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Silver Discoverer Review

Silver Discoverer
Silver Discoverer
Silver Discoverer
5.0 / 5.0 Cruise Critic Editor Rating
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Suites with butler service, pool, experienced expedition team


Older ship; you will feel the motion of the ocean

Bottom Line

Explore remote destinations in Silversea-style luxury


Passengers 120
Passenger to Crew 120:1
Launched 2014
Shore Excursions 0
Sally Macmillan
Cruise Critic Contributor

Silver Discoverer Overview

Editor's Note: Silver Discoverer will sail its final cruise in July 2019; the ship has been purchased by CroisiEurope and will operate as the line's second oceangoing ship under the new name, La Belle Des Oceans, beginning in October 2019.

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Silver Discoverer is Silversea Expeditions' third expedition vessel, joining Silver Explorer and Silver Galapagos. It's also the eighth ship in the Silversea fleet. In March 2014, just before its official naming in Singapore, the former Zeagrahm Expeditions-operated Clipper Odyssey underwent extensive refurbishments to bring it in line with its beautifully appointed Silversea fleetmates.

The intent for the passengers staying in one of the five categories of suites is to combine the line's reputation for luxury with voyages to remote destinations. The ship's small size and shallow draft allow up-close exploration of rugged coastlines, islands and archipelagos -- like Australia's vast Kimberley area in the northwest; the culturally diverse islands of Borneo, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines; Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia; the Russian Far East; and New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands -- that are inaccessible to bigger ships.

With a maximum of 120 passengers, the ship is small but offers enough public space to give it a spacious feel. The decor throughout the ship is understated, and the walls are hung with inspirational photographs of rare birds, animals, landscapes and tribal peoples -- many of them taken by members of the expedition teams. The pool deck (complete with pool, bar and grill) is a major bonus on a ship that travels extensively in warm-climate regions. No other expedition ship operating in the Asia-Pacific region has an onboard pool.

As many of the destinations offer superb diving and snorkeling, the ship is equipped with some scuba gear (weight belts and tanks), masks, fins and snorkels, as well as a glass-bottom boat for those who don't wish to go under water. The expedition team members are experienced snorkelers, and some are qualified scuba masters. Passengers have to be fully certified advanced-level divers to participate in dives.

Silversea Expeditions partners with the Royal Geographic Society, and expedition teams are made up of 11 experts whose specialized knowledge adds another dimension to each voyage. These experts lead tours, drive the ship's Zodiacs, and give lectures and briefings on destinations visited: "Travel, not tourism" is the company's focus.

Fellow Passengers

Passengers are well traveled, well heeled couples and singles who range in age from late 30s to 70s. They need to be fit enough to climb in and out of Zodiacs, snorkel and take sometimes challenging hikes. They are interested in understanding more about remote regions and tribal people and consider themselves travelers, rather than tourists. About 50 percent of passengers are expected to come from the Asia-Pacific region (the rest from the U.S. and Europe). About 90 percent of Kimberley cruises will be filled with Australians.

Silversea Silver Discoverer Dress Code

There are no formal nights, and casual resort/country club attire is the norm onboard and ashore during the day. Shoes should be flat or low-heeled for deck activities. On casual evenings, open-neck shirts, trousers and casual footwear are acceptable.

Eveningwear is also casual with the exception of the Captain's Welmce Aboard and Farewell dinners, when jackets are recommended for men; women typically wear dresses or pantsuits.

The region passengers are visiting will affect what they pack; layers are recommended to keep warm and dry. Passengers can order expedition gear appropriate to the regions they are visiting online from silversea.com/gearshop.

Silversea Silver Discoverer Gratuity

All gratuities are included in the cruise fares.

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Silversea Silver Discoverer Member Reviews

Silver Discoverer
Sail Date: Dec 2018
Once in a lifetime Expedition itinerary. Aldabra ... Zodiacs to fabulous beaches ... Drift Snorkeling from the ocean into the Aldabra Lagoon ... Expedition crew is the only thing that kept this from becoming a...Read More
Silver Discoverer
Sail Date: Jun 2018
I chose this trip for the itinerary, but I overpaid for a worn out ship. The ship rolled a lot in the rough waters. There were no stabilizers. We paid for one of the best cabins but it looked like a Hilton from...Read More
Silver Discoverer
Sail Date: Jun 2018
Loved the experience of visiting remote areas seldom visited by cruise ships. The locals provided us with unforgettable experiences! Highlight was swimming with whale sharks! Staff was excellent and couldn't be...Read More
Silver Discoverer
Sail Date: Jul 2017
The Silver Discoverer is a small, (120 pax), intimate and comfortable, but old (1989) ship....Read More

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