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30 August 2010

LUXURY TRAVEL INSIDER TIP: MOSCOW BY CRUISE SHIP

More than 700 kilometres (300 miles) separate Moscow from St. Petersburg on a typical road trip, but if you're visiting St Petersburg on a Silversea cruise holiday, Red Square, the Kremlin and St Basil's Cathedral are just a short flight away.

In fact, you can take in most of Moscow's greatest attractions on our 16.5-hour "Moscow and the Kremlin" optional shore excursion -- and return to the comfort of your suite in time for a nightcap. Plus, you'll still have two days to spend exploring St Petersburg.

It's the perfect option for the savvy traveller who wants to avoid the hassle of applying for a tourist visa, submitting a tourist confirmation letter and voucher from an authorised Russian travel agency and paying processing fees.

We take care of all the arrangements for you, so you don't have to deal with the red tape. Just relax and enjoy the experience. That's what luxury travel is all about. Here's a video where you can have a look for yourself:

Ready to explore Moscow in style? Silver Whisper will offer a series of voyages featuring extended stopovers in St Petersburg from 31May through August 2011.

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24 August 2010

SILVERSEA CRUISES NAMED 'BEST SMALL-SHIP CRUISE LINE' BY VIRTUOSO

The votes are in! And we're thrilled to announce that the travel advisor members of luxury travel network Virtuoso have selected Silversea as the Best Small-Ship Cruise Line for 2010!

The award was presented on Thursday, 19 August, at the Gala Awards Dinner held during the 22nd annual Travel Mart Conference in Las Vegas. The event was a celebration of Virtuoso's global connections, and attendees were encouraged to be internationally inspired with their attire.

Tracy McSorley, Silversea's Director of National Accounts (North America), wore an elegant Indian sari as she accepted the award from Virtuoso's CEO, Matthew Upchurch, whose outfit paid tribute to the Mexican mariachi tradition. Upchurch was assisted by a Japanese kimono-attired Abby Hansen, daughter of Virtuoso EVP David Hansen.

All of us at Silversea are truly honoured to receive this recognition. Virtuoso advisors are luxury travel specialists who work diligently on behalf of their clients to find and recommend travel experiences of the highest calibre, and this prestigious endorsement lets us know that our efforts to deliver an extraordinary holiday are right on target.

The Virtuoso network comprises over 300 agencies with more than 6,000 luxury travel advisors in 22 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand.

 

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12 August 2010

30 AMAZING DAYS DOWN UNDER

Outback, Great Barrier Reef, koalas, emus, wombats and wallabies -- the places and words that conjure up images of adventure, romance and the exotic are all on the menu for guests sailing aboard Silversea's first-ever voyage to completely circumnavigate Australia.

It's not often you have a chance to explore an entire continent, but next year our Silver Shadow will offer just such an opportunity on a special 30-day, Sydney-to-Sydney Voyage 3102. From 19 January to 18 February, the 382-guest, ultra-luxury ship will follow a counterclockwise course around the vast island continent with calls in Brisbane, Whitsunday Islands, Port Douglas, Cooktown, Darwin, Broome, Exmouth, Perth, Albany, Port Lincoln, Adelaide, Geelong, Melbourne and Hobart (Tasmania).

And throughout this special voyage, our guests will enjoy an exciting enrichment programme, headlined by distinguished speakers from the worlds of film, art, nature, academia, winemaking and cuisine:

Prof Geoffrey Blainey, one of Australia's best-known historians and commentators, will share his interesting perspectives on the Sydney-to-Darwin segment, 19 to 29January;

Mathew Macartney, executive chef of the Yarra Valley's famed Chateau Yering (a Relais & Châteaux member property), will join the ship 25 to 29 January, Port Douglas to Darwin, to host culinary presentations;

Prof Craig Franklin, professor of zoology at the University of Queensland, will discuss Australian marine wildlife, 29 January to 11 February, Darwin to Adelaide;

Noel Miller, artist renowned for his landscapes of the Australian outback, will discuss Aboriginal art, 29 January to 11 February, Darwin to Adelaide;

Lyn Farmer, wine consultant for Silversea and James Beard Foundation Award-winning wine and food writer, will share his expertise, Darwin to Port Lincoln, 29 January to 10 February;

Jamie Sach, chief spokesperson for the iconic Penfolds Wines, will share his extensive knowledge of the wine industry, 6 to 10 February, Perth to Port Lincoln;

George Francisco, executive chef of Jonah's, one of Australia's oldest and most respected hospitality establishments and a Relais & Châteaux member property, will present cooking demonstrations, 13 to 18 February, Geelong to Sydney;

John Stainton, the director and producer who directed all of naturalist Steve Irwin's documentaries, will lecture on Australian film, 14 to 18 February, Melbourne to Sydney;

Dr Mark Elovitz, government advisor, historian and director of the Centre for Strategic Geopolitics, will share his insights into world affairs throughout the 30-day voyage;

Ian Denton, a native Australian and world explorer, will also be on board the entire voyage to host lectures as Silversea's destination consultant.

CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A KANGAROO? MAYBE …

This is the perfect itinerary for those who seek unique travel experiences off the beaten path. In fact, you can delve even further into the region on two new optional mid-voyage excursions designed to showcase Australia's intriguing cultures, dramatic natural beauty and exotic wildlife.

Kangaroo Island Luxury Eco Expedition -- Widely regarded as Australia's Galapagos, Kangaroo Island is brimming with diverse wildlife and natural beauty. Enjoy luxurious accommodation at the Southern Ocean Lodge and a staff of naturalist guides to lead your exploration of the island's unique attractions. Memorable sightings might include kangaroos, rare Cape Barron Geese, koalas and sea lions. To join this three-day adventure, you'll disembark Silver Shadow in Adelaide and rejoin the ship in Melbourne. Preview the experience at Southern Ocean Lodge in this video:

Australian Frontiers & Train Journey -- Discover the heart of the Australian outback by rail aboard the glamourous Indian Pacific train as you watch unique landscapes unfold. Visit the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, then travel to Adelaide to enjoy a culinary and wine adventure that takes in the famous Barossa Valley. To join this six-day adventure, you'll depart from Fremantle and rejoin the ship in Adelaide.

Hope to see you down under!

 

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