Silver Explorer sailed into the Silversea fleet in February 1989 and underwent a major refurbishment in 2017 to enhance its facilities and create an even more luxurious and intimate cruising experience. Relax in one of the well-equipped suites and look forward to exploring your varied itinerary of destinations accompanied by a maximum of 143 fellow guests. Silver Explorer is specially-designed to navigate the world's most remote destinations and the Earth's two polar regions. Its fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allow you to visit off-the-beaten-track locations with the expert Expedition Team on hand to provide insightful touches to each unforgettable cruise adventure ashore. The impressive 1.2:1 crew to guest ratio, all inclusive service, and 24-hour room service means your every need will be tended to during your cruise. The ship also features a range of welcome touches including a fitness centre, spa, beauty salon, boutique, observation lounge, and library.
The Restaurant offers open-seating dining at breakfast, lunch, and dinner and a menu of continental and regional specialities in elegant surroundings. Enjoy healthy cuisine at the open-air The Grill, which is a rotisserie with gourmet salad and burger by day; offering a menu of organic and freshly-prepared ingredients to cook at your table on heated lava stones in the evening.
Panorama Lounge is the perfect place to relax after a long day of sightseeing; unwind in one of the comfy chairs and watch the sunset over the ocean with a gin and tonic as you listen to the pianist play ambient tunes. The outdoor bar at The Grill is a popular spot for sundowners as you discuss the day's events with fellow guests. Connoisseurs Corner is the place to relax with a glass of fine cognac and premium cigars.
During your time afloat; keep active in the fitness centre, treat yourself to a rejuvenating treatment in Zagara Spa, or get a manicure in the beauty salon. Research your upcoming destinations using the guide books in Tor's Observation Library. Take your seat in Explorer Lounge to enjoy lectures and seminars about wildlife and nature presented by knowledgeable experts. Spend your days ashore getting up close to the local wildlife and scenery accompanied by the Expedition Team. After dinner, listen to relaxing tunes from the pianist in the Panorama Lounge and then retreat to your luxury suite to unwind.
Day 1: UK to Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Miami or Fort Lauderdale and be transferred to the port to board Silver Explorer for your 17 night cruise.
Day 2: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale is an exciting city with a laid-back beach atmosphere. Found on the coast, your hotel is ideal for enjoying a range of water sports — from surfing and parasailing, to jet-skiing and scuba-diving. Fort Lauderdale is a popular shopping spot and is home to the planet's largest discount and entertainment mall, Sawgrass Mills. For some of the city's best cafes, boutiques and restaurants, head to Las Olas Boulevard — also known as the 'style mile'. There are kayak tours and gondola rides to explore more of the city, as well as popular wildlife attractions — including the largest butterfly aviary on the continent, Butterfly World, and one of the area's most significant nesting beaches for turtles at Mizell-Johnson State Park. You can find a network of bars, clubs and live music lounges to enjoy late into the night, too.
Day 4: Dangriga, Belize
Dangriga, formerly known as Stann Creek Town, is a town in southern Belize, at the mouth of the Stann Creek River. Just a short distance south of Belize City, Dangriga is Southern Belize’s largest town. Considered to be the cultural capital, the Gulisi Garifuna Museum will give you a historical insight with fascinating exhibits and artifacts. Dangriga also grants access to some of the spectacular cays in the Caribbean as well Mayan sites; it is surrounded by several forest reserves. The most important of these is the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Reserve, the first Jaguar reserve, which offers nature walks, waterfall hikes, and wildlife viewing. The various habitats lead to excellent birding for species restricted to riverine areas, pine woodland, and forests. The Drums of Our Fathers Monument designed by the Nigerian sculptor Stepehn Okeke is a must-see; grab the best photo opportunities here.
Day 5: South Water Caye, Belize
Just off the coast of Belize, South Water Caye is an inhabited island within Belize’s largest marine protected area; the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. It's one out of seven reserves that form the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Brimming with beautiful resorts and sandy beaches, the island offers the opportunity to explore the cayes, important oceanic mangroves systems, and seagrass beds within the surrounding conservation zone. Spot magnificent frigatebirds from the nearby Man 'O' War Caye, as well as pelicans, ospreys, herons, and other resident wading and shore birds. Snorkelling and scuba diving is a paradise for underwater enthusiasts; swim the turquoise waters and enjoy boat trips to the reef and nearby islands.
Day 6: Guanaja Cay, Honduras & Josh's Cay - Graham's Place, Honduras
Guanaja is the second largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands. While Columbus was exploring the Caribbean, he was the first European to see and land on the island, which is just off the mainland’s coast. The hilly landscapes, houses, and shops on Guanaja Cay cover the entire island. This little cay is next to a channel that cuts across the larger Guanaja from east to west; it's perfect for water adventurers who enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling, jet skiing, and parasailing. Take a boat trip to Roatan Island to check out its dive sites and marine life, including whale sharks. Hike around the island on a guided tour to appreciate the beautiful waterfalls and rich wildlife.
Honduras has many larger islands as well as a few small cays. Josh’s Cay, also known as Graham’s Cay, is part of the reef islets off the coast of Guanaja. Josh’s Cay covers an area of only seven acres and Graham’s Place is the private island’s small resort. Relax on the sands of the picture-perfect beach or test your limits with plenty of water sports activities, such as swimming and snorkelling. You can also experience unforgettable night diving to see fluorescent fish and plankton that light up after dark. The flats around Josh’s Cay are deemed good fishing spots, prominent with bonefish and barracuda. Take a waterfall hike and admire lush tropical landscapes, unique plant and tree species, and capture photos.
Day 7: Roatan Island, Honduras & Pigeon Cays, Honduras
Rotatan sits at the heart of the Caribbean Bay Islands in Honduras. This paradise island forms part of the huge Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and is lined with white sandy beaches and tropical fish-filled turquoise waters. Visit the island's capital, Coxen Hole, or spend time at nearby Mahogany Bay. Venture east to Roatan Institute of Marine Sciences, Roatan Museum, Carambola Gardens, and Rotatan Marine Park at the cultural centre of Sandy Bay. Head to the southwest to bustling West Bay Beach with its offshore coral reef. Keep your eyes peeled for the indigenous Lala Monkey, Jesus Lizard, and the Red Lored Parrot, or scuba dive with reef sharks at the Cara a Cara dive site.
Day 9: Providencia Island, Colombia
Providencia Island is a mountainous Caribbean island which is part of the Colombian Archipelago of San Andres. For outstanding 360-degree views of the Caribbean from El Pico mountain visit El Pico Natural Regional Park; only a 90-minute walk to the top provides idyllic scenery. The stunning Bahia Suroeste is a palm-lined beach backed by steep hills, and here you can watch the bareback horse race every Saturday. Take boat trips out to sea to discover Cayo Cangrejo or Santa Catalina and its picturesque village of Santa Isabel. Housed in a former church; Museo de Historia y Antigüedades tells the fascinating history of Providencia through paintings, photographs, antiques, and other collectable objects.
Day 11: Cartagena, Columbia
Disembark in Colombia's Cartagena. Featuring cobbled streets, pretty plazas, old churches, and 13km of stone colonial walls; Cartagena is possibly the Caribbean coast's most beautiful destination. While here, visit the famous Palace of the Inquisition — which is a grisly museum featuring former instruments of torture from colonial times! Next, see one of Spain's greatest fortresses, Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, which dominates the skyline and includes a network of tunnels that you can enter. Do some more sightseeing and enjoy beautiful buildings such as a convent founded in the 17th century and a stunning cathedral. Enjoy the palaces, mansions and monasteries of the old town district — sampling local snacks and drinks on the way — or take a tour of the nearby mangroves and see colourful, local wildlife.
