A decade of ultra-luxury expedition cruising
Silversea celebrates momentous milestone in 2018; the Monaco-based company has redefined notions of travel with its pioneering itineraries
Silversea will celebrate 10 years of luxury expedition cruising in June 2018.
Since becoming the world’s first luxury cruise line to launch a range of expedition voyages in 2008, the Monaco-based company has redefined notions of travel with its pioneering itineraries.
In the past decade, many noteworthy milestones have been reached, establishing the cruise line as a world-leading travel authority and the leader in the field of expedition.
Each destination on all expedition itineraries is individually scouted by Silversea’s knowledgeable team of travel experts - a process that often takes a number of years - in order to ensure guests’ safety and comfort, and to guarantee the potential for an enriching travel experience.
“A decade ago, we set out to unlock the world’s most authentic travelling experiences for those with a sense of curiosity” explains Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s chairman. “In superlative comfort, we have enabled our expedition guests to enjoy the planet’s remotest, most beautiful destinations, many of which were previously unvisited by any cruise line. Whether visited by land or sea, there exists an endless number of stunning places to explore. I look forward to discovering these destinations with our guests in the future”.
The first of these spectacular expedition destinations was Svalbard, an isolated Norwegian archipelago; Silver Explorer (then HSH Prince Albert II – unveiled under patronage by His Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco in the Principality and so named to honour the Prince’s environmental efforts) left London for the remote northern waters on June 3, 2008 to commence a dawning age of expedition.
Later in the same year, Silversea enabled guests to explore Antarctica in unprecedented comfort.
In 2012 the cruise line became the first ever to launch itineraries to the Russian Arctic and along the West Coast of Africa.
The following year, Silversea acquired Silver Galapagos and became the first ever company to bring an ultra-luxury product to the Galapagos Islands.
In 2014, Silversea acquired Silver Discoverer, which enabled the company to expand its expedition offering into new territories, such as the Northwest Passage and the Russian Far East. Silver Explorer was one of the only ships to successfully navigate through a particularly treacherous Northwest Passage in 2014, with many others failing to battle the icy conditions.
Last year ahead of the conversion of Silver Cloud – a crossover vessel which encapsulates the union of ultra-luxury and go-anywhere adventure – Silversea added Bangladesh to its extending list of destinations – a world-first.
The latest destination to be announced by Silversea is the Philippines; here, guests will have a chance to snorkel with whale sharks, visit rice terraces, and explore the country’s beautiful landscape in a jeep.
At the end of 2015, Silversea launched the Shackleton expedition collection, which was built around the sailing routes taken by Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team.
Now, providing guests with access to the path less travelled, Silversea announces 9 new itineraries that will form the Explorer’s Collection.