Monday 1 January 2024

Former Silver Explorer begins new life with Exploris Expeditions & Cruises

#expeditioncruising .

Following a significant refit in Chile, the vessel embarked on its maiden voyage for Exploris Expeditions & Cruises on December 23, 2023.

Renamed Exploris One, the newly renovated 132-passenger vessel departed from Valparaiso, in Chile, for an 18-night cruise to South America and the Antarctic Circle.

Serving the French-speaking market, the ship is set to offer 29 additional departures during its inaugural season.

The program features a total of 26 unique itineraries to several parts of the world, including Antarctica, the Amazon, the Atlantic Islands, Western Europe, the Arctic and more.

Originally built in 1989,  Exploris One was purpose-designed to sail to remote and polar regions and offers an ice-reinforced hull.

Focusing on expedition cruising, the former Silver Explorer saw limited changes to its engine room and bridge during the recent refit and also received a new satellite antenna for navigation purposes.

The Exploris One also received a new white and light red colour scheme, distinguishing it from the typical blue colours in the expedition market. 

Paris-based Exploris Expeditions & Cruises was launched in late 2022 and will offer expedition cruises to the French market utilising a fleet of small, purpose-built ships. The line intends to add two newbuild 98-passenger 89m Ice Class 6 vessels shortly.

With Philippe Videau, one of Ponant’s founders, serving as its president, the new cruise line acquired the former Silver Explorer in early 2022.

Source: Late Cruise News

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