Mangia, Mangia on <i>Costa Smeralda</i>

Mangia, Mangia on Costa Smeralda

Steve Leland - October 28, 2021

Sail on Silver Explorer

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Sail on Silver

Silversea Cruises’ Silver Explorer offers just the right blend of elegance and adventure.

By Judi Cuervo

Expedition. The word conjures images of rugged, parka-clad explorers scaling treacherous ice-slicked mountains and subsisting for days on rations of trail mix and Snickers.

By contrast, my Silver Explorer expedition finds me on a tranquil beach in Madrisky Cay, Venezuela, my feet buried in powder-soft white sand, a clear aqua sea before me and an ice-cold Solera beer in my hand. Nearby, a table is piled high with delicacies like barracuda ceviche, seafood shish kabob, the makings of Cuba libres and more of my beloved Solera, the decadent haul having been transported from a restaurant on nearby Gran Roque.

This is expedition, Silversea style.

To be fair, my sailing is a Silver Explorer repositioning, a sun-drenched voyage from Colon, Panama, to Barbados, calling at exotic locales in Central America and the Caribbean as the ship works her way northward. While we are a far cry from the polar regions that this purpose-built, 6,072-gross ton, 132-passenger vessel typically plies, the cultural, environmental, and adventurous hallmarks of a Silver Explorer sailing are with us every nautical mile.


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