Expedition cruising is quickly becoming a prime point of interest for ultra-luxury line Silversea. In addition to their fleet of five luxurious and intimate cruise ships, the Monaco-based line has also added to their adventurous (but still luxurious) expedition fleet in the past year, with Silver Galapagos embarking on her maiden voyage from Baltra just a few weeks ago.

Now, the line has announced it will acquire a third expedition vessel.

Silversea's Silver Discoverer will enter service on March 1, 2014. Photo courtesy of Silversea.

Silversea’s Silver Discoverer will enter service on March 1, 2014. Photo courtesy of Silversea.

In 2014, Silversea will welcome the 128-guest Silver Discoverer to their fleet. When she enters service on March 1, 2014, she will sail the waters of Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, the Russian Far East, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand for the first time, allowing adventure travelers to cruise to almost every corner of the globe on a Silversea Expeditions vessel.

Silver Discoverer will also feature 12 Zodiac rafts for shore landings in some of the most remote parts of these diverse destinations, and she’ll even feature a glass-bottom boat for an up-close look at the unique marine life. The ship will undergo an extensive refurbishment prior to entering service on March 1, and will feature an expedition team of 11 highly-qualified experts that range from divemasters to historians, geologists and naturalists.

Silver Discoverer will explore some of the world's most fascinating places, like The Kimberley in western Australia. Photo courtesy of Silversea.

Silver Discoverer will explore some of the world’s most fascinating places, like The Kimberley in western Australia. Photo courtesy of Silversea.

“We’re very excited about adding Silver Discoverer to our fleet,” said Ellen Bettridge, Silversea’s President of the Americas. “This means we’ll now have an expedition ship dedicated to exploring some of the most amazing places in the Pacific — regions so beautiful, pristine and remote that few travelers have ever stepped ashore. These expedition cruises are truly designed to offer life-changing experiences, and if you’re an inquisitive and adventurous traveler, they definitely should be on your bucket list.”

Silversea first launched their luxury expedition cruises in 2008 when they introduced Silver Explorer (then-named Prince Albert II) on immersive, destination-driven experiences in the polar regions of Antarctica and the high Arctic, along with explorations of Europe, the Caribbean, and South America.

Other Silver Discoverer voyages will explore Russia's Far East. Provideniya, Russia, is shown here. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Other Silver Discoverer voyages will explore Russia’s Far East. Provideniya, Russia, is shown here. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

When she enters service next year, Silver Discoverer will compliment her fleetmates by sailing through regions that, as of yet, Silversea hasn’t offered expedition-style cruising to. Highlights of the 2014 season include an 11-day expedition to The Kimberly in Australia; a 19-day journey through Siberia and the Russian Far East that conveniently embarks from Otaru, Japan; a 17-day Indonesian exploration; and a massive 18-day journey from Cairns, Australia that winds its way through New Zealand, the Phoenix Islands; Bora Bora, New Caledonia, the Cook Islands and even the Kennedy Islands, where John F. Kennedy aided his crew of PT-109 during the Second World War.

My personal favorite itinerary (well, one of them – it’s so tough to choose!) is Voyage 9412 departing on July 31, 2014, which explores some of Russia’s most remote Far Eastern ports and islands, all roundtrip from Nome, Alaska.

Silversea has released Silver Discoverer’s full 2014 voyage lineup, which is available for booking on their website. For a look at the line’s Expedition product, have a peek at our Silver Explorer Live Voyage Report or tune in from November 1 to 9 for our Live Voyage Report onboard the new Silver Galapagos!

 

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