The Silver Explorer (formerly the Prince Albert II) has established itself as one of the most luxurious expedition vessels in polar waters. The A1 ice class hull is the highest possible class, offering the 132 passengers the highest levels of safety in notoriously difficult seas.
The cabins range from staterooms to opulent suites, all with windows and some with private balconies. While the service levels on board are certainly five-star, you can be assured that these trips are still 'expeditions,' with as many landings made as you would expect on much smaller vessels. There are enough zodiacs to get all passengers off the ship at one time and for those on board you will find cafes, a spa, gym, lecture room and library.
Silversea operates an all-inclusive approach to their expeditions, so you will find an endless supply of champagne, wines, beers and spirits, and fantastic food. Neither will you be expected to pay any gratuities during your stay, even for the 24-hour room service.
There are 10 categories of cabin on the Silver Explorer — all cabins have private bathroom facilities, external views, heating/air-conditioning and 15 have balconies.
- The Grill hot stone and BBQ cooking – open for dinner
- The Restaurant — regional specialities — open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Alaska’s Inside Passage — 7-nights between Vancouver and Seward
- An extensive selection of shore activities is available and cater towards all fitness levels.
- Expedition lectures
- Observation lounges
- Spa and mud room
- Viewing deck
- Cigar and smoking room
- Fitness centre
- Beauty salon