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Silver Explorer Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Glaciers and Vikings and Polar Bears, oh my!

Review for Silver Explorer to Canada & New England
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First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jul 2008

We embarked in Reykjavik, Iceland, a lovely city, on a clear summer day with temperatures well into the 70's, after following SS's Arctic packing list for long underwear, layers, and sweaters, wondering if we would have occasion to use any of our polar gear. We were on a quest to follow the path of the Vikings from Iceland to Greenland, to Vinland, and also to visit remote areas to view glaciers, icebergs, and wildlife,especially polar bears, on Zodiac boats, but with the sumptuous comforts of Silversea. My husband and I had not been on an expedition cruise before,and were very excited to be on the Prince Albert during its inaugural year.

Embarkation was smooth, and our cabin, in the "Explorer" class, was roomy for an expedition ship. We had a problem with our TV reception which was soon rectified by the engineering staff, but exemplified the minor "kinks" on the ship which was brought into the SS fold rather quickly and which has some continuing small issues that are still being addressed. More on that later.

The ship was fully booked for this cruise, with approximately 120+ passengers. The passengers were a very congenial, sociable group and we were able to meet most over drinks, lunch or dinner. Being such a small group, there was a feeling of intimacy on the trip, with the frequent sighting of familiar faces. The crew and expedition staff were also most professional and welcoming. Waiters, bartenders, room stewards, masseuses, and all onboard soon identified passengers by name and recognized preferences. The level of service was excellent.

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