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23 May 2013

Not to Be Missed: Skagway's White Pass Adventure

If you're intrigued by the famous Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century, Skagway offers a spectacular rail journey that brings to life that fascinating period.

The White Pass Scenic Railway adventure traces a route through the Coast Mountains between Alaska and British Columbia. It's a route that was followed by many intrepid prospectors who ultimately hoped to reach the Yukon River, where they could then float down to the Klondike gold fields.

It's an amazing story that is narrated while you're journeying in the comfort of your vintage rail car, taking in breathtaking panoramic vistas of mountains, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites.

Your adventure begins when you board the train in Skagway and travel 20 miles (33 kilometres) to the summit of White Pass -- a 2,865 foot (873 metre) elevation! At the summit, you'll receive a brass ornament certifying your entry into the White Pass Summit Club -- one of Alaska's most elite clubs.

This exciting excursion would make an excellent accompaniment to one of Silversea's luxury Alaska cruises aboard Silver Shadow.

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16 May 2013

Silversea Receives 'Blue Circle Award' for Environmental Achievements

Silversea Cruises has received Port Metro Vancouver's 2012 Blue Circle Award for the port's EcoAction Programme. This is the third time Silversea has been recognised by Port Metro Vancouver for our efforts to reduce air emissions.

The Blue Circle Award recognises the extraordinary environmental achievements of ships that participate in Port Metro Vancouver's EcoAction Programme, which promotes emission reduction measures that exceed the current North American Emission Control Area (NA-ECA) requirements adopted under the International Maritime Organisation while vessels operate within Port Metro Vancouver's jurisdiction.

Silversea is devoted to ensuring the safe operation of our vessels, maintaining full compliance with international environmental regulations, and developing plans for preventing pollution.

Some of the steps we take include:

• Employing latest diesel-electric propulsion design on Silver Spirit that will allow much of the engine power to shut down when power demand is less, reducing fuel usage and air emissions;

• Equipping Silver Spirit, Silver Whisper and Silver Shadow with state-of-the-art navigation systems that feature a speed pilot mechanism for automatic optimal control of speed in varying sea conditions, thereby achieving greater fuel conservation;

• Maximising the use of LED illumination on Silver Spirit to reduce energy consumption;

• Using TBT-free, non-toxic hull coatings, such as silicone-based paints, to lessen frictional resistance and reduce fuel usage and emissions;

• Implementing a stringent waste management plan on all ships with crew members specially trained and responsible for sorting, processing, storing, recycling and disposing of rubbish;

• Using environmentally friendly cleaning products on all ships;

• Placing "Conserve Water and Energy" instruction cards in all suites enabling guests to notify their suite attendant when bed linens and towels need to be replaced, reducing the need for daily washings;

• Encouraging guests to keep their veranda doors closed to conserve energy;

• Providing waste bins on open decks and informing guests of our strict policy against throwing any rubbish overboard;

• Donating unneeded beds, furniture and linens to charitable organisations to avoid creating more waste, while also extending a helping hand to those in need.

Moreover, Silversea is a member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), dedicated to managing respectable, environmentally friendly and safe expedition cruising in the Arctic. The company has also joined the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO). This important organisation promotes and practises safe and environmentally responsible travel to Antarctica.

And Silversea is a member of the International Galápagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA), which works to preserve and protect the Galápagos Islands by promoting responsible, well-regulated, low-impact travel in the archipelago and by supporting critical conservation initiatives and scientific research there.

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15 May 2013

Silversea Scoops Two Awards in Two Hemispheres

We're delighted to announce that Silversea Cruises has picked up two more awards for excellence.

At TravelWeekly China's Travel & Meetings Industry Awards 2013, Silversea was honoured with the award for Best Luxury Cruise Operator. These prestigious awards recognise the best companies in China's travel, meeting and incentive industry, as determined by a panel of industry experts and TravelWeekly China's readers. The awards were presented at a gala cocktail event held 8 May at the Hongta Hotel in Shanghai.

And in Málaga, Silversea was named Cruise Line of the Year for 2013 at Advantage Travel Centres' annual conference, which took place 9 to 12 May. Advantage Travel was founded more than 30 years ago and is the UK’s largest independent travel agency consortium, with around 800 outlets throughout the UK.

These awards highlight Silversea's unwavering efforts to go above and beyond in providing a luxury cruise experience.

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10 May 2013

Photo Tour: Silver Cloud

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