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Silversea Cruises: Silver Explorer

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Silver Explorer Review

From the North Cape and the Antarctic Peninsula to the exotic South Pacific and Caribbean, Silver Explorer roams the world in search of adventure off the beaten path.

In a departure from their usual custom of building new ships, Silversea acquired an older purpose-built expedition ship with an ice-strengthened hull and totally transformed it for soft-adventure expedition cruising in luxurious style. Designed for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both polar regions, passengers on board find not only eight Zodiac boats to whisk them on adventurous excursions, but also many special amenities usually found only on larger ships, including a spacious library with an Internet café, a boutique for shopping, a full-service spa, beauty salon, fitness center, sauna, and two top-deck whirlpools. Unique among expedition vessels, the Silver Explorer even features the Connoisseur's Corner, where the finest cigars and cognacs can be enjoyed.

Although there is live evening entertainment, the primary focus aboard is on the destinations and learning about the regions visited. Presentations led by the Expedition Team and guest experts are always well attended.

Silversea Cruises was launched in 1994 by the former owners of Sitmar Cruises, the Lefebvre family of Rome, whose concept for the new cruise line was to build and sail the highest-quality luxury ships at sea. Intimate ships, paired with exclusive amenities and unparalleled hospitality, are the hallmarks of Silversea cruises. All-inclusive air-and-sea fares can be customized to include not just round-trip airfare but all transfers, porterage, and deluxe precruise 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 2009. Silversea’s Silver Explorer is the top choice for luxurious soft adventure expedition cruising, and in 2013 Silversea added a second exploration ship, Silver Galapagos, that will sail exclusively in the Galápagos Islands.

What You Should Know


  • A complimentary water-resistant backpack is provided to each passenger
  • Every expedition features complimentary excursions led by the Expedition Team or a guest host
  • There's no extra charge to send a fax or print something in the Internet café


  • Special meal requests that are routine on other Silversea ships might not be possible on Silver Explorer
  • Children under six are not allowed on Zodiacs (and an adult must remain on board the ship with the child)
  • The ship has 220-volt power with European-style outlets that require a plug adapter or a transformer
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 117
  • Entered Service 2008
  • Gross Tons 6,072
  • Length 354 feet
  • Number of Cabins 66
  • Passenger Capacity 132
  • Width 52 feet

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