Our Silversea Expedition Wraps up in West Sumba, Indonesia

One last day of Exploration awaits guests aboard Silversea's Silver Discoverer in West Sumba, Indonesia. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

One last day of Exploration awaits guests aboard Silversea’s Silver Discoverer in West Sumba, Indonesia. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Today is our last full day aboard Silverseas Silver Discoverer, which is rather incredible when you stop to consider that we’ve explored so much in just 12 short days. We’ve come from one of the most remote and beautiful locations in Australia – the Kimberley – to the heavily-populated islands of Indonesia. It’s a contrast that hasn’t escaped anyone onboard Silversea’s newest expedition vessel in the past few days.

Silver Discoverer rocking in the swells of West Sumba, Indonesia. Note the waves around the waterline. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Silver Discoverer rocking in the swells of West Sumba, Indonesia. Note the waves around the waterline. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Today, Silver Discoverer anchored off West Sumba Island just after 5:00a.m, with the first Zodiac groups heading ashore at 7:00a.m. But large rolling swells rocked the ship about, making loading the Zodiacs something of an exercise in good timing. The guests might have thought twice about getting into a little floating raft that was rising and falling beneath the stern of the ship, but to the Expedition Team onboard, this morning’s weather was nothing compared to what the Antarctic can throw at them.

My group – Group 2 – was called first, and I jumped down (literally) into one of the first Zodiacs to head ashore, battling heavy swells as we went along that left many of us wet. Not that anyone really cares: the temperature this morning was already a blistering 34°C by the time we’d finished breakfast.

The Discoverer Lounge always has plenty of options for breakfast and lunch (the salad bar at lunch is pictured here.) Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The Discoverer Lounge always has plenty of options for breakfast and lunch (the salad bar at lunch is pictured here.) Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Speaking of breakfast, you can get room service breakfast brought to you by your butler each and every morning if you’d like, or you can head to the Discoverer Lounge on Deck 5 for your morning sustenance. I’ve done a mix of both, but I have to admit favoring the butler-driven room service. It’s personable, prompt (never more than two or three minutes outside of the requested delivery time), and most importantly, hot. On early mornings, it’s also nice to know that you can relax in your suite and linger over that last cup of coffee right until the 10-minute warning announcement to prepare for the Zodiac disembarkation.

Back in the wind-swept Zodiac, my hat has become the subject of discussion today, as it hasn’t fallen off my head once, regardless of how strong the wind is, or how much we’re getting tossed around in the Zodiac. For €10, it was a bargain when I purchased it in Cinque Terre, Italy last summer. Today, however, I’d part ways with my hat.

Locals watch as we Zodiac ashore. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Locals watch as we Zodiac ashore. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

We began our morning by coming ashore in a small cove sheltered from the wind and the amazingly-high surf that pounds the rest of the coastline here. We were greeted by what seemed like an entire town of locals as we headed up the embankment and boarded our waiting transportation: twelve 8-passenger vans that would take us on a 30-minute journey to Waikelo.

Our transportation across the island. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Our transportation across the island. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report from Silversea’s adventurous Silver Discoverer has sadly come to a close, but tune in tomorrow as we recap our journey and compare and contrast Silver Discoverer with Silversea’s first Expedition vessel, Silver Explorer! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

7 Responses to Silver Discoverer Live Voyage Report – Day 15

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  2. Midge says:

    We have SO enjoyed all your posts. What a exciting adventure. When and where do you go next? We will miss reading your posts.

    Your description of your trip has whetted our appetite for our Silversea Expedition trip in September, 2015.

    Midge

    • Aaron Saunders says:

      You’ll have a fabulous time. Silversea’s Expeditions are infectious – you’ll want to do more, and more, and more!
      I have good news: the next Live Report will begin on June 19th for 11 days in Alaska – also with Silversea, but this time aboard their Silver Shadow. It should be a great companion to this report.

      All the best!
      -Aaron

      • Midge says:

        It will be our first so have no idea what to expect and reading your blog has given us some insight.

        Will mark June 19 on my calendar.

        Midge
        Ontario,

        • Aaron Saunders says:

          Sounds fantastic – I hope you enjoy following along, Midge!
          I will be doing a recap of sorts of Australia itself next week, along with some tips and tricks for prospective travellers looking to visit for the first time.

          Cheers,

          -Aaron

  3. Midge says:

    Are you doing a follow up review of Australia?

  4. Midge says:

    I will mark June 19 on my calendar. It will be a very different experience from an Expedition cruise.

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