Silversea has expanded its 2021 collection of expedition voyages to Australia’s remote Kimberley region with the addition of a trio of new nine-day sailings, departing in late May and June. Hosted aboard Silver Explorer, these additional options offer travellers the chance to discover the Kimberley’s landscapes in comfort.
Brimming with wildlife, canyons and ancient rock art, Australia’s Kimberley coast in the northern region of Western Australia is one of the world’s last remaining authentic wildernesses. Silver Explorer‘s new 2021 voyages will allow guests to travel deeper to unlock its natural and cultural treasures.
New all-inclusive Early Booking Bonus fares start from AU$13,410 per guest, based on double occupancy.
Highlights of the new Kimberley voyages include:
- Darwin to Broome, 9 days: 28 May – 6 June 2021
A maiden call to the secluded Lacepede Islands – a birdwatcher’s paradise and an important breeding area for green turtles – is among the attractions on this nine-day voyage. Other destinations include the King George River region, Wyndham, Vansittart Bay (Jar Island), Hunter River, Montgomery Reef, Raft Point and Talbot Bay, as well as an overnight in Yampi Sound. In Raft Point, Silversea’s guests will have the opportunity to see the Wandjina rock paintings, which are said to date back approximately 4,000 years.
- Broome to Darwin, 9 days: 6 – 15 June 2021
Showcasing dazzling waterfalls, historic Aboriginal cave paintings and mangrove ecosystems that teem with magnificent wildlife, Silver Explorer will call in Talbot Bay, Adele Island, Raft Point, Montgomery Reef, Hunter River, Vansittart Bay (Jar Island), Wyndham and Koolama Bay on a nine-day sailing. Accompanied by Silversea’s industry-leading Expedition Team members, travellers will enjoy Zodiac tours through the remarkable Montgomery Reef. The 400-square-kilometre marine ecosystem is home to sea turtles, epaulette sharks, and rare migratory birds.
- Darwin to Broome, 9 days: 15 -24 June 2021
An overnight in Talbot Bay – famous for its Horizontal Falls – is among the highlights on this itinerary that includes the King George River region, Wyndham, Vansittart Bay (Jar Island), Hunter River, Yampi Sound, Raft Point, Montgomery Reef and the Lacepede Islands. Silversea’s guests will journey up the King George River on Zodiacs to admire the King George Falls.
Silversea Kimberley cruises: Spotlight on food and wine culture
In the Kimberley, guests will enjoy a truly immersive experience that combines deep-dives into Aboriginal culture and history – through excursions to heritage sites and onboard lectures – with regionally inspired gastronomic experiences.
Guests will sample the authentic flavours, ingredients and delicacies of Western Australia. From the delectable Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines of the Margaret River region to indigenous bushfood like the boab roots featured in onboard cuisine, the regional experience will extend from shore to ship. The food program is inspired by Executive Chef Alan Groom of El Questro Homestead in the Kimberley. Featured dishes might include citrus-cured salmon gravlax with green mango dressing; grilled saltwater barramundi, shaved fennel salad, cherry tomato and boab root salsa; or roast rack of lamb, polenta Bianca with pomegranate glaze.
The most comprehensive expedition offering at sea
As part of the most comprehensive all-inclusive offering at sea, Silversea’s guests will benefit from round-trip air, transfers, and a pre-cruise hotel night included in the cruise fare. Aboard Silver Explorer, travellers will journey in spacious ocean-view suites, enjoying gourmet cuisine in two restaurants; the personalised service of a butler; and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, a stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, onboard gratuities, and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi.
Further enriching the expedition experience for guests is Silver Explorer‘s onboard team of experts. Marine biologists, ornithologists, naturalists and other professionals will share their expertise and lead excursions ashore to unlock the wonders of Australia’s last wilderness frontier. These passionate and knowledgeable professionals offer informative lectures, discussions and recaps on board, in addition to guided Zodiac excursions, hikes and nature walks ashore – all of which are included in the fare.
“The Australian market shows very strong demand for domestic and close-to-home vacations, and the addition of these new Kimberley voyages shows our commitment to this region,” said Adam Radwanski, Silversea’s Managing Director for Asia Pacific.
“We are proud to play a valuable role in supporting the local economy and communities of the Kimberley through our pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions and use of local transport companies, tour operators and destination attractions, as part of our all-inclusive offering. This kind of support is especially important as these communities look to create jobs and boost their economies.”
This month Silversea revealed its largest-ever collection of itineraries for 2022/2023, which includes 31 voyages in Australia and New Zealand. On top of Silversea’s offering in the Kimberley, Silver Explorer will complete an all-new 17-day itinerary, enabling guests to discover the Dampier Archipelago and the Monte Bello Islands, before venturing as far south as Freemantle.
Silver Muse, meanwhile, will sail shorter options of 12 and 13 days throughout Australia and New Zealand, calling in Hobart overnight – following strong demand from guests – while longer voyages also incorporate Asia and Melanesia.
Learn more about Silversea’s Kimberley cruises at silversea.com/kimberley-luxury-cruises.html