In March of 2014, I flew to Singapore to cover the christening of Silversea Expeditions’ third expedition vessel, Silver Discoverer. While on board Silver Discoverer (only for an overnight), I was fortunate to sit down with Conrad Combrink, the friendly and knowledgeable director of expedition planning and strategic development for Silversea Expeditions. You can listen to the interview in the player below. I hope you enjoy the 10-minute conversation.
Silversea Cruise Reviews
This morning, Silver Shadow docked in the fabled city of Singapore. With my shore excursion Evening Trishaw Experience scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., I spent much of my last day on the ship preparing for my 5:45 a.m. transfer to the airport. My butler Roland offered to pack my luggage for me, but he has done enough for me on this voyage, and my hope is that Roland will take a little time off to enjoy a night out in Singapore before tomorrow’s turnaround when the ship is made ready for new passengers (and those who are cruising back-to-back on their second, third or fourth voyages in a row).
We’ve finally finished our video featuring Antarctica, filmed during our voyage this past December on Silver Explorer. Putting together a piece to accurately reflect our experiences wasn’t easy. The White Continent presents a destination and a series of experiences difficult to capture in any form of media, but videographer Chris Stanley did an outstanding job stitching together clips from our landings and from our interviews with Silver Explorer Expedition team members to create an inspiring seven-minute video.
Comments and emails like the one below are not uncommon since my voyage to Antarctica on Silver Explorer last month:
I normally hate the cold but have a yen to go to Antarctica My husband doesn’t want to go; says the journey would be horrendous. He an ex-747 captain; me, an ex-stewardess, so we have traveled extensively. We will both be 70 next year, although still fairly active. Do you think we would cope, and should I twist his arm! — Sara
An Antarctic cruise on Silver Explorer is no place for naps — or even sleep. Sure, you can rest if you want to, but there are two things that may keep you from slipping into slumber.
I typically characterize small ships as those carrying 1,000 or fewer passengers, or guests, as the cruise lines like to refer to the warm bodies that inhabit their vessels. However, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the best luxury cruise ships carrying fewer than 600 passengers.
On Silver Spirit, Assessing The Cost Of Luxury Cruises: Ten Value-Added Extras; What’s The Real Cost?
It’s no secret that the cost of luxury cruises can induce “sticker shock” for the uninitiated. Per diems typically range from $300 per person to $800 per person on many luxury cruises. But when all of the value-added extras are factored in, the cost of luxury cruising is actually much less than the sticker price.
Silversea, Crystal Now Booking 2015 Luxury World Cruises — With Perks For Those Who Go ‘All The Way’
One of my all-time favorite lines about world cruises comes from none other than Geoff Edwards. Wikipedia describes Geoff as an American television actor, game show host and radio personality. I describe him as one of the funniest people I’ve ever known. In his book, Going All The Way, Geoff wrote:
Today’s world cruises are organized in segments, and the most asked question on board is “How far are you going?” Some will say Hong Kong, some Sydney, some Mombasa, but members of a select group respond with a slightly condescending, “I’m going all the way!” — a phrase I hadn’t heard since high school.