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07 February 2014

A Butler's Tale

You may have wondered why we have butlers for every suite on every Silversea ship. Indeed,the dedicated services of a professional butler are the crowning touch to Silversea's renowned, personalised service.

With our butler service, your journey becomes one of ultimate luxury with privileges that go beyond the expected. Without even asking, you may find your wishes seem magically to materialise before you, presented with a polished finesse that could only be attributed to the deft skill (and maybe mind-reading abilities?) of our professional butlers.

Perhaps the importance of our butlers is best revealed by world traveller Ralph Grizzle, publisher of Avid Cruiser and Live Voyage Reports, who is currently sailing around the islands of Indonesia aboard our luxury cruise ship Silver Shadow.

Mr Grizzle has been impressed not only by the exceptional service of his butler, but by his butler's exceptional life story. Click here to read this remarkable account.

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09 January 2014

Silversea Launches New Documentation Package

We're delighted to announce the launch of Silversea's new Travel Journal.

As part of our 20th anniversary celebration in 2014, we've given our documentation package a complete makeover, with the goal of making travel easier. The result is a versatile new Travel Journal that consolidates the traditional assortment of loose documents of booklets, wallets, and luggage tag holders.

For most voyages in 2014, guests will receive this convenient new all-in-one Travel Journal that contains the cruise ticket, air, hotel and/or land programme information (if arranged through Silversea), personalised voyage itinerary, shore excursion details and other useful information.

Our elegant new Travel Journal is unique to each guest and provides all the essential information needed for the voyage -- all in one convenient place. And, it's a beautiful keepsake of what we are sure will be a remarkable travel experience.

The new Travel Journal will be rolled out in stages during the first few months of 2014, and some guests may receive our previous documentation package during the transitional phase.

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21 November 2013

Remodelled 'Le Champagne' Highlights Updated Silver Wind

Our beautiful Silver Wind has just completed a comprehensive refurbishment during a two-week dry dock in Palermo, Italy this month.

Major enhancements include a complete makeover for the ship's speciality restaurant Le Champagne, the only Relais & Châteaux restaurant at sea. This popular dining venue has been entirely transformed with an upgraded entrance design, the addition of gleaming, backlit wine displays, a redesigned seating layout, and new wood flooring, fabrics and window treatments.

Le Champagne

The ship's suites, public spaces and dining venues have been freshened up with the installation of stylish new carpets, new upholstery and other soft goods in an overall colour palette of warm earth tones.

Veranda Suite

Panorama Lounge

The Bar, in particular, features all new furniture and furnishings in a contrasting colour scheme of cooler shades of teal mixed with neutral tones of brown and beige.

The Bar

Other highlights include brand new tiling and deck furniture in the pool area and a redesigned buffet area in the speciality restaurant La Terrazza.

Rounding out the refurbishment was a fresh reconditioning and polishing of teak decks and woodwork. The ship also underwent thorough maintenance on mechanical and propulsion systems.


Photos by Aaron Saunders.

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18 October 2013

Calling On Kotor

Kotor, Montenegro

It is not always prudent to use superlatives about a destination, especially as Silversea sails to so many beautiful places around the globe. Superlatives often come back to haunt. Just when you think you’ve sailed into the most beautiful place imaginable, something that tops it comes along.

It would be hard, however, to top Kotor, situated in Montenegro at the end of Europe's most southerly fjord. The 2.5-hour transit from the Adriatic Sea to the Old Town of Kotor ranks among the world's most beautiful sailings, as beautiful as fjord-rich Norway but with the added bonus of abundant sunshine.

Disembark in Kotor and walk across the street through Gradske Zidine (the ancient Town Walls), along the labyrinth of winding cobbled streets, past piazzas and centuries-old stone buildings.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kotor’s medieval Old Town is enclosed within well-preserved defensive walls built between the 9th and 18th centuries. Those walls run almost five kilometres (three miles) and tower up to 20 metres (66 feet). They form a triangular defence system around the Old Town, rising up the hill to Tvrdjava Sv Ivana (St John’s Fortress).

If you're feeling energetic — or if you simply want to burn some calories — hike the 1,300 steps to the fortress. Midway up, you'll pass the tiny Crkva Gospe od Zdravlja (Church of Our Lady of Health), built in the 16th century to protect Kotor against the plague.

Prominent steeple of Crkva Gospe od Zkravlja (Church of our Lady of Health).

Steps leading up to St John's Fortress.

At the top, 260 metres (853 feet) above sea level, here's what you'll see: commanding views over the terra-cotta-tile rooftops of the Old Town, the meandering Kotor Bay fjord, your Silversea ship docked beside the city centre, and the rugged pine-forested mountains beyond.

Stunning view from St John's Fortress.

The most beautiful place you've ever visited? You'll have to be the judge of that.

We hope you'll discover the charms of Kotor on a future Silversea voyage.


Photos: Ralph Grizzle

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