Silversea Expeditions, the main authority in expedition cruises, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the presentation of its first crossing of the Northeast Passage, a spectacular route over the Arctic Circle. Few cruises have traveled through this passage, which follows the extreme coasts of Asia and Europe, and which has long enjoyed a magnificent reputation among seafarers.
The Silver Explorer will become like that, the most luxurious cruise that will sail the route, since it will pass 5,019 nautical miles of spectacular marine landscapes and wild nature in a trip of 25 days. On August 10, 2019, the ice class expedition boat will sail from Nome, Alaska, to Tromsø, Norway, on a unique exploratory journey through life in this challenging region.
“In this special anniversary year, marking a decade of Silversea’s ultra-luxurious expedition cruise, we are particularly excited to announce our inaugural crossing of the Northeast Passage,” says Conrad Combrink, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development at Silversea for Expeditions and Experiences. . “Continuing our legacy of exploration, this epic arctic passage will take visitors across Asia and Europe to discover extraordinary landscapes, unique cultures and unknown animal species, while enjoying the comfort of Silver Explorer and the luxury of Silversea. ”
This is one of the most ambitious expeditions of Silversea to date, the trip will cover the island of Wrangel, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, where polar bears and walruses live and migratory birds nest; Champ Island, known for the large and mysterious stone spheres that dot its otherworldly landscape; The Rubini Rock of Tikhaya Bay, with its impressive basalt columns; and the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago, famous for its impressive fjords and majestic glaciers.
The ship will also spend a day sailing as far north as possible, in the direction of the ice, in search of seals, walruses and polar bears. History enthusiasts will be intrigued by a visit to Murmansk, the last city founded by the Russian Empire. Picturesque coastal towns such as the Uelen of Chukotka, populated by the Chukchi and Yupik peoples, will offer immersion in unprecedented cultural experiences.
The intimate Silver Explorer can accommodate up to 144 guests and its fleet of 12 Zodiac® boats will provide the opportunity to explore up close. The dedicated Silversea Expedition Team of qualified specialists will provide your expert knowledge and current knowledge. They will offer lectures, organize workshops, conduct expeditions in Zodiac® and guide excursions on land, all free for guests.
On board the ship, guests will enjoy ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine and the personalized service of a butler. The experiences that enrich the experience are included as free premium wines and liquors, special coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks served throughout the ship; an in-suite bar stocked with guest preferences and unlimited free Wi-Fi. Double occupancy rates start at € 33,480 per person.