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WOW! There is no other way to start this review. We booked the 11 day expedition from Bali to Broome with some concerns having read the limited number of reviews available on Silver Discoverer. We checked in with Silversea and staff reassured us that the vessel had recently undergone further work to address the issues raised (in late 2016 and early 2017). Should we have been worried? It’s Silversea? Our simple answer is a resounding “No”! As soon as we embarked on an overcast day in Bali we were greeted by a crew of enthusiastic and professional staff who worked very hard to make sure that this was trip that none of the 94 passengers would forget in a hurry. (The amazing scenery worked hard too and more on that later). The two restaurants were excellent. The main restaurant provided eleven days of high quality and varied menus, some days starting the breakfast service at 5am to enable an early get away by the Zodiacs. The four course dinners were always accompanied by excellent wines many of which were new those of us Australia. The pool grill provided excellent energy food and a great evening hot rock experience. The fresh past prepared by Daniela everyday was excellent. The high quality service continued into the bar either by the pool during the heat of the day or in the lounge into the late evening. The expedition itself was from start to finish superb. Led brilliantly by Brad Siviour and the expedition team of experienced and well qualified experts we explored the Lower Sundas islands, survived the 1.5 hour coach drive to Kivu, came face to face with Komodo dragons, snorkeled at Pink Beach, danced on Savu, sailed through a storm as we approached Australia, sailed the mighty Ord River, flew over the Purnululu National Park home to the Bungle Bungles and Argyle Diamond mine, marveled at the amazing and very full King George falls, saw ancient and recent rock art, sat in the cockpit of a WW2 DC53, explored the Hunter River mangroves, cruised over and into Montgomery Reef and went through half of the horizontal waterfalls. Every day was carefully planned by the Captain Taillard and Brad, taking into account tides, weather and other variables. Each evening we were all briefed about the next day, what we would do and when over cocktails. On our return the next day we all shared tales of our adventures over champagne and cocktails around the pool. Good friendships have been made as a result which made the whole voyage even more enjoyable. Nothing that good happens without serious planning and the input of people who know their destination very, very well. The combined experience of the Captain, senior crew and expedition team made sure that we all saw the best of what the Indonesian archipelago and the remote Kimberley coast had to offer. Coupled with the big wet season, the Kimberley delivered an adventure that few of the 94 passengers will forget for many years. Nothing is ever perfect and if it was there would be no room for improvement. However the few points that we could raise have been passed onto Silversea and we would expect them to respond positively. When asked for constructive feedback mid cruise they worked hard to address the issues be they in the restaurant, rooms or during the expedition trips. For example a point that there was no way to refresh the stainless steel water bottles they provide during one long shore visit (they do not provide water in plastic bottles which is a huge plus). The next shore visit a large water cooler was provided for everybody to keep hydrated, a clear demonstration that Silversea listens and acts. We all disembarked in Broome and felt privileged to have visited both the Indonesian islands and the amazing and remote Kimberley coast. The thankyous and good byes were heartfelt and sincere from both sides.

An amazing trip from Bali to Broome exploring the Lessor Sunda and Kimberley

Silver Discoverer Cruise Review by Hills Travellers

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2017
  • Destination: Around the World
  • Cabin Type: Explorer Suite with Portholes
WOW! There is no other way to start this review.

We booked the 11 day expedition from Bali to Broome with some concerns having read the limited number of reviews available on Silver Discoverer. We checked in with Silversea and staff reassured us that the vessel had recently undergone further work to address the issues raised (in late 2016 and early 2017).

Should we have been worried? It’s Silversea? Our simple answer is a resounding “No”!

As soon as we embarked on an overcast day in Bali we were greeted by a crew of enthusiastic and professional staff who worked very hard to make sure that this was trip that none of the 94 passengers would forget in a hurry. (The amazing scenery worked hard too and more on that later).

The two restaurants were excellent. The main restaurant provided eleven days of high quality and varied menus, some days starting the breakfast service at 5am to enable an early get away by the Zodiacs. The four course dinners were always accompanied by excellent wines many of which were new those of us Australia. The pool grill provided excellent energy food and a great evening hot rock experience. The fresh past prepared by Daniela everyday was excellent. The high quality service continued into the bar either by the pool during the heat of the day or in the lounge into the late evening.

The expedition itself was from start to finish superb. Led brilliantly by Brad Siviour and the expedition team of experienced and well qualified experts we explored the Lower Sundas islands, survived the 1.5 hour coach drive to Kivu, came face to face with Komodo dragons, snorkeled at Pink Beach, danced on Savu, sailed through a storm as we approached Australia, sailed the mighty Ord River, flew over the Purnululu National Park home to the Bungle Bungles and Argyle Diamond mine, marveled at the amazing and very full King George falls, saw ancient and recent rock art, sat in the cockpit of a WW2 DC53, explored the Hunter River mangroves, cruised over and into Montgomery Reef and went through half of the horizontal waterfalls.

Every day was carefully planned by the Captain Taillard and Brad, taking into account tides, weather and other variables. Each evening we were all briefed about the next day, what we would do and when over cocktails. On our return the next day we all shared tales of our adventures over champagne and cocktails around the pool. Good friendships have been made as a result which made the whole voyage even more enjoyable.

Nothing that good happens without serious planning and the input of people who know their destination very, very well. The combined experience of the Captain, senior crew and expedition team made sure that we all saw the best of what the Indonesian archipelago and the remote Kimberley coast had to offer. Coupled with the big wet season, the Kimberley delivered an adventure that few of the 94 passengers will forget for many years.

Nothing is ever perfect and if it was there would be no room for improvement. However the few points that we could raise have been passed onto Silversea and we would expect them to respond positively. When asked for constructive feedback mid cruise they worked hard to address the issues be they in the restaurant, rooms or during the expedition trips. For example a point that there was no way to refresh the stainless steel water bottles they provide during one long shore visit (they do not provide water in plastic bottles which is a huge plus). The next shore visit a large water cooler was provided for everybody to keep hydrated, a clear demonstration that Silversea listens and acts.

We all disembarked in Broome and felt privileged to have visited both the Indonesian islands and the amazing and remote Kimberley coast. The thankyous and good byes were heartfelt and sincere from both sides.
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Cabin Review

Explorer Suite with Portholes
Cabin ES
Our cabin on Deck 3 was excellent. Large enough to provide enough space for all our clothes, boots, shoes, cameras and other stuff, small enough to be comfortable. The bathroom was great and again well appointed for a vessel of the size of Discoverer. Our butler Ranjeet was great. Keen to provide everything we needed and would always track us down to check on arrangements for the next day.
Minor negatives were the regular warning horns that we could hear from the engine room and the couple of times the toilet didn't flush straight away. That said it didn't take long to be fixed.
Deck 3 Suite Cabins