Silversea Cruises new Silver Discoverer will take passengers to some of the most remote reaches of the Pacific Ocean and world when she debuts in 2014. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based luxury cruise operator announced today, via press release, that the 128-passenger expedition ship will sail into faraway areas of Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia in addition to the Russian Far East, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia, including one of its hidden treasures, the Kimberley. This vast area in North West Australia is three times the size of England and three-fifth the size of Texas.
The tiny vessels marks the eighth in the company’s fleet joining the Silver Explorer and Silver Galapagos under its Expedition brand. As of now the ship is undergoing major refurbishments before she enters service on March 1, 2014. When she takes to the seas she will be equipped with 12 Zodiac boats and a glass-bottom boat for unique exploration of marine life; a swimming pool; a gym and beauty salon; a restaurant and pool grill; a lecture room for in-depth stories and briefings about the destinations and a panoramic lounge.
Guest experts, dive masters, naturalists and and marine biologists will be on board to enhance the experience of exploring parts unknown. "It's fitting that, in our 20th anniversary year, our newest ship will continue the Silversea tradition of reaching some of the most remote areas of the world," said Enzo Visone, Silversea's CEO. "Silver Discoverer will bring our guests even closer to dramatic landscapes, historic locations, and ecologically important destinations -- all in the comfort of one of the finest expedition ships operating today with all the trappings that our guests have come to expect of Silversea."
Silver Discover's 2014 voyages are on sale from September 10, 2013 for all 2014 voyages. Details are available at www.silversea.com/silverdiscoverer.
A few highlights of Silver Discoverer’s inaugural voyages include:
- The Kimberley – Australia’s Hidden Treasure – April 2014 – 11 days--Passengers can board Zodiacs that take them l past thundering waterfalls, plunging gorges, Aboriginal rock art, deserted beaches and into an untamed wilderness where they can search for eagles and ospreys in the mangroves, and mud flats, and be on the lookout for saltwater crocodiles.
- Wild Siberia: The Sea of Okhotsk – June 2014 – 19 days--Long closed to Westerners, the Russian Far East is one of the planet's least explored and most remarkable destinations. Passengers will explore virgin forests and pristine tundra while spotting all sorts of wildlife. as they roar through taiga forests and following in the historic wake of legendary explorer, Vitus Bering, the founder of Petropavlovsk. Embark and disembark in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan.
- The Many Faces of Indonesia – March 2014 – 17 days--"The Country of a Thousand Islands," Indonesia houses more than 17,000 islands sprinkled across the Indian and Pacific Oceans between Malaysia and Australia. Highlights of this 17-day voyage include visiting Komodo Island and enjoying close encounters with the world’s largest lizard; snorkeling with dazzling tropical fish; and going on a “mock” whale hunt with the whalers of Lamalera.
- Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia – November 2014 – 18 days--This voyage takes passengers from Cairns, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand by way of some of the most remote atolls in the Pacific Ocean. Snorkeling is at its best here. Passengers will be able to the Phoenix Islands protected area in Kiribati, Bora Bora (see attached video) and New Caledonia, the Cook Islands, Kennedy Island also known as Plum Pudding Island in Solomon Islands, Luganville and Champagne Beach in Vanuatu.
These do sound like cruises of a lifetime.