Mar 25, 2014 – A third expedition ship, Silver Discoverer, officially joined the Silversea Expeditions fleet during a christening ceremony held today at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore.
A traditional Chinese lion dance performance and bhangra folk dancers provided colourful local entertainment for the quayside event. Silversea’s senior executive team and company chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio were on hand to welcome a guest list that included local dignitaries and members of the trade and media from around the world.
Following a blessing, honorary godmother Elda Turco Bulgherini, professor of navigation law at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, officially welcomed Silver Discoverer to the Silversea Expeditions fleet by cutting a ceremonial ribbon.
Lefebvre d’Ovidio said: “This is an exciting and proud moment for Silversea. With itineraries encompassing some of the most fascinating and remote regions of the Pacific, Silver Discoverer will take our guests to places where few people have ever set foot — offering incredible opportunities not just for travel and learning, but for life-enriching cultural experiences.”
Fresh from a major refurbishment, the 5,218-tonne Silver Discoverer has been updated with elegant carpets, upholstery, and photography. Up to 120 guests are accommodated in 62 all ocean-view suites, each featuring an in-suite bar set-up, refrigerator, and a totally renovated bathroom, enhanced with rich marble detailing. Besides a new walk-in rainforest shower, each bathroom features a new vanity, shelving, mirrors, lighting fixtures, and wood flooring. Plus, all suites have been redecorated and outfitted with reupholstered furniture, new flat screen TVs, and new mattresses topped with luxurious Pratesi bed linens. Select suites benefit from a small private balcony.
Public areas include a restaurant, main lounge (and lecture room), The Discoverer Lounge (with seating for breakfast and lunch), The Grill (for outdoor dining), an outside bar, and a small swimming pool. An all-new sun deck area has also been added, along with a fitness, beauty and massage room. All public areas have been refitted with either new or reupholstered furniture to provide Silversea’s guests an expedition cruising experience in the comfortable and intimate Silversea atmosphere.
Guests aboard the small-sized Silver Discoverer will be able to explore some of the world’s most secluded regions and enjoy an enriching onboard programme of destination lectures, photo presentations and daily recaps. Zodiac excursions and interactive walks ashore will be led by experts in their field — marine biologists, ornithologists, geologists, botanists, historians, and anthropologists.
Silver Discoverer will embark on her maiden voyage from Broome to Darwin on 2 April, exploring Australia’s spectacular Kimberley Coast.
About Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, is recognised as an innovator in the luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, and Silver Discoverer, Silversea Cruises’ itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and over 700 fascinating destinations in between.
In the US, Silversea has been voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Condé NastTraveler (nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and awarded “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by CruiseReport.com (2012) and “Best Small Ship Cruise Line” by Global Traveler (2013). International awards include “Five Star Diamond Award” from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2013); “Best Small Ship Cruise Line” in the Readers’ Choice survey conducted by Britain’s Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2013); “Best Expedition Cruise Ship” by Australia’s Cruise Passenger magazine (2013); “Best Small Luxury Cruise Line” by China’s Travel + Leisure (2013); and “Star Luxury Cruise Company” according to UK’s Travel Bulletin (2013).
SOURCE: Silversea Cruises