Silversea Celebrates 10 Years of Luxury Expedition Cruising

On June 3, Silversea Expeditions celebrated 10 years of luxury expedition cruising, marking the occasion with a two-day gala voyage between London and Dublin.

The ultra-luxury Silver Cloud departed London’s Tower Bridge to honour Silversea Expeditions’ very first voyage, which sailed under Tower Bridge for Svalbard over a decade ago. Silver Cloud, which was the first vessel in the fleet to be converted into an ice-class expedition ship in late 2017,  crossed paths with the recently extended and renovated Silver Spirit in Greenwich, London.

Congratulations from Sovereign Prince of Monaco

Silver Cloud’s celebratory voyage included a congratulatory video message from HSH Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco who had cut the ribbon in Monte Carlo during the naming ceremony for Silversea’s first expedition ship in 2008.

‘We are delighted to be celebrating this important milestone,’ Silversea chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio said. ‘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.”

Silversea’s commitment to environmental sustainability and humanitarian efforts

Over the last 10 years, the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability and humanitarian efforts has extended across the world.

Notable achievements include:

» Guests of Silversea participated in a mammal acoustic survey that successfully added three new species of animals to the national registry in the Cook and Phoenix islands in 2015.

» In 2017, Silver Discoverer was the first-ever cruise ship to visit Bangladesh, visiting a remote village where guests purchased regional produce to benefit the local community

» Also in 2017, Silversea partnered up with ORCA, one of the U.K.’s leading marine conservation charities, to enable guests to discover incredible marine life and contribute to the charity’s ongoing conservation work.

» In the Galápagos Islands, Silversea will co-sponsor a camp for children to encourage the conservation of marine habitats.

Looking ahead, Silversea has Northeast Passage crossing planned, and additional voyages to the Bay of Bengal, the Russian Far East, Antarctica, and Australia’s Kimberley Coast, among others, and will continue to push industry boundaries.

Of special note are two Silver Discoverer cruises that depart in summer 2019 for Borneo’s Camp Leakey – a renowned refuge for orangutans, to which the cruise company enjoys exclusive access and has made various donations to support the protection and research of the primates.

Efforts to champion environmental sustainability are currently, and will continue to be, key in Silversea’s strategic development. Silversea is a member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), which is dedicated to managing respectable, sustainable and safe expedition cruising in the Arctic. Moreover, the cruise line belongs to the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO), which promotes safe and responsible travel to Antarctica.

Expedition specialists

Developing innovative strategies, such as a dedicated training academy, to recruit an unparalleled team of expedition specialists, has played a crucial role in the cruise line’s success.

On every expedition voyage, teams of up to 28 experts conduct immersive destination experiences for guests including informative lectures and discussions on board, in addition to Zodiac® excursions and nature walks ashore – all of which are complimentary.

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