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31 July 2014

Silversea to Host Rare Buccellati Exhibition

Silver Cloud will welcome Luca Buccellati, of the legendary jewellers' family Buccellati, on board her 13 October sailing. He will present a rare exhibition of one-of-a-kind jewellery creations.

Sharing in Silversea's rich Italian heritage, the Buccellati family, who opened their first boutique in Milan nearly a century ago, continues to design exquisite pieces with unparalleled craftsmanship.

Buccellati creations have been exhibited at such prestigious galleries as the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, where this month the Smithsonian Cup, a chalice crafted by Gianmaria Buccellati, is back on display. For more than a decade, it had been on loan to several institutions, but can now be viewed in the museum's Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals.

Smithsonian Cup

During Silver Cloud's nine-day eastern Mediterranean cruise, Silversea guests will enjoy intriguing lectures and view displays of rare jewellery pieces. And, as an exclusive benefit, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to custom-design their own piece of exquisite jewellery with a member of the Buccellati family.

The voyage sails roundtrip from Istanbul with calls in Kavala, Thessaloniki, Volos (gateway to the famous rock towers and monasteries of Meteora), Athens (Piraeus), Izmir, Constanza, and Nessebur, and includes passage through the historic Dardanelles and Bosphorus.

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22 July 2014

New Overland Adventures Bring the World Closer to You

Eleven new overland adventures in some of the world's most exotic locales are among more than 60 extended mid-voyage excursions Silversea will be offering in 2015.

These new adventures are carefully designed for travellers seeking one-of-a-kind experiences that will take them further into a region, giving them plenty of time to actively engage in its scenery, activities, and cultural heritage.

Unlike a partial-day shore tour, single- or multiple-day inland adventures offer a more intimate, in-depth and personal encounter with the local people, history, wildlife, and natural attractions that lie just beyond the ports of call.

Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia.

From the soaring Andes to the glistening lakes of Patagonia, from the beaches of Polynesia to the glaciers of New Zealand, from the grasslands of Kenya to the monuments of India, Silversea's new overland adventures offer rare access to transformational places and experiences. On these exciting overland tours, participants may come face-to-face with a giant tortoise in the Galápagos, track mountain gorillas in Africa, or marvel at unique marine life from the balcony of an overwater bungalow in Polynesia.

The optional mid-voyage land programmes feature deluxe accommodation (if overnight stays are required), all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals. The following is a sampling of the new overland tour options available for 2015:


Tsavo East National Park Bush-Walking Safari
(2 Days / 1 Night -- Depart / Rejoin Ship: Mombasa)
The Tsavo East National Park offers a vast and untapped arena of arid bush washed by the azure and emerald meandering of the Galana River. Visitors who explore the diversity of the park on foot may observe lions, cheetahs, serval cats, zebras, elephants, monitor lizards, and more. Two game drives are included. Available on Silver Whisper's 6 March voyage (#4506).

Gorilla photographed by Scott Chacon (Creative Commons)

Gorillas in the Forest
(6 Days / 5 Nights -- Depart: Cape Town / Rejoin Ship: Luanda)
A truly inspiring experience awaits visitors to the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. Nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda and home to half the world's mountain gorillas, the sanctuary's tented camp is the ideal base for launching guided safaris to track and interact with these amazing primates in the wild. Available on Silver Whisper's 5 April voyage (#4508).


Taj Mahal & Jaipur -- A Magical Journey to India
(4.5 Days / 4 Nights -- Depart: Phuket / Rejoin Ship: Colombo)
There are few places in the world that evoke such profound impact on its visitors as the Taj Mahal in Agra. Once the capital of the great Mughal Empire, Agra itself is well worth a visit for its repository of some of the Mughals most famous monuments. And there are few places in the world that compare with the Pink City of Jaipur, where guests stay on this magical journey into India's wonders. Available on Silver Whisper's 6 March voyage (#4506).


Over-the-Water Overnight
(1.5 Days / 1 Night -- Depart: Moorea / Rejoin Ship: Papeete)
Perched above the water on stilts, the overwater bungalows of Moorea's InterContinental Resort & Spa offer a unique escape. They are iconic, thatch-roofed symbols of a tropical paradise. Guests can watch marine life from their balcony or climb down steps to snorkel directly in a Pacific lagoon. Available on Silver Whisper's 5 January voyage (#4501) and Silver Spirit's sailing of 22 January (#5502).

New Zealand Explorer
(4 Days /3 Nights -- Depart: Akaroa / Rejoin Ship: Milford Sound)
New Zealand's highest peaks, longest glaciers, and many of its most beautiful lakes are revealed with scenic drives through its two famous national parks – Mount Cook and Fiordland – both located in the Te Wahipounamu area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Memorable highlights include a ski plane flight to the Tasman Glacier, a cruise on Lake Tasman, and a jet boat excursion on the Shotover River. Available on Silver Spirit's 12 February voyage (#5504).


