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Great Land of Alaska

An Expedition exploring the Alaskan Coast and Inside Passage aboard the Silver Discoverer

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  • Expedition Cruising

" For those who really wish to experience the magic of the wilderness, to come close to nature and enjoy the serenity of the vast landscape, this is the perfect expedition. "

  • Steller sea lions

Few places left on earth offer the traveller as much untamed scenic grandeur as the great land of Alaska and the coastal waters between Vancouver and Seward are amongst the most beautiful on earth. For more than 1600 miles, nature puts on a show with each day presenting new wonders. Cliffs that soar 3000 feet from the water’s edge, spectacular glaciers that press into narrow channels and break into thunderous roars and dense forests which crowd the coastline and cradle entire ecosystems. Witnessing this vast landscape has a humbling effect on those who journey along the dramatic fjord and coastal scenery and viewing the Alaskan wildlife in their natural habitat is a wonderful experience.

There is no shortage of vessels plying the Alaskan waters. However, we believe the small ship experience is far preferable to cruising on one of the vast resort ships with their 2000 passengers and have therefore chartered the Silver Discoverer for our expedition. Discerning travellers will appreciate this rich itinerary that explores the many facets of Alaska; and unlike the big resort ships who have a set course on the wide channels, our expedition vessel will be able to navigate narrow fjords and passages and for a real close up experience we will use the onboard Zodiacs. For those who really wish to experience the magic of the wilderness, to come close to nature and enjoy the serenity of the vast landscape, this is the perfect voyage and ship. Travelling with approximately 100 fellow passengers, you will explore in small parties ashore and visit places which the passengers aboard the big ships will never be taken.

Our itinerary will be kept flexible allowing us the opportunity to fully experience nature’s unplanned events. Gaze skyward in awe of sheer cliffs of Tracy Arm, listen for the sound of thundering waterfalls and the crack of glaciers calving into the sea, witness the magnificent and diverse wildlife including sea lions, whales, eagles and with a bit luck brown bears and visit remote villages learning of the fascinating culture of the Tlingit people. Furthermore your experience will be enhanced by our onboard team of experts who will accompany you on the Zodiacs, hold daily lectures and briefings and lead guided nature walks ashore.

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    Tufted Puffin

    “There are many ships operating cruises in Alaska but we feel the best way to experience this remarkable wilderness is by small ship. Alaska is a destination where nature comes to life and by using a small ship with a fleet of Zodiacs enables us to get a close, but safe distance, from calving glaciers or sea lion colonies. Whilst cruising we will also see whales, bears and eagles in their natural habitat and call into the small communities which call this remote land home, learning about their traditional way of life. Using the Silver Discoverer as our base we have a comfortable and welcoming vessel to return to after a day spent exploring whilst the onboard naturalists ensure we make the most of the experience with their wealth of knowledge of the region.” 

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Silver Discoverer

Silver Discoverer

Formerly known as the MS Clipper Odyssey, the 120-passenger Silver Discoverer began her new life with Silversea Cruises in March 2014. Having been associated with the vessel for many years we know her to be ideal for expedition cruising. The vessel’s shallow draft will allow us to navigate in areas which larger ships would not be able to access and with the fleet of 12 onboard Zodiacs and expert expedition team we will be able to land on isolated shores. Whilst cruising, the vessel benefits from spacious deck areas from where you can watch for passing wildlife such as a breaching whale. The atmosphere on board is relaxed and informal with the focus on the wonders of the destination you are visiting, which combined with the luxury surroundings, excellent service, superb cuisine and expert expedition team make for an expedition of a lifetime. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Vancouver, Canada.

Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the Fairmount Hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay. The remainder of the day and evening is free for independent exploration.

Day 2 - Vancouver.

This morning enjoy breakfast in the hotel and then either choose to have some time at leisure to explore independently or join a city tour including Chinatown, Gastown and Stanley Park. This afternoon meet at the hotel for a transfer to the Silver Discoverer for embarkation. After settling in to your cabin there will be a safety briefing followed by an introduction to your Expedition Team before enjoying dinner onboard as we set sail.

Day 3 - Johnstone Strait & Canada’s Inside Passage, British Columbia, Canada.

