Expedition cruise specialst, Silversea will deploy its ship, the Silver Discoverer to Seychelles for a number of inter island trips, commencing with the opening of Seychelles next cruise season in October.
The 116-guest Silver Discoverer offers the perfect platform for viewing untamed landscapes, with all ocean-view suites and plenty of deck space. Silver Discoverer’s shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore, and with a fleet of 12 Zodiacs, guests can land on isolated shores and explore wetlands and submerged ecosystems, up-close and in-depth.
Commenting on the announcement, chief executive officer of Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Francis, said that the addition of the new company will be a boost for the tourism sector.
“A lot of our suppliers in Seychelles, be it big or small, stand to benefit with the increase in cruise ship visits to our shores, provided it is well managed and provided it is the right kind of cruises,” said Francis.
Francis added that “the various cruise ship calls will give the Seychelles islands the chance to showcase itself to potential visitors with the hope that their short experience will motivate them to consider future visits to the Indian Ocean Island destination.
According to the business development manager of the Seychelles Port Authority (SPA), Vincent Didon, the arrival of the new company will give a further boost to the Blue Economy concept that has become significance as part of the livelihood of maritime-forward countries such as Seychelles.
“More cruise liners want to position their vessels in the Indian Ocean region and including Seychelles on their cruise schedule. Costa Crosier and AIDA Cruises, which are two of eleven brands operated by one of the world’s largest cruise lines – the Carnival Group, have confirmed that they will be sending a bigger vessel to Seychelles for the 2018-2019 cruise seasons,” Didon said.
According to the Seychelles Ports Authorities, the cruise season of 2017/2018 has brought 41 cruise ship calls. Silversea Cruise Ships are known for their smaller sizes luxury ships for the discerning travelers wanting discovery in style.