Silversea, the luxury small ship cruise line, christened its first expedition ship, Prince Albert II, on June 3, 2008. The ship, formerly the World Discoverer owned and operated by Society Expeditions which went bankrupted in 2003, is named in tribute to Prince Albert of Monaco.
The Lloyd’s Register A1A ice-rated vessel has just completed an extensive multimillion-dollar renovation which included exterior design modifications, technological enhancements and a comprehensive upgrade of all guest accommodations and public spaces. The ship is also being outfitted with a new fleet of eight Zodiac boats with low-emission engines. The ship is equipped with satellite communication systems for bow-to-stern wireless Internet access and cellular phone service with guests’ own cell phones.
The Prince Albert II carries 132 guests in 66 oceanview accommodations, many featuring private verandas. Staterooms and suites range in size from 180 to over 600 square feet. Eighteen suites will each be more than 400 square feet. Other features include a single-seating main dining room, a library with computers and Internet access, a boutique, a beauty salon, a fitness center, a full-service spa and two Jacuzzi pools. The ship will also have several lounges, including a cigar lounge like the Humidor on the line’s other ships.
The Prince Albert II’s inaugural season features voyages of 10 to 21 days focusing on polar adventures. Sailing first to the Arctic Circle, Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland for the summer, the ship will reposition to South America and Antarctica for autumn and winter voyages.
Sunstone Tours & Cruises is excited to offer Prince Albert II’s itineraries. And most sailings offer a 25% discount. Below are the itineraries offered: