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Passengers can gather data on whales and dolphins on upcoming Silversea cruises

Passengers can gather data on whales and dolphins on upcoming Silversea cruises
The Silver Explorer will sail from San Diego on a West Coast sailing in May that includes collecting data on marine mammals. (Silversea)

Passengers should expect to see whales and other sea creatures when the Silver Explorer departs from the Port of San Diego on May 2 and travels along the West Coast on its way to Vancouver, Canada.

The 11-day Silversea voyage is being billed as an enhanced whale-watching trip with a chance to "encounter and engage with the ocean's most majestic inhabitants en route."

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The luxury cruise line recently launched a partnership with ORCA, a British marine conservation organization. The group is expected to provide conservationists who will travel on board select Silversea voyages to guide guests in collecting data on sightings of whales, dolphins and porpoises.

The May 2 cruise will visit Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park, Monterey, San Francisco, Astoria and Rainier, Ore., and four Washington state ports before arriving in Vancouver. Cabin prices start at $6,400 per person, based on double occupancy.

"This partnership will allow us to reach parts of the world we have never visited," Lucy Babey, an ORCA spokeswoman, said in a statement.

The organization has championed marine conservation for more than 15 years. Part of its mission is to help people who care about whales and dolphins assume an active role in safeguarding their future.

In addition to the San Diego voyage, conservationists from ORCA will travel on board a May 13 voyage from Vancouver to San Francisco, a trip from Tokyo to Seward, Alaska, on May 12, 2019, and from Seward to Vancouver on May 27, 2019.

Info: Silversea, (888) 978-4070, or contact your travel agent

Twitter: @latimestravel

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