Everything, including the tips and the minibar: Complimentary beverages are served throughout the ship. Wine at dinner, a Champagne toast in your suite or cocktails — courtesy of Silversea.
No, we mean it, everything’s included: Besides the chilled bottle of champagne that awaits you, every suite includes a beverage cabinet stocked with your preferred assortment of complimentary beverages. All onboard gratuities are included — none are expected. In-suite dining and 24-hour room service carries no charge and no tipping. Roundtrip ground transportation is complimentary from the pier to the heart of town in many ports of call.
Life aboard Silversea is luxurious, extremely comfortable, intelligent, diverse and pleasant. Guests eat when they want, and Silversea offers a series of scheduled events throughout the day for their consideration.
For instance, luminaries from the world of food and wine, famous artists and celebrities, world affairs experts, renowned authors and destination specialists awaken the senses to a fuller cultural appreciation.
people who love silversea cruises
Experienced international travelers: Silversea cruises are exceptional ocean journeys with unique opportunities to explore remote ports-of-call from an intimate haven of incomparable luxury. Guests hail from across the globe, yet share an appreciation for the spectrum of choice offered in Silversea’s array of exotic destinations and exclusive shore explorations.
Comfort seekers: Guests enjoy the most expansive suites of their class at sea, each providing a panoramic view of ocean, shore and port, and an elegant ambience of unrivalled luxury. A full 80% of those suites feature a furnished, private teak veranda where guests can breathe in the bacing sea air and lingo over the unmatched views.
Silversea Included Values
+ value-added Silversea extras!
♦ All Suite Ships
♦ Butler Service
♦ Open-seating in The Restaurant – no assigned time, no assigned table
♦ Multiple additional restaurants
♦ Complimentary transportation into town in most ports of call
♦ FREE gratuities
♦ FREE bottled water, sodas, specialty coffees and teas
♦ FREE fine wines and premium spirits in bars, restaurants, on deck
♦ FREE in-suite mini bar stocked with your preferred selections
Silver Explorer - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews
Built in 1989 as World Discoverer II of now-defunct Society Expeditions, this 6,072-ton, 132-guest vessel was acquired by Silversea in 2007 and put through a multi-million-dollar renovation and upgrade before emerging in 2008 as the luxurious Prince Albert II. Silversea changed her name to Silver Explorer in April 2011.
A real expedition ship with a Lloyd’s Register 1A ice-rated hull, Silver Explorer is also a first-class luxury vessel offering all the finesse and good taste for which Silversea is known. Sailing Antarctic expeditions November through March and Arctic expeditions June through August, with a series of repositioning legs through Central/South America and Europe/Africa in between, the vessel is the top choice for those who wish to visit geographic extremes without sacrificing one iota of comfort.
Like all real expedition vessels, Silver Explorer is outfitted to give its passengers an up-close view into the world outside. Zodiac landing boats are employed to ferry passengers ashore and take them out for closer views of wildlife and geographic features, and all such off-vessel trips are accompanied by members of the typically six-person expedition team, comprised of naturalists, geologists, biologists, historians, ornithologists, and the like. Team members also present numerous onboard lectures, along with a daily evening debrief and preview of the next day’s activities. Cabins are outfitted with binoculars for nature- and wildlife viewing from on board, and there’s a high-powered telescope in the Observation Lounge if you need to focus in closer.
Silver Explorer Public Rooms
Lectures and other onboard activities (which might include slideshows and other destination-specific activities, or completely unrelated ones like cooking demos, wine tastings, afternoon teas, dancing, etc.) are presented in three public rooms: the Observation Lounge on Deck 6, which provides great views forward over the bow; the Panorama Lounge on Deck 5, with views over the stern; and the Theatre, which provides no views at all save what’s on stage.
Other public rooms include a library/Internet center stocked with books on the ship’s destinations; the woody, inviting Connoisseur’s Corner for relaxing with a cognac and/or cigar; and a changing room where you can doff your boots and expedition togs and slip into something more comfortable. The Bridge is also a de-facto public room, open for visits and chats with the captain and crew.
