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$14,490
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Across the Bering Sea

2020 - 19 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Hike across Peter Bay's waterfalls
  • Admire Anastasiya Bay beauty
  • Cruise Cape Kuyveveem's bird cliffs
  • Discover the Katmai National Park
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
When Vitus Bering left to see whether a land bridge existed that connected the New World, he could not know that his expedition would open up an area rich in wildlife and spectacular scenery. For the adventurous traveler, this is one of the world’s great journeys that beckons nature lovers …
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An Arctic fox gazes across the landscape
$14,490
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Alaska & Russian Far East

19 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Launch the Zodiacs to Yankicha
  • Visit Russian Orthodox museums
  • Experience cultural presentations
  • Look out for marine animals
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join Silver Explorer on the 19-day journey along the Kuril and Aleutian Islands. This is an incredible opportunity to witness the people and wildlife that thrive in this desolate and wild part of the world. Experience distinctive cultural presentations in Korsakov, Sakhalin Island and in …
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Hide and seek with a young seal
$12,960
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Antarctic Sound Expedition

13 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle
  • Follow early explorers' footsteps
  • Marvel at spectacular icebergs
  • Meet Adelie and gentoo penguins
Activities:
Hiking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Spend 13 days exploring the icy wilderness of the world’s most remote continent. Cross the fabled Drake Passage and discover the natural wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Spy seals, whales and a vast array of seabirds, and marvel at the dreamlike landscape of …
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Night view of Kobe Port, Japan
$7,110
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Asia Expedition Cruise: Kobe to Hokkaido

12 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Visit the famous sites in Okayama
  • See the famous garden in Takamatsu
  • Visit the Samurai Quarter in Hagi
  • Stand at Hiroshima Ground Zero
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Starting in Kobe, Silver Explorer will sail around the southern tip of Japan’s main island to cross the Sea of Japan to Busan, South Korea, and to continue on to Hokkaido. Experience the ways that modern societies of Japan and South Korea are influenced by their past and learn how tradition …
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Dock going out into the crystal blue ocean
$4,770
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Central America Expedition

9 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Explore the Darien Jungle by Zodiac
  • See the wildlife living in the park
  • Visit Gorgona Island's treasures
  • Enjoy bird-watching in Machala
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the Silver Explorer on this 9-day expedition traveling across Central America from Colon to Guayaquil exploring the enigmatic land full of exotic plants, rare wildlife, and indigenous people, unburdened by modern life. After an exciting Panama Canal transit, set sail to discover this …
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Mountains coming straight out of the Antarctic waters
$13,590
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Classic Antarctica

Ushuaia to Ushuaia - 13 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Discover the Antarctic Sound
  • Watch out for Penguins
  • Learn more about Antarctica
  • See whales at the Drake Passage
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the Silver Explorer for an extended journey to the last untouched continent. Antarctica will show spectacular icebergs and calving glaciers and the possibility of up-close encounters with penguins ashore, seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and humpback or minke whales surfacing close to …
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Icebergs reflected in Antarctica's Paradise Bay
$20,970
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Explorer's Antarctica

19 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Visit historic sites of explorers
  • See mighty glaciers and icebergs
  • View several species of penguins
  • Watch for seals and whales
  • Identify polar seabirds
Activities:
Hiking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the path taken by several early explorers before you. Hike the Falkland Islands, zodiac South Georgia, and explore research stations on the Antarctic Peninsula. As you sail watch for whales, seals, and penguins plus a myriad of seabirds. Learn about the history of this remote region from …
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Greenland hiking views
$11,400
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Following the Route of the Norse

Reykjavik to St. John's - 16 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Keep an eye out for whales
  • Cruise the Prince Christian Sound
  • Visit Uunartoq's hot springs
  • Stroll through Qaqortoq
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Follow in the footsteps of the early Norse exploration of Greenland and Canada and go beyond your boundaries in a region that is unparalleled in bucolic loveliness. From the outstanding pieces of Inuit art in Qaqortoq, Nuuk and Iqaluit to small fishing communities of Aappilattoq to relaxing in hot …
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Enjoy the beautiful Northern Mariana Islands
$6,930
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Guam to Japan Cruise

12 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Discover the Ogasawara Islands
  • Visit Yakushima, a UNESCO site
  • Pay your respects at Hiroshima
  • Explore the Koraku-en Garden
  • Observe a variety of wildlife
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Urban Exploration, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Considered a traveler’s bucket-list must, the Pacific Ring of Fire stretches your horizons to their limits. Stand in silent awe at the foot of an active volcano, yet experience a different kind of wonderment as you gaze, amazed, at the famous floating Torii gate, considered one of the …
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Beach villa on pristine water
$11,340
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Lautoka to Cairns

17 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Swim and snorkel in Yasawa
  • Dive on a 30-meter tower
  • Relax on Champagne beach
  • See the underground nature
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join Silver Explorer on its 17-day voyage and experience the highlights of Melanesia; the true gems of the region. Starting in Lautoka,Silver Explorerwill sail through Melanesia via Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. This voyage will lead you from underwater wonders to blue lagoons …
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Explore New Zealand's stunning Milford Sound
$6,930
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New Zealand Expedition

