Silversea Expedition Cruises – Kimberley Coast, with Silversea’s Silver Discoverer

[jbox]

Departing 19th April 2015 from Darwin, Australia.

Silversea Expedition Cruises offer journeys that are just as exhilarating as they are luxurious.

Darwin to Broome – Experience northern Australia’s many splendours on this cruise. Admire the twin cascades of King George Falls and see the mists of majestic Mitchell Falls. Get to know the Dreamtime mythology of the Aborigines. Enjoy the luxury of time, as you spend days exploring the Kimberley Coast: admiring ancient rock art, witnessing the tidal change of Montgomery Reef and spotting turtles, manta rays, saltwater crocodiles, pristine beaches and see the glorious panorama of the singular domes of Bungle Bungle from the sky with the inclusive flight from Wyndham. You’ll even glimpse the matrilineal culture of Leti Island in Indonesia.

[/jbox]

call-our-advisors

[jcolumns model=”3,2″ inbordercss=”1px solid #555555″] [jbox]

Itinerary

Itinerary Darwin to Broome

[/jbox]
[jbox]

Silversea Expedition Cruises – Silver Discoverer

Silver Discoverer is designed for discerning travellers who like to explore the great outdoors while enjoying gracious comfort and gourmet cuisine indoors.
[/jbox]
call-our-advisors

[jcol/] [jbox]

Route Map

Darwin to Broome
[/jbox]
[jbox]

Explorer Suite Prices

from £6,550 pp

Based on 2 persons sharing an Explorer Suite, including;

Gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux

Complimentary beverages served throughout the ship – including fine wines, champagnes, spirits, beer, bottled water, specialty coffees and soft drinks

In-room bar and refrigerator stocked with your preferred beverage selections

Complimentary 24-hour room service and in-suite dining served course-by-course from The Restaurant

Complimentary guided excursions ashore, enrichment lecturers and destination consultants

Fares include on board gratuities

[/jbox] [/jcolumns]

 

About the Ship, Cruise Highlights, Ports of Call & Excursions

[jtabs]

Silversea Expedition Cruises – Silver Discoverer ::

Silversea Expedition Cruises – Silver Discoverer

Silversea’s third expedition ship is expertly engineered to explore the most isolated archipelagos of the Pacific. Her small size and shallow draft allow close-up access to rugged coasts well beyond the reach of ordinary vessels. And she has been newly refurbished to help guests maximize their experience and build a genuine connection with the regions they visit.

Spacious decks and panoramic public rooms mean the drama of the unexpected is never far from view. A fleet of Zodiacs allows exploration from the water or remote landings anywhere nature or curiosity dictate. Since many of our expeditions sail to some of the world’s most pristine coral reef systems, there’s a glass-bottom boat for underwater viewing along with a full complement of snorkeling equipment and a dive programme for advanced divers.


Click Here for Silver Discoverer – Deck Plans

Silversea have also taken great care to assemble a truly outstanding Expedition Team, composed of experts in the culture, history and wild life of the destinations, to present informal talks, guide Zodiac outings and lead small-group explorations ashore. While back on board, every creature comfort awaits: an ocean-view suite, in-suite bar and the head-to-toe pampering of a butler; elegant lounges and open bar where fellow travellers gather to swap tales about their day’s adventures; and cuisine that meets Silversea’s standards of culinary excellence — which are lofty, indeed. Imaginative menus in The Restaurant feature both regional offerings and dishes inspired by Relais & Châteaux. Additional amenities include a sun-catching pool deck, a fitness centre, and a beauty and massage centre — particularly alluring after an adventurous day ashore.

Silver Discoverer is designed for discerning travellers who like to explore the great outdoors while enjoying gracious comfort and gourmet cuisine indoors.

[jtab/]

Dining ::

Silversea Expeditions Dining

Flavours and aromas become as much a part of your experience as the sights you see and the cultures you encounter on your expeditions. Silver Discoverer offers four all-inclusive dining venues, each serving superb cuisine with a sophisticated level of attentive service and ocean views. No matter where you dine, you can arrive at your leisure and dine with whomever you choose, recount experiences ashore with fellow guests and discuss lecture topics with Expedition Team members while savouring fine cuisine and perfectly paired wines.

The Restaurant

The Restaurant serves contemporary, international cuisine with sophisticated elegance and impeccable service. Menus feature local specialities unique to the voyage destination. 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.

The Grill

Poolside convenience for breakfast and lunch including fresh-from-the-oven pizza and lighter fare. When the stars come out, this popular eatery is transformed into an interactive dining venue where fresh seafood and prime cuts are grilled table side on a heated volcanic rock plate.

Discoverer Lounge

Enjoy lighter fares for breakfast and lunch while relaxing in the casual atmosphere of the Discoverer Lounge. Large picture windows give way to natural light and passing views of the ever-changing scenery.

In-suite Dining and Room Service

You can have breakfast delivered to your suite or a formal dinner ordered from The Restaurant menu. Lighter fare is always available from our 24 hour room service menu.

[jtab/]

Suites ::

Silversea Expeditions Suites

All Silver Discoverer suites offer ocean view, butler service, mini-bar stocked with your preferences, a choice of bathroom amenities, down duvet covers, premium mattresses, Radio/Alarm with iPod docking station, plush robe, hairdryer, WiFi internet access (fees apply), flat-screen television with on-demand movies, music and satellite news programming and daily suite service with evening turndown.

[jaccordion]

  Explorer Suite ::

SIlversea Silver Discoverer Suite Explorer

Explorer Suite

Silver Discoverer Explorer Suite 350 x 201
As spacious as a View Suite, enjoy the passing scenery through two porthole windows. With preferred midship location, Explorer Suites can accommodate up to three guests. An enchanting retreat, Explorer Suites exude cosy opulence and a cushy seating area perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore.
Each suite has an overall size of 186 SQ.FT. / 17.3 M2

  • Two portholes
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage draws
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Choice of bathroom amenities
  • Writing desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming
  • Radio/Alarm with Ipod docking Station
  • Wifi available (fees apply)
[jacc/]

  View Suite ::

SIlversea Silver Discoverer Suite View

View Suite

Silver Discoverer View Suite 350 x 201
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 on board 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.
Each suite has a view window and overall size of 181 SQ. FT. / 16.8 M2

  • View window
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Choice of bathroom amenities
  • Writing desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming
  • Radio/Alarm with Ipod docking station
  • Wifi available (fees apply)
[jacc/]

  Vista Suite ::

Silversea Silver Discoverer Suite Vista

Vista Suite

Silver Discoverer Vista Suite 350 x 201
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. Some Vista Suites can accommodate up to three guests.
Each suite has an overall size of 269 SQ. FT. / 25 M2

  • Two large view windows
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Choice of bathroom amenities
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming
  • Radio/Alarm with Ipod docking station
  • Wifi available (fees apply)
[jacc/]

  Veranda Suite ::

SIlversea Silver Discoverer Suite Veranda

Veranda Suite

Silver Discoverer Veranda Suite 350 x 201
A Silversea signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony with patio furniture. Veranda Suites lavishly accommodate up to three guests. Sophisticated and welcoming, Veranda Suites are a favourite of returning Silversea guests.
Each suite has an overall size of 280 SQ. FT. / 26 M2 (including balcony 35.5 SQ. FT. / 3.2 M2).

  • Teak style balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa that can accommodate an additional guest up to the age of 14 years old. Veranda Suites 601, 602, 603, 604 only)
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage draws
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Choice of bathroom amenities
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming
  • Radio/Alarm with Ipod docking station
  • Wifi available (fees apply)
[jacc/]

  Medallion Suite ::

SIlversea Silver Discoverer Suite Medallion

Medallion Suite

Silver Discoverer Medallion Suite 350 x 201
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.
The Medallion Suite is Silver Discoverer’s most spacious with an overall size of 408 SQ. FT. / 38 M2 (including a Balcony 27 SQ. FT. / 2.5 M2). This is the ideal suite for socialising with friends or enjoying quiet time alone on your private balcony.

  • Teak style balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage draws
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Choice of Bathroom Amenities
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Wardrobe with personal safe
  • Laundry service
  • Two flat screen televisions with on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming
  • Radio/Alarm with Ipod docking station
  • Wifi available (fees apply)
[/jaccordion] [jtab/]

Voyage Highlights ::

Voyage Highlights

The Kimberley Coast — Australia’s Hidden Treasure

Thundering waterfalls, plunging gorges, Aboriginal rock art, deserted beaches, a plethora of wildlife and fewer people per square mile than almost any other place on earth — The Kimberley is one of Australia’s hidden treasures. This vast area located in Australia’s North West is three times the size of England and three-fifths the size of Texas — and much of it is accessible only by boat. Cruise by Zodiac through an untamed wilderness, spotting extraordinary wildlife, experiencing thundering waterfalls and marvelling at ancient rock paintings. Explore narrow channels, searching for eagles and ospreys in the mangroves and mud flats, and keeping an eye out for saltwater crocodiles. There are many beautiful places on Earth, but none is more beautiful than The Kimberley.

