Blue whales, orcas, dolphins …: Silversea guests will have the opportunity to see whales from more than 1000 different views
Operating in conjunction with the ORCA marine conservation organization, during the last Silversea whale-watching trips guests were able to see a total of 1,076 marine mammals, including sightings of blue whales, orcas, yubartas, sperm whales, minke whales, white-faced dolphins of the Pacific and much more. Conservation experts from ORCA traveled aboard Silversea’s Silver Muse to share their knowledge with guests on trips from Tokyo to Seward and from Seward to Vancouver, which concluded on June 6, 2019.
The next day, at 4:30 in the morning, with the sunrise, dozens of Silversea guests gathered on the deck and in the observation room during the entire trip to witness the abundance of marine life from the boat. Throughout both trips, virtually all guests attended conferences, workshops and / or participated in whale watching activities to learn more about marine life and the conservation of these remarkable regions. The experiences on land related to marine fauna enriched the experience, allowing guests to delve into the subject. Data collected by ORCA and Silversea guests will contribute to conservation efforts and each guest will receive a certificate as an ORCA Ambassador.
Some of the highlights of the two trips included the sighting of four blue whales, the largest animal on the planet; more than 420 Pacific-faced dolphins in the course of two hours; three killer whales as they approach the Hubbard Glacier; Humpbacks or humpback whales in large numbers throughout Alaska; northern sea otters, eating crabs and sea cucumbers; and a large number of birds, including bald eagles, tufted puffins, horn-billed puffins and three different species of albatross, among others. While the number of sightings showed that the two whale watching trips were very successful, it was the enthusiasm of the guest comments that confirmed the success of the experiences.
“The feedback from all the boaters was extremely positive,” says Anna Bunney, the ORCA Education Coordinator, who traveled aboard Silver Muse, along with Shenaz Khimji of ORCA, for both trips. “I think we bring a completely different dimension to the experiences of the passengers in these regions.” Many recognized that our presence on board and the knowledge we had given them improved their experiences on land, since they already had a lot of knowledge about wildlife. The two cruises were very successful both for the amount of wildlife and the commitment of the guests, and it was an honor to share incredible wildlife experiences with such enthusiastic guests aboard Silver Muse. ”
As part of an industry-leading offering that includes proposals with more than 900 destinations, Silversea’s trips to the Russian Far East and Alaska were ideal for the whale-watching project. These two regions were preselected as ideal destinations for whale watching trips, due to the abundance and diversity of marine life that lives in the waters of these regions.
“The nice thing was that we were able to study a wide variety of different habitats, which means that the diversity of species was huge,” Bunney continues. “Alaska is one of the best places to see whales in the world, when you meet many of them in their migration (like humpback whales), and also the food in this area is extremely abundant. Our partnership with Silversea gives us unique access to some of the richest habitats on the planet. By visiting these areas, we can monitor the different species they call “home” to these remote corners of the world, study the size of their population and identify trends or changes that could affect our ability to protect them. “This crucial information is key to helping governments around the world create effective marine conservation policies, so we can create safer spaces for whales and dolphins around the world.
Silversea’s trips to remote destinations, from pole to pole and in almost all intermediate places, are totally unique: on board the intimate boats of Silversea, guests can travel more deeply to each destination with superlative comfort, enjoying a intimate atmosphere on board and numerous luxuries, such as personalized butler service; complimentary drinks throughout the ship, as well as a bar in the suite with guests’ preferred drinks; and an excellent cuisine inspired by the sailing region, among other luxuries all included.
“We are delighted that our partnership with ORCA is enriching the cruise experience for our guests,” says Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s Marketing Director. “Our guests enjoy traveling more deeply in the destination. The perception of the ORCA representatives allowed our guests to develop a deep knowledge about marine life, before witnessing firsthand the most incredible animals of the ocean. “