11 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Learn more about Maori and Aotearoa
  • Explore the Art Deco in Napier
  • Take the Zodiacs to White Island
  • Explore the World Heritage Sites
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join Silver Explorer for an exciting 11-day journey around New Zealand, seeing natural marvels such as geysers, hot springs, volcanoes, fjords and mountains. During semi-circumnavigation, you will meet Maori and see the traditional and modern face of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Native wildlife and …
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A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscape
$30,960
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Northeast Passage

Nome to Tromsø - 27 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Visit Cape Dezhnev
  • Explore Wrangel Island
  • Admire incredible Arctic wildlife
  • Walk the tundra over permafrost
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The first Northeast Passage traverse ever for the Silver Explorer, this is your chance to become the polar pioneer you have always dreamed of becoming. Retrace the voyages of famous explorers Nordenskiöld, Nansen, DeLong, and Amundsen and travel as far north as the ice lets you. A wealth of …
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Los Glaciares in Patagonia
$7,920
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Patagonia & Chilean Fjords 2020

15 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Visit Alberto de Agostini NP
  • Explore a Magellanic forest
  • Hike across Cordillera de Sarmiento
  • Enjoy a traditional Pulmay meal
Activities:
Hiking, Local Market, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the magical Chilean Fjords on a magnificent 15-day voyage aboard the Silver Explorer. Join a journey from the “End of the World” to “the Jewel of the Pacific”. Experience a remarkable medley of landscapes, from steep streets and jumbled buildings of Ushuaia to …
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Snorkel the clear waters of Tahiti
$8,460
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Pearls of the Pacific

Papeete, Tahiti to Lautoka - 14 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • See Bora Bora's underwater wonders
  • Relax on beautiful beaches
  • Visit small Melanesian communities
  • Look for colorful reef fish
Activities:
Hiking, Snorkeling, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Look for the Pearls of the South Pacific on this 14-day voyage from Papeete to Lautoka. Discover the underwater wonders, blue lagoons and raised coral islands of French Polynesia and Oceania. Board the Silver Explorer in Tahiti and be transfixed by the awe-inspiring beauty of Bora Bora, Cooks …
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One of Greenland's many glaciers
$11,430
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Reykjavik to Halifax Expedition

14 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Sail through Prince Christian Sund
  • Spend time relaxing on hot springs
  • See the amazing pieces of Inuit Art
  • See how actual Inuit live
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join Silver Explorer on a 14-day expedition of Arctic and Greenland lined with picturesque fishing villages, dramatic fjords, and mountains, and sweeping sea vistas framed by a rocky coastline, the route of the Norse is exceptional. Experience the beauty of the fjords, the majesty of the marine …
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Walrus in the Arctic
$10,980
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Round-trip Expedition in Nome

13 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Absorb the culture of the Koriyak
  • Watch for wildlife in Anastasia Bay
  • Hike across tundra for hot springs
  • Visit Yttygran to see whale bones
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join Silver Explorer to sail from Alaska to Russia and back across the Bering Sea, experiencing all the natural wonders these starkly beautiful places have to offer. Crossing the Bering Sea we will head for Chukotka and Kamchatka to look for the major walrus haul-out in Anastasiya Bay and hike to …
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Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky, Russia
$15,210
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Roundtrip Cruise from Otaru

19 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Visit sites to honor Vitus Bering
  • Look out for marine species
  • Visit Utkholok Peninsula
  • Launch the Zodiac to Yankicha
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join Silver Explorer on a 19-day cruise around the Sea of Okhotsk, one of the least visited areas in the rarely visited Russian Far East. This voyage will offer dramatic scenery and marvelous opportunities for wildlife observation. Visit a small town linked to Vitus Bering, with …
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Sheep and landscape
$13,950
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Roundtrip Expedition from Dunedin

15 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Visit the bird sanctuary in Ulva
  • Explore the World Heritage Sites
  • See Macquarie Island's wildlife
  • Look for Snares Crested Penguin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join Silver Explorer for an exciting 15-day journey towards the Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia. By combining the South Island’s Fiordland with the Sub-antarctic Islands, there is the chance to possibly see ten different species of penguins on this voyage –and a …
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Sunset on Easter Island
$12,780
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South Pacific Islands Expedition

Easter Island to Papeete - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Meet the locals of Pitcairn Island
  • Swim and snorkel at remote reefs
  • Explore the spectacular Bora Bora
  • Visit St. Michael's Cathedral
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Helicopter Tour, Hiking, Snorkeling, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join a 15-day journey that reverses part of the odyssey of the mutineers of the Bounty. Board the Silver Explorer in the magnetic Easter Island, stop at the Pitcairn Islands before exploring the Gambier and Austral Islands, Bora Bora and Tahiti. Enjoy the opportunity to see rare endemics birds and …
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Icebergs in Greenland
$13,410
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Svalbard & East Greenland

