Silversea Cruises

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Silversea Cruises
Type Private
Industry Transportation
Founded 1994
Headquarters Monaco
Products Cruises

Silversea Cruises a luxury cruise line that operates eight luxury, all-suite cruise ships that sail itineraries all around the world throughout the year. The line maintains branch offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore. The company's headquarters are based in Monaco and is owned by the Lefebvre Family of Rome, Italy. A second, smaller headquarters office is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Silversea was founded in April 1994, with one ship. At the time, many doubted that a niche company like this could survive in a mass-market business area. Their first ship, Silver Cloud was followed in January 1995 by a twin ship, the Silver Wind. In September 2000, the line launched Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper in January 2001. Both of these ships were enlarged versions of the original two ships, but carrying about 100 more passengers. In December 2009, Silversea launched the Silver Spirit.

The Prince Albert II has since been renamed the Silver Explorer to align the names under the Silver theme.[1]

It was announced on June 18, 2012 that Silversea acquired Canodros S.A., the premier Ecuadorian tourism company that operates in the Galapagos Islands. The purchase of the line also includes the former Renaissance ship the Galapagos Explorer II. The vessel will continue on its planned schedule of cruises and will continue to be operated by Canodros, which is based in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Canodros will also continue handling reservations for Galapagos Explorer II, as well as sales and marketing through its established network of travel companies and tour operators. She will be moved into the Silversea Expeditions brand along with the Silver Explorer.[2] The Silver Galapagos is expected to enter service on September 28, 2013.

On July 24 2013 CNN aired a report of a Silversea cruiseship, Silver Shadow failing a CDC inspection by hiding trolleys of food in crew cabins. [3]

On September 10, 2013, Silversea Cruises confirmed that it will be adding a third vessel to the Silversea Expeditions brand, the Silver Discoverer, currently sailing as the Clipper Odyssey for Zegrahm Expeditions.[4] According to their website, the Inaugural voyage will be on March 1, 2014.[5]

Main Fleet[edit]

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for Silversea
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
Silver Cloud 1994 Hull: Francisco Visentini
Completion: T. Mariotti
1994–Present 16,800 tons  Bahamas Silver Cloud
Silver Wind 1995 Hull: Francisco Visentini
Completion: T. Mariotti
1995–Present 17,400 tons  Bahamas Silver Wind
Silver Shadow 2000 Hull: Francisco Visentini
Completion: T. Mariotti
2000–Present 28,258 tons  Bahamas Silver Shadow
Silver Whisper 2001 Hull: Francisco Visentini
Completion: T. Mariotti
2001–Present 28,258 tons  Bahamas Silver Whisper
Silver Spirit 2009 Fincantieri 2009–Present 36,000 tons  Bahamas Silver Spirit

Silversea Expeditions Fleet[edit]

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for Silversea
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
Silver Explorer 1989 Rauma-Repola 2008–Present 6,072 tons  Bahamas Previously Delfin Clipper, Sally Clipper, Baltic Clipper, Delfin Star, Dream 21, World Discoverer, World Adventurer and Prince Albert II. Was renamed Silver Explorer in late April 2011.[6]
Silver Galapagos 1990 Cantiere Navale Ferrari-Signani 2013–Present 4,077 tons  Ecuador Previously Galapagos Explorer II
Silver Discoverer 1989 Unknown 2014–Present 5,218 tons  Bahamas Previously Clipper Odyssey

Personalized Voyages[edit]

Silversea provides its guests an option called Personalized Voyages, a cruise industry first. This program allows guests to choose their own embarkation and disembarkation ports, essentially allowing them to create their own voyages. Guests can board days before or days after a cruise begins, but they must sail a minimum of five nights. The onboard time is charged on a daily rate that varies depending on the ports visited and the category of suite accommodation.


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