virtuoso global September 2018 10 Reasons to Celebrate a Decade of Silversea Expeditions

10 Reasons to Celebrate a Decade of Silversea Expeditions

This summer marks ten years since Silversea launched its first expedition voyage, a trail-blazing trip to Norway’s isolated Svalbard archipelago. Here are ten reasons to celebrate a decade of Silversea firsts and bests in far-flung corners of the world.

1. In its first year, Silversea overturned the precedent that travel to Antarctica had to be tough, with a stately cruise to the spectacular continent.

2. The cruise line dedicates extensive resources and time – sometimes years – to scout for destinations captivating enough for a Silversea expedition.

3. Silversea was the first to launch luxury cruises to the Russian Arctic and along the west coast of Africa.

4. Passionate, knowledgeable expedition leaders (like these four) are nearly as interesting as the places, cultures, and history they bring to light. 

5. A collaboration with the Royal Geographic Society, which boasts ties to Charles Darwin, David Livingstone, Sir Edmund Hillary, and others, enriches itineraries with expert speakers and researchers.

6. In 2014, Silversea expanded into new territories, including the Russian Far East and the Northwest Passage, where the Silver Explorer was one of the only ships to successfully navigate the season’s particularly icy conditions.

7. That same year, the line introduced its expeditions to the Galápagos Islands with local guides steeped in the Silversea way for maximum authenticity.

8. In anticipation of the reimagined Silver Cloud – a crossover vessel that combines exquisite service with go-anywhere attitude – Silversea added another world-first destination to its lineup: Bangladesh.

9. Silversea recently announced nine new itineraries following the routes of famous expeditions and explorers, including Sir Ernest Shackleton, with onboard lectures from elite historians, archaeologists, and explorers; menus designed to capture the spirit of historic journeys; and more.

10. The newest destination for adventure lovers: the Philippines. Plan for days of snorkeling with whale sharks and zipping among lush terraced rice paddies in a jeep.

Plus...Three Ships Making Waves

1. Last year, expert shipbuilders in Trieste, Italy, hauled Silversea’s Silver Spirit from the water, cut it in half like an enormous steel wedding cake, added 34 new staterooms, two new restaurants, and 20 percent more space for outdoor seating.

The <em>Silver Spirit’</em>s Italian makeover.
The Silver Spirit’s Italian makeover.
2. When it debuted last spring, the Silver Muse inspired great reviews and passenger loyalty. Silversea’s first entirely new ship in seven years and its largest, the 596-passenger, all-suite, all-balcony vessel wins praise for its easygoing comfort and luxurious touches that don’t overdo it. With eight restaurants and no main dining room, some of the largest cabins at sea, more midrange suites, and finely tuned public spaces, Silver Muse has a spirit that’s taken hold across the fleet, inspiring renovations to other ships and two near-replica sister ships, currently under construction.
Alfresco dining on the <em>Silver Muse</em>.
Alfresco dining on the Silver Muse.
3. Last fall, the Silver Cloud steamed out of Malta’s Palumbo Shipyards, refurbished and reimagined for cruising polar waters. After more than 20 years as the first vessel in the classic Silversea fleet, Silver Cloud’s graduation to expedition cruising is a source of pride.

• Stronger Than Ever: Silver Cloud’s extensively steel-reinforced hull, replacement ice-class bow, and underwater sonar make easy work of navigating ice-clogged passages, while new cold-resistant windows keep passengers warm and cozy.
• More Intimate: A maximum capacity of 200 passengers means high-touch service and no waiting to disembark.
• Pro Pics Guaranteed: The new photo studio allows passengers to hone digital-photography skills and use advanced editing tools, so they can capture all the high-def drama of breaching whales and polar bears.
<em>Silver Cloud’</em>s lounge. 
Silver Cloud’s lounge. 

If You Have the Time…Dream Months-Long Sailings

The Mediterranean has seduced poets, artists, and more than a few conquerors over the centuries. Write your own odyssey there with Silversea’s 47-day voyage throughout the region, from the French Riviera’s glittering rosé-and-yacht scene to medieval ruins and famed truffles on the Croatian coast to the whitewashed villages of Greece’s Patmos Island. During this round-trip sailing from Barcelona, the 382-passenger Silver Shadow calls on 39 ports (including Venice, Rome, and Athens) in nine countries. Departure: June 10, 2019.

On Silversea’s grand, first-ever Asia Pacific extended route, the 596- passenger flagship Silver Muse makes some big leaps in 74 days – from New Zealand’s lush, unpeopled fjords to the densely populated skyscrapers of Singapore, Hong Kong, and Shanghai to a little-known island in the Philippines where fireflies light the night. Starting in Sydney, the cruise visits 39 ports in 12 countries to finish in Tokyo, right on time for Japan’s renowned cherry blossom season. Departure: February 2, 2019.

South America is a continent so varied and inspiring, it creates its own mixtape soundtrack. Let samba, tango, bossa nova, panpipes, and drums provide the backdrop as you plumb the Inca empire, catamaran among Chilean glaciers, sip pisco sours on the beach, embrace gaucho life, and stay up way past bedtime in the land of Carnaval. Your floating hotel: the Silver Shadow, which sails the 64-day route round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, calling on 31 ports in 17 countries, with overnights in Cartagena, Guayaquil, Lima, and Buenos Aires. Departure: January 24, 2019.

Circumnavigate the planet in 140 paradigm-shifting days aboard the 382-passenger Silver Whisper’s long-way-around journey from Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam. Silversea’s 2020 world cruise plies all five oceans, tags seven continents, and calls on 62 ports in 32 countries. A taste of the global perspective: Buenos Aires, Valparaíso (with a zig south to spy seals, whales, and icebergs on the Antarctic Peninsula), Tahiti, Sydney, Singapore, Mumbai, Civitavecchia (Rome), and Dublin. Departure: January 6, 2020.

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