2020 - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Admire Bear Island's wonders
  • Sail through southern Svalbard
  • Enjoy Scoresbysund unique wildlife
  • Explore East Greenland
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Combine a journey to the Svalbard archipelago with the rarely visited East Greenland, in search of the King of the Arctic – the indomitable polar bear. Noble, robust and monumentally large, any sighting of these beasts is sure to set pulses racing. With the midnight slowly sun sinking in the …
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2019
EmbarksDays 
Sep 2016Following the Route of the Norse
Dec 0513Classic Antarctica
2020
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0413Antarctic Sound Expedition
Jan 1619Explorer's Antarctica
Feb 0319Explorer's Antarctica
Feb 2113Antarctic Sound Expedition
Mar 0415Patagonia & Chilean Fjords 2020
Apr 1014Pearls of the Pacific
Apr 2417Lautoka to Cairns
May 2712Guam to Japan Cruise
Jun 0712Asia Expedition Cruise: Kobe to Hokkaido
Jun 1819Roundtrip Cruise from Otaru
Jul 0619Alaska & Russian Far East
Jul 2319Across the Bering Sea
Aug 1013Round-trip Expedition in Nome
Aug 2227Northeast Passage
Sep 1715Svalbard & East Greenland
Oct 0114Reykjavik to Halifax Expedition
Oct 319Central America Expedition
Nov 1715South Pacific Islands Expedition
Dec 1111New Zealand Expedition
Dec 2115Roundtrip Expedition from Dunedin
2021
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0415Roundtrip Expedition from Dunedin
Max Passengers: 144
Ship Type: Luxury Expedition Ship

Embark on a luxurious expedition to the best far-flung destinations in the world aboard Silver Explorer (formerly known as the Prince Albert II), a purpose-built expedition cruise ship unlike any other. Designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both the Arctic and Antarctica waters, the 6,072-ton vessel boasts a strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger ships. With eight Zodiac boats, her 132 privileged guests can visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations. Experience the thrill of a true expedition aboard the Silver Explorer. Venture deep into regions where other vessels cannot go whilst enjoying a privileged lifestyle that is simply second-to-none.

Onboard, savor a convivial cosmopolitan ambiance and many special amenities usually found only on larger ships, including a spacious Library with an Internet Café, boutique shopping, a full-service spa, beauty salon, fitness center, sauna and two top-deck whirlpools. The Silver Explorer even features live evening entertainment and The Humidor, where connoisseurs can enjoy the finest cigars and cognacs — diversions offered by no other expedition ship.

All Ocean-view Accommodation
The largest average size accommodation of any expedition ship, each with private bath and an elegant ambiance of unrivaled luxury.

Complimentary Beverages Served
Choose from a premium selection of fine wines, champagnes, spirits, bottled water and soft drinks — all with the ship's compliments.

Besides the chilled bottle of champagne that awaits you, every accommodation includes a beverage cabinet stocked with your preferred assortment of beverages.

Gratuities Included
All onboard gratuities are included — none are ever expected.

Dining
Open Seating: when and with whom you dine is up to you. Gourmet menu's are provided by a preferred culinary partner. Enjoy delicious cuisine in casual resort attire - no tuxedos or formal evening dress required.

Complimentary 24-Hour Room Service
Late-night snack or full breakfast, lunch or dinner delivered at your request — with no charge and no tipping.

Complimentary, Hosted Adventures Ashore
Unearth fascinating dimensions of culture, adventure, history, science and the environment through a diverse collection of complimentary shoreside experiences and distinctive onboard events. Travel and interact with leading explorers, notable scholars, renowned authors, photographers and destination aficionados at your side as you learn the nuances of these exotic environments.

Open Bridge Policy
Visits are welcome 24 hours a day except when in port and weather permitting.

Ship Specifics
Crew: 111
Officers: International
Guest Capacity: 132
Tonnage: 6,072
Length: 354 Feet
Width: 52 Feet
Speed: 14 Knots
Passenger Decks: 5
Refurbished 2008
Register: 1A Ice-Class
Registry: Bahamas
Adventurer Class
6 cabins on Deck 3, 180 sq. feet, Twin or Queen beds, 2 portholes.
Explorer Class
4 cabins on Deck 4, Twin or Queen beds, 180 sq. feet with view window.
View Suite
12 suites on Deck 3, 230 sq. feet with view window, Twin or Queen beds.
Vista Suite
16 suites on Deck 4, 194 - 230 sq. feet with large window, Twin or Queen beds.
Veranda Suite
8 suites on Deck 5, 215 sq. feet with French balcony, Twin or Queen beds.
Medallion Suite
2 suites on Deck 7, 358 sq. feet with private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.
Silver Suite
6 suites on Deck 5, 430 sq. feet with 2 French balconies, Twin or Queen beds.
Grand Suite
2 suites on Deck 7, 650 sq. feet with large private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.
Owner
2 suites on Deck 7, 540 sq. feet with large private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.
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