Be out on deck very early, looking for birdlife, whales and other marine and terrestrial mammals as we cruise the spectacular 110 kilometre Johnstone Strait before breakfast. The strait is between 2.5 kilometres and 5 kilometres wide and is home to large numbers of orcas during the summer months. The largest member of the dolphin family, orcas (also known as killer whales) can measure nearly ten metres in length and weigh up to six tons. Enjoy a leisurely day onboard attending some of the informative lectures about Alaska’s varied history, wildlife and nature. Perhaps you would like to improve your photography skills by attending the workshop by the onboard photographer.

Day 4 - Metlakatla, Alaska, USA.

Our first stop in the USA will be on Annette Island, Alaska. During the morning, while we approach the island, either be on the look-out for wildlife on the outer decks or attend one of the informative lectures. The indigenous people of this area, the Tsimshian are famous for their Totem Poles and during our visit to the town we will get to see at least 12 of these emblematic pieces of art and we will experience a dance performance at their longhouse. After the ceremony we will be led to the William Duncan Memorial Museum to understand their culture and history, specifically why and when they moved to Annette Island. You can also take one of the many trails around Skaters Lake which will provide an insight into the different plants used by the Tsimshian.

Day 5 - Rudyerd Bay, Misty Fjords & Walker Cove.

Located within the Tongass National Forest is the wilderness area and Misty Fjords National Monument. Extending over 2.3 million acres, it is the largest wilderness area in Alaska’s forests and the second largest in the nation. It has been described as an almost untouched coastal ecosystem with outstanding geological features, and Misty Fjords National Monument is sometimes called “The Yosemite of the North”. Be prepared for a broad spectrum of wildlife that we hope to see during the early morning in and around Rudyerd Bay. During our excursion we will be looking for Marbled Murrelets in the air, which unlike most members of the auk family nest in trees, and bald eagles, brown and black Bears on the ground, and harbour seals and sea otters in the water. We also visit Walker Cove where we will use the Zodiacs to look for marine mammals and birds.

Day 6 - Ketchikan.

Ketchikan is one of the larger towns of the area and today there will be a variety of excursions to choose from. You may like to participate in a truly unique “Alaskan Wilderness Survival” programme which involves travelling by local boat with a wilderness skills instructor to a remote island where he will lead a small group through an oldgrowth temperate rainforest and show you a few tricks of the survivalist’s trade. This hands-on experience engages all in tasks like building a shelter, collecting wild edibles and signalling from the beach. Back onboard the Silver Discoverer you will haul sampling pots in search of the elusive (and invasive) green crab and other fascinating creatures that inhabit the ocean floor. Alternatively depart the pier for the scenic coastal drive en-route to the private Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, an exclusive reserve located in the forested mountains at rustic Herring Cove. Here you will enjoy a guided temperate rainforest walk where your guide will bring to life the local flora and fauna and provide you with an in-depth look at the Tongass National Rainforest.

Day 7 - Wrangell Narrows, Petersburg & Sail Island.

Running for 22 miles between the islands of Mitkof, Kupreanov and Woewodski, the Silver Discoverer will be using the very narrow and scenic Wrangell Narrows as we head north for Petersburg early this morning. At Petersburg we pay a visit to one of Alaska’s major fishing communities. Although the Tlingit and other indigenous groups had been in this area for centuries, it was only after Norwegian Peter Buschmann (after whom the town is named) settled here, starting the first cannery and attracting more immigrants from Scandinavia — hence the nickname “Little Norway” — that a permanent town evolved. The fisheries are keen on a sustainable catch and the Petersburg Marine Mammal Centre supports research and education. During the afternoon there will be a chance to attend lectures about Alaska’s wildlife and history, a photography workshop or the opportunity to spend time on deck, looking for wildlife. In the late afternoon there will be a Zodiac cruise around Sail Island where we hope to encounter Steller sea lions and go in search of humpback whales.

Day 8 - Endicott Arm & Frederick Sound.

Another morning Zodiac cruise awaits us during which there are several glaciers to be seen, the North Dawes Glacier is a hanging glacier, while the Dawes Glacier is a tidewater glacier. At Dawes Glacier we hope for calving ice, will be able to see many waterfalls and, as always, might see bald eagles that have made the coastal area their home or harbour seals. During the afternoon we will cruise the scenic Frederick Sound which promises another good opportunity for whale watching.

