Silversea Expeditions Celebrates 10 Years Of Exploration
On June 3, Silversea Expeditions proudly celebrated 10 years of luxurious expedition cruising, marking the occasion with a two-day gala voyage between London and Dublin. Silver Cloud departed London’s Tower Bridge amid great elation to honor Silversea Expeditions’ very first voyage, which sailed under Tower Bridge for Svalbard a decade ago to the day.
Silver Cloud at Tower Bridge, London
In a nod to the company's continued focus on innovation, Silver Cloud, which was the first vessel in Silversea’s fleet and was reimagined as an elegant ice-class expedition ship in late 2017, crossed paths with Silver Spirit - Silversea’s recently lengthened and renovated ship - in Greenwich, London.
Silver Cloud meets Silver Spirit at Greenwich, London
"We are delighted to be celebrating this important milestone," says Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, Silversea's Chairman. "I am glad to see that my vision has been successfully realised and we are now recognised for our destination leadership. Since the launch of our expedition itineraries, we have connected people with the world’s most spectacular landscapes and cultures, and, in the process, we have fostered respect and greater care for our planet and its inhabitants. I am very proud of my team and our mission. We will continue to scout new destinations to bring innovation to the world of expedition cruising."
Silversea's Environmental Sustainability
Over the last 10 years, the company's commitment to environmental sustainability and humanitarian efforts has extended across the globe, in many forms:
- Cook and Phoenix islands- guests of Silversea participated in a mammal acoustic survey that successfully added three new species of animals to the national registry
- Bangladesh - Silver Discoverer made the first-ever cruise ship call in 2017 and visited a remote village where guests purchased regional produce to benefit the local community
- Galápagos Islands - Silver Galapagos inaugurated ultra-luxury expedition experiences in 2014, and Silversea will co-sponsor a camp for children to encourage the conservation of marine habitats
- Silversea engaged in a partnership with ORCA, one of the U.K.'s leading marine conservation charities, to enable guests to discover incredible marine life and contribute to the charity’s ongoing conservation work
Efforts to champion environmental sustainability are currently, and will continue to be, key in Silversea’s strategic development. Silversea is a member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), which is dedicated to managing respectable, sustainable and safe expedition cruising in the Arctic. Moreover, the cruise line belongs to the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO), which promotes safe and responsible travel to Antarctica.
In the past decade, Silversea has developed innovative strategies - such as a dedicated training academy - to recruit an unparalleled team of expedition specialists. This has played a crucial role in the cruise line’s success. On each expedition voyage, teams of up to 28 experts conduct immersive destination experiences for guests. These passionate and insightful professionals offer informative lectures and discussions on board, in addition to Zodiac® excursions and nature walks ashore – all of which are complimentary.
Looking ahead, the future of ultra-luxury expedition cruising is in safe hands with Silversea. With a Northeast Passage crossing planned, and additional voyages to the Bay of Bengal, the Russian Far East, Antarctica, and Australia's Kimberley Coast, among others, the cruise line will continue to push industry boundaries. Of special note are two Silver Discoverer cruises that depart in summer 2019 for Borneo's Camp Leakey – a renowned refuge for orangutans, to which the cruise company enjoys exclusive access and has made various donations to support the protection and research of the primates. View all Silversea Expeditions voyages.
Aboard Silversea's fleet of four purpose-built expedition ships, guests enjoy ocean-view suites, gourmet cuisine, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages served throughout the ship, a stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and unlimited free Wi-Fi.
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