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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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19 August 2013

New Music Series to Feature Paul Brown & Marc Antoine

Marc Antoine (left) photographed by KG Creative Enterprises / Paul Brown
photographed by Pat Benter

Legendary contemporary jazz guitarists Paul Brown and Marc Antoine are set to perform on two special "Music under the Stars" voyages aboard our intimate, 540-guest Silver Spirit this year.

These unique music-themed sailings will each feature two concerts on stage in the elegant Show Lounge, as well as an outdoor performance during a sail-away cocktail party on the ship's pool deck (when departing Monte Carlo and St Barts), where the artist will have a chance to meet and mingle with guests. Plus autographed copies of the musician's latest CD will be delivered to each guest's suite.

Marc Antoine will perform aboard Silver Spirit's seven-day Mediterranean cruise (#5334), sailing 2 November from Rome to Barcelona with calls in Livorno, Monte Carlo, Marseille, Porto Mahon, and Palma de Mallorca.

Paul Brown will entertain guests on Silver Spirit's 10-day Caribbean cruise (#5338), sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on 13 December. Destinations include Tortola, St Maarten, St Barts, San Juan, Samana, and Grand Turk.

Antoine, whose career is highlighted by numerous number-one hits on the contemporary jazz charts, has performed with such music royalty as Sting, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Cher, Queen Latifah and others, and has composed and performed for six major movie soundtracks. He tours regularly with contemporary jazz artists Dave Koz, Chris Botti, and Jeff Lorber.

Double Grammy-winning Paul Brown has produced more than 50 number-one hits on the contemporary jazz charts. The guitarist, producer, and composer has worked on projects with such music legends as Al Jarreau, George Benson, Patti Austin, Luther Vandross, Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Larry Carlton, Rick Braun, and many others.

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14 August 2013

Celebrate the Season with Silversea

Instead of dealing with the pressure of deadlines and having to plan parties and prepare meals, why not sail away from the stress of the festive season this year and start a relaxing holiday tradition with Silversea?

Imagine dashing through the surf in the paradise islands of the Lesser Antilles, or a safari in the game reserves of South Africa. Or discover the stunning seascapes of Australia, or an unforgettable sunset in Costa Rica.

Come ring in the New Year with Silversea and get a whole new perspective on the one you left behind. Let balmy breezes refresh your spirit as you forge new friendships and raise a glass to a fresh new outlook for 2014! It's the perfect gift to give yourself.

Whether it's a Caribbean cruise or a voyage Down Under, we hope you'll join us on one of these exciting holiday itineraries:

VOYAGE 1334: Buenos Aires to Santiago (Valparaiso), Silver Cloud, 16 Days, 20 December - 5 January. Calls in Montevideo, Punta del Este, Puerto Madryn, Falkland Islands, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Puerto Chacabuco, and Puerto Montt. Highlights include an overnight stay in Ushuaia and cruising the Chilean fjords. *Guest Lecturers: Captain Richard Hayman, mariner and author, David Horner, historian, and Lyn Farmer, wine expert and food writer.

VOYAGE 3336: Sydney to Auckland, Silver Shadow, 15 Days, 20 December - 4 January. Calls in Melbourne, Burnie, Stewart Island, Dunedin, Akaroa, Picton, Tauranga, and Bay of Islands. Highlights include an overnight stay in Melbourne and cruising the Milford and Dusky sounds. Guest Lecturers: Dr Herb Keyser, author and world traveller, and Mike O'Brien, historian and retired major general, Australian army.

VOYAGE 4333: Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles, Silver Whisper, 17 Days, 20 December - 6 January. Calls in Santa Marta, Cartagena, Puntarenas, Puerto Chiapas, Huatulco, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas. Highlights including a crossing of the Panama Canal. Guest Lecturers: Laurel Corona, PhD, author and historian, and Peter Damisch, adventurer, explorer and author.

VOYAGE 2337: Cape Town to Cape Town, Silver Wind, 14 Days, 21 December - 4 January. Calls in Walvis Bay, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Richards Bay, and Mossel Bay. Highlights include overnight stays in Walvis Bay, Richards Bay, and Cape Town. Guest Lecturers: Peter Hawthorne, journalist and Africa expert, and Rob Prentis, South Africa expert.

VOYAGE 5339: Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale, Silver Spirit, 14 Days, 23 December - 6 January. Calls in San Juan, St Barts, Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados, Bequia, Virgin Gorda, Samana, and Grand Turk. Guest Lecturers: Dr Andrew J. Pierre, US foreign policy expert, and Joan Root, painter, printmaker and art historian.

Silversea holiday voyages are filled with all kinds of festivities, feasts and good cheer. And with open bars and open-seating restaurants, it's easy to mingle and make merry with guests from around the globe.

There's no better way to enjoy the spirit of the season!


*Guest lecturers subject to change.

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29 July 2013

A Look at the Elegant Suites of Silver Whisper

Silver Whisper docked in St Petersburg

With a space-to-guest ratio of 74, the all-suite Silver Whisper is one of the most spacious ships afloat.

Her 382 guests enjoy luxurious accommodation in expansive suites ranging from to 1,435 to 287 square feet (133 to 27 square metres).

All have ocean views, and most include a private teak veranda so that you can breathe in the fresh sea air simply by stepping outside your door.

Veranda of the Silver Suite.

And regardless of the suite category, all guests are pampered with the personalised services of an attentive butler.

Travel enthusiast Gary Bembridge, publisher of the popular luxury travel blog Tips for Travellers, sailed on a Baltic voyage aboard Silver Whisper this month and has posted a review of his cruise, including excellent video tours of the ship's suites.

For his in-depth tours of the elegant accommodation aboard Silver Whisper, click articles below:

Premium Suites Video Tours

Verandah Suite Review and Video Tour

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