Silver Explorer

Line: Silversea
Launched: 3rd February 1989
Tonnage: 6,072
Length: 354 feet
Total Crew: 118
Occupancy: 144


With 20-brand new Zodiacs, four superlative restaurants in Antarctica and a pole to pole expedition itinerary, Silver Cloud really does break the ice between expedition and luxury.

Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.

Adventurer Suite (AC)

Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their stateroom will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy suite. After spending the day on a dynamic shore excursion, unwind in the ample sitting area or rejuvenate the mind with a soak in the marbled bathroom’s tub. Here you can watch passing ocean scenes through two porthole windows. Reminisce the day’s travels by journaling at your writing desk. Watch a movie on the flat-screen television. Or fall sound asleep within the comfort of fine bed linens – with your choice of nine pillow types.

Explorer Suite (EC)

Deck Four forward is home to eight Explorer Suites. Enjoy a separate sitting area and the passing scenery through a view window. Explorer Suites accommodate up to two guests and exude cosy opulence, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore.

Grand 1 Suite (G1)

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends while you cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”.

Medallion Suite (ME)

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line.

Owner's 1 Suite (O1)

The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those who seek the superlative level of space, comfort and service on board. For those who expect the finest from a luxury cruise.

Silver Suite (SL)

Spacious, with a welcoming sitting area, a marbled bathroom and your own private balcony. Silver Suites can accommodate three guests.

Vista Suite (VI)

A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed.

Veranda Suite (VR)

A Silversea cruise signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony.

View Suite (VS)

Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window. Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cozy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day.



  • Connoisseur Club
  • Humidor
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Theatre


  • Aerobics
  • Fitness Center
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Jogging Track
  • Personal Training
  • Pilates
  • Yoga

Food and Drink

  • 24-hour Room Service
  • Grill


  • Boutique
  • Concierge
  • Duty-free shop
  • Experts Lecture Programme
  • Future Cruise Sales
  • Guest Relations Office
  • Hair Salon
  • Medical Centre
  • Observation Lounge
  • Reception
  • Security Safe
  • Self Service Laundry


  • Beauty Salon
  • Facial Treatments
  • Manicures
  • Massage
  • Pedicures
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam Room
  • Whirlpool

Cruise Line

Since its inception in the early 90s, Silversea Cruises has been recognised as the gold standard in luxury cruising, acclaimed both for its legendary European lifestyle and global reach of destinations. The cruise line was the brainchild of Antonio Lefebvre d’Ovidio, a respected Italian jurist and maritime law professor. His idea was to create a new class of elite vessels designed with more space for fewer guests and with the highest levels of personalised service. Lefebvre’s maritime background led to his involvement in shipping and eventually the cruise industry.

In 1988, Antonio Lefebvre purchased the majority of Sitmar Cruises, merging it with P&O's Princess Cruises a year later, and in 1994 founded Silversea Cruises with two ships purpose-built for the line. His son Manfredi Lefebvre, who had been involved in the family's businesses from an early age, managed Silversea’s ship operations and held the position of chairman of Silversea Cruises between 2001 and 2020. Under his chairmanship, the company was expanded from a four-vessel fleet to a nine- (soon to be twelve-) ship fleet.

With the debut of luxury cruise ship Silver Explorer in 2008, Silversea introduced expedition cruising—Silversea style—adding yet another unique niche to the luxury cruise market. Now more intrepid travellers could experience adventurous voyages to the most remote regions of the planet while enjoying Silversea’s brand of signature distinctions, including ocean-view suites, a superb culinary experience, and an incomparable level of service with a crew-to-guest ratio of nearly one-to-one. In 2017 came the incredible transformation of Silversea’s first oceangoing ship, Silver Cloud, into an ice-class vessel, allowing even more guests to travel from pole to pole in superlative style. As well as both polar extremes, Silversea’s three expedition ships sail to the islands of Oceania, Southeast Asia, the Russian Far East, Australia’s remote Kimberley Coast, Central and South America (including the Galápagos Islands), and the exotic western coast of Africa.

Silver Muse’s addition to the fleet in 2017 pushed boundaries in ultra-luxury cruise travel, and with the ground-breaking lengthening of Silver Spirit in 2018, which increased the ship’s capacity to 608, the offering was enhanced further still for guests’ comfort.

2018 saw an exciting partnership with the Royal Caribbean Group, with RCL acquiring two-thirds of Silversea. The Group then purchased the remaining shares in July 2020. The strength and expertise of Royal Caribbean’s portfolio, coupled with Silversea’s exceptional service aboard, means superlative sailing for guests, across all corners of the globe.

In June 2020, with the support of the Royal Caribbean Group, Silversea welcomed the pioneering Silver Origin to its fleet, which will be the most elegant ship to ever sail in the Galapagos Archipelago. In October 2020, Silver Moon also joined the fleet as an evolution of the flagship Silver Muse. The launch of Silver Moon meant the launch of Silversea’s innovative new culinary programme, Sea and Land Taste (or S.A.L.T.), which will unlock immersive culinary experiences for guests around the world like never before.

Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of three new ultra-luxury ships: Silver Dawn is due to join the fleet in 2021, and two Evolution-class ships will join the fleet in 2023 and 2024, respectively. Each will maintain the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations that are hallmarks of the Silversea experience.

Today, Silversea Cruises operates a global portfolio of itineraries to all seven continents and over 900 destinations worldwide. The cruise line’s headquarters are based in Monaco, and the company maintains branch offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia.


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