Day 1 — Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Embark Silver Discoverer for this stunning Silversea Expedition – The Kimberley, Australia’s Hidden Treasure. This afternoon, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and attend a Zodiac briefing, and tonight we invite you to familiarise yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travellers and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.

Day 2 – Leti Island, Southern Maluku, Indonesia

The islands of Southern Maluku long managed to escape unwelcome attention from the outside world. No spices were grown here, so the only trade was largely limited to marine products. The three islands of Leti, Moa and Lakor have approximately 20,000 inhabitants and one of the few matrilineal cultures in Indonesia. Silver Discoverer will make a short stop at Leti Island, weather and time permitting.

Day 3 – Cruising Arafura Sea

A leisurely day at sea to take advantage of the luxurious amenities aboard Silver Discoverer. Attend a lecture, perhaps about the Indonesian craft of Ikat weaving or the fascinating Dreamtime mythology of the Aborigines. Or just relax in the comfort of your suite and watch a movie on the in-suite interactive television.

Day 4 – Wyndham, Bungle Bungle, Kimberley, Western Australia

Wyndham is our gateway to the breathtaking Bungle Bungle mountain range in Purnululu National Park, a World Heritage Site — and with good reason. For more than 350 million years, nature has shaped geological formations of giant orange and black striped domes rising out of the ground, a landscape unlike anything you have ever seen. Known to the local aborigines for thousands of years, the Bungles were only discovered by the outside world in the mid 1980’s. Today take part in an inclusive overflight for an aerial view of these glorious panoramas, as well as seeing the majestic man-made Lake Argyle and Argyle Diamond Mine area from the air.

Days 5-10 – Kimberley, Western Australia

The Kimberley is famous for having the second largest tidal range in the world after the Bay of Fundy. A flexible itinerary allows us to take advantage of this natural phenomenon. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine our best course depending on tide, weather and sea conditions. Here are some of the places we may visit during our time in this wondrous region;

Nares Point & Crocodile Creek, Kimberley, Western Australia

Nares Point is a long finger of sandstone protruding from the mainland alongside Koolan Island. With its convoluted photogenic rock formations, this is a superb location for Zodiac exploration and beach walks with our naturalists. In nearby Crocodile Creek — free of crocodiles despite its name — take a refreshing swim in the cool natural pool to relax and beat the Kimberley heat.

Talbot Bay (Horizontal Falls), Buccaneer Archipelago, Kimberley, Western Australia

The British naturalist David Attenborough described Horizontal Falls as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”. This group of over 800 islands was created millions of years ago by the erosive tidal changes. The region’s tides of close to 36 feet (or nearly 11 m) create an amazing spectacle. Depending on whether the tides are ebbing or flowing, we board our Zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls. Then continue deeper into the sandstone gorge of Cyclone Creek and explore geological formations that were created over the last two billion years.

Montgomery Reef, Kimberley, Western Australia

No Kimberley Expedition will be complete without a visit to Montgomery Reef, which is over 400 square miles (1035 km2)in size to observe the amazing tidal changes that take place here. Timing of the tides is everything today; low tide reveals up to 13 feet (4 m) of reef exposing a river that allows access to this amazing semi-submerged world. As the tide continues to ebb, we use our Zodiacs to make our way to the edge of the reef where we are surrounded by cascading waterfalls up to 10 feet high (3 m), and continue up the river as we look at the abundance of reef birds and every imaginable sea creature including turtles, manta rays and, if we are lucky, the elusive dugong. A visit to Montgomery Reef is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Raft Point, Kimberley, Western Australia

At the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the world saw an enormous Wandjina spirit rising out of the ground. It was a breath-taking moment, and for most people their very first encounter with Aboriginal mythology. The image was actually that of a 114-foot sculpture (35 m) created by an artist who lives at Raft Point, home to indigenous Wandjina paintings. We zodiac ashore and set out towards the top of Raft Point. Our hike takes us through the abundant Kimberley Flora including the iconic Baobab Tree, also known by the local Aboriginals as the “upside down tree”. Upon reaching the top of Raft Point, enjoy the spectacular views of the bay in the shade of the overhanging cliff, which is home to the Wandjina Spirit and many other Dreamtime stories and images representing daily aboriginal life. Take a seat, or lie on your back and take in the Wandjina Spirit and listen to the Dreamtime stories associated with this extremely important Aboriginal spirit.

Hunter River, Kimberley, Western Australia

The Hunter River is home to an immense mangrove. Be sure to look for the image of the Indian Head in the soaring red sandstone cliffs as we set out in Zodiacs to explore the narrow mangrove channels, watching for numerous bird species and keeping an eye out for the Crocodylus Porosous (saltwater crocodile), the most aggressive crocodile known to man. For those wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior your onboard Silversea Expeditions team can arrange an optional helicopter flightseeing excursion to the famous Mitchell Falls where four tiers of waterfalls plunge into deep pools that flow out into the Mitchell River.

Jar Island, Vansittart Bay, Kimberley, Western Australia

After landing on Jar Island by Zodiac we go for a walk to the outdoor gallery of Bradshaw Art also known as Gwion Art, one of the three distinctive styles of rock art in the Kimberley region. Bradshaw Art has raised more questions than answers as to who painted these figures and where they have come from. Listen to the theories and interpretations of our own experts as we admire these very delicate and intricate paintings.

King George River & Falls, Kimberley, Western Australia

The King George Falls is one of the Kimberley’s most magnificent natural wonders. At 260 feet (80 m), the twin cascades are among the highest in Australia. We drop anchor at the mouth of the river and ride Zodiacs up this waterway, weaving through an amazing landscape of near vertical red rock formations and a parade of wildlife — carnivorous saltwater crocodiles and amazing birdlife, including giant raptors and the Brahminy Kite. Arriving at the falls, we can cruise quite close to the base to contemplate the immensity of this thundering spectacle. A truly humbling experience.

Day 11 – Broome, Western Australia

After breakfast disembark Silver Discoverer

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

[jtab/]

Expedition Team ::

Louis Justin – Lecturer

Louis was born and grew up in Normandy. After graduating from Europe’s leading business and management school, École des Hautes Études Commerciales, he spent four years in Australia and New Zealand, during which he took every opportunity to thoroughly explore these countries, as well as neighbouring Pacific-Ocean lands and islands. He completed his Master’s Degree at Melbourne Business School, after which he joined the expedition cruising industry; initially in the Polar Regions, then around the world.

As a lecturer, Louis shares his knowledge of the history of exploration and the sciences that made geographical discoveries possible. High on his list of interests are the voyages of the Vikings, Normans and Polynesians, and the first European ventures on the high seas: his favourite topics therefore include the discoveries of unknown oceans and continents, the races to the New Worlds, the quests for long-sought maritime routes, the explorations of Earth’s remotest areas, and the conquest of the poles. Louis’s interest for the natural world enables him to discuss subjects such as geophysics, navigation, weather and climate, geographical geology and understanding volcanoes — their birth, their life, their distribution, and impacts on mankind.

When not guiding or sailing, Louis continues his research, either in Normandy or in Polynesia, flies small planes, or travels to take photographs of volcanic eruptions. Louis holds unlimited certifications (from the United Kingdom’s Royal Yachting Association and France) to drive motor boats (as well as S.T.C.W. 95 certifications).

Uli Erfurth

Uli, aka “BIO-Uli,” has been a biologist, and instructor-trainer since 1996. He studied at Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich in Biology and Zoology. He has experienced over 3000 biological dives in almost all waters and oceans of the world. Growing up in Munich and Neuburg an der Donau, he now likes to travel around the world offering enthusiastic lectures he calls edutainment / “underwater biology,” and diving medicine.

Uli is the departmental head of “UW Biology and Environmental Protection” Association International Diving Schools (VIT).

[/jtabs]
[jbox title=”Contact Us to Book” icon=”/wp-content/uploads//2014/11/ABTA-Mulberry-Travel-Logo-small.jpg”] [jcolumns]

    Your Email (required)

    API - Advanced Passenger information Submission:

    Passenger 1

    SURNAME as per Passport

    GIVEN NAMES as per Passport

    Passport Number:

    Date of Birth:

    Place of Birth

    Date Passport Issued:

    Date Passport Expires:

    Nationality:

    Country of Residence:


    Passenger 2 (If applicable)

    SURNAME as per Passport

    GIVEN NAMES as per Passport

    Passport Number:

    Date of Birth:

    Place of Birth

    Date Passport Issued:

    Date Passport Expires:

    Nationality:

    Country of Residence:

    [jcol/] [=jbox] Send an email for more information or a personalised quote.

    Remember, we don’t pressure sell – We’re here to help not to annoy!
    Visit Us in Person at our Offices:

    The Steam Mill, Steam Mill Street, Chester, CH3 5AN

    Opening Hours:

    Monday – Friday 09:00-17:00 Saturdays 09:00-13:00
    [=/jbox] ready_to_help_
    [/jcolumns]

    Not seen exactly what you were looking for? – We have access to nearly 500,000 holidays in over 100 countries so let us know if we haven’t managed to show you what you were after…..
    [/jbox]