West Coast Expedition – San Diego, California to Vancouver, BC, Canada
DATES: May 02-13, 2017
DURATION: 12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS
EMBARK: SAN DIEGO, USA
DISEMBARK: VANCOUVER, BC
SHIP: SILVER EXPLORER
From searching for the tiny hummingbird to the mighty Bald Eagle, a wide and varied program is promised. Expert lecturers take you on thrilling excursions to show you the remarkable wildlife, indigenous cultures and magnificent landscapes of these remote lands. As mighty glaciers rise up from the frigid waters and Orcas breach for your camera, experience an Alaskan adventure as never before.
- Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
- Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
- Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions
- Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
- Fine dining even in the most remote places of the planet
- Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
- Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
- Free WIFI* throughout the ship
- Onboard Gratuities
- Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society
San Diego, California
Embark the Silver Explorer and depart on your exciting Silversea Expedition — “Wild Coast of the Pacific USA”. Once you have settled in and before Silver Explorer leaves San Diego, you will attend a mandatory safety drill.
Santa Cruz Island, California
Our first stop will be in the Channel Islands National Park on Santa Cruz Island – the largest of the islands. We will head for Prisoners Harbor and the Central Valley, which despite its name is located on the northern shore. The island is now partly owned and man-aged by The Nature Conservancy, while the pier, the beach and the eastern part of Santa Cruz Island are owned by the National Park Service. You can view the historic Prisoners Harbor area and search for the endemic Island Scrub-Jay which is generally found in nearby trees or stream-side vegetation, and is especially abundant in canyons and on north facing slopes with oaks. There will be different options for hikes –from short to long, from easy to strenuous. During the hike we will pass California lilac bushes and will be on the look-out for Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, the Island Scrub Jay and the Santa Cruz Island Fox.
Our next stop promises an interesting day on California’s coast. We will drive along spectacular Highway 1 to Big Sur south of Monterey. During this full day excursion we will see Pebble Beach with its gorgeous coastline and homes, will stroll quaint Carmel-By-The-Sea, reach the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge and will enjoy the area’s secluded beaches, hopefully spotting Northern elephant seals hauled out on land or swimming in the adjacent surf. Lunch will be in Carmel.
If you prefer to do a half day excursion only, then you can choose to either see the Monterey Aquarium with a VIP behind-the-scenes experience and hear about the Aquarium’s groundbreaking research efforts with marine wildlife, or choose a more active afternoon of hiking or a 3-hour kayaking experience.
An optional excursion will be to play one round of golf at the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links.
San Francisco, California
Today a full day tour of San Francisco and the Bay Ar-ea will take you to Muir Woods and the rolling hills of the Marin County Headlands. On the return to San Francisco you will cross the Golden Gate. The high-lights in San Francisco will include Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Wharf and Haight-Ashbury.
If you prefer to see San Francisco’s highlights during the morning for an afternoon of your own, take the morning excursion to explore eclectic neighborhoods, visit Haight-Ashbury, the Golden Gate Recreation Area’s Land’s End and finish at the Ferry Building Market for further independent exploration.
Once Silver Explorer leaves her, berth you should be out on deck as we pass Alcatraz Island and will head out to sea passing under the Golden Gate Bridge shortly before sunset.
During our day at sea, our lecturers will recap the things seen and done in California and prepare you for the natural wonders and historical sites we will see in Oregon and Washington.
Our next stop on this voyage is at the mouth of the Columbia River. Here we will have the option to see Fort Stevens, the only military installation in the continental United States to be fired upon since the War of 1812, in either an in-depth behind-the-scenes visit or doing a bike tour focusing on the historical and geographical attraction, including Battery Russel with its great panoramic views. Another half day excursion will visit the mouth of the Columbia River and from Fort Stevens will continue south to Cannon Beach for magnificent views of an iconic monolith known as Haystack Rock. Alternatively join a tour to Fort Clatsop State Park – where Lewis & Clark spent the winter of 1805-1806 and tour a re-creation of the Fort. Enjoy an interpretive walk through coastal rain-forest before enjoying a beer tasting at Fort George Brewery with a special presentation by a Lewis and Clark historian.