Day 12: San Blas Islands, Panama
The San Blas archipelago is located off the Caribbean coast, east of Colon, and is made up of 365 islands. Only about fifty of the islands are inhabited; the resident Kuna Indians have tightly preserved their language and cultural traditions over the centuries. Spanish is also widely spoken and many men work on the mainland, but live on the islands. Women wear costumes with unique designs based on local themes, geometric patterns, and stylised fauna and flora. The island of El Porvenir is one of the main seats of government for the Kuna Indians; where many Kunas from the other islands came to settle, bringing with them their traditional arts and crafts. These include the famous molas; intricately hand-sewn designs made by the women of the tribes as part of their blouses and dresses. Molas are now a favoured souvenir and craft item for you to take home with you.
Day 13: Panama Canal Transit
The Panama Canal bisects the country just to the west of Panama City and was opened in August 1914 with a third, wider lane of locks added in June 2016. This artificial 82km-long waterway in Panama connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The banks of the canal are covered in rain forest and national parks. Central Panama stretches out from the canal across three provinces and into two oceans to comprise everything from the mountains of the Cordillera Central to the west, to the Caribbean coral reefs and colonial fortresses in the north, to the beaches of the Pearl Islands in the Bahía de Panamá (Bay of Panama) in the south. The coast on either side of the canal's Caribbean entrance offers the remains of colonial fortresses surrounded by jungle, half a dozen beaches, and mile upon mile of coral reef. The mountains to the east of the canal hold flora and fauna and indigenous Emberá villages.
Day 14: Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panama
Expect incredible morning views as you arrive into the port for Panama City. Tinged with a silver pre-dawn light, the city will transform into a golden glow as the sun rises above it. And from then on expect one stunning view after another; Fuerte Amador is obviously overshadowed by its proximity to Panama City. Pay a visit to Miraflores Museum of the Canal, which offers a comprehensive and immersive tour of the Canal including a 3-D experience, four exhibition halls, and an observation deck. Meander through Casco Viejo, the old quarter of Panama, with its grand old colonial houses, cobbled streets, independent boutiques, and buzzing street scene. And, if you like seafood, you'll not want miss the many restaurants and market stalls serving different variations of so-fresh-it’s-still-practically-swimming ceviche. If money is no object, a cup of geisha coffee – supposedly the world’s best and definitely the world’s most expensive at $7 a shot - is definitely a pick me up!
Day 15: Darien Jungle, Panama
Step aboard a local boat or Zodiac and travel up the Mogue River to explore the Darien Jungle. This remote area has one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world. It is also one of the world’s top ten birding sites, with the colourful crimson-collared Tanager, chestnut-fronted Macaws, and snow-bellied Hummingbirds found here. Mammals include tapirs and black-headed Spider Monkeys. In this roadless stretch of forest, rivers provide the best access. Visitors to the Darien Jungle are rare with fewer than 1,000 tourists visiting each year. The Embera are one of several indigenous groups that live here in relative isolation offering ornate handcrafted baskets and carvings for sale in their traditional villages.
Day 17: Quepos, Costa Rica
Quepos is a small town on Costa Rica's central Pacific coast and allows you to experience a once-in-a-lifetime nature adventure in Manuel Antonio National Park. This enchanting area is located just 7km to the south and was once dependent on banana plantations; but after disease infiltrated the harvest, African Palms became the prominent crop. Quepos now draws in the crowds thanks to its fantastic sport fishing. Exploring this maze of wetlands by boat is amazing and the perfect way to see crocodiles, monkeys, herons, raccoons, and more. Northwest of Quepos, the Damas Island mangrove estuary is home to wildlife including caimans, snakes, and iguanas. The nearby sandy stretches of Playa Espadilla and Playa Biesanz are well worth a visit too.
Day 18: Puntareanas, Costa Rica to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be transferred back to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.