Day 9 - Point Adolphus, Inian Islands, Elfin Cove & George Island.

During the early morning the Silver Discoverer will be near Point Adolphus, a well-known area for whale watching. Enjoy a morning coffee while you are on the outer decks, looking for humpback and minke whales, as well as orcas or simply enjoying the landscape. Later this morning we will take a spectacular Zodiac cruise at Inian Island, searching for some of the emblematic animals of Alaska including bald eagles, tufted puffins, Steller sea lion, sea otters and humpback whales. This afternoon we will visit the small community of Elfin Cove and hike on nearby George Island, which was used during World War II to protect Alaska against a potential Japanese invasion.

Day 10 - Yakutat.

During the morning we will visit the community of Yakutat and, for those interested, there will be a flightseeing excursion to see the Hubbard Glacier from above. This glacier commences in Canada and after some 80 miles terminates in Disenchantment Bay making it the longest glacier in North America. Silver Discoverer will be taken along the front of the glacier by the Captain and while cruising we hope to see some glacier calving. We will then start heading northeast and while we cruise the Gulf of Alaska you can make out many of the different mountains and glaciers of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve and scan the waters for whales from the outer decks.

Day 11 - Cruising the Gulf of Alaska.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and relaxing morning as we continue cruising the Gulf of Alaska. During the day you might want to be out on deck, scanning the water’s surface for signs of whales. When you are not looking for wildlife from the outer decks, join the lecturers and specialists while they talk about the wildlife and history of Alaska in the Explorer Lounge.

Day 12 - Kukak Bay & Geographic Harbour.

Kukak Bay and Geographic Harbour are wellknown areas for bear spotting. The brown bears feed on sedges and razor clams on the beaches, and will look for salmon in the rivers. To be able to observe the males, females with cubs, and juveniles we will make use of our Zodiacs and cruise the shorelines in search of good photographic opportunities.

Day 13 - Chiswell Islands & Holgate Glacier.

The Chiswell Islands, part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge provide us with our last chance to board the Zodiacs to get a close-up look at Steller sea lions. Millions of birds call these rugged islands their home and we can expect to see horned puffins, tufted puffins, black-legged kittiwakes, and of the auklet family the Cassin’s auklet and the whiskered auklet among others. We end today at Kenai Fjords National Park where the famous Holgate Glacier will be our last chance to see a calving glacier. Enjoy an aperitif on the outer decks as we leave the area shortly before sunset.

Day 14 - Seward to Anchorage.

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Anchorage. On the way we will visit the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Centre and enjoy lunch before arriving at the Captain Cook Hotel for an overnight stay. The rest of the day and evening will be at leisure to explore Anchorage independently.

Day 15 - Anchorage to London.

After breakfast in the hotel we transfer to the airport for our scheduled indirect flight to London.

Day 16 - London.

Arrive this morning.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £1000 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
29 July 2017 to 13 August 2017
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Category 1 Explorer Suite £8995 £7995
Category 2 View Suite £9295 £8295
Category 3 Vista Suite Sold Out Sold Out
Category 4 Veranda Suite £12295 £11295
Category 5 Medallion Suite Sold Out Sold Out
Category 1 Explorer Suite for sole use £11295 £10295
Category 2 View Suite for sole use £13595 £12595

Tour Reference Code: SCSD290717

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, overnight hotel accommodation in Vancouver and Anchorage on a bed and breakfast basis, 12 nights aboard the Silver Discoverer on a full board basis, all drinks whilst onboard, shore excursions, Expedition Team, transfers, all gratuities, port taxes, airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel Insurance, visa. 

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Destinations

  • North America

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  • Alaska

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    From the soaring skyscrapers of New York City to the dramatic mesas of Arizona, the United States of America is a place of staggering beauty and extraordinary diversity. Nothing prepares you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s iconic skyline, the yawning expanses of the Grand Canyon or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas, just some of the country's many highlights.

