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Natural Wonders of Alaska

An expedition exploring the Alaskan Coast and Inside Passage aboard the Silver Explorer

  • 1 June 2018
  • Wildlife Tours/ Natural World
  • Expedition Cruising
  • Humpback Whale

There are few places left on earth which 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. 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 Explorer for our expedition which explores the many facets of Alaska. Unlike 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 120 fellow passengers, we 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 the 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.

Expedition Highlights

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    “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 d istance, from calving glaciers or sea lion colonies. Whilst cruising we also hope to 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 Explorer 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 Explorer

Silver Explorer

The 144 passenger Silver Explorer is a purpose built luxury expedition vessel.The atmosphere onboard is relaxed and informal with the focus on the wonders of the destination you are visiting, which, combined with luxury surroundings, five star service, superb cuisine, an all-inclusive offering and expert onboard team of lecturers makes for voyage of a lifetime. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Vancouver, Canada.

Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the Fairmont 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 spend some time at leisure to explore independently or join a city tour including Chinatown, Gastown and Stanley Park. This afternoon we will meet at the hotel and transfer to the Silver Explorer. After settling into your cabin there will be a safety briefing followed by an introduction to your Expedition Team before enjoying dinner on board as we set sail.

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

Be out on deck very early this morning, looking for birdlife, whales and other marine mammals as we cruise the spectacular 110 kilometre Johnstone Strait before breakfast. The strait is between 2.5 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 on board attending some of the informative lectures about Alaska’s varied history, wildlife and nature.

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 spend time looking 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 old growth 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. There is also the option to take part in the Wilderness Exploration and Crab Feast tour. Get your hands wet pulling up crab pots from the abundant waters surrounding historic George Inlet. 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 Explorer 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. This evening we will go ashore for an ‘Alaskan Night’ with entertainment by a local bluegrass group.

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

During the early morning the Silver Explorer 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 - Hubbard Glacier.

During the morning we will approach the Hubbard Glacier. This glacier commences in Canada and after some 80 miles terminates in Disenchantment Bay making it the longest glacier in North America. Silver Explorer will be taken along the front of the Hubbard Glacier by our 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 will witness spectacular scenic views of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Attend one of the lectures by the experts on board to find out what birds and mammals call this part of the world their home.

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 while they talk about the wildlife and history of Alaska in the 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 (or similar) 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.

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Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE UP TO £1000 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
1 to 16 June 2018
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Adventurer Suite Deck 3 £8995 £8495
Explorer Suite Deck 4 £9495 £8995
View Suite Deck 3 £9795 £9295
Vista Suite Deck 4 £9995 £9495
Veranda Suite Deck 5 £10595 £9595
Medallion Suite Deck 7 £11595 £10595
Silver Suite Deck 5 £11995 £10995
Grand Suite Deck 7 £12495 £11495
Owner Suite Deck 7 £13995 £12995
Adventurer Suite for sole use Deck 3 £10495 £9995
Explorer Suite for sole use Deck 4 £10995 £10495
View Suite for sole use Deck 3 £11495 £10995

Tour Reference Code: SCSE010618

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 Explorer on a full board basis, all drinks whilst on board, shore excursions, expedition team, gratuities, transfers, butler service in all suites, port taxes, airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, visa.

It is possible to combine our Alaskan expedition with our voyage from San Francisco to Vancouver, 20th May to 16th June 2018. Click here for prices.

 

 

 

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Silver Explorer

The 144 passenger Silver Explorer is a purpose built luxury expedition vessel.The atmosphere onboard is relaxed and informal with the focus on the wonders of the destination you are visiting, which, combined with luxury surroundings, five star service, superb cuisine, an all-inclusive offering and expert onboard team of lecturers makes for voyage of a lifetime. 

 
  • Silver Explorer
    Silver Explorer
  • The Restaurant
    The Restaurant
  • The Theatre
    The Theatre
  • Observation Lounge
    Observation Lounge
  • Internet Cafe
    Internet Cafe
  • Panorama Lounge
    Panorama Lounge
  • Explorer Lounge
    Explorer Lounge
  • Veranda Suite
    Veranda Suite
  • Silver Suite
    Silver Suite
  • Owner's Suite
    Owner's Suite
  • Grand Suite
    Grand Suite
  • Medallion Suite
    Medallion Suite
  • Explorer Suite
    Explorer Suite
  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin / Suite

    Accommodation onboard is arranged over four decks. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom and outside views. The 72 ocean-view suites range in size from 157 to 728 square feet. Select suites feature private French balconies or large private balconies and all suites feature butler service and a refrigerator and bar stocked with your preferred beverages including wines and spirits which your butler will replenish upon request. Amenities in the suites include luxury Pratesi bed linen, choice of pillow and bath amenities, iPod docking station, TV, directdial telephone, seating area with writing desk and personalised stationery, personal safe, plush robe and slippers, hairdryer and Wi-Fi internet access (charges apply). The beds in each suite can be configured as double or twin. 

  • Suite Categories

    Suite Categories

    Adventurer Suites measure 157-167 square feet and feature two portholes.

    Explorer Suites measure 175-190 square feet and feature a view window.

    View Suites measure 192 square feet with a view window.

    Vista Suites measure 192 square feet with a large picture window.

    Veranda Suites measure 206-216 square feet and feature a French balcony.

    Medallion Suites measure 400 square feet including a private balcony. Guests occupying these suites also benefit from afternoon canapes on request and laundry service.

    Silver Suites measures 422 square feet including a sitting area and two French balconies. Guests occupying these suites also benefit from afternoon canapes on request and laundry service.

    Grand Suites measure 618 square feet including a private balcony. Guests occupying these suites also benefit from afternoon canapes on request and laundry service.

    Owners Suite features a living room with sitting area and measures 728 square feet including the private balcony. Guests occupying this suite also benefit from afternoon canapes on request, laundry service, four hours of complimentary internet service and a walk in wardrobe.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The spacious and luxuriously appointed public areas onboard include the Panorama Lounge which is specially designed to provide an uninterrupted view of the day’s destination from the comfort of the ship’s interior. This is an ideal place to unwind, listen to the pianist and enjoy a nightcap with new friends. Located on Deck 6 high atop the ship, the Observation Lounge also offers panoramic views and here you will find comfortable seats to enjoy a beverage and watch the ever-changing view throughout your cruise. The daily briefings, the recaps and lectures take place in the Theatre by the knowledgeable onboard team.

    Other facilities include the Library with an extensive collection of hardcover books, magazines, reference materials and newspapers, the internet café where you can access the web for a nominal fee with complimentary printing and the Connoisseur’s Corner which offers exceptional cognacs along with a premium selection of cigars for purchase. The onboard boutique offers a selection of gift items as well as toiletries and convenience items and there is also complimentary self-service laundry facilities onboard. When not enjoying one of the onboard lectures or exploring ashore there is a fitness centre which includes a treadmill, elliptical trainer, bike and weight machine, two outdoor whirlpools and the Spa features a sauna and steam room as well as a wide range of treatments which can be booked onboard.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    The Restaurant serves contemporary, international cuisine with sophisticated elegance and impeccable service. During days at sea, choose something from La Collection du Monde, a series of signature dishes created exclusively by the Grands Chefs of Relais & Châteaux. The Restaurant offers open-seating dining, which means there are no assigned times, no assigned tables. You are free to dine when, where and with whom you please. Select wines, premium spirits and speciality coffees, as well as juices and soft drinks are complimentary in all bars and lounges. In addition there is the convenience of the outdoor Grill for lunch and dinner. Alternatively you can enjoy 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. 

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download.

    We are delighted that you have chosen the luxurious Silver Explorer for your upcoming voyage which we have chartered from Silverseas Expeditions. The 144 guest vessel has been purpose built for expedition cruising and specifically designed for navigating the waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations. The vessel is equipped with a fleet of Zodiac landing craft so that guests can land on isolated shores and explore wildlife and ecosystems up-close. The expedition team will be on hand, with their in-depth knowledge and experience and are dedicated to offering you the best possible experience during your time on board and ashore.

    The all-suite accommodation is arranged over four decks and each suite features outside views, some with French balconies or private verandas and all with butler service and luxury amenities. The public areas are spacious and include the Panorama Lounge, the ideal place to enjoy a nightcap with new found friends and the Library with its extensive collections of books and reference materials. The onboard dining options include the elegant open-seating restaurant and the outdoor Grill, both offering ocean views and contemporary international cuisine with impeccable service.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    All cabins have individually controlled heating and air conditioning.

    ALL ABOARD

    Your times for embarkation and disembarkation will be detailed in the daily Chronicle and also be announced by the Expedition team.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and your expedition team. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    A selection of wines, spirits, champagnes, soft drinks and water are complimentary throughout the ship, and your in-room beverage cabinet will be replenished upon request with your preferences. (A selection of premium wines, champagnes and spirits is available at an additional charge).

    CABIN DIMENSIONS & FACILITIES

    Accommodation on board is arranged over four decks. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom and outside views. The 72 ocean-view suites range in size from 157 to 728 square feet. Select suites feature private French balconies or large private balconies and all suites feature butler service and a refrigerator and bar stocked with your preferred beverages including wines and spirits which your butler will replenish upon request. Amenities in the suites include luxury Pratesi bed linen, choice of pillow and bath amenities, iPod docking station, flat screen television with DVD and on-demand movies, music and satellite news programming, direct dial telephone, seating area with writing desk and personalised stationery, personal safe, plush robe and slippers, hairdryer and Wi-Fi internet access (charges apply). The beds in each suite can be configured as double or twin.

    CURRENCY

    It is a good idea to exchange some of your funds at a bank before leaving home. The currency on board Silver Explorer is the US dollar.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Each evening the next day’s programme, Chronicle, will be delivered to your suite.

    DRESS CODE

    The dress code on board ranges from casual to informal. Casual wear is appropriate for daytime aboard ship or ashore, and shoes should be flat or low heeled for deck activities. Evening attire is casual with the exception of the Captain’s Welcome Aboard and Farewell Dinners, which are informal. On casual evenings, open-neck shirts, trousers and casual wear are appropriate. On the two informal evenings, women usually wear dresses or trouser suits; men wear jackets (tie optional). Remember to pack swimwear.

