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Silversea Cruises: Silver Discoverer

Silver Discoverer Review

Silversea’s latest acquisition for expedition cruising, Silver Discoverer seeks out seldom-visited regions from Alaska and Russia to the South Seas and Australia for voyages of true discovery. Once again, Silversea departed from their usual custom of building brand-new ships from the keel up and added this older expedition vessel to the fleet in 2014. Fully transformed for luxury soft-adventure cruises, Silver Discoverer is ideally suited for sailing in the regions it covers. With a shallow draft, the ship can follow close to shorelines and reach remote coves where big ships cannot go. The understated decor is highlighted by inspiring photos of landscapes, rare birds, and tribal peoples, many of which are the works of Expedition Team members.

Zodiacs whisk guests and guides on adventurous excursions that are included in the fare. Each evening guests attend a briefing about plans for the next day, including what the excursion will entail and even the weather forecast. You should be realistic about your physical condition and abilities when booking a cruise like this, but the Expedition Team members are on hand to help you determine if you are capable of a hike over rocky terrain or a lengthy Zodiac ride that can be hours long. Onboard, intriguing lectures are presented by noted historians, and scientific theories are examined by geologists and biologists. Guided field studies are led by eminent ornithologists and naturalists. The ship's library shelves contain current best sellers and volumes devoted to travel throughout the regions the ship visits. Outside, life revolves around the pool deck and partially covered sundeck, which are ideal spots to relax while viewing the scenery.

Silversea's smallest ship, Silver Discoverer, is an expedition vessel that is dispatched to explore the more inaccessible locations in such destinations as the Galápagos, Alaska, and the South Pacific. The yachtlike vessel has a shallow draft and carries a dozen inflatable Zodiac landing craft. While cabins have the same style as those on a full-size Silversea ship, they are generally smaller, and fewer have balconies. Given the ship's size, there are fewer dining options.

In 2018 Royal Caribbean International purchased a large stake in Silversea Cruises, adding a new luxury option to their portfolio. Intimate ships with spacious suites, exclusive amenities, and unparalleled hospitality are the hallmarks of the line. Every suite is assigned a butler, so you can expect even the most unusual requests to be fulfilled. In addition, your all-inclusive air-and-sea fares can be customized to include not just round-trip airfare but all transfers, porterage, and deluxe pre-cruise accommodations as well.

Personalization is a Silversea maxim. Their ships offer more activities than other comparably sized luxury vessels. Take part in those that interest you, or opt instead for a good book and any number of quiet spots to read or snooze in the shade.

Silversea’s third generation of ships introduced even more luxurious features when the 36,000-ton Silver Spirit launched late in 2010 and the 40,700-ton Silver Muse entered service in 2017. Silversea’s fleet of exploration ships are the top choice for luxurious soft adventure expedition cruising, includingSilver Galapagos that sails exclusively in the Galápagos Islands.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • A rarity on expedition vessels, Silver Discoverer has a small swimming pool
  • Every voyage features complimentary excursions led by the Expedition Team
  • Expedition binoculars and an umbrella are provided for use while onboard

Cons

  • Children under age six are not allowed on Zodiacs (and an adult must remain onboard the ship with the child)
  • Special meal requests may not be available on Silver Discoverer as they are on other Silversea ships
  • There are no steam rooms, saunas, or hot tubs
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 96
  • Entered Service 2014
  • Gross Tons 5,218
  • Length 338 feet
  • Number of Cabins 62
  • Passenger Capacity 120
  • Width 51 feet

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