The last few unspoilt corners of the world are smug in the knowledge of their bucket-list status – the very idea that they are “unreachable” making them all the more tantalising to those with an unquenchable thirst for travel. But now, thanks to Silversea who have just celebrated 10 years of expeditionary cruising, those far-flung corners of the world can be discovered without any need to compromise on comfort.
Pairing intrepid exploration with the utmost in luxury dwellings – from ocean view suites to fine dining and even finer wining – is most definitely Silversea’s forte so we take a look at how they have changed the face of adventure travel over the past ten years.
“Since the launch of our expedition itineraries, we have connected people with the world’s most spectacular landscapes and cultures, and, in the process, we have fostered respect and greater care for our planet and its inhabitants. I am very proud of my team and our mission. We will continue to scout new destinations to bring innovation to the world of expedition cruising.” — Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio (Silversea’s Chairman)
For Silversea, expeditionary cruising is navigating the world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes without scrimping on life’s luxuries. They offer cruising’s ultimate journeys – whether you’re looking to spot polar bears in Svalbard, get a peek at penguins in Antarctica or go iguana mad in the Galapagos, Silversea has certainly set the standard high. Their first expeditionary voyage set sail under Tower Bridge for the wilderness of Norway’s Svalbard back in June 2008. Here, polar bears roam the snow-laden land and the Northern Lights grace winter’s night sky with their ethereal dance. Since this maiden voyage, things aboard Silversea’s superb expeditionary ships have only got better. Think gourmet cuisine, personal butler services, an excellent spa, expert talks and a photo studio so that you will definitely come away from your trip with the best possible snapshots of those unforgettable moments.
Embark on a journey of a lifetime to the world’s last frozen frontier – Antarctica – a wildly remote destination unexplored by all but a select few. Begin by taking in Chile’s hippest spots before setting sail to Antarctica where you'll witness everything from dramatic glaciers and cragged icebergs to a whole host of wondrous wildlife. And, you'll do it all in the utmost luxury aboard Silversea’s spectacular Silver Cloud. Get up close to the majestic landscapes with included Zodiac landings led by an expert expedition team by day and take advantage of fine-dining luxuries and open-bar indulgences by night.Explore Antarctica with Silversea
Taking it right back to the roots of Silversea’s expeditionary voyages, the cruise line is pretty much an old hand at northern Norway exploration by now. Venture into the depths of the Arctic aboard the exquisite Silver Cloud to discover pretty harbours, imposing mountains and some of the region’s extraordinary wildlife – think polar bears, reindeer, seals and humpback whales to name just a few. And it’s not just Norway’s wild north that will be at your fingertips, journey aboard Silver Explorer and you’ll discover the delights of elusive Greenland and chic Iceland too.
There’s something about Latin America’s Galapagos Islands that just scream adventure. Pair their wildlife-rich landscapes with a trip aboard Silversea’s Silver Galapagos and you’ve booked yourself on one of the world’s most exclusive journeys. Like all of these expeditionary cruises, this trip is a nature lover's dream. Island hopping will be broken up with kayak safaris, snorkelling trips and enthralling on land treks – not to mention sunset gazing from the ship’s Jacuzzi or a spot of light reading in the on board library.
Cruising is undoubtedly the most luxurious and simple way to experience the world’s most remote regions, from ice-slicked landscapes to wildlife-rich islands, exploration is at the heart of what Silversea set out to achieve. Safety is, naturally, paramount with any holiday, and with Silversea you can be assured of your safety wherever you are in the world. Contact one of our specialists today to discuss the perfect cruise for you.