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Silversea's 'Prince Albert II' is now the 'Silver Explorer'

Silver Explorer

ABOVE: An aerial view of Silver Explorer, which carries 117 passengers and a fleet of Zodiac boats for expedition landings.

Silversea Cruises, a luxury cruise line that we've covered in two reviews (Silver Whisper Mediterranean Cruise and Silver Whisper "Scotland's Tattoo" Cruise), is renaming its expedition ship:

The  Lloyd's Register 1A ice-rated vessel, formerly known as Prince Albert II (after Monaco's sovereign), will now cruise under the name Silver Explorer

Silver Explorer will continue to explore out-of-the-way regions, including Arctic and Antarctic waters, in a manner that blends adventure with luxury.

Click here for a list of sailings or visit the cruise line's Web site at

Glasgow's Riverside Museum opens June 21

Glasgow Riverside Museum aerial view

ABOVE: An aerial rendering of Glasgow's Riverside Museum on the River Clyde.

The Museum of Transport has long been Britain's second most visited transportation museum. On June 21, the museum's collection of 3,000 objects is moving to a new home: the Riverside Museum on the River Clyde, which will be "a celebration of Glasgow's engineering heritage and its citizens' global influence through trade, transport, and technology."

The new Riverside Museum will include exhibits such as:

  • A re-creation of a street from the 1900s, complete with café, pub, subway station, and pawnshop.
  • Personal stories from inventors, paramedics, tram drivers, new mothers, Spitfire pilots, café owners, and other real people from Glasgow's past and present.
  • The restored 19th Century sailing ship Glenlee.
  • A display about the Anchor Line, which carried hundreds of thousands of Scottish, Irish, Scandinavian, and Russian emigrants from Glasgow to New York from 1866 onward--along with a significant number of emigrants on its Naples-New York route between 1969 and 1922.
  • An exhibit on Sir Thomas Lipton, "the yachting grocer," who challenged the New York Yachting Club five times in the America's Cup boat race. (He lost each time, but Americans liked the tea magnate so much that 16,000 of them donated $1 each to pay for a consolation trophy from Tiffany's.)
  • The Queens of New York: The Cunard liners Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, and QE2 were all built on the Clyde, and the Queen Mary alone made 1,001 transatlantic crossings during her career.

The Riverside Museum's Web site should be online by the time the new building opens, but in the meantime, the museum is trying to raise the final 1 million pounds in a £5,000,000 fund drive at

Here are two more photos to show what you can expect to see if you visit Scotland's new Riverside Museum of travel and transport in late June or beyond: 

Riverside Museum on River Clyde
ABOVE: The facade of the Riverside Museum on Glasgow's River Clyde, with maritime cranes in the background. BELOW: The 19th Century sailing ship Glenlee.

Sailing ship GLENLEE in Glasgow

Photos: Riverside Museum.