, John Franklin, Roald Amundsen or Shackleton. These exceptional itineraries take in the majestic fjords of Greenland; the remote villages and tribes of Papau New Guinea; Drake’s Passage and the isolation of Antarctica; deserts of the Sahara and bustling cities of West Africa; and the icy waters of the Northwest Passage.
“A decade ago, we set out to unlock the world’s most authentic travelling experiences for those with a sense of curiosity,” says Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s chairman. “In superlative comfort,
we have enabled our expedition guests to enjoy the planet’s remotest, most beautiful destinations – many of which were previously unvisited by any cruise line.
“Whether visited by land or sea, there exists an endless number of stunning places to explore. I look forward to discovering these destinations with our guests in the future.”
All-inclusive offering Silversea’s collection of all-inclusive expedition voyages is designed with its most adventurous travellers in mind, but they will also experience the utmost in luxury and comfort on board its elegant fleet of small ships.
Guests will enjoy ocean-view suites, gourmet cuisine, the personalised service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and unlimited free wi-fi.
Expedition voyages booked before July 31, 2018 include reduced Air Fares in Business Class or free round-trip economy class flights, plus transfers and a night in a hotel (for guests utilising the Silversea air offer).
Find out more about the Explorer’s Collection here: silversea.com/explorer-collection.html