We had to share this, just in from our friends at Silversea, because our own Silversea experience was magnificent when we sailed Silver Spirit from Lisbon to Monte Carlo on a nine-night journey that was unforgettable. (Check out our stories linked at the end of this posting.)
Silver Discoverer, Silversea's latest addition to its award-winning expedition fleet, welcomed her first guests April 2, exactly 20 years to the day since the company launched its first ultra-luxury cruise ship.
Setting sail at 4:30 p.m. on her inaugural voyage from the port city of Broome, in northern Western Australia, the 120-guest, all-suite expedition ship will spend 10 days exploring the Kimberley Coast's jaw-dropping landscapes and ancient human history. A vast, rugged region, Kimberley is home to towering waterfalls, wildlife-rich wetlands, and fascinating Aboriginal rock art painted over 20,000 years ago. This remarkable maiden journey concludes in Darwin, following a visit to Indonesia's Leti Island.
"We're delighted that Silver Discoverer is embarking on her inaugural voyage on the very day that marks Silversea's 20th anniversary," said Kristian Anderson, Silversea's senior vice president and general manager for North America. "Over the past 20 years, our company has developed a reputation for exploring exotic locales -- the kinds of places that most travelers can only dream about. It seems only fitting that this latest addition to our fleet will be sailing to what are arguably some of the world's most remote, most pristine, and least explored regions."
Silver Discoverer's inaugural season will encompass many of the Pacific Ocean's most isolated corners. In addition to several Kimberley Coast voyages, there will be visits to wild and rarely traveled lands in Southeast Asia, Micronesia, Melanesia, East Asia, the Russian Far East, New Zealand, and the Sub-Antarctic Islands. And in 2015, Polynesia will join the schedule, plus a host of other exciting new Pacific destinations, such as the remote Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati, which includes Nikumaroro, the island some believe to be the final resting place of famed aviator Amelia Earhart.
These exhilarating expedition cruises offer adventure travelers rare opportunities to discover unique cultures, such as the Māori people of New Zealand, with their rich history and timeless traditions; snorkel, dive and admire the incredible ocean habitats in Raja Ampat, considered to be the heart of the world's coral reef biodiversity; witness spectacular natural landscapes, including the massive volcanoes of the Alaska Peninsula or, during an inclusive flight, the breathtaking Bungle Bungle mountain range in Purnulul National Park.
Silver Discoverer offers a comfortable, intimate and convivial onboard lifestyle where guests can feel at home as they explore secluded realms. They will enjoy ocean-view suites, gourmet cuisine, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, and stocked in-suite beverage cabinet.
And in true Silversea Expeditions style, guests will be enriched by an onboard program of destination lectures, photo presentations and daily recaps. Exploratory Zodiac excursions and interactive walks ashore, led by experts in their field -- marine biologists, ornithologists, geologists, botanists, historians, and anthropologists, are complimentary.
About Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, is recognized as an innovator in the luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, and Silver Discoverer, Silversea Cruises' itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and over 700 fascinating destinations in between.