    ELECTRICITY

    Silver Explorer has only 220 volt/60 Hz AC power. Most modern electronic devices support dual voltages, but if you are uncertain, please verify your equipment prior to plugging it in. The electrical receptacles on the ship accept plugs of a type known as Euro plug or Type C. They will also accept plugs like the German Type F and French Type E. In particular, please be advised that devices such as generators, lamps, electric motors, electric shavers, hairdryers, clocks and some video equipment may be incompatible with the 220v/60 Hz power. A hairdryer is provided in each suite/stateroom. If you wish to bring along other equipment, you should verify if a voltage transformer or other conversion device is necessary. Ordinarily, simple plug converters will suffice for laptop power supplies and many devices with rechargeable batteries such as mobile phones, iPods, or digital cameras. We do advise that you read the labels on each particular device to determine the compatibility. Remember to bring an adequate supply of batteries for the voyage. The Boutique on board will sell only limited quantities and varieties of batteries. Because of the environmental hazards inherent in the disposal of batteries, we recommend rechargeable batteries for most applications. To protect the fragile environments where Silver Explorer sails, we request that guests retain all their exhausted batteries and dispose of them in an environmentally safe manner either after you return home. For your convenience, there is also a battery disposal box on board.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    It is mandatory that all guests participate in a Zodiac briefing and safety drill, which is normally scheduled to take place prior to departure from the port of embarkation. Please note that emergency information is posted in your suite.

    EXPEDITION TEAM

    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by an Expedition Leader and an experienced expedition team who will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests.

    FITNESS CENTRE

    Silver Explorer is equipped with a Fitness Centre that is open daily, and offers a treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike a nd a weight machine.

    GIFT SHOP

    The Boutique, located on Deck 4, offers a selection of perfumes, Silversea logo items and souvenirs. Toiletries and convenience items are also available for purchase. The boutique is closed whilst in port and on occasion due to local government regulations. You will find Boutique hours indicated daily in the Silversea Expedition Chronicles.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    There is a twice daily suite service

    KEYS TO SUITE

    Each suite will receive their own key card. This will be used as your key and also to swipe in and out of the ship.

    LAUNDRY/VALET SERVICES

    Complete valet services, including laundry and pressing, are available at an additional charge and may be arranged through your Butler. Self-service launderette available.

    LIFT

    There are two lifts on board.

    THE LIBRARY/INTERNET CAFE

    The Library contains reference materials, novels, audio listening stations, and four internet computer terminals. You may access your personal e-mail and the internet for a nominal fee.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Lost property can be handed in to the ship’s reception. Please ensure you have all of your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost. MEALS

    Silver Explorer features a variety of on board dining options including The Restaurant, Outdoor Grill and complimentary 24-hour Room Service. The Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The open-seating policy allows you to dine when and with whom you wish. The menu features sumptuous classical and modern French cuisine with an international flair. Low calorie, low carb vegetarian and vegan options are also available. The Outdoor Grill is a casual bar and grill which offers a range of lunch favourites and lighter fare prepared to your liking, and served on the open deck. You may also order from Room Service menu 24 hours a day.

    MEDICAL SERVICES

    Silver Explorer is equipped with a Medical Centre. A doctor is on 24-hour call when at sea. When docked, supplementary emergency care may also be obtained through local medical facilities. Guests may be charged for medical services and for medications used for their medical treatment. OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Itineraries are unstructured by design. Following only a tentative schedule allows for moment-by-moment flexibility to stay longer at sites of particular interest, or make slight detours whenever weather, nature or mere curiosity dictate. Guests will be notified of any required deviation as soon as possible.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    For safety reasons, we recommend that guests take precautions and do not carry excessive amounts of cash. Many purchases can be conveniently made using credit cards and do not require cash transactions.

    POST

    Postage and mailing services are available on board the ship. Please note that due to the remote destinations visited during your expedition cruise, it may not be possible to send or receive mail.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful for you to complete and return this.

    RECEPTION

    Reception is staffed 24 hours a day.

    SAFE

    Your suite/stateroom is equipped with a personal safe, located inside the closet. Please take great care with your money, jewellery, cameras, binoculars, documents and any other articles that you retain in your personal control or keep in your suite/stateroom. We recommend that you leave money and other valuables in the safe.

    SMOKING

    Most areas on board Silver Explorer are non-smoking and, as a safety precaution, smoking is not permitted in any guest suites and staterooms or on any guest suite verandas or balconies. Cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking are permitted in the Connoisseur’s Corner and in specifically designated outside areas on decks 5 and 6. We kindly request that all guests observe the non-smoking areas.

    TELEPHONE

    A telephone is available within your cabin.

    VISITORS ON BOARD

    If you would like to make arrangements to have visitors board the ship, please put your request in writing to Noble Caledonia no later than 14 days prior to departure. For security reasons, visitors must be preregistered. The number of visitors permitted on board may be limited and this policy is subject to change without notice.

    WATER

    A complimentary water bottle is available in your suite and is refilled each day by your butler.

    WI-FI

    Onboard internet services are available with a range of pricing plans. Guests may use their own laptop with wireless card to conveniently access the internet and personal email in the privacy of their own suite, and at Wi-Fi locations throughout the ship. Computers and internet access are also available on board via the Internet Café, for a nominal fee. In remote areas, a regular and steady internet connection cannot be guaranteed.

