Silverseas adventure ship “Monte Carlo”

Silversea Cruises’ first expedition vessel is to sail from London on its maiden voyage this summer.

The 132-passenger former World Discoverer, acquired by the luxury line last September, will focus on polar adventures following a multi-million dollar refurbishment.

It will be equipped with eight Zodiac boats to allow passengers to explore away from the ship.

The ship, an A1A-ice class vessel, is to me named in Monte Carlo in early June before sailing to London for its inaugural cruise.

The vessel will depart on June 12 for the Orkneys, Shetlands, Fareos and Jan Mayan before tourism the Artic Circle, including Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland for the summer.

It will them reposition to South America and Antarctica for autumn and winter voyages.

Silversea claims the ship, with 66 cabins, will have the highest space ratio and be the most luxurious in its class.

Facilities will include a main dining room, outside bar and grill, library with internet access, spa, two whirlpool baths, shop, beauty salon and fitness centre.

The line’s president Amerigo Perasso said the interest in expedition cruising is growing, particularly among “affluent baby-boomers” and adventure seekers who prefer to travel in luxury.

“Adventure travel is about having experiences that are intellectually enriching, so every voyage will feature a carefully selected expedition team of lecturers and leading experts who will share their insights on the natural and historical highlights of some of the most pristine and secluded regions on earth,” he said.

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