Sure, you could hop aboard a commercial flight in Los Angeles and land in London in just over ten hours, if getting from Point A to Point B is all that matters. But if you are passionate about travel and have the time, why not take a long cruise on the high seas and arrive in your final destination feeling refreshed … and possibly transformed by the whole amazing experience?
With Silversea's Grand Voyages, guests on a long cruise spend exciting days ashore exploring magnificent destinations at a leisurely pace, always returning to the easy-going luxury and special camaraderie of a small ship. These long cruises are perfectly suited to those avid travellers who have the time and desire to indulge their wanderlust on a grand scale.
For 2015, we have carefully crafted two long cruises that will allow you to visit must-see cities, travel to far-flung destinations and admire natural world wonders all on a single sailing.
Circle South America
The picturesque Plaza de Armas in Lima, Peru.
Silver Shadow will depart 7 January on a 62-day "Circle South America" roundtrip voyage from Fort Lauderdale with calls in Key West, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Falkland Islands, Uruguay, Brazil, French Guiana, Barbados, Grenada, Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas. Highlighting the itinerary's 36 intriguing destinations is a crossing of the Panama Canal, two days cruising Chile's majestic fjords, a two-night stopover in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, overnight stays in Callao and Punta Arenas, plus many late-night port departures.
Silver Spirit approaches Sydney's famous harbour and Opera House.
On 22 January, Silver Spirit will set sail on a 64-day "Southern Cross" roundtrip voyage from Los Angeles to explore a collection of 32 exotic and marquee destinations mostly in the South Pacific, including the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji Islands, Samoa, Kiribati, and Hawaii. Highlights include sailing New Zealand's scenic Dusky and Milford sounds, overnight stays in Papeete, Melbourne, and Sydney, plus several late-night port departures.
A Host of Added-Value Amenities
And for the first time, Silversea is extending special perks to guests sailing full Grand Voyage itineraries. These include a gala Bon Voyage dinner and pre-cruise overnight stay at a luxury hotel, a $2,000 onboard spending credit (per suite), and commemorative gifts. Plus, for guests on the full "Circle South America" voyage, there will be a complimentary Silversea Experience in Devil's Island and an exclusive event at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Similarly, full-cruise guests will be treated to a complimentary Silversea Experience in Fanning Island (Kiribati) and an exclusive event at the Sydney Opera House on the "Southern Cross" voyage.
Whether sailing completely around South America or cruising the warm waters of the South Pacific, Silversea guests on these unique long cruises will experience fascinating places and cultural encounters from the comfort and luxury of elite, all-suite vessels specifically designed for fewer guests -- just 382 on Silver Shadow and 540 on Silver Spirit. Each ship features spacious ocean-view accommodation, sumptuous gourmet cuisine, the personalised service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and all gratuities.
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