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Silver Explorer Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Luxury indeed but so little wildlife and so much time spent at sea

Silver Explorer Cruise Review by tonyo_747

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: View Suite

We chose the cruise because a previous trip to Antarctica has been great - luxurious, such wonderful and unique landscape and plenty of wildlife (albeit emphasis on penguins).

The good points of this cruise were great luxury, terrific service, wonderful food and interesting lectures - and lecturers. Put on 3 KG even without deserts... Booze flowed as freely as one could want. Great you say but wait::

The less good:

1) The weather - so much mist and fog in the morning (and we usually arrived at the next location in the early morning). I would question if this is a good time (June) to go on such a cruise. The resulted in the cancellation of several landings onshore.

2) In US waters (and others I heard) Silversea cannot use zodiacs for near shore exploration. This was only communicated to us a few weeks before the cruise. They tried to make up for this as best they could - using a large catamaran (saw good amount of sea life) - and a float plane cruise over Zodiac island (wow saw a bear in the distance...) I predict that this limitation will severly impact such cruises in the future.

3) We had to be contented with seeing ww2 ruins (instead of wildlife) on several occasions. Not turned on by that at all.

4) The wild life was VERY sparce yet the effort by the guides to lead us to where they would be was equally lacking. If there ain't much wildlife then please guide people to it instead of encouraging random walks.

5) On one walk we were given the option of joining one of three walks - yet all three had long since departed and were far in the distance. So much for a guided walk.

It was'nt all bad by any means. I would say that on 4 days we saw a decent amount of wild life - and on another three days experienced very nice scenery i.e,.volcanoes. But that is out of 18 days.....

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Cabin Review

View Suite
Cabin VS 320

Quite spacious and very functional. All good!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Achieved main objective! Bears, bears and bears. Great scenery - lucky with the weather

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