    You could easily spend a lifetime in the US and still feel like you’ve just scratched the surface. It’s epic on every scale. After all, this is a place where you can watch the thunderous spectacle of Niagara Falls, trek through the soaring Black Hills of South Dakota and cruise along California’s glorious Pacific Coast; where you can ski at Lake Tahoe, go cattle ranching in the Midwest and imbibe live jazz in New Orleans. The options, it seems, are endless.

    The USA’s manmade landscapes are nearly as spectacular as the natural ones. New York boasts some of the most impressive skyscrapers on the planet (think Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Centre), although the skylines of Seattle, Chicago, LA and Vegas are no less recognisable.

    The American people are similarly diverse; from the colourful Cubans of the southeast to the gun-slinging wranglers of Texas and hardy Inuits of Alaska, the country is a melting pot of cultures. Generations of immigrants have shaped the national identity in everything from food and language to music and manners.

    Once derided for being boring, the resurgent capital, Washington D.C, boasts hip new bars, chic boutiques and a burgeoning culinary scene, which are welcome diversions in this theatre of politics. In spring, the city turns pink with cherry blossom – the legacy of a peace offering sent by Japan.

    The glorious East Coast retreat of Cape Cod is also not to be missed. Looking around this exquisite peninsula it’s easy to see why the founding fathers, who stepped off the Mayflower here, chose to make this extraordinary land their home. "God bless America," they sang. And God blessed her indeed.

    • Key Facts

      Capital:

      Washington, DC.

      Geography:

      Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the 'lower 48' states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

      The country's dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands. The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna. For a more detailed description of each region's geographical characteristics, see the individual state sections.

      Government:

      Federal republic.

      Head Of State:

      President Barack Obama since 2009.

      Head Of Government:

      President Barack Obama since 2009.

      Electricity:

      120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

      Timezone:
    • Money

      Currency Information:

      US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

      Credit Cards:

      Most major credit cards are accepted throughout the USA, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Visitors are advised to carry at least one major credit card, as it is common to request pre-payment or a credit card imprint for hotel rooms and car hire, even when final payment is not by credit card. Be sure to check with your card issuer for current surcharge rates imposed for use of the card outside your home country. You should also inform your issuer that you are travelling for a specified period so your card is not flagged or temporarily suspended.

      Bank-issued debit cards are accepted at many businesses in the US; however, using them to pay for many travel-related expenses, such as car hire and hotel rooms, often incurs a surcharge, deposit, or a hold on your account.

      ATMs:

      ATMs are widely available across the country.

      Travellers Cheques:

      Widely accepted in US Dollar cheques; Pound Sterling traveller's cheques are rarely accepted and few banks will honour them. Change is issued in US Dollars. One or two items of identification (passport, credit card, driving licence) will be required.

      Banking Hours:

      Variable, but generally Mon-Fri 0830-1700. In major cities such as New York, newer banks are competing with one another and have extended hours, including weekend service.

      Currency Restrictions:

      There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts in excess of US$10,000 or equivalent should be declared at customs.

      Currency Exchange:

      Hotels do not, as a rule, exchange currency and only a few major banks will exchange foreign currency, so it is advisable to arrive with US Dollars, or exchange foreign currency at the airport upon arrival.

      Currencies: Exchange Rates:

      • 1 AUD = 0.89 USD
      • 1 EUR = 1.10 USD
      • 1 GBP = 1.31 USD
      • 1 USD = 1.00 USD

    • Climate

      Best Time To Visit:

      The United States has varied weather conditions, and the best time to visit depends both upon the location and the season. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September and October) are generally cooler, more comfortable times to visit. The summer months (June, July, and August) are generally hot regardless of the region, but winter temperatures (November-February) can vary substantially depending upon the part of the US you are visiting.

      The southern part of the country tends to be warmer than the north. The general climate of the continental US is temperate, but keep in mind that Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic. Many of the country's dependent territories, such as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, are also tropical.

      Summer is considered the peak tourist season throughout the country; other popular travel times are major American holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Easter Week and the school holiday known as Spring Break. Certain destinations, such as New York, are perennial favourites and are busy year-round; even when the weather may not be pleasant, these destinations have particular attractions or experiences that always draw travellers.

      In some parts of the country, travel services may be limited during the low or off-season, largely due to weather conditions.

