Large Wave Hits Silversea’s Silver Explorer, Damages Bridge

Reports are coming in from several sources that one of Silversea’s ships, the Silver Explorer has been hit by a large wave while sailing through the Antarctic.

SILVERSEAThe reported wave has apparently shattered a window on the ship’s navigational bridge. The ship was reportedly sailing through waves that were peaking at heights of 60 feet.

Silversea Cruises has provided Cruise Currents with the following statement…

“The expedition ship Silver Explorer encountered heavy weather and sustained damage at approximately 1725 hours local time on January 12, while on a cruise from the Argentinean port of Ushuaia to South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. 

The vessel has full power and control, with stabilizers in good working order.

The safety and security of our guests and crew is always our paramount concern. All 133 guests and 113 crew members are safe; no guests were injured but four crew members received minor injuries and were treated in the ship’s Medical Centre.

The Captain has briefed all guests on the situation and resumed passage to Ushuaia during the afternoon of January 13.

Guests have been able to keep in touch with their families via the ship’s Internet facility.

Voyage 7302, scheduled to depart on January 21, has been cancelled. Our reservations team has contacted guests, or their travel agents, to assist in making alternative arrangements.

It is anticipated that Silver Explorer will resume her normal Antarctic schedule with Voyage 7303, departing January 31.”

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