Silver Explorer Cabins
During the refit of the World Discoverer II, the number of accommodations was reduced from 112 to 66 to create larger cabins. Ten are cabins and the rest are suites; all accommodations are oceanview. In another "unusual for an expedition ship" feature, 20 cabins have verandahs or French balconies.
At the small end of the cabin scale, there are six "Adventure Class" accommodations at 175 to 184 square feet -- pretty small for a ship billing itself as luxury. Then there are the two 675-square-foot Grand Suites (including a 87-square-foot verandah).
Other accommodations include two Owner's Suites (626 square feet, including the largest verandah onboard at a whopping 158 square feet) and six Silver Suites (460 square feet with two French balconies with doors that open so you can step outside).
There are also Four Discoverer Suites (450 square feet); two Medallion Suites (351 square feet including 86-square-foot verandah); four Expedition Suites (460 square feet); eight Veranda Suites (230 square feet with French balcony); 16 Vista Suites (194 to 230 square feet); 12 View Suites (230 square feet); and four Explorer Class cabins(185 to 275 square feet).
Owner's and Grand suites have a sofa bed and can accommodate three passengers. Some Silver, Expedition, Vista and View category accommodations also include sofa beds and can accommodate a third passengers as well.
All cabins feature butler service -- thus you have someone at your beck and call in addition to the room steward. They all come with convertible twin-to-queen beds, a walk-in or fitted wardrobe, sitting area and writing desk, and choice of pillow, plush bedding, robes and slippers. Upon arrival, passengers find a fruit basket and flowers, and a (replenished) beverage cabinet stocked to their preferences.
Other amenities include personalized stationery, binoculars for use during expeditions, hair dryer, personal safe, flat-screen television with satellite news reception (on our itinerary in the Arctic it worked fine, but may vary in other itineraries), music channels and complimentary on-demand movies and documentaries. Cabins are also Wi-Fi accessible.
The attractive bathrooms are marbled, with tub and separate shower, an oversized wash basin -- big enough to give a baby a bath in it if you had a mind to. Passengers have the choice of Bvlgari, Ferragamo or Neutrogena bath products.
Additional amenities in Owner's Suites and Grand Suites include a living room, two flat-screen televisions, complimentary laundry service, pressing and dry cleaning, four hours of Internet service, two hours of worldwide phone use from the suite (per voyage segment) and dinner at the officer's table.
The electricity onboard is 220volt/60Hz AC electric current, so adapters are recommended if you plan to bring a laptop, camera, electric toothbrush or other appliances.
There are no cabins/suites designated for disabled passengers.
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