      Required Clothing:

      As the US is a vast country with varying climates and four distinct seasons, packing clothing that allows you to layer for warmer and cooler conditions is recommended, especially if you plan to travel to different regions of the country. What you pack will largely depend upon the kinds of activities you plan to enjoy. Outdoor-lovers will need clothing and shoes that are appropriate for the terrain and the activities they have planned; visitors to cities will need a range of casual outfits and perhaps one smarter outfit for a fine dining or theatre outing.

  • Canada

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    Whether you’re a hardcore adrenaline junkie, a wildlife enthusiast or a city slicker looking for cutting-edge culture, Canada ticks all the boxes. The world’s second largest country racks up an astonishing diversity of landscapes; vast prairies rise abruptly to glacier-topped mountains; rugged, unspoiled coastlines give way to immense forests and emerald lakes; and Arctic waters lap upon frozen tundra. Incredibly, this wilderness is also home to cosmopolitan cities, quirky towns and remote indigenous settlements.

    Canada’s people are as varied as the landscapes; from the Arctic Inuit and the Francophone Quebeckers to the British expatriates and burgeoning Asian community, this is a multicultural land where around 20% of the population are foreign-born.

    Canadian cities are progressive, vibrant and regularly feature on lists of “best places to live." Toronto, a veritable patchwork of charming neighbourhoods, has an idyllic beachside location on the shore of Lake Ontario, while Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, contains a clutch of fantastic museums and the pretty Rideau Canal for ice skating in winter. Montreal’s skyscrapers belie its French heritage, but look closer and you can stumble upon historic, cobbled streets and centuries-old customs.

    A stone’s throw from the Canadian Rockies, booming Calgary flashes its oil wealth and flaunts its cowboy traditions during the annual boot-stomping Stampede. Chilled-out Vancouver, meanwhile, seems to have it all: mountains, beaches, an incredible downtown park and a cosmopolitan dining scene. And across the Georgia Strait, Vancouver Island is just the tonic if the city life gets too tough. Not that it ever does here.

    For something wilder, ski steep chutes in British Columbia, kayak secluded bays with whales in Nova Scotia or learn to lasso at an Albertan ranch. Capture grizzlies on camera in the Yukon, watch mammoth icebergs drift past the Newfoundland coast, or soar over Niagara Falls by helicopter. Tour vineyards, dig for clams or feel giddy gazing at the Northern Lights. In Canada, it seems, the options are endless.

    • Key Facts

      Capital:

      Ottawa.

      Geography:

      Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia, covering an area of 9,984,670 sq km (3,855,103 sq miles). It is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean and Alaska, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the northeast by Greenland (across the Nares Strait), and to the south by the 'Lower 48' states of the USA. The polar ice cap lies to the north.

      Canada stretches 4,634km (2,879 miles) from its northernmost point on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut to its southernmost point on Middle Island, Lake Erie, Ontario. The longest distance east to west is 5,514km (3,426 miles) from Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador to the Yukon-Alaska border. Canada also has the world’s longest coastline at 202,080km (125,566 miles). The country’s highest mountain, with a peak at 5,959m (19,550ft), is Mt Logan in the Yukon Territory.

      The landscape is diverse, ranging from the Arctic tundra of the north to the great prairies of the central area. Westward are the Rocky Mountains, and in the southeast are the Great Lakes, the St Lawrence River and Niagara Falls. The country is divided into 10 provinces and three territories.

      Government:

      Constitutional monarchy.

      Head Of State:

      HM Queen Elizabeth II since 1952, represented by Governor General David Johnston since 2010.

      Head Of Government:

      Prime Minister Justin Trudeau since 2015.

      Electricity:

      120 volts AC, 60Hz. North American-style flat two-pin (with or without round grounding pin) plugs are standard.

      Timezone:
    • Money

      Currency Information:

      Canadian Dollar (CAD; symbol C$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of C$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of C$2 and 1, and 25, 10, 5 cents. Although the 1c coin (or penny) remains legal tender, as of 2013 it is being phased out of circulation.

      Credit Cards:

      Major credit cards are widely accepted. Use of debit cards is widespread, although many stores impose a C$5 to C$20 minimum per debit card purchase, and service charges may apply.

