KIMBERLEY KAPERS

Silversea's Silvber Discoverer makes her debut in Broome at the start of her inaugural voyage in Western Australia's remote Kimberley region.
Silversea’s Silver Discoverer made her debut in Broome at the start of her inaugural voyage in Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region.

ZIPPY zodiacs took guests from Silversea’s new expedition ship Silver Discoverer across rushing tidal waters at Horizontal Falls, in Western Australia’s remote Kimberley to see what British naturalist David Attenborough described as one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.

That ride with the tide was one of many highlights on Silver Discoverer’s maiden voyage which australiancruisingnews.com notes was perfectly timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Silversea cruise line.

Silversea’s Australasian manager, Karen Christensen, says that over two decades the cruise line has won a reputation for exploring exotic locales.“We take our guests to places most travellers can only dream about. It seems only fitting that Silver Discoverer, the latest addition to our fleet will be sailing to what are arguably some of the world’s most remote, most pristine, and least explored regions, including the Kimberley.”

Today Silversea has five mid-size cruise ships – Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit – and three expedition ships, Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, and the mew Silver Discoverer. – that sail to over 700 destinations on seven continents, silversea.com

Also sailing back to her old stamping ground in the Kimberley from May to July this year is the former Orion expedition ship that is now part of Lindblad Expeditions and known as National Geographic Orion. She will be exploring the region’s majestic coastline that includes 800 islands of the Buccaneer Archipalego where  Horizontal Falls is located, expeditions.com

In September, True North, another small expedition ship with a major focus on the Kimberley, will sail on three 5-night cruises to the rarely visited Rowley Shoals, 300 km off the coast of Broome, where coral atolls are alive with marine life, northstarcruises.com.au

Large ships cruising into the port of Broome – gateway to the Kimberley – this month are Sun Princess and Dawn Princess, princess.com.au

Smaller ships exploring the Kimberley from now until October include Kimberley Quest (kimberleyquest.com.au),and Coral Princess and Oceanic Discoverer, coralprincess.com.au

Turtles, manta rays, and the elusive dugong (manatee) are among the rich array of marine life cruise guests are likely to sight on these voyages.

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