Leading ultra-luxury cruise operator Silversea announced its eighth ship, the 128-guest SILVER DISCOVERER, which will sail throughout Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, the Russian Far East, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand from March 2014.
The small-sized vessel, the eighth in Silversea’s fold, will become part of the Silversea Expeditions fleet, which already includes SILVER EXPLORER and SILVER GALAPAGOS. Since launching in 2008, Silversea Expeditions has established itself as the world’s leading ultra-luxury expedition cruise line, enabling guests to view extraordinary scenery, get closer to marine life and wildlife and view first-hand some of the world’s most remote wilderness in a deluxe manner that is sympathetic to the environment.
SILVER DISCOVERER will undergo a major refurbishment prior to entering service on March 1, 2014 and will offer five suite categories. The ship will have extensive facilities on board, including 12 Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat for unique exploration of marine life; a swimming pool; a gym and beauty salon; a restaurant and pool grill; a lecture room for in-depth briefings about the destinations and a panoramic lounge. She measures 5,218 gross tons, is 338 feet long and 51 feet wide.
“It’s fitting that, in our 20th anniversary year, our newest ship will continue the Silversea tradition of reaching some of the most remote areas of the world,” said Enzo Visone, Silversea’s CEO. “SILVER DISCOVERER will bring our guests even closer to dramatic landscapes, historic locations, and ecologically important destinations — all in the comfort of one of the finest expedition ships operating today with all the trappings that our guests have come to expect of Silversea.”
The expedition ship was originally built in 1989 for the Japanese market as OCEANIC GRACE and later renamed OCEANIC ODYSSEY by Indonesia’s Spice Islands Cruises. In 1999, she was bought by St. Louis-based Clipper Cruise Line and renamed CLIPPER ODYSSEY.
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