Discovering The Kimberley aboard Silversea’s Silver Discoverer
Today marks the start of our most exciting journey through Australia’s remote Kimberley region aboard Silversea’s sleek Silver Discoverer. It’s our first full day onboard, but an action-packed one at that.
We’re anchored today in Yampi Sound, Australia. This morning, we’ll be setting out on a two-hour Zodiac tour of the coastline that is teeming with wildlife activity, followed by an excursion to Crocodile Creek.
Unlike its name suggests, there are no crocodiles in Crocodile Creek. At least, they’re not likely. Because of the massive tidal fluctuations that exceed 10 metres this week, Crocodile Creek will be entirely submerged this morning when Silver Discoverer’s scouting party goes ashore to assess the situation. By the time the last zodiac departs just after two in the afternoon, the tide will have dropped so substantially that it will reveal stone and metal steps carved by nearby miners leading up to the freshwater pool.
Here’s a look at what is happening today aboard the Silver Discoverer:
- 08:00 – Silver Discoverer anchors in Yampi Sound
- 08:30 – Disembarkation for 1.5 hour zodiac tour. Groups 1 and 2. Join your Expedition team for a zodiac tour through Yampi Sound, taking in the spectacular geology of the region. Returns at 10:00.
- 10:00 – Disembarkation for 1.5 hour zodiac tour. Groups 3 and 4. Return at 11:30.
- 11:45 – Disembarkation for Crocodile Creek swimming hole. Groups 1, 2, 3, 4. Please listen to announcements and only come for disembarkation when your group is called.
- 14:15 – Last zodiacs depart from Crocodile Creek
- 15:00 – “Shaping a Timeless Landscape” – lecture by Mick Fogg. Explorer Lounge, Deck 4.
- 15:30 – Afternoon tea is served. Discoverer Lounge, Deck 5.
- 17:00 – Join your Expedition Team for a recap & briefing. Explorer Lounge, Deck 4.
- 18:15 – Captain Luksa Plecas invites you to the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail. Explorer Lounge, Deck 4.
- 19:00 – Our Executive Chef Pia and Restaurant Manager Robert invite you to the Captain’s Welcome Dinner. The Restaurant, Deck 3.
- 21:30 – Silver Discoverer sails for Talbot Bay.
- 21:30 – Relax in the Lounge with late night music by Jorge. Explorer Lounge, Deck 4.
Our morning expedition went off without a hitch, revealing dolphins, birds, and mammals – not to mention the amazing geological rock formations that were pock-marked by the occasional black termite dwelling.
But it was our afternoon excursion to Crocodile Creek that really left guests talking. Silversea set up a full bar just outside the freshwater pool carved into the rocks, and nearly every guest – not to mention crew – aboard the Silver Discoverer went for a dip.
The water was cold and refreshing when I waded in, beer in hand. The oppressive heat that had been with us for the majority of the morning seemed to fade away, replaced instead with one of those magical moments that you’re almost conscious of as they occur.
Of course, the Silver Discoverer plays a large part in that. There’s not a lot of information out there about her yet, and I am keen to fill that void. She’s a worthy successor to Silver Explorer and Silver Galapagos, but manages to retain her very own personality.
Our Live Voyage Report from Silversea’s adventurous Silver Discoverer continues tomorrow, as we set out on another adventure along Australia’s Kimberley Coast. Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.