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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.
(Wikimedia Commons)

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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23 May 2013

Not to Be Missed: Skagway's White Pass Adventure

If you're intrigued by the famous Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century, Skagway offers a spectacular rail journey that brings to life that fascinating period.

The White Pass Scenic Railway adventure traces a route through the Coast Mountains between Alaska and British Columbia. It's a route that was followed by many intrepid prospectors who ultimately hoped to reach the Yukon River, where they could then float down to the Klondike gold fields.

It's an amazing story that is narrated while you're journeying in the comfort of your vintage rail car, taking in breathtaking panoramic vistas of mountains, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites.

Your adventure begins when you board the train in Skagway and travel 20 miles (33 kilometres) to the summit of White Pass -- a 2,865 foot (873 metre) elevation! At the summit, you'll receive a brass ornament certifying your entry into the White Pass Summit Club -- one of Alaska's most elite clubs.

This exciting excursion would make an excellent accompaniment to one of Silversea's luxury Alaska cruises aboard Silver Shadow.

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16 May 2013

Silversea Receives 'Blue Circle Award' for Environmental Achievements

Silversea Cruises has received Port Metro Vancouver's 2012 Blue Circle Award for the port's EcoAction Programme. This is the third time Silversea has been recognised by Port Metro Vancouver for our efforts to reduce air emissions.

The Blue Circle Award recognises the extraordinary environmental achievements of ships that participate in Port Metro Vancouver's EcoAction Programme, which promotes emission reduction measures that exceed the current North American Emission Control Area (NA-ECA) requirements adopted under the International Maritime Organisation while vessels operate within Port Metro Vancouver's jurisdiction.

Silversea is devoted to ensuring the safe operation of our vessels, maintaining full compliance with international environmental regulations, and developing plans for preventing pollution.

Some of the steps we take include:

• Employing latest diesel-electric propulsion design on Silver Spirit that will allow much of the engine power to shut down when power demand is less, reducing fuel usage and air emissions;

• Equipping Silver Spirit, Silver Whisper and Silver Shadow with state-of-the-art navigation systems that feature a speed pilot mechanism for automatic optimal control of speed in varying sea conditions, thereby achieving greater fuel conservation;

• Maximising the use of LED illumination on Silver Spirit to reduce energy consumption;

• Using TBT-free, non-toxic hull coatings, such as silicone-based paints, to lessen frictional resistance and reduce fuel usage and emissions;

• Implementing a stringent waste management plan on all ships with crew members specially trained and responsible for sorting, processing, storing, recycling and disposing of rubbish;

• Using environmentally friendly cleaning products on all ships;

• Placing "Conserve Water and Energy" instruction cards in all suites enabling guests to notify their suite attendant when bed linens and towels need to be replaced, reducing the need for daily washings;

• Encouraging guests to keep their veranda doors closed to conserve energy;

• Providing waste bins on open decks and informing guests of our strict policy against throwing any rubbish overboard;

• Donating unneeded beds, furniture and linens to charitable organisations to avoid creating more waste, while also extending a helping hand to those in need.

Moreover, Silversea is a member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), dedicated to managing respectable, environmentally friendly and safe expedition cruising in the Arctic. The company has also joined the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO). This important organisation promotes and practises safe and environmentally responsible travel to Antarctica.

And Silversea is a member of the International Galápagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA), which works to preserve and protect the Galápagos Islands by promoting responsible, well-regulated, low-impact travel in the archipelago and by supporting critical conservation initiatives and scientific research there.

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