Mt. St. Helens, Washington
This morning we will take the Lewis and Clark Bridge, crossing into Washington to explore Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Monument. This monument is one of the most powerful reminders of nature’s forces, and nat-uralists will share stories of the drama of the May 18, 1980 eruption – the most deadly and destructive eruption in the history of the United States. You will learn how volcanoes are monitored and what Mt. St. Helens has taught. At the Johnston Ridge Observatory birds-eye views into the still-steaming crater can be had and on a hike diverse birdlife and possibly deer, elk and beavers can be observed.
Silver Explorer will sail downs the mighty Columbia River to reach the Pacific and head north.
Port Angeles, Washington
Port Angeles is located on the southern side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca opposite Victoria and next to Olympic National Park. To make the most of the day we will drive to the summit of Hurricane Ridge at 1,598 meters above sea level for stunning views of the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Interpretive hikes will be offered to spot wildlife in this unique alpine habitat. Afterwards you can either head for an old-growth forest at Lake Crescent and end the day soaking in the Sol Duc Hot Springs, or explore Dungeness Spit beach walking and getting to know about the local shellfish farms, concluding at the Finn River Farm to learn about organic farming on the peninsula with a chance to sample the local wine with light appetizers.
Olympia, Washington, USA
From Washington State’s capital Olympia we will be heading east on a full day excursion to see and hike at iconic Mount Rainier in Mount Rainier National Park. After a two-hour drive, we will be able to see Alpine meadows, lakes, waterfalls, old growth forests, all combined with geology and volcanology – the 14,410 foot iconic Mount Rainier is one of five active volcanoes in Washington State.
If you prefer to explore closer to Olympia, you can choose to do so at the Mima Mounds, a National Natural Landmark some 30 miles south of Olympia. This half-day excursion will end with a scenic walk through various habitat types out to the tidal flats of Puget Sound at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.
Anacortes and Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington
Heading north, Silver Explorer will reach the San Juan Islands and Anacortes. Anacortes is the main city on Fidalgo Island and a starting point for a visit to the San Juan Islands. Fidalgo Island is the eastern-most island of the San Juan Archipelago and has an easy access via bridge to the mainland. This is a place to explore the northern woods on your own or you can choose between a visit to Deception Pass State Park for nature walks, continue on to Whidbey Island and Fort Casey State Park, a coast artillery post featuring historic guns and have a look at the Admiralty Head Lighthouse with sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as well as visiting Penn Cove mussel farms to sample this local delicacy or to see the wildlife-rich waters of Deception Pass in between the two islands by local boat.
If that is not enough of a workout for you, how about kayaking to see seals, porpoises, eagles and possibly killer whales?
During lunch Silver Explorer will relocate a short distance and will anchor between Shaw and San Juan Island for a visit to Friday Harbor. Wander the docks in Friday Harbor during an afternoon of self-exploration and relaxation. Watch at the boats, enjoy a walk along the waterfront.
Alert Bay, Johnstone Strait and Seymour Narrows, British Columbia, Canada
Located near the northern entrance of Johnstone Strait, Alert Bay is a small but culturally and historically very rich village on Cormorant Island (named after HMS Cormorant). The Kwakwaka’wakw are well known for their art, and especially their carvings. Not only were totem poles of importance, masks are central to the representation of the different characters of their dances and feature prominently. We will spend the morning in Alert Bay and will see a cultural presentation and walk to the Memorial Totem Poles at the Namgis Burial Ground, one of the few places were the Totem Poles have not been disturbed nor removed.
At the U’mista Cultural Center we take a walk into the past and hear about the potlatch system and the ancient way of life. The museum holds a precious collection of masks and artefacts previously confiscated during the potlatch ban from 1884 to 1951. We will experience traditional First Nations songs and dances.
During the afternoon we cruise the Johnstone Strait. This spectacular waterway invites you to take in the scenery from the outer decks of Silver Explorer. The strait that is between 2.5 km and 5 km wide, 110 kilometers in length and is home to large numbers of orcas during the summer months. The largest member of the dolphin family, orcas (also known as killer whales) can measure nearly ten meters in length and weigh up to six tons.
After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer.
The purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.
- Officers: International
- Length: 354 ft
- Beam: 52 ft
- Tonnage: 6072 t
- Cruise Speed: 14 knots
- Total Staff: 117
- Passenger Capacity: 132
A full range of salon services is available for both men and women including hairstyling, manicures and pedicures. Appointments for these chargeable services may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Voyage.
Featuring designer collections and duty-free shopping, the onboard Boutiques offer a selection of jewellery, fashions, perfumes and Silversea logo items. Shops are closed while in port and on occasion due to local government regulations. Toiletries and convenience items are also available for purchase.
The Connoisseur’s Corner offers exceptional cognacs along with a premium selection of cigars for purchase.
The Fitness Center is open daily and offers a treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike and a weight machine.
Email friends and family back home or surf the web for a nominal fee. CD burners, headphones, digital camera media readers, and complimentary black and white laser printing are also available.
Complimentary self-service laundry facilities are available onboard.
The Library has an extensive selection of hardcover books, magazines, reference materials and newspapers, as well as audio listening stations. Movies are also available and can be viewed on your in-suite entertainment center.
Located on Deck 6 high atop the ship, the Observation Lounge offers panoramic views. Here you will find comfortable seats to enjoy a beverage and watch the ever-changing view.
Outdoor Grill and Whirl Pool
Alfresco dining in the soft ocean breeze. Menu options include healthy CruiseLite selections, fresh-from-the-oven pizza and lighter fare.
The Panorama Lounge is specially designed to provide an uninterrupted view of the day’s destination from the comfort of the ship’s interior. This is an ideal place to unwind, listen to the pianist and enjoy a nightcap with new friends.
This central lobby area welcomes guests to speak with a Guest Relations specialist should they have a question or require any service. Assistance is available 24 hours a day.
Sparkling with silver, crystal and candlelight, The Restaurant encircles its guests with sophisticated elegance and impeccable service.
The Spa at Silversea
Relax your body and mind with a wide range of soothing therapies including facials, body wraps and massages. Sauna and steam rooms are perfect for relaxing before your spa treatment or after a long nature hike. Appointments for chargeable services may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Voyage.
Gather in The Theater to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Lectures and seminars are presented by knowledgeable experts in a variety of scientific fields.
All suites feature:
• Butler service
• Champagne upon request
• Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
• European bath amenities
• Fine pratesi bed linens and down duvets
• Premium mattresses
• A choice of nine pillow types
• ipod docking station
• Plush robes and slippers
• Personalized stationery
• Hair dryer
• Wifi internet access (fee applies)
• Daily suite service with nightly turndown
Owner’s Suite can accommodate 3 guests
728 sq. ft./67 m2 including large veranda (158 sq. ft./15 m2)
Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom, with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table, Four hours of internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
Grand Suite can accommodate 3 guests.
618 sq. ft./57 m2 including veranda (86 sq. ft./8 m2)
Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table, Four hours of internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
400 sq. ft./37 m2 including veranda (86 sq. ft./8 m2)
Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table
SILVER SUITE/EXPEDITION SUITE
Silver and Expedition suites can accommodate three guests.
SILVER SUITE 422 sq. ft./39 m2 including 2 French Balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors (30 sq. ft./3 m2)
EXPEDITION SUITE 388-397 sq. ft./36-37 m2 with 2 view windows or 2 large picture windows
Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest), Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer (Silver Suite), Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service (Silver Suite), Afternoon canapés upon request
(Silver Suite), Dinner at officer’s table (Silver Suite)
VERANDA SUITE 206-216 sq. ft./19-20 m2 including French Balcony
(16 sq. ft./1.5 m2) with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
VISTA SUITE 192 sq. ft./18 m2 with large picture window providing panoramic ocean views
VIEW SUITE 192 sq. ft./18 m2 with view window
Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed (Veranda suites 500, 501, 512 and 513 have a fixed queen-sized bed), Triple capacity that can accommodate young children on sofa bed (View suites 310, 311, 312, 313 and Vista suites 410, 412, 415, 417), Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone
EXPLORER SUITE/ADVENTURER SUITE
EXPLORER SUITE 175–190 sq. ft./16–18 m2 with view window
ADVENTURER SUITE 157–167 sq. ft./14 – 15 m2 with 2 portholes
Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/ shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone