Silver Discoverer -- the former Zeagrahm Expeditions-operated Clipper Odyssey -- will be the third expedition ship to join the fleet when it comes into service on March 1, 2014.
The 5,518-ton, 128-passenger ship will have five suite categories, and extensive facilities onboard including 12 Zodiac boats and a glass-bottom boat; a swimming pool; a gym and beauty salon; a restaurant and pool grill; a lecture room and a panoramic lounge.
It will be deployed in some of the remotest regions of the world including Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, the Russian Far East, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia, including the Kimberley in Western Australia.
The Silversea Expeditions team will be onboard, consisting of 11 experts, from expedition leaders, dive masters and marine biologists to historians, geologists and naturalists.
Designed by Dutch naval architects and constructed in Japan in 1989, it cruised for almost ten years in the Japanese market as the Oceanic Grace, before moving to Spice Island Cruises as the Oceanic Odyssey. The latter stint lasted but a year, and Clipper Cruise Line/INTRAV of St. Louis bought the ship in 1999, reflagged it to the Bahamas, and placed it year-round in the Pacific Ocean. It is familiar with the areas that Siversea plan on deploying it, having cruised in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific islands and the northern Pacific regions of Russia and Alaska.
In May 2007, the Clipper Odyssey and running mate, Clipper Adventurer, were purchased by Danish owners and put under International Shipping Partners, a small-ship management company based in Miami. In April 2008, Zegrahm Expeditions took it on a five-year charter which expired this year.
The ship is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment inside and out, including repainting the hull from white to Silversea Expedition's dark blue colors.
I've always wanted to see the Kimberley but balked at the price of the cruises, looking at Orion and True North. When we heard about the Silver Discoverer we decided it was going to be worth the (extremely high) cost. After all, not only is it ...continue