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07 August 2012

Could This Bed Get Any Better?

Bedroom of the Owner's Suite on board Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper.

Silversea guests will soon find their sleep experience elevated to a new level of comfort and luxury with the debut of Pratesi custom-made bed linens.

Founded in 1860 and renowned for creating masterpieces in linens for the Italian and European aristocracy, the legendary Italian linens firm is bringing its high-quality and stylish creations to the beds in every Silversea suite beginning with the 3 September voyage of Silver Spirit, followed by Silver Cloud in November. Pratesi bedding will then be rolled out to the rest of the Silversea fleet in 2013.

The plush new bedding collection, which features 240 thread count, 100% Egyptian cotton satin sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers, will complement an already lavish collection of sleep amenities enjoyed by Silversea guests. These include a memory pillow top and dual-side mattress that can be flipped to provide either soft or firm support, a down duvet, and a pillow menu offering nine different pillow options, from soft down to memory foam, and chamomile or lavender aromatherapy pillow covers.

Sweet dreams!

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06 August 2012

Step Into the Grandest of Suites

Last week world traveller Ralph Grizzle, publisher of Avid Cruiser, sailed with his daughter aboard Silver Whisper in the two-bedroom Grand Suite 601. The largest suite on the ship, it offers 1,435 square feet (133 square metres) of understated elegance. This spacious, light-filled suite opens out towards the sea with a private teak veranda spanning 176 square feet (17 square metres) and an additional large picture window. Up to six guests are comfortably accommodated in an atmosphere of warm earthy tones and stylish furnishings. There's a living room (with full-size sofa, chaise longue, club chairs and coffee table), separate dining area, flat-screen television, Bang & Olufsen audio system, writing desk, private bar (stocked with complimentary beverages, wines and spirits), espresso maker, two bedrooms (each with TV), two walk-in closets, two marble baths with separate showers, a powder room, and a full-size whirlpool bath.

And there are so many more amenities to mention, we'll leave it to Mr Grizzle to fill you in with all the details and photos. Click here to read his story.

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02 August 2012

Playgrounds of the Caribbean

Silver Spirit docked in Road Town, Tortola.

There are still islands out there that look like the ones in your dreams. Palm-strewn hideaways in the Caribbean like Virgin Gorda, with its deserted beaches and pristine coral reefs, and Grenada -- uncrowded, unspoilt and seemingly untouched by time. Our intimate ships are perfectly sized for tropical jewels like these. They can visit yachting havens where big ships cannot go such as French St Barts and St Kitts, or tie up alongside the dock in Dominica while others must anchor off shore.

These are idyllic places where you can enjoy a day of snorkelling, or river tubing or napping in the shade of a palm, and then return to the enviable luxuries of Silversea: spacious suites with butler service, almost all with private verandas; unsurpassed cuisine thanks to partnerships with Slow Food and Relais & Châteaux; and groundbreaking concert-style productions that are setting a new standard in entertainment at sea.

And an Onboard Spending Credit for discretionary items, like shore excursions or boutique purchases, is included in your fare on all voyages in 2012 and 2013 (with the exception of Silver Explorer expedition cruises) -- making this an excellent time to discover the charming islands of the Caribbean.

Click here for a list of upcoming Caribbean voyages.

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01 August 2012

World Cruise 2013: The Call of the Wild and Exotic

It's time to start dreaming again. Of wonderous sights in faraway places and cultures worlds apart from your own. Our World Cruise 2013 sets sail next 5 January on an epic 115-day journey from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale. Silver Whisper will circumnavigate the entire globe on this warm-weather voyage, visiting the South Pacific, New Zealand and six major cities in Southeast Asia. The elite ship and her 382 privileged guests will spend three weeks cruising the remote west coasts of Australia and Africa, immersed in the far-flung cultures and astonishing wonders of these rarely visited lands.

For this far-reaching voyage, our onshore events and overland tours offer great opportunities for authentic experiences that will spotlight local cultures and enable our guests to gain a better understanding of the fascinating regions they will visit.


In addition to a gala Bon Voyage reception, dinner and overnight stay at the renowned Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel on the night prior to embarkation, other complimentary events that will be offered to guests sailing the full World Cruise include an exclusive evening of cocktails and dinner at Singapore's members-only China Club. Built atop the Capital Tower, the club offers panoramic views and an exotic '30s and '40s atmosphere where guests may revel in the glamour of a bygone era. And from Cape Town, guests will journey through the scenic Cape Winelands region to enjoy a wine tasting, gala dinner and overnight stay at a luxury hotel in Stellenbosch.

Journey across the Namib Desert to dine under the stars.

Plus, a complimentary Silversea Experience, Dinner in the Desert, will be offered in Walvis Bay. Set in the captivating atmosphere of the Namib Desert, this enchanting evening under the stars will include live music, a fire-spinning performance and sumptuous buffet-style dinner.


Also available is a collection of 14 optional mid-voyage land adventures, nearly half of which are brand new. These extended off-ship programmes will enable World Cruise guests to spend more time discovering the true culture, heritage and uniqueness of the exotic destinations they will visit. Each of the unique overland extensions includes deluxe accommodation (if overnight stays are required), porterage, all transfers, sightseeing and some meals. Prices range from US$999 to $7,999 per person, based on double occupancy.

Briefly recapped below are the NEW overland tours that will debut on World Cruise 2013:

"Outback Odyssey" -- Venture into one of Australia's most remote areas, famous for its rugged beauty and one of the country's most enduring symbols, Ayers Rock, shrouded in myths and legends since time began. This five-day/four-night programme is offered from Adelaide on 8 February.

"Discover Laos" -- Explore the country's charming capital, Vientiane, and temple-filled Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 2,296 feet (700 metres) above sea level amid a backdrop of scenic mountains. This two-and-a-half-day/two-night programme is offered from Ho Chi Minh City on 2 March.

"River Kwai & WW II Memorials" -- A visit to Kanchanaburi offers both scenic and serene natural beauty. But for many travellers the main draw is its link to the Second World War and the world famous River Kwai Bridge, commemorated in numerous books and films. This one-and-a-half-day/one-night programme is offered from Bangkok on 4 March.

Witness Myanmar's spectacular religious shrines, like the Shwedagon
Pagoda in Yangon.

"Myanmar: Golden Pagodas & Ancient Temples" -- Venture into Myanmar, the golden land formerly known as Burma, and discover one of the most fascinating destinations in Asia. Visit its exotic capital Yangon, with its magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, and take a trip to ancient Bagan. This three-and-a-half-day/three-night adventure is offered from Bangkok on 4 March.

"Kandy by Chartered Sea Plane" -- Journey by private air taxi into the centre of the Kandy plateau to explore the last royal citadel of ancient Ceylon. Nestled in a valley surrounded by hills and dense jungle, Kandy is the cultural heartland of Sri Lanka. This full-day adventure is offered from Colombo on 15 March.

Encounter African wildlife up close on a safari.

"Pumba Private Game Reserve & Safari Lodge" -- Discover wildest Africa on a unique safari adventure in the heart of the Eastern Cape, renowned for its beauty and abundance of wildlife. The game reserve is home to lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinos and elephants, and more than 250 species of birds. This two-and-a-half-day/two-night adventure is offered from Richards Bay on 31 March.

Click here for more information and complete details on the full collection of World Cruise overland tours.

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