29 July 2010
Located on Finland's southern coast, Helsinki is known for its impressive architecture, wide boulevards and beautiful harbour. It was recently named World Design Capital for 2012. Often referred to as the '"Pearl of the Baltic", this neat, clean city is a "must-see" for any serious traveller.
When our Silver Cloud and Silver Whisper met up today in Helsinki, we could not resist the opportunity to snap a few photos of the two ships docked bow to bow:
Silver Cloud Captain Cosimo Pontillo (on the right in below picture) took time to visit with Captain Cataldo Destefano aboard Silver Whisper.
Silver Cloud passes Silver Whisper as she heads back out to sea:
Today marked Silver Cloud's last call in Helsinki before continuing on her summer route through Northern Europe. Silver Whisper will make a few more visits in the coming weeks, prior to wrapping up her Baltic season and heading to Canada and New England in time to witness the magnificent display of fall foliage.
23 July 2010
Overlooking the picturesque harbour of Portofino is one of the Italian Riviera's must-see jewels: Castello Brown. The 16th-century fortress, later transformed into a charming villa by Montague Yeats Brown, 19th-century British consul to Genoa, offers enchanting vistas and spectacular panoramic views.
Portofino, the tiny fishing village that lies below, has been a favourite of travellers going back to the time of Lord Byron and is still known to attract celebrities during the summer months. (Even actor George Clooney was famously spotted cruising its streets on his motorbike.)
But Portofino is much more than a magnet for the rich and glamourous. This pristine Mediterranean promontory offers travellers a chance to explore authentic Italian culture. One such opportunity is an exclusive food and wine tasting event at Castello Brown, where you can discover the richness and variety of the Italian culinary tradition with Ligurian food and wine expert Guido Porrati as your guide. Meet Mr Porrati and sample this enriching cultural experience in the following video:
If you love food and wine as much as travel, be sure to visit Castello Brown in Portofino.
Our Silver Shore Collection tour "Portofino & Tasting at Castello Brown" is offered on several Mediterranean voyages, including Silver Spirit's Voyage 5033, sailing 2 October, Nice to Rome.
15 July 2010
Guests aboard Silver Whisper's 23 August 2010 voyage (#4025), sailing from Stockholm to Southampton, will have the distinct privilege to sail with noted ABC News veteran Ted Koppel.
Koppel is the managing editor for the Discovery Channel, the largest cable network in the United States. In this role, he hosts Koppel on Discovery, a series of programmes examining major global topics and events.
The Emmy Award-winning journalist spent 42 years at ABC News. From 1980 until 2005, he was the presenter and managing editor of ABC News Nightline, one of the most honoured broadcasts in television history.
During next month's 10-day Silver Whisper voyage, he will present lectures on his career interviewing international newsmakers and covering major world events. Guests are sure to be intrigued by the stories of his life and times.
09 July 2010
Yesterday in Tromso, Norway, our 296-guest Silver Cloud finally met her smaller sibling, the Silversea expedition ship Prince Albert II, which accommodates 132 guests. The two ships just happened to be on intersecting itineraries. Hope you enjoy seeing how this unique meeting was captured in photos: