TravelChannel.com has just named Silversea Expeditions' all-suite Silver Discoverer the "Best Luxury Cruise" in its selection of "Travel's Best Cruises" of 2014.
TravelChannel.com is the website of Travel Channel, one of the world's leading travel media brands. According to the website, the TV network is available in nearly 96 million cable homes across the USA.
Travel's 10 best cruises were recommended by a panel of cruise and travel experts comprised of Samantha Brown, Travel Channel host; Jason Leppert, editor-in-chief of PopularCruising.com; Anne Campbell, editor of CruisingFromNewYork.com and ShipCriticBlog.com; Stewart Chiron, president and CEO of CruiseGuy.com; and Kwin Mosby, managing producer for Travel Channel.
Commenting on Silver Discoverer, Mosby said, "Led by expert guides, you can't beat the intimate shore experiences of hiking, snorkelling and diving in some of the most remote parts of the world."
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Hiking to the top of the summit caldera on Yankicha Islet, a partially submerged volcano
in the Kuril Islands. (Read more in the Voyage Journal.)
Silver Discoverer's itineraries encompass many of the Pacific Ocean's most isolated corners. In addition to Australia's Kimberley Coast, her schedule includes visits to wild and rarely travelled lands in Southeast Asia, Micronesia, Melanesia, East Asia, the Russian Far East, New Zealand, and the Sub-Antarctic Islands. And in 2015, Polynesia will join the schedule, plus a host of other exciting new Pacific destinations, such as the remote Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati, which includes Nikumaroro, the island some believe to be the final resting place of famed aviator Amelia Earhart.
These exhilarating expedition cruises offer adventure travellers rare opportunities to discover unique cultures, such as the Māori people of New Zealand, with their rich history and timeless traditions; snorkel, dive and admire the incredible ocean habitats in Raja Ampat, considered to be the heart of the world's coral reef biodiversity; witness spectacular natural landscapes, including the massive volcanoes of the Alaska Peninsula or, during an inclusive flight, the breathtaking Bungle Bungle mountain range in Purnululu National Park.
Aerial view of the Bungle Bungle mountain range in Purnululu National Park.
Silver Discoverer offers a comfortable, intimate and convivial onboard lifestyle where guests can feel at home as they explore secluded realms. Guests enjoy ocean-view suites, gourmet cuisine, the personalised service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, and stocked in-suite beverage cabinet.
And in true Silversea Expeditions style, guests are enriched by an onboard programme of destination lectures, photo presentations and daily recaps. Exploratory Zodiac excursions and interactive walks ashore, led by experts in their field -- marine biologists, ornithologists, geologists, botanists, historians, and anthropologists, are complimentary.
Ralph Grizzle, the publisher of AvidCruiser.com, is currently sailing aboard Silver Discoverer through the Russian Far East and posting live reports on his 14-day expedition. Take a peek: