Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Silversea's Explorer No Match for Mother Nature

Silver Explorer in Antarctica courtesy Silversea Cruises
Wave Crashes into Ship
Injuring Crew
Interrupts Voyage
Silver Explorer departed Ushuaia, Argentina, in early January, for an 18-night cruise to Antarctica.On January 12th, somewhere between Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctica,  a wave came crashing into the ship's bridge injuring four crew members.   They were treated in the medical center onboard the vessel and according to Silversea Cruises all 133 guests and 113 crew are safe.

Impacts Current & Next Cruise
According to reports, the damage was severe enough to interrupt the current voyage and cancel the upcoming Antarctic sailing scheduled for January 21st.   If reports are accurate, the wave would have struck the vessel about 30 feet above sea level.

The ship was returning to the embarkation port in Argentina where it will then proceed to an undisclosed location for repairs.  It wasn't clear how long those repairs would take, but the line said it 
anticipated that Silver Explorer would resume its normal Antarctic schedule with a 10-night voyage departing Ushuaia on January 31st.

Impacted passengers have been notified by the line or their travel agents.   It is believed that the line is offering discounted future sailings or refunds to the affected passengers.

While it is unfortunate that the current voyage was cut short, and an upcoming voyage cancelled, dashing hopes of passengers visiting the arctic region, we are happy to report there doesn't appear to be any serious injuries as a result of the incident.   


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