    ZODIAC LANDING CRAFT

    Silver Explorer carries a fleet of ten inflatable Zodiac boats, allowing you to explore places that would otherwise be inaccessible. To reach destinations where there are no piers and for islands surrounded by shallow waters, Zodiacs are the perfect solution. These rigid boats are specifically designed for nature study, and are very rugged, as well as safe, sturdy and durable. They are easy to board, whether at the ship or ashore, and are operated by highly trained crew. A Zodiac is an exceptionally buoyant rubber boat with an inflatable hull of multiple air-filled compartments, a feature that allows the Zodiac to float even should a compartment become deflated. A low centre of gravity makes Zodiacs very stable. Zodiacs are also agile, allowing them to easily come alongside Silver Explorer, and to manoeuvre over reefs and between narrow passages. All guests will participate in a complete Zodiac familiarisation session upon embarkation.

    PLEASE NOTE :The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin / Suite

    Accommodation onboard is arranged over four decks. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom and outside views. The 72 ocean-view suites range in size from 157 to 728 square feet. Select suites feature private French balconies or large private balconies and all suites feature butler service and a refrigerator and bar stocked with your preferred beverages including wines and spirits which your butler will replenish upon request. Amenities in the suites include luxury Pratesi bed linen, choice of pillow and bath amenities, iPod docking station, TV, directdial telephone, seating area with writing desk and personalised stationery, personal safe, plush robe and slippers, hairdryer and Wi-Fi internet access (charges apply). The beds in each suite can be configured as double or twin. 

  • Suite Categories

    Suite Categories

    Adventurer Suites measure 157-167 square feet and feature two portholes.

    Explorer Suites measure 175-190 square feet and feature a view window.

    View Suites measure 192 square feet with a view window.

    Vista Suites measure 192 square feet with a large picture window.

    Veranda Suites measure 206-216 square feet and feature a French balcony.

    Medallion Suites measure 400 square feet including a private balcony. Guests occupying these suites also benefit from afternoon canapes on request and laundry service.

    Silver Suites measures 422 square feet including a sitting area and two French balconies. Guests occupying these suites also benefit from afternoon canapes on request and laundry service.

    Grand Suites measure 618 square feet including a private balcony. Guests occupying these suites also benefit from afternoon canapes on request and laundry service.

    Owners Suite features a living room with sitting area and measures 728 square feet including the private balcony. Guests occupying this suite also benefit from afternoon canapes on request, laundry service, four hours of complimentary internet service and a walk in wardrobe.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The spacious and luxuriously appointed public areas onboard include the Panorama Lounge which is specially designed to provide an uninterrupted view of the day’s destination from the comfort of the ship’s interior. This is an ideal place to unwind, listen to the pianist and enjoy a nightcap with new friends. Located on Deck 6 high atop the ship, the Observation Lounge also offers panoramic views and here you will find comfortable seats to enjoy a beverage and watch the ever-changing view throughout your cruise. The daily briefings, the recaps and lectures take place in the Theatre by the knowledgeable onboard team.

    Other facilities include the Library with an extensive collection of hardcover books, magazines, reference materials and newspapers, the internet café where you can access the web for a nominal fee with complimentary printing and the Connoisseur’s Corner which offers exceptional cognacs along with a premium selection of cigars for purchase. The onboard boutique offers a selection of gift items as well as toiletries and convenience items and there is also complimentary self-service laundry facilities onboard. When not enjoying one of the onboard lectures or exploring ashore there is a fitness centre which includes a treadmill, elliptical trainer, bike and weight machine, two outdoor whirlpools and the Spa features a sauna and steam room as well as a wide range of treatments which can be booked onboard.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    The Restaurant serves contemporary, international cuisine with sophisticated elegance and impeccable service. During days at sea, choose something from La Collection du Monde, a series of signature dishes created exclusively by the Grands Chefs of Relais & Châteaux. The Restaurant offers open-seating dining, which means there are no assigned times, no assigned tables. You are free to dine when, where and with whom you please. Select wines, premium spirits and speciality coffees, as well as juices and soft drinks are complimentary in all bars and lounges. In addition there is the convenience of the outdoor Grill for lunch and dinner. Alternatively you can enjoy 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. 

  • Ship Directory

    Ship Directory

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download.

    We are delighted that you have chosen the luxurious Silver Explorer for your upcoming voyage which we have chartered from Silverseas Expeditions. The 144 guest vessel has been purpose built for expedition cruising and specifically designed for navigating the waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations. The vessel is equipped with a fleet of Zodiac landing craft so that guests can land on isolated shores and explore wildlife and ecosystems up-close. The expedition team will be on hand, with their in-depth knowledge and experience and are dedicated to offering you the best possible experience during your time on board and ashore.

    The all-suite accommodation is arranged over four decks and each suite features outside views, some with French balconies or private verandas and all with butler service and luxury amenities. The public areas are spacious and include the Panorama Lounge, the ideal place to enjoy a nightcap with new found friends and the Library with its extensive collections of books and reference materials. The onboard dining options include the elegant open-seating restaurant and the outdoor Grill, both offering ocean views and contemporary international cuisine with impeccable service.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    All cabins have individually controlled heating and air conditioning.

    ALL ABOARD

    Your times for embarkation and disembarkation will be detailed in the daily Chronicle and also be announced by the Expedition team.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and your expedition team. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    A selection of wines, spirits, champagnes, soft drinks and water are complimentary throughout the ship, and your in-room beverage cabinet will be replenished upon request with your preferences. (A selection of premium wines, champagnes and spirits is available at an additional charge).

    CABIN DIMENSIONS & FACILITIES

    Accommodation on board is arranged over four decks. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom and outside views. The 72 ocean-view suites range in size from 157 to 728 square feet. Select suites feature private French balconies or large private balconies and all suites feature butler service and a refrigerator and bar stocked with your preferred beverages including wines and spirits which your butler will replenish upon request. Amenities in the suites include luxury Pratesi bed linen, choice of pillow and bath amenities, iPod docking station, flat screen television with DVD and on-demand movies, music and satellite news programming, direct dial telephone, seating area with writing desk and personalised stationery, personal safe, plush robe and slippers, hairdryer and Wi-Fi internet access (charges apply). The beds in each suite can be configured as double or twin.

    CURRENCY

    It is a good idea to exchange some of your funds at a bank before leaving home. The currency on board Silver Explorer is the US dollar.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Each evening the next day’s programme, Chronicle, will be delivered to your suite.

    DRESS CODE

    The dress code on board ranges from casual to informal. Casual wear is appropriate for daytime aboard ship or ashore, and shoes should be flat or low heeled for deck activities. Evening attire is casual with the exception of the Captain’s Welcome Aboard and Farewell Dinners, which are informal. On casual evenings, open-neck shirts, trousers and casual wear are appropriate. On the two informal evenings, women usually wear dresses or trouser suits; men wear jackets (tie optional). Remember to pack swimwear.

    ELECTRICITY

    Silver Explorer has only 220 volt/60 Hz AC power. Most modern electronic devices support dual voltages, but if you are uncertain, please verify your equipment prior to plugging it in. The electrical receptacles on the ship accept plugs of a type known as Euro plug or Type C. They will also accept plugs like the German Type F and French Type E. In particular, please be advised that devices such as generators, lamps, electric motors, electric shavers, hairdryers, clocks and some video equipment may be incompatible with the 220v/60 Hz power. A hairdryer is provided in each suite/stateroom. If you wish to bring along other equipment, you should verify if a voltage transformer or other conversion device is necessary. Ordinarily, simple plug converters will suffice for laptop power supplies and many devices with rechargeable batteries such as mobile phones, iPods, or digital cameras. We do advise that you read the labels on each particular device to determine the compatibility. Remember to bring an adequate supply of batteries for the voyage. The Boutique on board will sell only limited quantities and varieties of batteries. Because of the environmental hazards inherent in the disposal of batteries, we recommend rechargeable batteries for most applications. To protect the fragile environments where Silver Explorer sails, we request that guests retain all their exhausted batteries and dispose of them in an environmentally safe manner either after you return home. For your convenience, there is also a battery disposal box on board.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    It is mandatory that all guests participate in a Zodiac briefing and safety drill, which is normally scheduled to take place prior to departure from the port of embarkation. Please note that emergency information is posted in your suite.

    EXPEDITION TEAM

    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by an Expedition Leader and an experienced expedition team who will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests.

    FITNESS CENTRE

    Silver Explorer is equipped with a Fitness Centre that is open daily, and offers a treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike a nd a weight machine.

    GIFT SHOP

    The Boutique, located on Deck 4, offers a selection of perfumes, Silversea logo items and souvenirs. Toiletries and convenience items are also available for purchase. The boutique is closed whilst in port and on occasion due to local government regulations. You will find Boutique hours indicated daily in the Silversea Expedition Chronicles.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    There is a twice daily suite service

    KEYS TO SUITE

    Each suite will receive their own key card. This will be used as your key and also to swipe in and out of the ship.

    LAUNDRY/VALET SERVICES

    Complete valet services, including laundry and pressing, are available at an additional charge and may be arranged through your Butler. Self-service launderette available.

    LIFT

    There are two lifts on board.

    THE LIBRARY/INTERNET CAFE

    The Library contains reference materials, novels, audio listening stations, and four internet computer terminals. You may access your personal e-mail and the internet for a nominal fee.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Lost property can be handed in to the ship’s reception. Please ensure you have all of your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost. MEALS

    Silver Explorer features a variety of on board dining options including The Restaurant, Outdoor Grill and complimentary 24-hour Room Service. The Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The open-seating policy allows you to dine when and with whom you wish. The menu features sumptuous classical and modern French cuisine with an international flair. Low calorie, low carb vegetarian and vegan options are also available. The Outdoor Grill is a casual bar and grill which offers a range of lunch favourites and lighter fare prepared to your liking, and served on the open deck. You may also order from Room Service menu 24 hours a day.

