Silver Explorer was launched as an expedition cruise ship in 1989 by the ultra-luxury line Silversea Cruises. The 6,072 tonne ship was refurbished in 2009. It carries 130 guests and 117 crew and is best suited to mature, adventure seeking travellers who enjoy luxury service and good food.
Silver Explorer has 66 cabins divided into six classifications and 11 price types. The cabins are comparatively large for a small vessel, starting at 190 square feet (Veranda Suite) and are all fitted with sufficient closet space and drawers, telephone, television, DVD player, mini-fridge and personal safe. Six suites have large private balcony areas and 14 have glass doors opening onto a small ledge. Guests are treated to a stocked beverage cabinet and a basket of fruit upon arrival.
The Restaurant is the main dining room and offers international and contemporary cuisine with menus tailored to the destination of the cruise. The Restaurant has open seating. On Deck 5, guests can have afternoon tea at The Panorama Lounge with an extensive variety of tea. The Grill on deck 6 is an al fresco venue for casual meals. It is open for lunch, dinner and cocktails as long as there is fine weather.
The spa on board Silver Explorer provides massages, facials and body wraps. There are steam and sauna rooms, and a beauty salon for hairstyling, pedicures and manicures. The fitness centre has elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, weight machine and treadmills.
Silver Explorer attracts adult and mature cruisers. There are no facilities or programs intended for children. However, teenagers might enjoy the Zodiac explorations and photography sessions. Children younger than six years are not allowed to join Zodiac explorations.
– Cruise Passenger
They really make an effort to get you ashore even in difficult weather. We were the only ship that arrived in St Kilda, the others cancelled because of the easterly winds, then they manoevred the ship to broadside the weather so we could use the zodiacs on the lee side.They knew how important a landing was to everyone. They have the loading and unloading of the zodiacs down to a science. Even the most unsteady should feel perfectly comfortable. Then when we really could not make the Lofotens Islands due to conditions they hastily organized an interesting visit to Narvik. The on board historian did a great job getting up to speed with the new location, getting the fliers printed etc. So very very accommodating. Another time we had to skip an afternoon visit due to weather, but they were able to replace that with a hike up to a glacier after dinner. So at 10:30 pm all those still sober set off on a hike up to a glacier in the midnight sun. . – Dan Roby
– Cruise Critic
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