Silversea Cruises said on Monday that its new expedition ship, the former World Discoverer II, will be renamed HSH Prince Albert II, in tribute to Prince Albert of Monaco. The ship will be dedicated to the "exploration and conservation of the planet's oceans, wildlife and indigenous cultures," according to a written release.
The ship is also being outfitted with a new fleet of eight, latest-model Zodiac boats with Yamaha four-stroke engines that will allow guests to enjoy up-close exploration and access to an array of unique landscapes. The company also announced the appointment of Conrad Combrink as Silversea's director of expeditions. He will be responsible for developing the ship's itinerary and programs. He will also oversee the recruitment of expedition staff and lecturers. Visit http://www.silversea.com/HSHPrinceAlbertII. (JP)