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18 April 2013

11 New Wine Cruises Let You Mingle with Top Winemakers & Sample Great Vintages

Do you love to travel? Do you love wine? Then you'll love our new Wine Series collection.

Our wine-themed voyages offer guests the chance to broaden their understanding and appreciation of one of life's most cherished luxuries -- fine wine. We've invited top experts from some of the world's most acclaimed vineyards and wineries to mingle and interact with our guests, guiding them through entertaining tastings and lectures that add a unique and enriching dimension to their travel experience.

On each wine cruise, discerning travellers with a passion for fine wines will enjoy sampling great vintages and learning about the tradition and art of winemaking in special tastings and lectures conducted by wine professionals, vineyard owners, and winemakers.

Depending on the itinerary, guests may also have the chance to explore some of the world's most celebrated wine regions on optional guided shore excursions. On board each of Silversea's luxurious cruise ships, guests also enjoy an extensive complimentary selection of fine red and white wine pairings with both lunch and dinner.

Here's a recap of the Wine Series experts* and the voyages in 2013 on which they will be hosting an enrichment programme devoted to wine appreciation:

Eileen Crane, founding winemaker and president of Domaine Carneros, Napa Valley, California, and Lawrence d'Almeida, Silversea Wine Ambassador & former winemaker, will host:

--Voyage 7309, Silver Explorer, 29 April - 13 May, Lisbon to Portsmouth

Lawrence d'Almeida is also slated to host:

--Voyage 1329, Silver Cloud, 16 - 25 October, Nice to Barcelona
--Voyage 2336, Silver Wind, 3 - 21 December, Las Palmas to Cape Town

Brian Davis, wine connoisseur and holder of Wine & Spirit Education Trust diploma, will host:

--Voyage 4308, Silver Whisper, 1 - 16 May, Fort Lauderdale to Southampton

Ken & Grace Evenstad, founders, Domaine Serene Vineyards & Winery, Dundee Hills, Oregon, will host:

--Voyage 2316, Silver Wind, 30 May - 8 June, Rome to Venice

Lyn Farmer, wine expert and senior editor of The Wine News magazine, will host:

--Voyage 3328, Silver Shadow, 12 - 29 September, Vancouver to Tokyo
--Voyage 3329, Silver Shadow, 29 September - 9 October, Tokyo to Shanghai
--Voyage 1334, Silver Cloud, 20 December - 5 January, Buenos Aires to Valparaiso

Tor Kenward, founder of Tor Kenward Family Wines, Napa Valley, California, will host:

--Voyage 5312, Silver Spirit, 10 - 18 May, Venice to Istanbul

Florencia Palmaz, CEO of Palmaz Vineyards, Napa Valley, California, will host: 

--Voyage 1333, Silver Cloud, 11 - 20 December, Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires

Pam Starr, co-owner and manager, Crocker & Starr Winery, Napa Valley, California, will host:

--Voyage 1314, Silver Cloud, 9 - 16 May, Barcelona to Monte Carlo



*Wine Series experts are subject to change.

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15 April 2013

Win a Luxury Cruise for Two!

We're delighted to announce that -- starting today -- we're launching an exciting Sail Away sweepstakes to give away a 7-day Silversea cruise for two in 2014!

And as of 1 April 2013, if you book with a deposit -- through a travel agent -- any 2013 Silversea cruise, your travel agent will be eligible to enter our Partner for Success sweepstakes and possibly win a new 2014 Mercedes-Benz C250 sedan!

Need help finding a travel agent? Click here.

No purchase is necessary to enter. Both the Sail Away and Partner for Success sweepstakes are open to residents of the US and Canada (excluding Québec).

For complete rules of the Sail Away sweepstakes, visit www.silversea.com/sailaway.

For complete rules of the Partner for Success sweepstakes, travel agents should visit www.silversea.com/partnerforsuccess.

Where would you most like to go on a luxurious Silversea holiday? Click here for a list of possibilities -- and start dreaming.

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05 April 2013

Silver Spirit Earns Perfect Score

Silver Spirit in Castries, St Lucia

We're delighted to report that our beautiful Silver Spirit has once again received a perfect score for vessel sanitation in an inspection conducted on 3 April by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during a stopover in Fort Lauderdale.

Since the ship's launch in December 2009, this is the third time Silver Spirit has received the highest mark possible.

Silver Spirit earned a score of 100, on a scale from 1 to 100, on a comprehensive check list covering a wide variety of areas of assessment, including proper food handling and storage procedures, water systems and maintenance, and onboard cleanliness. The unannounced inspections are conducted twice a year for cruise ships that visit the US and have international itineraries.

Silver Spirit is currently heading to Lisbon to begin an extended season of Mediterranean cruises focused on the Greek Isles, Athens and Istanbul, and the Black Sea region. In late November, Silver Spirit arrives in Fort Lauderdale for a series of roundtrip Caribbean cruises culminating with a luxurious 14-day holiday cruise.

Silver Spirit sails into 2014 with a 66-day Circle South America cruise roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. After lingering in the Caribbean, Silver Spirit crosses the Atlantic to begin cruising the Mediterranean's best-loved ports. Noteworthy itineraries include Voyage 5414, which takes in both the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco's Grand Prix, and explorations of the historic Black Sea on Voyages 5422, 5426 and 5431. Silver Spirit returns to the Caribbean’s tranquil warmth for the holiday season.

Veranda Suite aboard Silver Spirit

Accommodating just 540 guests, the elegant Silver Spirit has the largest suites in the Silversea fleet -- with 95% featuring a private veranda -- and one of the highest space-to-guest ratios at sea today.

The Bar

The onboard decor lends a sophisticated 1930s Art Deco ambiance to the public spaces, highlights of which include an indoor/outdoor spa measuring over 8,300 square feet (770 square metres), a resort-style pool, four whirlpools, and a choice of six dining venues including Seishin, showcasing Asian-fusion cuisine, and the innovative Stars Supper Club, offering trendsetting menus and all-night entertainment.

Stars Supper Club

Click here for a complete list of upcoming Silver Spirit voyages.

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26 March 2013

Silversea Entertainer of the Year: Hyperion Knight

It's official! Acclaimed concert pianist Hyperion Knight has been voted "2012 Entertainer of the Year" by the discerning guests of Silversea Cruises. Knight was presented with the award aboard Silver Spirit earlier this month.

A pianist equally at home in serious classics and popular standards, Knight's recordings range from Beethoven to the Beatles. In addition to performing for Silversea guests, he has appeared with orchestras across the United States, and has been a featured entertainer at Manhattan’s Rainbow Room and Essex House.

A Gershwin enthusiast, he has recorded two CDs devoted to unique arrangements of Gershwin’s music, and frequently performs both Rhapsody in Blue and the Concerto in F, most recently with the Santa Fe, Long Beach and New Mexico Symphony Orchestras. Other recent performances include appearances with the Cleveland Philharmonic, Utah Symphony and the Kansas City Philharmonia.

We're delighted to be able to offer our guests an entertainment programme that features such accomplished artists as Hyperion Knight, whose next Silversea performance takes place aboard Silver Whisper's World Cruise next month.

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