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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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25 July 2013

Silversea Cruises Statement on Silver Shadow

The inspection by the USPHS on the Silver Shadow on June 17, documenting an unusually low score, has given the Company great cause for concern.

At Silversea Cruises we pride ourselves on providing the best quality services to our guests. Since the preliminary report was given to us, a full investigation has been carried out into the circumstances which led to this unsatisfactory result and a number of steps have been taken to ensure that the standards of food hygiene, in particular, are of the highest order. The other issues contained in the report have been rigorously dealt with as well. Our investigation has included the involvement of an external sanitation consultant travelling on board the ship and our own managers working through every aspect of the USPHS report to ensure full compliance. Following the June 17 inspection additional training was provided for all food handlers and supervisors, butlers, cooks, waiters and bar staff to reinforce company procedures. Implicit in this training was that no food or food equipment is, at any time, permitted in cabins or non-designated areas. Procedures for reporting and replacement of equipment identified in the inspection report were also included in the training programme.

Operational management has also introduced an anonymous call system where any member of staff can report failings of procedures to senior managers without fear of reprisals.

There will be a further inspection by the USPHS before the Silver Shadow leaves Alaskan waters at the end of August, which we welcome as we believe and trust the results of any follow-up inspection will demonstrate Silversea's commitment to maintain the best standards in sanitation and hygiene on board its fleet.

For reasons of full transparency we have laid out below our investigation's findings in relation to the main area of concern in the USPHS report: trolleys and food being hidden from inspectors in cabins.

The unannounced inspection on June 17 occurred at the end of the breakfast period where pots, pans and utensils were on working stations and items to return to the galleys were on trolleys as were stores from the fridges ready for use. It is clear that when the galley staff heard that inspectors were on board, instead of continuing their work in the understanding that they were in the middle of a meal service, they tried to quickly remove all trolleys and any items not in the fridges and place them in cabins out of the way. It goes without saying that such practices are against company policy and should not have happened. We would also like to make clear that following the inspection of Silver Shadow, all food found in the cabins was destroyed and under no circumstances was improperly stored food served to any guests.

Enzo Visone
Chief Executive Officer
Silversea Cruises

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