    MEDICAL SERVICES

    Silver Explorer is equipped with a Medical Centre. A doctor is on 24-hour call when at sea. When docked, supplementary emergency care may also be obtained through local medical facilities. Guests may be charged for medical services and for medications used for their medical treatment. OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Itineraries are unstructured by design. Following only a tentative schedule allows for moment-by-moment flexibility to stay longer at sites of particular interest, or make slight detours whenever weather, nature or mere curiosity dictate. Guests will be notified of any required deviation as soon as possible.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    For safety reasons, we recommend that guests take precautions and do not carry excessive amounts of cash. Many purchases can be conveniently made using credit cards and do not require cash transactions.

    POST

    Postage and mailing services are available on board the ship. Please note that due to the remote destinations visited during your expedition cruise, it may not be possible to send or receive mail.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful for you to complete and return this.

    RECEPTION

    Reception is staffed 24 hours a day.

    SAFE

    Your suite/stateroom is equipped with a personal safe, located inside the closet. Please take great care with your money, jewellery, cameras, binoculars, documents and any other articles that you retain in your personal control or keep in your suite/stateroom. We recommend that you leave money and other valuables in the safe.

    SMOKING

    Most areas on board Silver Explorer are non-smoking and, as a safety precaution, smoking is not permitted in any guest suites and staterooms or on any guest suite verandas or balconies. Cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking are permitted in the Connoisseur’s Corner and in specifically designated outside areas on decks 5 and 6. We kindly request that all guests observe the non-smoking areas.

    TELEPHONE

    A telephone is available within your cabin.

    VISITORS ON BOARD

    If you would like to make arrangements to have visitors board the ship, please put your request in writing to Noble Caledonia no later than 14 days prior to departure. For security reasons, visitors must be preregistered. The number of visitors permitted on board may be limited and this policy is subject to change without notice.

    WATER

    A complimentary water bottle is available in your suite and is refilled each day by your butler.

    WI-FI

    Onboard internet services are available with a range of pricing plans. Guests may use their own laptop with wireless card to conveniently access the internet and personal email in the privacy of their own suite, and at Wi-Fi locations throughout the ship. Computers and internet access are also available on board via the Internet Café, for a nominal fee. In remote areas, a regular and steady internet connection cannot be guaranteed.

    ZODIAC LANDING CRAFT

    Silver Explorer carries a fleet of ten inflatable Zodiac boats, allowing you to explore places that would otherwise be inaccessible. To reach destinations where there are no piers and for islands surrounded by shallow waters, Zodiacs are the perfect solution. These rigid boats are specifically designed for nature study, and are very rugged, as well as safe, sturdy and durable. They are easy to board, whether at the ship or ashore, and are operated by highly trained crew. A Zodiac is an exceptionally buoyant rubber boat with an inflatable hull of multiple air-filled compartments, a feature that allows the Zodiac to float even should a compartment become deflated. A low centre of gravity makes Zodiacs very stable. Zodiacs are also agile, allowing them to easily come alongside Silver Explorer, and to manoeuvre over reefs and between narrow passages. All guests will participate in a complete Zodiac familiarisation session upon embarkation.

    PLEASE NOTE :The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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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 d istance, from calving glaciers or sea lion colonies. Whilst cruising we also hope to 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 Explorer 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

    • Combination Cruise - San Francisco to Seward: 20th May to 16th June 2018

      San Francisco San Francisco

      Itinerary

      Day 1 - London to San Francisco, USA.

      Fly by scheduled flight. Arrive this afternoon and transfer to a centrally located hotel in San Francisco for a two night stay. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration with dinner under your own arrangements this evening.

      Day 2 - San Francisco.

      After breakfast in the hotel we start our day with a visit to Marin Headlands for an interpretive walk and bird watching excursion. Overlooking the San Francisco Bay and perched on sea cliffs, the Marin Headlands are made up of hills, coves and coastline filled with natural beauty and wildlife. It is the largest urban National Park in the world and is home to over 1200 unique species of plants and animals. We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant featuring seasonal cuisine before returning to San Francisco for a guided city tour.

      Day 3 - San Francisco.

      This morning enjoy breakfast in the hotel and some time at leisure to explore independently. This afternoon we will meet at the hotel and transfer to the Silver Explorer for embarkation with lunch on arrival. We will set sail this evening passing by Alcatraz Island.

      Day 4 - At Sea.

      Early this morning look out for the birdlife, whales and other marine mammals as we cruise along the Californian coast. Enjoy a relaxing day on board and attend a lecture or two.

      Day 5 - Astoria, Oregon.

      After a leisurely morning cruising, our first stop of the voyage is at the mouth of the Colombia River and after lunch on board there will be a choice of excursions. Enjoy a half day tour visiting Fort Stevens, the only military installation in the United States to be fired upon since the War of 1812 or enjoy a Fort Stevens bike tour focusing on the historical and geographical attractions, including Battery Russell – dating back to the early 20th century with its great panoramic views. Alternatively if you prefer to sample Oregon’s northern coast, there will be an excursion to the mouth of the Colombia River, the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The guided excursion will also include a visit to Fort Stevens State Park to explore the wartime history of the fort. We then take a walk to Cannon Beach for magnificent views of an iconic monolith known as Haystack Rock. There is also the option of a full day tour for those who are keen on the story of the great explorers Lewis and Clark. Visit the Fort Clatsop State Park, a re-creation of the original Fort which was built by Lewis and Clark during the winter of 1805-1806 and walk through the rainforest before enjoying a beer tasting at Fort George Brewery with a special presentation by a Lewis and Clark historian. Sail this evening.