For physical culture, Silver Explorer has several options: a tiny, cabin-size fitness center on Deck 4, stocked with a treadmill, bike, elliptical trainer, weight machine, and dumbbells; a single treatment room for massages and other spa treatments; sauna and steam rooms; a tiny beauty salon; and two on-deck hot tubs.
Silver Explorer Dining
All three meals are served on fine china in the ship’s elegant, window-rimmed dining room, The Restaurant. Breakfasts and lunch are buffet-style, though you can also order from a waiter if you choose.
Dinner, as aboard Silversea’s more traditional cruise ships, is a sumptuous feast with multiple courses served by skilled waitstaff. Menus feature signature dishes created for Silversea by the chefs of Relais & Châteaux; complementary wine flows freely; and expedition team members dine with passengers, providing a nice kick to the dinner conversation.
Other dining options include a continental breakfast in the Observation Lounge; lunch at the outdoor grill; and room service, which gives you the option of having a full lunch or dinner served course-by-course in your stateroom (during Restaurant hours) or ordering off the regular room-service menu.
Silver Explorer Staterooms and Suites
Accommodations on Silver Explorer range from the smallish, 154- to 163-square-foot Adventurer Class staterooms (with two portholes for views) to the 675-square-foot Grand Suites, the latter with forward-facing views, a teak veranda, separate bedroom and living room, and marble bathroom. The vast majority of staterooms aboard are View, Vista, and Veranda staterooms, all virtually identical at 230 square feet, with the only difference being the presence or absence of a private balcony. All accommodations on board come with butler service, a bar setup stocked with your preferences, wifi access, European bath amenities, fine linens and down duvets, and a choice of nine types of pillows.
The Silver Explorer is a yacht-size luxury expedition cruise ship, with suites ranging in size from 175 to 675 square feet. The ship offers the ultimate in ultra-luxury expedition cruising, with a slightly formal atmosphere. Silver Explorer is a favorite among modern affluent travelers who like to go exploring the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Zodiac boats allow passengers to visit remote, seldom seen areas, under the guidance of the ship's expert Expedition Team.
Silversea Cruises includes many extra values, such as ♦ Complimentary beverages served throughout the ship. An extensive selection of fine wines, champagne, spirits, bottled water and soft drinks are yours to enjoy — all courtesy of Silversea ♦ In-Suite beverage cabinet stocked with compliments. Besides the chilled bottle of champagne that awaits you, every suite features a beverage cabinet stocked with your preferred assortment of complimentary beverages. ♦ Gratuities included. All onboard gratuities are included — none are ever expected. ♦ Open seating dining. No assigned dining time, no assigned table. When, where and with whom you dine is up to you. ♦ Butler service. All suites. All ships.
Year Built 1989 ♦
Year Refurbished 2008 ♦
Country of Registry Bahamas ♦
Tonnage 6,000 metric tons (a volume measurement, not weight) ♦
Length 354 ft - 108 m ♦
Cruising Speed 14 knots ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 132 ♦
Passenger Decks 5 ♦
Officers and Crew 117 ♦
Officer's Nationality International ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International ♦
Passengers to Staff Ratio 1.12 to 1
Total 66 ♦
Suites with Balcony 20 ♦
Suites without Balcony 46 ♦
Oceanview with Balcony 0 (none) ♦
Oceanview without Balcony 0 (none) ♦
Inside 0 (none) ♦
Accessible Cabins (all categories) 0 (none) ♦
Silversea Cruises' suites all feature butler service, bar set up to your preferences, marble bathroom with tub and shower, plush robes and slippers, binoculars, satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.
Butler Service ♦
TV with music channels ♦
In-Cabin Movies ♦
In-Cabin Internet Access ♦
Private Safe ♦
Bathtub with shower ♦
Open-seating in The Restaurant with gourmet, prepared-to-order cuisine ♦
Specialty Restaurants: none ♦
Silversea gastronomic excellence comes from a partnership with the prestigious Grands Chefs Relais & Chateaux ♦
There is no traditional 1st and 2nd sitting on Silversea Cruises cruise ships ♦
Dress code on Silversea Cruises includes formal, informal, and casual evenings ♦
24 Hour Food Service Available
Bars and Lounges ♦
Sports and Activities
Outdoor Whirlpools ♦
Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦
Children and Teens
There are no organized activities for children and teens
Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