Silversea Cruises introduces its third deluxe expedition ship, the MV SILVER DISCOVERER, in a christening at Singapore.
MV SILVER DISCOVERER, courtesy of Silversea Cruises.
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Silversea Cruises introduced its third expedition ship, the 338-by-51-foot, 5,219 gt, 120-guest MV SILVER DISCOVERER in a gala christening ceremony this week in Singapore. The ship, fresh from a refit that saw the installation of new soft fittings and artwork, was christened by honorary godmother Elda Turco Bulgherini, professor of navigation law at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
“This is an exciting and proud moment for Silversea,” said Silversea executive Lefebvre d’Ovidio. “With itineraries encompassing some of the most fascinating and remote regions of the Pacific, Silver Discoverer will take our guests to places where few people have ever set foot — offering incredible opportunities not just for travel and learning, but for life-enriching cultural experiences.”
SILVER DISCOVERER was built in 1989 as the Japanese-based OCEANIC GRACE and later sailed as Spice Islands Cruises OCEANIC ODYSSEY and Clipper Cruise Lines CLIPPER ODYSSEY.
The SILVER DISCOVERER has a main lounge that serves as a lecture hall, an observation lounge, a main restaurant and outdoor grill and bar, a brand new sun deck, a jogging track and a small pool as well as a beauty salon and a small gym. She is fitted with 12 Zodiac boats and a glass-bottom boat for unique exploration of marine life.
Guests will be accommodated in 62 all ocean-view suites, each featuring an in-suite bar set-up, refrigerator, and a totally renovated bathroom, enhanced with rich marble detailing. Besides a new walk-in rainforest shower, each bathroom features a new vanity, shelving, mirrors, lighting fixtures, and wood flooring. Plus, all suites have been redecorated and outfitted with reupholstered furniture, new flat screen TVs, and new mattresses topped with luxurious Pratesi bed linens. Select suites benefit from a small private balcony.
SILVER DISCOVERER will be deployed in Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, the Russian Far East, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia. The ship will have a Silversea Expeditions team consisting of 11 experts, from expedition leaders, dive masters and marine biologists to historians, geologists and naturalists.
Left to right at Singapore: Steve Odell, Silversea President, Europe & Asia Pacific, SILVER DISCOVERER Captain Luksa Plecas, Godmother Elda Turco Bulgherini & Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio. Courtesy of Silversea Cruises.
At the christening, which was held at Singapore’s Marina Bay Cruise Center, there was a traditional Chinese lion dance performance and bhangra folk dancers.
The ship will embark on her maiden voyage from Broome to Darwin on April 2, exploring Australia’s spectacular Kimberley Coast.
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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