Having made their name as a luxury cruise line, Silversea have taken the decision to branch out into the expeditions market as well. Whilst still offering the luxury that regular travellers have come to expect, these expeditions allow cruisers to venture into the unknown and explore some of the world’s most uninhabited destinations.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of an explorer then this style of adventure travel is sure to appeal to your more intrepid side. Whether you have always wanted to see polar bears hunting in their natural habitat or long to experience traditional welcome from one of the Micronesian clans, Silversea can make it happen. There are plenty of different tour packages that provide the chance to make some fantastic memories in places that most people will never get to tread.
There’s plenty to enjoy on-board as well though, with a fleet of three specially designed ships that are built to traverse waters that other vessels just cannot cross. Enjoy carefully crafted cuisine based on that which you may find in the places you visit, luxurious facilities at every turn, and suites in which you could happily spend all your time if it wasn’t for the captivating landscapes that can be found outside their walls.
It is strange to find such comfort amongst these unexplored lands, but after a trip aboard one of Silversea’s ships, you’ll want to travel in this much style every time.
From the vast polar landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctica, to the tropical paradise islands that make up Micronesia and the ancient cultures that used to inhabit South America, your imagination will truly run wild on board a Silversea expedition cruise. Luxury comes as second nature here, so even though you may be experiencing some of the planet’s most uninhabitable locations, you will still feel every inch at home within the relaxed and friendly environment of the expedition ships.
Take an even closer look with the help of inflatable Zodiacs that can reach places that the main ship cannot, and quench your thirst for adventure that little bit more with various shore-based excursions.
Many expedition and adventure cruise operators attempt to provide robust, safe and appropriately designed ships that offer all the elegance and luxury of a five star hotel, but not many are able to pull this off quite as well as Silversea Expeditions.
The fact that everybody gets their own personal butler and room service at no extra cost is a great touch, and the choice and range of accommodation is extensive. There are suites available that have their own private balcony or veranda; meaning that you won’t miss a second of the breath-taking landscapes that pass by your door.
The comfort doesn’t end there though, as guests are able to sleep beneath premium linens and, in some cases, even get the chance to choose between a firm and soft mattress and select their own pillow. All the berths are complete with every mod-con that you will need including a TV, movies, telephone, hairdryer and Wi-Fi access at an additional cost.
Finally, slippers and robes allow you to make yourself entirely at home whilst the inclusion of a bar and fridge, fully loaded with your choice of drinks, will mean that the amazing adventures waiting outside are the only things that will tear you away from your cabin.
On board the Silver Explorer there are various dining areas, including the choice to enjoy your meals inside your own suite if you wish. The restaurant is where most of your main meals will be served, unless you’ve taken advantage of the complimentary room service, and all seating is unreserved; meaning you can dine when you like, with whomever you like. The exquisite evening menu features a mixture of local cuisine appropriate to your current location and a range of dishes that have been especially created for Silversea by the talented chefs Relais & Chateaux.
The outdoor grill is where you will find lighter options, with a choice of classic breakfasts and lunch bites as well as pizzas that are straight from the oven. There could also be the chance to savour some lighter options in one of the lounge areas.
When it comes to drinks, the choice really is endless. All beverages throughout your adventure holiday are included in the price, which means you can fully relax in the knowledge that everything is already paid for. Whether it’s the choice of fine wines that complement your meal perfectly, the range of cool drinks that will quench you thirst whilst bathing in the glorious heat on the sundeck, or the option to enjoy a night cap in Silver Explorer’s brilliant connoisseurs’ corner; everything is covered when it comes to keeping your glass topped up.
When you are not off exploring new lands, there are plenty of facilities on board to keep you occupied. The ship has a restaurant, grill, lounge areas, a fitness centre, a swimming pool or Jacuzzi, medical centre and a reception area, but there are other, more unique, facilities that can also be found.
As well as a library, boutique and spa, there’s a theatre in which educational lectures are often held, an internet café to help keep in contact with loved ones back home, a panorama and an observation lounge, a laundrette where you can wash your exclusive Silversea Expeditions Parka, and the brilliant connoisseurs’ corner.
In the icy Polar Regions that are frequently visited, Silversea’s brand of expedition tourism takes explorers to unspoiled and little known destinations all over the globe. Specific journeys and destinations include: round trips from Ushuaia in Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula, island hoping tours in the Svalbard archipelago involving stops in Spitsbergen, and trips to parts of Iceland and Norway.
As far as activities go, there are plenty of opportunities to get as close to the action as possible. Zodiacs on every ship mean that shore excursions can easily take place and the shallowest of waters can be explored, whilst there are also photography workshops which will help you catch the perfect memories and preserve your experience forever.
Trips ashore could include activities such as wildlife spotting, cave explorations, hikes and treks; all under the watchful eyes of our experience expedition experts who will be able to answer all your questions and point you in the direction of the best places to stage your adventures.