Silversea Expeditions to Sail the Northeast Passage in 2019

Silver Explorer at Dusk

Silversea Expeditions is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the introduction of its first crossing of the Northeast Passage – a remote cruising route above the Arctic Circle that follows the extreme coastlines of Asia and Europe.

The all-suite Silver Explorer will sail the route as it passes 5,019 nautical miles of seascapes and wilderness on a 25-day voyage. On August 10, 2019, the ice-class expedition ship will sail from Nome, Alaska, to Tromsø, Norway, on a journey through this challenging region.

The journey will encompass the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wrangel Island, where polar bears and walruses roam and migratory birds nest; Champ Island, known for the large stone spheres that dot its landscape; Tikhaya Bay's Rubini Rock, with its basalt columns; and the archipelago of Severnaya Zemlya, famous for its fjords and glaciers.

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The ship will also spend a day navigating as far north as possible, in the direction of the Ice Edge, in search of seals, walruses, and polar bears on ice floes. History buffs can enjoy a visit to Murmansk, the last city founded by the Russian Empire. Coastal villages like Chukotka's Uelen, populated by the Chukchi and Yupik people, will offer rare cultural experiences.

The Silver Explorer accommodates 144 guests and her fleet of 12 Zodiac crafts will provide the opportunity for up-close exploration. Silversea’s Expedition Team will be at hand to share knowledge and topical insights. They will provide lectures, run workshops, lead Zodiac trips, and guide shore excursions – all of which is complimentary for guests.

Aboard the ship, guests can enjoy ocean-view suites, several dining options, and the personalized service of a butler. Enriching the experience are such all-inclusive amenities as complimentary premium wines and spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks served throughout the ship; an in-suite bar stocked with guests' preferences; in-suite 24-hour dining; and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi. Double-occupancy fares start from $37,260 per person.

This article originally appeared on www.travelagentcentral.com.

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