PHOTO: Silversea Expeditions' Silver Discoverer and Zodiac. (photo courtesy of Silversea Expeditions)
Until now, no cruise ship has ever stopped at Bangladesh, but Silversea Expeditions’ luxurious Silver Discoverer recently called on Maheshkhali Island on Feb. 22, 2017, making history in the process.
As I have myself experienced aboard the great ship when visiting small villages, the expedition vessel was greeted with a warm reception by the local people. After gazing upon several colorful, motorized rickshaws, guests continued into to town to discover a decorated temple and attend a welcome ceremony filled with the song and dance of regional school children.
It truly is an experience like none other.
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Besides Maheshkhali Island, the ship also visited Hiron Point, Charaputia, Harbaria and Kokilmoni during its three total days in the nation. Other points of interest included the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sundarbans mangrove forest and its Bengal tigers.
The Silver Discoverer has since already made a return visit to Bangladesh on its way to Myanmar.
"This is a major milestone in Silversea's history that underscores our commitment to exploring some of the world's most remote and secluded regions," said Conrad Combrink, global head of expedition planning and strategic development, in a press release.
"Our inaugural call in Bangladesh is just one example of the many once-in-a-lifetime adventures that can be enjoyed aboard our expedition ships, which sail to virtually every fascinating corner of the globe.”
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As I can also attest, the Silver Discoverer is an ideal expedition ship to explore remote regions in comfort. Adventures await ashore while luxuries onboard extend to butler-attended suite accommodations, fine dining and all-inclusive amenities such as complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and Wi-Fi internet access.
An expert expedition team — comprised of marine biologists, ornithologists, geologists, botanists, historians and anthropologists — leads guests in fascinating lectures on the ship plus waterway explorations and shore landings.