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19 Night Around the World Cruise from Cairns

19 Night Around the World Cruise from Cairns

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Cairns
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Thursday Island
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Agats
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Triton Bay
  • Day 8
    Semisaron Island
  • Day 9
    Watubela Archipelago
  • Day 10
    Banda Neira
  • Day 10
    Pulau Run
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Bau Bau
  • Day 13
    Palopo
  • Day 14
    Sulawesi
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Karimun Jawa Islands
  • Day 17
    Cruising
  • Day 18
    Belitung Islands
  • Day 19
    Cruising
  • Day 20
    Singapore

Silver Explorer

Silver Explorer - Silversea Cruises

Pros

Excellent service, expedition team, accommodations and cuisine, with passenger safety the top priority

Cons

Gym and spa are tiny

Bottom Line

Perfect ship for thrilling adventure coupled with a luxury cruise experience


Cruise Reviews

For our second cruise in Antarctica we chose Silversea and, sadly, paid a lot of money for what turned out to be lower quality than our first cruise on Seabourn, Contrary to the spin from the company, this ship does not offer five star ... Read More
For our second cruise in Antarctica we chose Silversea and, sadly, paid a lot of money for what turned out to be lower quality than our first cruise on Seabourn, Contrary to the spin from the company, this ship does not offer five star luxury; at best it is probably a three star experience. Our very large cabin (we got a two level upgrade) like most of the ship is not well designed or decorated. The food was very disappointing. On such a cruise I expected several dinner menus with lobster, king crab legs, jumbo shrimp and jumbo scallops, but NONE of these were offered. Many main dishes were disappointing and one night two at our table had to return steaks because of high fat levels. As to Antarctica, there were a number of times when the outings were only cruises on the rubber Zodiak boats and not actual landings where you see animals; this was totally different than our Seabourn experience where every day there were two outings with landings and far more animal sightings. The best thing about Silversea was the high quality of the service staff for the cabin and the restaurant. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We selected this vessel due to cross over Russian Arctic on 25 day Voyage. The Expedition program ( under contract ) was good with most Arctic Ocean stops accomplished. However the vessel is an old ( 30+ years in service ) with poor ... Read More
We selected this vessel due to cross over Russian Arctic on 25 day Voyage. The Expedition program ( under contract ) was good with most Arctic Ocean stops accomplished. However the vessel is an old ( 30+ years in service ) with poor public spaces and mediocre staff service. For two pax price ( $100,000) no real value here. SILVERSEA has taken older vessel and placed in “ expedition service” without any discernible improvement in boat safety facilities. Older gangway and Zodiac loading stations are hazardous - should have been replaced before vessel was placed in ocean service. The food was poor - kitchen ran out of basic ( fruits, vegetables ) half way into voyage. Officers are foreign nationals - Russians - with little interaction with passengers. In summary, poor quality for the price. We have been on better trips for a quarter of the price of this voyage. SILVERSEA appears to be solely interested in sales, marketing and promotion at the expense of passenger experience ! Member, Circumnavigators Club Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We loved our Silverseas Inside passage cruise from Vancouver to Anchorage and couldn’t wait to get on board the Silver Explorer for a Broome to Darwin cruise. Now we realise that this is a smaller ship and compromises need to be made ... Read More
We loved our Silverseas Inside passage cruise from Vancouver to Anchorage and couldn’t wait to get on board the Silver Explorer for a Broome to Darwin cruise. Now we realise that this is a smaller ship and compromises need to be made with respect to cabin size and of course we accept this. What we didn't expect was the poor quality of food served in the restaurant. We were particularly disappointed with the breakfast and luncheon buffet, both in variety, and indeed the temperature of the hot dishes, which at best were only just warm, while the cold food selection never seemed to change. Prawns, oysters & seafood would have made a pleasant change. More often than not - there were empty trays at the buffet, which in one case took 8 minutes to replenish and that was just scrambled eggs!! When sailing in Australian waters we expected seafood to be abundant at the cold selection buffet, but not a single prawn was to be found. Nor was Barramundi offered on the menu even although it's readily available in Darwin and Broome. With one exception, evening meals in the restaurant were mediocre to say the least - not a patch on the Silver Shadow!! On the plus side - Staff were great and always attentive, however we were involved in a man overboard incident whilst on a zodiac, highlighting a few safety issues which have all been well documented. We also had to point out that as the average age on board was 60, many of us are not as agile as we once were, and zodiacs driven hard, are particularly uncomfortable to those of us with back, hip and knee issues. On 2 occasions I had to ask the zodiac driver (Kirsty) to slow down to a safer speed, in keeping with sea conditions. Other minor issues included blocked toilets and on the last 2 days of our trip we actually had to vacate our cabin for an hour or two while the cause of the most awful smell emanating from our shower drain was rectified. Apparently the slight rocking motion of the ship and a faulty drain caused sewage to backflow into our shower recess. The zodiac trips to the various Kimberley destinations, where we saw some spectacular rock formations and a multitude of the local flora and fauna was great, as was our flight over the Bungle-Bungles, and while we understand the reason for leaving Australian waters was to save Silverseas money, one can't help but wonder why you chose an island that offers nothing but a pretty beach. When you consider that Australia has some 25,000km of pristine beaches it hardly seemed worth the 72 hours of (boring) sea time. An Indonesian tourist destination may have been a better choice. So, in closing, and after much discussion with our fellow passengers, would we recommend this cruise to our friends and acquaintances? On this ship, with the current chef - probably not. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
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