Silversea Cruises and Darwin Port conducted a plaque exchange to signify Silver Explorer’s maiden call in Darwin last week, as the luxury cruise line marked its long-awaited return to Australian waters after more than two years.
Adam Radwanski, Silversea’s Managing Director for the Asia Pacific was present to commemorate the occasion. Also present at the plaque exchange was Petter Dummett, Darwin Port General Manager for Trade and Property, and Nicole Manison, NT Minister for Tourism and Hospitality.
“Silver Explorer’s inaugural sailing from Darwin marks a special moment for our cruise line, as our first sailing in more than two years in Australian waters,” Radwanski said.
“The Kimberley region is amongst the most treasured in the world. We are thrilled to offer Silversea’s unparalleled signature ultra-luxury expedition experience to our valued guests.”
“Darwin Port welcomes the Silver Explorer on its maiden voyage to Darwin. Its arrival for the expedition season is a welcome boost to the Northern Territory tourism and hospitality sector,” Dummett said.
Minister Manison added: “Cruise tourism provides a big boost to the Territory economy, and prior to COVID-19, cruise ships generated around $60 million of annual expenditure within the NT. We know cruise passengers spend at local businesses including retail outlets, cafes and restaurants while enjoying tourism experiences that showcase the Territory”.
“The Northern Territory was the first jurisdiction in Australia to welcome back international expedition vessels, and we are delighted to host Silver Explorer and her guests,” Manison said.
Silversea Cruises has introduced a comprehensive, multi-layered set of science-backed protocols to ensure the health and safety of guests, crew and the communities they visit.
Guests on all voyages in Australia and New Zealand will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before sailing.
Lead image – from left: Captain Ian Niblock, Darwin Port General Manager Operations; Silver Explorer‘s Captain Pavlin Koev; Nicole Manison, Deputy Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, and Silversea Crew.