Thursday, 29 September 2011

CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE ABOARD SILVER EXPLORER

Silversea's Silver Explorer

- Limited availability for a range of fascinating expedition cruises between February and May 2012 -

Silversea has limited availability for select sailings in 2012 aboard its stylish expedition vessel, Silver Explorer. Expedition cruising with Silversea Expeditions is a little different; all accommodation aboard the 132-guest vessel has ocean views and personalised butler service. From the Chilean Fjords and Patagonia to the rainforests of Central America or off-the-beaten track destinations in Europe and North Africa, Silver Explorer's all-inclusive voyages will appeal to discerning travellers who like their expedition cruising to come with a little luxury.

On 29 February 2012, an 11 day 'Chilean Fjords and Patagonia' expedition will depart from Ushuaia, Argentina for Valparaiso, Chile. Taking in spectacular scenery, wildlife and native culture, the voyage will visit majestic Garibaldi Fjord, Pio XI Glacier and the Chilean Fjords, as well as the Chilean ports of Punta Arenas, Puerto Chacabuco, Castro, Puerto Montt and Niebla. All-inclusive cruise only fares start from AU$5,438 per person, double occupancy.

A 12 day 'Rainforests and Ancient Cultures' expedition will depart Callao (Lima) in Peru on 16 March 2012 for Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, with numerous opportunities to discover the region's colourful flora and fauna, from colonies of sea lions to monkeys and diverse birdlife, as well as the pre-Columbian excavations of El Brujo. Silver Explorer will visit Salaverry, Isla Lobos de Tierra and Paita in Peru; Guayaquil and Isla de la Plata in Ecuador, and Cocos Island, Golfo Dulce and Puerto Quepos in Costa Rica. Fares start from AU$4,255.

Silver Explorer will embark on a 10 day 'Caribbean Sea Adventure' on 4 April 2012, which will take guests from Colon, Panama to Bridgetown, Barbados, visiting a Kuna community, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cartagena's old walled city and the largest marine park in the Caribbean. Silver Explorer will call at Panama's San Blas Islands; Cartagena in Colombia; Oranjestad in Aruba; Los Roques in Venezuela; Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, and Bequia and Tobago Cays in the Grenadines. Fares start from AU$3,555.

On 25 April 2012, a 12 day 'Island Days and Arabian Nights' expedition will depart from Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands to Lisbon, Portugal. The voyage will include bird watching in Madeira, hiking into Lanzarote's Cuervo Volcano and visits to Marrakech's 19th Century Dar el Bahia Palace and the Neolithic Caves of Hercules in Tangiers, with ports of call such as San Sebastian de la Gomera in the Canary Islands; Arrecife, Lanzarote; Funchal and Portimao, Portugal; Deserta Grande Island on Madeira; Safi and Tangiers in Morocco, and Cadiz, Spain. Fares start from AU$5,039.

And finally, on 7 May 2012, a 12 day 'Vintage Europe' expedition will depart Lisbon for Portsmouth, England, taking in the renowned wines of Bordeaux and the Normandy beaches where the D-Day landings took place. Silver Explorer will call at Oporto (Leixoes), Portugal; the Spanish ports of La Coruña and Santander; Bordeaux, Quiberon, Saint-Malo and Honfleur in France, and St Peter Port and Sark in the Channel Islands. Fares start from AU$5,039.

Silver Explorer brings an elegance to expedition cruising, offering the largest average size, all ocean view accommodation of any expedition ship, with butler service across all suite categories. Cruise fares include all-suite accommodation, complimentary wines and drinks throughout the ship, gourmet menus designed by Relais & Châteaux and all gratuities. The onboard team of naturalists and special guest lecturers enhance the Silversea expedition experience and zodiac boats provide opportunities for thrilling up-close explorations.

*Fares are subject to availability, terms and conditions.

For more information please contact Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or toll free 1300 306 872 (Australia) or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand), or visit www.silversea.com