Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer, at anchor off Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

In 2007, ultra-luxury line Silversea made a bold move: it acquired a small, unassuming vessel built nearly 20 years earlier as the Sally Clipper before being passed around to various cruise lines. But after an extensive multi-million dollar refit, she emerged prouder than ever as the lead vessel in Silversea’s new Expeditions product: Prince Albert II.

Quickly winning praise for her diverse itineraries and the same kind of onboard luxury and elegance that Silversea is known for, the line elected to bring her name in line with the rest of the fleet, renaming her Silver Explorer in 2011.

As nimble as Silver Explorer is, inflatable Zodiac rafts allow for shore landings in even the most remote places. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

With an ice-class rating of 1A, there are few places on earth that this intimate, 132-passenger vessel cannot sail to. She is every bit the modern-day explorer, going where few ships before her have gone and managing to turn heads in the process. With her sleek black hull, red pin striping and white superstructure, she is an ambassador not just for the Monaco-based luxury line, but for modern-day adventurers everywhere.

Equipped with a fleet of inflatable Zodiac rafts, guests aboard Silver Explorer can literally come ashore in some of the most remote regions of the world, going where even their nimble “mother ship” cannot. Far from simply acting as a mode of transportation, the Zodiacs are an adventure in their own right, and the dedicated Expedition Team aboard the Silver Explorer takes every opportunity they can to ensure that you are wowed and amazed during your time aboard them.

Silver Explorer at anchor off the uninhabited island of Staffa, Scotland. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

This isn’t just a ship to take a vacation on. This is a ship that will whisk you to places that will change you forever, with a sense of style and sophistication that is undeniably Silversea. Make no mistake about it; you’re not on a cruise aboard Silver Explorer.

You are on an Expedition.

Click here to read the full photo-tour!

From the Deck Chair will return on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 with our full trip report from onboard the Schooner Zodiac!


One Response to Just Posted: our Silver Explorer Photo Tour

  1. Joan Marie says:

    Thank you Aaron, for your well-written article about this charming ship. I was fortunate enough to sail aboard her for a fabulous 18 day expedition to Antarctica in 2009. This small ship squeezed easily into every cove, bay, fiord and caldera with ease. Food was excellent and the crew was outstanding. We felt safe and secure on every expedition on the “zodiac” — even through chunks of floating ice, calving glaciers, choppy waves and the occasional curious elephant seal. The intimacy of a small group of passengers provided an opportunity that is difficult to describe — but OH, we had so much fun! Good childlike, silly fun! The captain on this ship provided an “open door policy” allowing us to take in the view from the bridge whenever we wanted. I highly recommend any expedition on this ship!

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