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Silversea Expedition Cruises - Exotic Journeys Focus on "The Journey" - Silver Discoverer Indonesia/Myanmar Expedition: Part IX (Reflections)

I chose the November 7, 2016 Silversea Expedition cruise on the Silver Discoverer from Singapore to Indonesia to Myanmar?s Mergui Archipelago because it was on Silversea Expedition?s oldest and smallest ship and the itinerary is a mix of expeditions with no real tie between them. 
Silversea Expeditions' Silver Discoverer
An Early Morning ExpeditionHow does that make sense"  I figure that if Silversea Expeditions can provide a remarkable experience with this challenging combination then it can most certainly deliver on its newer, larger, ships with more cohesive itineraries.
The short answer is:  The Expedition Staff of the Silver Discoverer came through with flying colors.  They ? with the odds against them due to the ship arriving in Singapore a day late and with work from the drydock still incomplete ? provided a unique, enriching and enjoyable experience that has made the adventure well worth it. 
A Percula Clown a/k/a NemoThe longer answer is, as also addressed in this article, is that, frustratingly, there is significant room for improvement on the hotel side of things.  While most of the needed improvements are easily addressed through training or minor changes, what follows may seem like a rather harsh critique.  However, the reality is that most of the issues are easily addressed and/or shouldn?t otherwise cause one to hesitate taking an expedition cruise on her.
Properly Setting Expectations Improves the Silversea Expedition Experience I am a bit baffled why Silversea would essentially be undercutting its own product by promoting it as if the Expedition product is essentially a twin of the Classic product.  The Expedition product is an exceptional one, but is focused on the journey with the ship being a tool to assist rather than being the focus.
An Expedition cruise allows you to really spend time with locals
in a casual settingPut another way, the most significant thing to understand when booking a Silversea Expedition cruise is that you are not booking a classic Silversea ocean cruise.   The reality is there is very little in common between a classic cruise and an expedition cruise?including the mindset of the appropriate guests. 
By setting expectations properly it eliminates a sour note when guests board the ship and entering their accommodations expecting grandeur and a ?suite?, but finding an older ship design with a few rough edges and ?stateroom.  I would lose any reference to ?elegant casual? dress or a Silversea fine dining experience. (The idea is to have guests? expectations exceeded; not defeated.) 
That said, the Silver Discoverer works really well as an Expedition ship.  Her small size, open decks, shallow draft and stern-located tender platform allow her to do things and go places that a classic cruise ship (even smaller ones) cannot do.  I like her and I would sail on her again without hesitation. 
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