      Day 6 - Portland & Willamette Valley.

      Silver Explorer will have travelled 120 miles upriver from Astoria to reach Portland, Oregon’s largest city. Today we will explore the ‘Wine trail of the Willamette Valley’. The beautiful Willamette Valley was the final destination of the famous ‘Oregon Trail’ and has been used extensively for agriculture. Located within this valley is Oregon’s prime wine region with more than 500 vineyards. The local Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are considered among the best produced anywhere and we will visit three award winning wineries for tours and tastings, as well as discussions with local winemakers. While in the valley a gourmet picnic lunch will feature local fare with a choice of fine wines. This evening we will depart from Portland and sail onto Rainier.

      Day 7 - Rainier.

      This morning we will take the Lewis and Clark Bridge, crossing into Washington to explore Mount St Helens Volcanic Monument. This monument is one of the most powerful reminders of nature’s forces, and naturalists will share the stories of the major eruption in 1980 which was the most deadly and destructive eruption in the history of the United States. The volcano used to be a beautiful symmetrical cone approximately 3000 metres above sea level but the 1980 eruption left the volcano as a horseshoe shape which can be seen from the Johnston Ridge Observatory where you will witness a birds-eye view into the still-steaming crater. We continue our venture with a fantastic hike as we weave through the trees looking for elks, deer and beautiful birds from orangecrowned warblers to grosbeaks. Sail overnight to Port Angeles.

      Day 8 - Port Angeles.

      This morning we arrive in Port Angeles, located on the southern side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. There will be a choice of excursions and you may wish to visit the summit of Hurricane Ridge at 1598 metres above sea level to capture the spectacular views of the Olympic Peninsula. In this unique alpine habitat there will be the opportunity to hike and explore the wildlife. We then head to Lake Crescent, nestled in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. Lake Crescent is renowned for its pristine waters and as a perfect spot for those in search of peace and tranquility. A great way to end this excursion is with a dip in the Sol Duc Hot Springs to unwind and relax before heading back to the Silver Explorer. Alternatively, discover Dungeness Spit Beach and observe how the local shellfish farms work, concluding at the Finn River Farm to learn about the organic farming on the peninsula with a chance to sample the local wine with light appetizers. For the keen hikers, the final option today is the longer hike through the Hoh Rainforest, exploring the fascinating mossy trees and paddling through pristine water in the glacier-fed Hoh River. Set sail this evening to Seattle.

      Day 9 - Seattle, Washington.

      Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and is often referred to as the ‘Emerald City’ due to the lush, green forests of the region. Today’s excursion choices include hiking near the Snoqualmie Falls and exploring the Woodinville Wine Country with its 100 wineries and tasting rooms. For those who prefer to visit two of Seattle’s icons, there will be a tour to the Seattle Space Needle and Chihuly Garden & Glass, an exhibit showcasing the amazing multicoloured flower-like sculptures of Dale Chihuly and his fantastic flora art work in the outdoor garden studio. Alternatively, if you have a passion for aeronautics there will be an excursion to the Boeing factory where you can view the assembly of 747s, 767s, 777s and Dreamliners and spend some time at the ‘Future of Flight’ interpretive centre. If you prefer a more gentle tour, there will also be the opportunity to visit Pike Place Market, the oldest running farmer’s market in the country. Watch the vendors set up their shops ready for customers and sample the local food such as the delicious maple bacon doughnuts.

      Day 10 - Anacortes and Friday Harbour, San Juan Islands.

      From our berth in Anacortes, we will visit Deception Pass State Park, Washington’s most popular State Park this morning. It is a 4134-acres marine and camping park with three lakes. The park has breathtaking views with its rugged cliffs, ancient forests, abundant wildlife, sand dunes and 174 varieties of birds. Our visit will include a nature walk further south of the Fort Casey State park where you can sample local delicacies from the Penn Cove Farms. Alternatively you may wish to sea kayak and explore the water’s edge in search of seals, porpoise, orcas and an amazing diversity of sea life. Return to the Silver Explorer this afternoon and continue sailing to San Juan Islands where there will be a choice of excursions. There will be the opportunity to join a whale and wildlife watching excursion in scenic and historic Roche Harbour, where we hope to spot orca pods, Dall’s porpoises, minke and gray whales, harbour seals, bald eagles, and rhinoceros auklets. Alternatively discover San Juan Island’s remote wilderness with a naturalist guide and visit a winery or lavender farm during the guided tour. We sail this evening towards Victoria, British Columbia.

      Day 11 - Victoria, Canada.

      This morning we arrive in Victoria, situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Our half day tour will include the opportunity to spot some of the marine life in the surrounding waters followed by a visit to the Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyard for food, refreshments and relaxation. For those who would prefer to explore Victoria in more depth there will be a full day tour to see the excellent Royal BC Museum where you can explore the three main galleries which provide a great insight into the natural history, first peoples and modern history of British Columbia. Afterwards we stroll through the botanical wonders of Butchart Gardens, a magnificent group of colourful floral displays in the gardens of Brentwood Bay. Here we enjoy lunch whilst overlooking the divine private gardens. Our tour will finish with a visit to the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with delicious scones and pastries. Return to the Silver Explorer and sail overnight towards Quadra Island.

      Day 12 - Quadra Island.

      After breakfast we depart on a full day tour to experience the feasting tradition of the We Wai Kai First Nations at their spectacular Tsa- Kwa-Luten Lodge on the southern shores of Quadra Island. Tsa-Kwa- Luten is one of the few lodges featuring authentic Pacific Coast native architecture, art and culture based on traditional Kwagiulth historical values. The lodge boasts a post and beam construction with an impressive Grand Hall and we will be welcomed by the We Wai Kai dancers and enjoy a salmon barbeque buffet lunch. We learn about First Nations foods, harvesting methods and view habitats. The nearby Nuyumbalees Culture Centre shows potlatch treasures with interpretations around native foods. Our day will end with a peaceful stroll to the Cape Mudge Lighthouse.

      Day 13 - Salt Spring Island & Pender Island.

      This morning we visit Ganges Village in the middle of Salt Spring Island. Salt Spring boasts a local bounty of fresh produce and we will begin the day with a walking and tasting tour in this charming small village visiting the local farms, vineyards, a brewery and an award winning cheesery. We will meet culinary artists at an island-style tasting event, to sample locally produced vegetables, fruits, herbs, cheeses, spices, breads, meats and beverages accompanied by local musicians. There will also be time to view the art in the many galleries and summer art shows. We will end our day with a Zodiac cruise to Pender Island where we will keep a look out for the marine birds, harbour seals and pigeon guillemots. 

      Day 14 - Vancouver

      Continue as per Day 2 of main itinerary.

                                                                                                                                                                             

      Combination Cruise prices 

      SPECIAL OFFER PRICES

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Adventurer Suite £13595
      Explorer Suite £13995
      View Suite £14295
      Vista Suite £14495
      Veranda Suite £14795
      Expedition Suite £15495
      Medallion Suite £16295
      Silver Suite £16995
      Grand Suite £11495
      Owner Suite £12995
      Adventurer Suite for sole use £15295
      Explorer Suite for sole use £15795
      View Suite for sole use £16295

      Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, two nights hotel accommodation in San Francisco on a bed and breakfast basis, lunch on day 2, overnight hotel accommodation in Anchorage on a bed and breakfast basis, 23 nights aboard the Silver Explorer on a full board basis, all drinks whilst on board, shore excursions, expedition team, gratuities, transfers, butler service in all suites, port taxes, airport taxes.
      Not Included: Travel insurance, visa for USA, dinner on days 1 and 2.

    • 29th May – 2nd June 2018

      For those who would like to experience the Canadian Rockies before joining the cruise. You can join our tour aboard the Rocky Mountaineer and Travel from Banff to Vancouver and pass through pristine Canadian wilderness that is inaccessible by any other means. Our route passes pivotal spots in Canadian history including the Spiral Tunnels and the celebrated last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Rugged mountains and raging rivers showcase the grand and often terrifying power of nature and stand testimony to the marvels of engineering and the indomitable human will.

      The Itinerary  

      Day 1 London to Banff.

      Fly by scheduled flight to Calgary. On arrival, transfer to Banff and check-in to the Caribou Lodge & Spa (or similar). The remainder of the day is at leisure.

      Day 2 Banff to Kamloops.

      This morning transfer to the railway station to embark the Rocky Mountaineer. Today we travel from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranch lands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Arrive in Kamloops this evening and transfer to your centrally located hotel for an overnight stay.

      Day 3 Kamloops to Vancouver.

      We re board the train this morning as our journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the coast and Cascade mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Upon arrival in Vancouver we transfer you to the Westin Bayshore Hotel.

      Day 4 Vancouver.

      Today after breakfast, you will have free time to explore independently.

      Day 5 Vancouver.  

      This morning enjoy breakfast and join day 2 on the main trip itinerary 

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £2595
      Single £2995

      Price Includes: Overnight hotel accommodation in Banff and Kamloops on a room only basis, two nights hotel accommodation in Vancouver on a bed and breakfast basis, two days travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer on GoldLeaf grade, meals on the train as described.

      Not Included: Travel Insurance, visas, dinners, gratuities on the train and hotels.

      GoldLeaf Service: GoldLeaf offers even the most discerning traveller an incomparable list of services and benefits. The fully domed windows give unparalleled views from your seat, whilst you can enjoy delicious meals downstairs in the restaurant with hot breakfasts and a la carte lunches. Complimentary snacks and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are available on the train. From the attentive service provided by your Rocky Mountaineer Hosts, to the gourmet meals prepared from regional cuisine by our award-winning chefs. GoldLeaf Service is quite simply, as good as it gets.

Expedition Highlights

• Witness Alaska’s glorious glaciers
• Marvel at the vast icy blue Hubbard Glacier
• Discover the untamed snowcaps of Alaska
• Witness prolific marine life including whales and sea lions
• Cruise by Zodiac to secluded islands to see the superb wildlife
• Wander amidst impressive Sitka spruce and western hemlock forests
• Learn of the Tsimshian culture visiting their Longhouses and viewing the fascinating Totem Poles

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