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25 June 2013

Silversea Innovation: Watch Streaming Movies on Your Smartphone

Silversea is pleased to launch the first-ever streaming movie service for our guests' mobile devices on Silver Cloud. Not only can you watch movies, but the service includes live streams of news broadcasts on CNN, BBC, ESPN and Fox News.

It's a cruise industry first. And it's complimentary!

The streaming movie service can be accessed on any Wi-Fi-enabled laptop, smartphone, tablet, or even e-book reader -- anything with a browser. It includes access to an extensive library of classic and recent Academy Award-winning feature films, with more than 80 per cent of the movies offered in five languages: English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Smartphones and tablets are a necessity for today's travellers, who rely on instant access to information. Silversea worked closely with RedCell Technologies, HMS, and On-Board Movies to develop a streaming media service that would fit seamlessly with guests' increasingly technology-driven lifestyle.

If somehow you manage to forget to bring your smartphone or tablet, a limited supply of iPad minis is also available (on a first-come, first-served basis) to Silver Cloud guests wishing to borrow a tablet to view the streaming movies and television during the voyage.

By the end of 2013, the streaming movie service will be rolled out to four additional Silversea ships: Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Wind and Silver Galapagos.

In the coming months, Silversea is also planning to add an expansive selection of international newspapers to its menu of streamed media offerings, an option currently in the testing phase. Once implemented, guests will have access on their smartphones and tablets to nearly 2,000 periodicals in more than 50 languages from more than 150 countries.

Now while you're voyaging to distant lands, you can relax on your veranda with a glass of champagne and a good movie.

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17 June 2013

World Cruise 2015: Follow Your Curiosity

Bora Bora in the Society Islands, French Polynesia.

If you're an avid traveller, why not indulge your curiosity and passion for discovery by experiencing a World Cruise? There are few things in life more luxurious, more exhilarating, or more personally enriching.

Fortunately, the perfect opportunity awaits you with Silversea. On 5 January 2015, our elegant, all-suite Silver Whisper is set to embark on a 115-day epic voyage, encircling the world and embracing the cultures of five continents, 30 countries and 50 unique destinations.

This exceptional voyage has been crafted to appeal to luxury travel's most discerning clientele. Our World Cruise 2015 guests will visit the most exotic places and fascinating cultures on Earth -- all while enjoying the pampering luxury of Silver Whisper.

Silver Whisper

Departing Los Angeles with no more than 382 guests on board, Silver Whisper will sail the warm waters of the South Pacific to explore the idyllic isles of French Polynesia, then head west to the scenic wonders of Australia, and north to the marvels of the South China Sea. From there, the journey continues to Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and across the Indian Ocean to the glistening sands of the Seychelles. Silver Whisper then traces a course to some of Africa's most intriguing destinations, including Mombasa, Zanzibar, Cape Town, Walvis Bay and Dakar. The voyage concludes with a leisurely Atlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale, highlighted by stopovers in the sunny Caribbean islands of St Lucia, St Barts and Puerto Rico.

World Cruise 2015 offers travellers the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in local culture with late-night departures in eight ports, plus overnight calls in Papeete, Sydney, Fremantle, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Singapore, Mombasa, and Cape Town.

And guests will have the option to extend their World Cruise by adding a pre-cruise Panama Canal voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles (17 days), or continue on board from Fort Lauderdale to New York (3 days) or Southampton (15 days).

A Host of Added-Value Amenities

Full World Cruise guests will enjoy a variety of special amenities, including a gala Bon Voyage reception, dinner and overnight stay at a luxury hotel, baggage valet service, complimentary Business Class air and transfers (between home, airport, and Silver Whisper), a USD$4,000 onboard spending credit (per suite), complimentary laundry service, Internet package and commemorative gifts.

A young elephant at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka.
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For guests sailing the full 115 days, there will also be two complimentary Silversea Experiences, including one in Walvis Bay, offering the rare opportunity to dine under the stars in the Namib Desert, plus three exclusive complimentary world cruise shoreside events. These include an elegant cocktail reception and evening performance at Sydney's famous Opera House, and a scenic journey by vintage train in Sri Lanka to explore the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, renowned for its conservancy work. Plus, guests will be treated to a tour of Cape Town's magnificent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, followed by a visit to the historic Résidence de France for a sumptuous lunch set in its beautiful garden, with Table Mountain providing a stunning backdrop.

Guests will also have the chance to meet and mingle with distinguished destination experts, academics, journalists, diplomats and other specialists. Local entertainment, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and regional specialities will provide further immersion in each global destination.

Click here to view the complete itinerary.

We hope you'll join us for this grandest of travel adventures!

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10 June 2013

Our Top 5 Favourite Voyages This Week

From exotic lands and untamed landscapes, to tranquil islands and timeless hideaways, the world beckons travellers with infinite possibilities.

You could soak in the warmth of the Mediterranean, visit Alaska during peak wildlife season, discover the must-see destinations of Southeast Asia, or fall in love with South America's landscapes and cultures.

This week we hand-picked several of our favourite voyages. If you're looking for travel inspiration, here's our list of top five exceptional journeys:

Istanbul to Athens: Silver Spirit, 18 - 25 August, with calls in Kusadasi, Patmos, Marmaris, Mykonos, and Santorini (Voyage 5325).

Venice to Rome: Silver Wind, 25 August - 3 September, with calls in Pula, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Messina, and Sorrento (Voyage 2327).

Seward to Vancouver: Silver Shadow, 5 - 12 September, with calls in Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan (Voyage 3327).

Hong Kong to Singapore: Silver Shadow, 25 November - 4 December, with calls in Ha Long Bay, Chan May, Nha Trang, and Ho Chi Minh City (Voyage 3334).

Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires: Silver Cloud, 11 - 20 December, with calls in Paratí, Santos, Punta del Este, and Montevideo (Voyage 1333).

Each itinerary is meticulously crafted to showcase both the highlights and unexpected wonders that make each destination unique.

We hope we've inspired you to travel ... and to experience the small-ship difference of a luxurious Silversea cruise.

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