You don’t need to give a lot of thought to shore excursions on Silver Explorer. That’s because they’re all offered to guests on a complimentary basis. You need not sign up for shore excursions either; just show up and you’re on your way. Of course, the inclusive excursions also equate to substantial savings over cruises where you’d pay for the excursions.
It’s difficult to put a figure on what the average cost of Silver Explorer’s excursions would be, but I’d have expected to have paid between $89 to $149 per person for today’s six-hour outing on the island of Dominica.
We were transported in a comfortable, air-conditioned van with driver and guide (our van carried eight guests, two expedition leaders, drive and local guide) up and across the island to visit a Carib village. Silver Explorer also offered a shorter shore excursion for those who wanted to kayak and snorkel.
Along the way, we stopped at the Emerald Pool, trekking for 15 minutes through tropical rainforest to a beautiful cascading water plunging into, well, an emerald pool. Back in the van, we crossed over the high ridge and began our descent to the Atlantic side of Dominica, a ruggedly beautiful coastline.
We stopped at in Salybia village, where we sat in a historical church to hear about the Carib way of life. Next, we drove to the Carib Indian Village, a model park of sorts where we saw how Caribs lived and watched them perform their traditional dances (Dominica still has a few hundred native Caribs.)