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Silversea's Prince Albert II

In March 2009, Silversea, a byword for luxurious and intimate cruises, launched the world’s first true luxury expedition ship, Prince Albert II, accommodating just 132 guests. The ship boasts the largest-sized accommodations of any expedition ship with 20 premium suites averaging 351-675 square feet of living space. All 66 ocean-view staterooms and suites are tastefully furnished with en suite marble baths and bathtubs, fine linens, and fresh fruit and flowers -- special touches mostly unheard of in the world of expedition cruising.

Though a beauty to behold, the Prince Albert II was purposefully built and underwent an extensive multi-million dollar renovation prior to her launch. She is designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s remotest destinations and boasts an ice-strengthened hull. Equipped with eight zodiacs, guests are able to explore places that would otherwise be inaccessible. Staffed with an enthusiastic and informative expedition team, each voyage is hosted by leading naturalists who offer great insight during shipboard lectures and guided field studies.

On board, guests will enjoy easy-going, warm hospitality, highly personalized service and all-inclusive amenities currently enjoyed on Silversea’s other ships. These include complimentary 24-hour room service; some of the finest a la carte dining on the seas with gourmet menus by Relais & Chateaux; complimentary fine wines, champagnes and spirits; a spacious library with an Internet café; boutique shopping; a full-service spa, beauty salon, fitness center and two top-deck whirlpools. Prince Albert II even features live evening entertainment and The Humidor, where connoisseurs can enjoy the finest cigars and cognacs.

Prince Albert II cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula through the end of March 2010, departing and returning from Ushuaia, Argentina. In April, she heads north for the spring and summer months, primarily cruising on different itineraries that encompass Norway’s Svalbard Ice Pack, giving travelers the rare opportunity to photograph polar bears in their natural habitat. Early October 2010 marks the Prince Albert’s return to South America and Antarctica.