The Andes & the Train to the Devil's Nose
(5 Days / 4 Nights -- Depart: Manta / Rejoin Ship: Callao)
Travellers can immerse themselves in the cultural and natural diversity of Ecuador's majestic Andean region, witnessing up-close its grassy highlands, cloud forests, mountain lakes, active volcanoes, colonial towns, and haciendas. Highlighting the programme is the Devil's Nose, a thrilling train ride through the Andes featuring a 45-degree descent. Available on Silver Shadow's 7 January voyage (#3501).

Blue-footed boobies, Galápagos Islands.

Galápagos Adventure
(5 Days / 4 Nights -- Depart: Manta / Rejoin Ship: Callao)
There is no place on earth quite like the Galápagos Islands, carved out by roaring volcanoes and titanic geothermic upheavals. Visitors may come face-to-face with a giant tortoise, or admire blue-footed boobies and sunbathing sea lions. The programme includes two days exploring the islands by boat, plus accommodation at the Royal Palm Hotel, located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Available on Silver Shadow's 7 January voyage (#3501).

Patagonia Express
(3 Days / 2 Nights -- Depart: Punta Arenas / Rejoin Ship: Ushuaia)
The southern cone of South America, known as Patagonia, is home to ice-clad mountain peaks, ancient forests, dazzling lakes, and immense glaciers. Visitors can experience this spectacular scenery in the national parks of Torres del Paine, in Chile, and Los Glaciares, in Argentina, both included in this tour. Available on Silver Shadow's 25 January voyage (#3502).

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08 July 2014

Stepping Out in Style

Silversea butlers will soon be attired in the fashions pictured above.

In the coming months, look for several hundred Silversea shipboard employees to make a distinctive style statement as they don new haute couture uniforms from Milan.

The newly designed uniforms were previewed in a fashion show held aboard Silver Wind in Venice recently. They were created by Italy's prestigious Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) of Milan, a specialised fashion school for designers destined for the fashion brands globally.

The project was launched in September 2012, when the IED team spent several days aboard Silver Spirit, drawing creative inspiration from the elegant ship's Art Deco interior, and gaining insight into the functions and needs of the ship's officers and staff working in a diversity of settings, including reception, restaurants, lounges, and housekeeping.

The IED designers have created an elegant and distinguished look in several variations that complements the luxury line's brand image. The collection features natural fabrics, including cotton and wool, in a black, white, blue, and grey colour palette.

The collection was designed by Antonio Pala, Alla Polozenko, Laura Liistro, and Magdalena Kilkovich. The project was coordinated by Francesca Tottoli, manager of special projects for IED Moda, and professors Valentina Conzo and Alfonso Granieri.

We're delighted to showcase the talents of the up-and-coming fashion designers of IED. They have created stylish and comfortable uniforms that will be made in Italy and that effectively project the sophistication, professionalism, and graciousness of the ladies and gentlemen who represent our brand.

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01 July 2014

Silversea Unveils World Cruise 2016

Have you heard the latest? We opened the books today on World Cruise 2016, an extraordinary 115-day sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Venice, departing 5 January 2016.

This far-reaching cultural exploration will be hosted aboard the elegant, all-suite Silver Whisper, enabling travellers to journey in unsurpassed luxury across six continents as they visit 51 destinations in 31 countries, enjoying 13 multi-day port calls along the way, plus many late-night departures.

From Machu Picchu (pictured above) and the mysterious moai of Easter Island
to the biblical treasures of the Holy Land, an array of wonders awaits.

Named "Venetian World Odyssey 2016," the epic voyage will follow a westward path from Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal to South America and the Pacific. Guests will explore the island paradises of the South Seas, including Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, Tahiti, and Bora Bora before sailing to the most desirable destinations of New Zealand, Australia, and Asia, including vibrant Hong Kong and Singapore, the enticing resorts of Bali and Phuket, and mysterious Myanmar. The odyssey will continue to exotic India, Arabia, and timeless Mediterranean hideaways before concluding with two nights in magnificent Venice.

Guests will enjoy an exceptional onboard enrichment programme featuring 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.

A Host of Added-Value Amenities

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

Taj Mahal

Additionally, for guests sailing the full 115 days, there will be three complimentary exclusive World Cruise events. These include a masked ball in Venice, an elegant lunch on a private island in Sydney Harbour, and a chartered jet flight to India's legendary Taj Mahal for a tour followed by lunch and a return flight to Silver Whisper. Plus, three complimentary Silversea Experiences will highlight enigmatic Easter Island, the otherwordly seascape of Halong Bay, and the magnificent Royal Opera House of Muscat.

Silver Whisper

Accommodating just 382 guests, our intimate Silver Whisper offers the perfect setting for guests to mingle and form long-lasting friendships as they traverse our planet, discovering its ancient cultures, cosmopolitan cities, rainforests, golden beaches, coral wonders, and so much more. It truly is the voyage of a lifetime. We hope you'll join us!

Click here to view the complete itinerary.

*Business Class air and transfers only applicable when booking air/sea package.

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