      ATMs:

      ATMs are easy to find in populated areas but are less common in remote regions such as rural parts of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Labrador. Use a machine affiliated with a major bank to reduce service charges; independent machines in locations such as casinos and convenience stores may carry high charges and do not always accept international cards.

      Travellers Cheques:

      To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Canadian Dollars; these are negotiable primarily in banks, hotels and tourist facilities. Their use has declined somewhat in recent years as more visitors rely on ATM cards, but travellers should bring at least some emergency currency in traveller's cheques in case their ATM cards do not work.

      Banking Hours:

      Generally, Mon-Fri 0930-1700 with extended hours in some locations, particularly on Thursday and Friday evenings. Some branches open as early as 0800 and many now open on Saturdays and Sundays too, usually until 1600.

      Currency Restrictions:

      There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency, but amounts equal or greater than C$10,000 should be declared.

      Currency Exchange:

      You can easily exchange currency at any bank or bureau de change. Hotels sometimes change money too, but their exchange rate is likely to be less favourable. If you're travelling to smaller communities, ensure you have a good supply of Canadian Dollars in cash, as you may not be able to change foreign currency at all and might not have access to an ATM.

      Currencies: Exchange Rates:

      • 1 AUD = 0.94 CAD
      • 1 EUR = 1.44 CAD
      • 1 GBP = 1.72 CAD
      • 1 USD = 1.31 CAD

    • Climate

      Best Time To Visit:

      If you’re planning on skiing or enjoying winter sports, the best time to visit Canada is between December and April, though some resorts open as early as November and extend their seasons as late as June (or even July on Whistler’s glacier). If you want to enjoy the great outdoors without the snow, travel between May and September. Be aware however, that if there’s been heavy snowfall during the winter, some high-altitude hiking trails may be closed well into July. May, June and September are typically cheaper than July and August, but you’ll get the best of the weather in the latter two months.

      Summer thunderstorms are common throughout Canada. Occasionally, these may become severe. Tornados also occur throughout Canada, with May to September being prime months. The peak season is June and early July in southern Ontario, Alberta, southeastern Quebec, and a band stretching from southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, through to Thunder Bay. The interior of British Columbia and western New Brunswick are also tornado zones. Earth tremors occur in the western mountains. Forest fires can occur at any time, regardless of the season, particularly in the grasslands and forests of western Canada.

      Required Clothing:

      Note: These general guidelines apply mainly to the settled areas of southern Canada. Travellers heading to northern areas, such as the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Labrador, should bring warm clothing for all but the summer months (and even in summer, at least a lightweight jacket is advisable). See the individual provinces and territories sections for more details.

      December/January/February: Winter temperatures. Winter clothing is necessary (eg overcoat, hat, boots and gloves). Heavy snowfall in most provinces, with Vancouver being the main exception in that it usually rains instead.
      March: Moderate temperatures. Winter clothing with some mediumweight clothing.
      April: Milder days but the evenings are cool. Mediumweight clothing including a topcoat and umbrella is recommended.
      May: Warm days but cool at night. Mediumweight and summer clothing recommended.
      June: Warm. Summer clothing with some mediumweight clothing for cool evenings. The weather in June is ideal for travel and all outdoor activities.
      July/August: These are the warmest months of the year. Lightweight summer clothing is recommended.
      September: Warm days and cool evenings. Light- to mediumweight clothing recommended.
      October: Cool, with the first frost in the air.
      November: Cool to frosty. Medium- to heavyweight clothing is recommended. First signs of snow.

  • United States of America

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Silver Discoverer

Formerly known as the MS Clipper Odyssey, the 120-passenger Silver Discoverer began her new life with Silversea Cruises in March 2014. Having been associated with the vessel for many years we know her to be ideal for expedition cruising. The vessel’s shallow draft will allow us to navigate in areas which larger ships would not be able to access and with the fleet of 12 onboard Zodiacs and expert expedition team we will be able to land on isolated shores. Whilst cruising, the vessel benefits from spacious deck areas from where you can watch for passing wildlife such as a breaching whale. The atmosphere on board is relaxed and informal with the focus on the wonders of the destination you are visiting, which combined with the luxury surroundings, excellent service, superb cuisine and expert expedition team make for an expedition of a lifetime. 

 
  • Silver Discoverer
  • Silver Discoverer
  • Zodiacs
  • Lounge
    Lounge
  • Explorer Lounge
    Explorer Lounge
  • Fitness Centre
    Fitness Centre
  • Beauty Salon
    Beauty Salon
  • Pool Deck
    Pool Deck
  • Sun Deck
    Sun Deck
  • The Restaurant
    The Restaurant
  • The Grill
    The Grill
  • Medallion Suite
    Medallion Suite
  • Explorer Suite
    Explorer Suite
  • Veranda Suite
    Veranda Suite
  • View Suite
    View Suite
  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Accommodation onboard is arranged over four decks. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom and outside views. Suites are spacious ranging in size from the View Suites at 181 square feet to the Medallion Suite which measures 408 square feet. All suites feature butler service and your suite’s refrigerator and bar are stocked with your preferred beverages including wines and spirits. Your butler will replenish them upon request. Amenities in the suites include luxury bed linen and bath amenities, ipod docking station, flat screen television with on-demand movies, music and satellite news programming, plush robe and slippers, hairdryer and WiFi internet access (charges apply). The beds in each suite offer exceptionally comfortable mattresses and can be configured as double or twin.

    Medallion Suite:
    Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed, the Medallion Suite is the most spacious suite onboard with an overall size of 408 square feet inclusive of the private balcony which measures 27 square feet. The perfect spot to relax and enjoy the magnificent passing scenery and wildlife.

    Veranda Suite:
    Stylish and welcoming the eight Veranda Suites on Deck 6 measure 280 square feet
    including a spacious balcony which measures 35.5 square feet.

    Vista Suite: The four Vista Suites measure 269 square feet and feature two large view
    windows which provide panoramic views.

    View Suite:
    The view suites on Decks 4 and 5 measure 181 square feet and feature a view window and a comfortable space.

    Explorer Suite:
    With their midship location, the nine Explorer Suites on Deck 3 measure 186 square feet and feature two porthole windows through which you can enjoy the passing scenery.

  • Your Space

    The spacious public areas onboard include the open seating restaurant and the Main Lounge where daily briefings, lectures and recaps from your expedition team will take place. For your convenience it is also possible to follow the onboard lectures from the comfort of your cabin.

    In addition to the Main Lounge there is the Discoverer Lounge with a 24-hour tea and coffee station, comfortable seating and a travel library with reference books pertaining to the destinations we will be visiting. The Discoverer Lounge is the perfect venue to relax with a good book, recount your experiences with fellow travellers or to simply enjoy a pre-dinner drink watching the ever-changing scenery through the picture windows. Other facilities include a pool on Deck 5 with outside seating area, bar and Grill, a beauty and massage centre, sun deck and fitness centre. 

  • Your Dining

    Silver Discoverer offers four all-inclusive dining options. Select wines, premium spirits and speciality coffees, as well as juices and soft drinks are complimentary in all bars and lounges. No matter what dining option you choose you will savour fine cuisine with menus inspired by Relais & Chateaux, Silversea’s preferred culinary partner. The Restaurant serves contemporary, international cuisine with menus featuring local specialities. The Restaurant is elegant yet casual with no formal evenings and no assigned times or tables allowing you the freedom to dine with whom and when you please.

    In addition there is the convenience of the poolside Grill for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For lunch you may prefer fresh pizza from the oven pizza or lighter fare and in the evening, fresh seafood and prime cuts are grilled tableside at The Grill on a heated volcanic rock plate. Alternatively you can enjoy a light breakfast or lunch in the casual atmosphere of the Discoverer Lounge or choose to have breakfast delivered to your suite or a formal dinner ordered from The Restaurant menu. Lighter fare is always available from the room service menu from 6am to 11pm. Please note that outside dining will be weather dependent and you will be advised each day of the options available. 

  • All Inclusive Pricing

    All this included in the price of your expedition voyage aboard the Silver Discoverer.

    • Economy class return scheduled air travel from London

    • Accommodation aboard the Silver Discoverer on full board basis with cuisine inspired by Relais & Chateaux

    • Complimentary Champagne, wines and spirits throughout the vessel

    • In-room bar setup and refrigerator stocked to your preference

    • Room Service 06.00 to 23.00

    • Onboard gratuities

    • Shore Excursions

    • Butler service for all suites and staterooms

    • Complimentary parka jacket; backpack & water bottle (itinerary specific)

    • Expert Expedition Team

    • Transfers

    • Port & Airport taxes

  • Deck plans
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    • Explorer Suite

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    • View Suite

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    • Vista Suite

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    • Veranda Suite

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    • Medallion suite

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Our View

“There are many ships operating cruises in Alaska but we feel the best way to experience this remarkable wilderness is by small ship. Alaska is a destination where nature comes to life and by using a small ship with a fleet of Zodiacs enables us to get a close, but safe distance, from calving glaciers or sea lion colonies. Whilst cruising we will also see whales, bears and eagles in their natural habitat and call into the small communities which call this remote land home, learning about their traditional way of life. Using the Silver Discoverer as our base we have a comfortable and welcoming vessel to return to after a day spent exploring whilst the onboard naturalists ensure we make the most of the experience with their wealth of knowledge of the region.” 

Tour Extensions

    • For those who would like to experience the Canadian Rockies before joining the cruise, we will be offering the opportunity to join the Rocky Mountaineer on an itinerary which includes Kamloops, Lake Louise and Banff.

      The schedule for the train is not yet available but if you would like to receive details of the extension, please register your interest at the time of booking. 

What to Expect

Flexibility is the key to an expedition cruise; sometimes the whole day’s schedule may be changed to maximise your experience based on weather or wildlife sightings, something that would not be possible on a large cruise ship. Each day holds something new and below are some extracts from our vessel’s logs from our last Alaskan season which will provide you with an idea of what to expect should you choose to join our Alaskan adventure: 

Point Adolphus – 8th July: As we prepared to venture out into the wilds, visibility improved & we could see the small islands harbouring the activity we had hoped to see….Steller sea lions hauled out on exposed rocks in large numbers. Sea lions at breeding colonies are very vocal, mothers & pups communicating with each other & establishing territorial rights, and we were at the tail end of the competitive period & the focus was now on the salmon running the currents between islands. It was endless fascination, watching huge sea lion bulls tearing up food into bite sized pieces, catching one salmon after another & seeing bits of fresh fish flesh fly about to the great delight of the scavenging gulls! On the colonial rocky outcrop perhaps 200 more, bulls with harems of up to 20 females were hauled out & one raft of resting females numbered 70 or 80, floating in front of us. Many testing sub-adult males came close to showing both curiosity & that they were not afraid of us. Colin called on the radio that if anyone was in reception of his message, they “might want to come & take a closer look” at his location. We responded & sped to the other side of the island where he sat gazing & at least 20 Humpback whales, scattered around a small bay, feeding on small fish in the relatively shallow water. In every direction blows went up & we all enjoyed very close views of these gentle giants of the marine world. Then after almost half an hour of enjoying this rare display…the crescendo… three whale dived in unison right in front of us, showing their tail flukes as they did, then without warning the first 40 tonne creature shot up through the surface, spiralling sideways & crashed down with a loud crack of a slap, then the second then the third. Before we could even register what we had just seen, the three whales repeated the acrobatics, then again & again, all in tight times so that at least one whale was breaching at any given time for a minute or two. We were speechless….it was certainly one of the most incredible things we had ever witnessed.

Misty Fjords - 24 June: Despite some cloud cover, sunshine kept breaking through and patches of blue sky appearing. Immediately after breakfast we took our first Zodiac cruise of the day along Misty Fjord’s “canals” (glacial valleys naturally filled by sea water). Misty Fjord did not really live up to its name – there were some shreds of mist and low cloud, but the full height and glory of this beautiful fjord could still be seen, with forests clinging on to near-vertical rocky slopes Right at the end of our ride, in Walker Cove, word went around that there was a brown bear down on the mud flats. All Zodiacs headed for the spot as silently as possible and the bear stuck around for the first group to see, though retreated somewhat into long grass. It was quite a distance away, but clearly visible through binoculars – mission accomplished! As we returned to the ship a black bear was spotted nearby, which gave everyone an equal chance of seeing it.

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