The water didn’t look at all inviting, and as I reluctantly took the plunge into its icy embrace I let out an involuntary scream of shock. But within minutes, my momentary discomfort was all but forgotten as a pack of penguins popped out of nowhere, shooting towards me through the waves like a hail of bullets....

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Expedition cruise guests driving away from a glacier in Zodiacs
Sailing to the top of the world to discover isolated landscapes where polar bears roam is one of the ultimate thrills of luxury cruises into the Arctic Circle. Yet this isn’t just the icy realm of the so-called Kings of the Arctic, but an unforgettable setting of snow-covered fjords, vertiginous cliffs teeming with seabirds, and...

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Silver Explorer - Silversea Expedition
In wake of the cruise line's 10th anniversary, Silversea Expeditions are an enthralling and enriching cruise experience like no other. Back in November 2017, two members of our Cruise Concierge team - Emma Taylor and Katie Smith - managed to experience Silver Explorer for themselves. Read on to learn more of this stunning, purpose-built luxury...

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Silversea Expedition - Group with penguin in foreground
June 2018 saw Silversea Expeditions celebrate ten years of offering their uniquely immersive expedition sailings. Since launching its first ship in 2008 and becoming the world’s first luxury cruise line to offer expedition voyages, Silversea have established a trend of ultra-luxury which continues to surpass and develop to continually enrich guest experience and environmental change....

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Excursion and cruise ship - Silversea Expeditions
First noted as an up-and-coming trend, expedition cruising is now the trendsetter. With Zodiac excursions, sailings to untouched shores and adventures around every bend - expedition cruising has pioneered a shift in the cruising industry. With such a change and sudden growth, it seems more and more cruisers are longing for bucket-list getaways and adventurous...

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Silversea Expedition - Polar bear
Expeditions are perfect for experiencing once-in-a-lifetime excursions. Luxury cruise lines such as Seabourn, Hapag-Lloyd and Silversea offer a range of unforgettable ventures to enjoy when sailing aboard an expedition ship. Each offers their own catalogue of adventures ashore, from meeting the wildlife to exploring natural wonders. With so many to choose from, we have selected...

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Silversea - Expedition cruise on a Zodiac
Expedition cruising is much like traditional cruising, but with more emphasis placed on the experience ashore, excursions and ports of call – many of which are much more off-the-beaten-track than mainstream cruises. Enjoy the unique flora and fauna of each destination, learning of the untouched territories with a team of experts to guide you. Expedition...

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Expedition cruise guests on a shore excursion in the Arctic
I will never forget the thrill of spotting an inquisitive polar bear on a cruise high into the Arctic Circle. We were just 600 miles south of the North Pole amid the breathtakingly remote surroundings of Magdalena Bay in the Svalbard Archipelago, and deep into the territory of the so-called Kings of the Arctic. So...

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A Silversea expedition cruise ship behind a polar bear in the Arctic
Italian-owned Silversea, which operates some of the world’s most exclusive and luxurious ships, is a line that is going through a big wave of investment and change. Silver Explorer At present, the line has five ‘classic’ cruise ships, including the brand-new 596-passenger Silver Muse, launched in April 2017, and four expedition ships. Between them, the...

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