21 October 2011

Exploring Cartagena & the San Blas Islands

Though Silver Explorer spends the summer months exploring in remote polar regions, when the weather turns chillier and more severe at the poles during winter, the expedition ship repositions to warmer areas in Central and South America and the west coast of Africa. Silver Explorer happens to be in Colón, Panama, today, completing one such warm-weather adventure in the Caribbean Sea.

World traveller Ralph Grizzle, publisher of Avid Cruiser, was on board this week and offers a revealing look at Cartagena, Colombia, and Panama's San Blas Islands, on his blog.

Click here to read the story.

Silver Explorer will offer a similar 10-day Caribbean Sea Adventure in 2012, sailing from Colón to Bridgetown, Barbados, on 4 April (Voyage 7209).

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20 October 2011

Photo Tour of Silver Explorer

World traveller Ralph Grizzle, publisher of Avid Cruiser, is sailing aboard Silver Explorer this week and has just published a terrific photo tour of the ship.

Click here to view the images.

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12 October 2011

Going Gaga for Gannets

Are you gaga for gannets … and other birds? If so, well, you’re not alone, as Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black are about to reveal in their new movie, The Big Year, a comedy about bird watchers that debuts in US theatres this week.

In the film, the characters portrayed by Martin, Wilson and Black are seeking a major life change and decide to spend a year searching for some of the rarest birds in North America.

We don't know if they will be searching for any sea birds in the film, but northern gannets should rank high on a birder's list. Just take a look at these lovely photos of northern gannets that were taken aboard a Silver Explorer expedition cruise to Bonaventure Island, Québec, Canada, last month.

Are these not incredibly beautiful birds?

According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, nearly 50 million Americans are bird enthusiasts. In the UK, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has over one million members. Clubs and groups dedicated to bird watching number in the thousands around the world.

The US-based National Audubon Society, hoping The Big Year will inspire even greater interest in birding, has launched a social media campaign to coincide with the movie's release. Clicking on the animated birds on the many participating websites takes players to an Audubon Facebook page to collect and trade “bird cards” which feature recordings of birdsongs, bird facts, and video. All that is required to play is to visit Audubon on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalAudubonSociety.

Or you could simply dust off your binoculars, step outside, and look up. You may soon be going a bit gaga yourself!

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