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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Celebrate the holidays with Silversea

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- July 14, 2011) Silversea Cruises is inviting travelers to wrap themselves in pampering luxury this holiday season with a collection of enticing voyages that span the globe from Africa and the South Pacific to the Caribbean and South America. 

This year the all-suite, intimate ships of Silversea offer an elegant way to revel in the joy of the holiday season with cruises ranging from nine to 18 days. Designed to be a "home upon the oceans of the world," Silversea's all-inclusive ships feature spacious ocean-view suites, most with private veranda, and the highest level of personalized service.

Highlighting the onboard ambiance for these voyages will be festive decorations, parties, menus and entertainment. With the exception of expedition cruises, clergy will be on board to conduct religious services, including a rabbi for Hanukkah. Plus distinguished guest lecturers and destination experts will also be on hand to host enlightening presentations.

"Our holiday voyages are designed to offer an escape from the pressure of deadlines and having to plan parties and prepare meals," said Steve Tucker, Silversea's vice president of field sales for North America. "Instead we offer a stress-free retreat where the focus is on authentic pleasures -- discovering new places, making new friends, and spending quality time with loved ones."

And with "Passport to Luxury" Onboard Spending Credits of up to $1,000 per suite offered on these holiday voyages, guests might choose to indulge in a little extra pampering in the spa or use their credit toward a host of other options, including any Silver Shore excursions (none are excluded), premium selections from the Connoisseur's List of wines and spirits, specialty restaurant dining fees, and/or purchases in the Internet Café and onboard boutiques.

Following voyages in 2011 offer the perfect setting for celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or the New Year:

VOYAGE 4137: Santiago to Fort Lauderdale, Silver Whisper, 17 Days, December 20 - January 6. Calls in Coquimbo, Arica, Matarani, Callao (Lima), Salaverry, Manta, Puerto Limón and Key West. Highlights include $1,000 "Passport to Luxury" Onboard Spending Credit, a crossing of the Panama Canal and overnight stay in Callao. Guest Lecturers: Adrian Sindall, former British ambassador, and Dr. Carolyn Dudek, associate professor of political science. Silver Savings fares start at $8,398.

VOYAGE 5138: Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale, Silver Spirit, 14 Days, December 20 - January 3. Calls in Grand Turk, Antigua, Bequia, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Bart's, Virgin Gorda and Key West. Highlights include $500 "Passport to Luxury" Onboard Spending Credit. Guest Lecturers: Rick McKay, award-winning filmmaker, and Dr. Jay Wolff, historian and destination expert. Silver Savings fares start at $7,423.

VOYAGE 3134: Sydney to Auckland, Silver Shadow, 15 Days, December 21 - January 5. Calls in Melbourne, Hobart, Stewart Island, Dunedin, Picton, Napier and Tauranga. Highlights include $1,000 "Passport to Luxury" Onboard Spending Credit, overnight stay in Melbourne and cruising through the Milford and Dusky sounds. Guest Lecturers: Richard Tallboys, former British ambassador, and Dr. Lew Deitch, destination consultant. Silver Savings fares start at $8,398.

VOYAGE 1131: San Diego to Fort Lauderdale, Silver Cloud, 16 Days, December 22 - January 7. Calls in Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Puntarenas, San Blas Island and Cartagena. Highlights include $1,000 "Passport to Luxury" Onboard Spending Credit and a crossing of the Panama Canal. Guest Lecturers: Lawrence Rudner, former professor and aerospace engineer, and Michael Freedland, journalist, broadcaster and author. Silver Savings fares start at $6,438.

And guests can enjoy a traditional American Thanksgiving feast on November 24 aboard all Silversea voyages, including:

VOYAGE 4134: Fort Lauderdale to Rio de Janeiro, Silver Whisper, 18 Days, November 8 - 26. Calls in St. Thomas, St. Bart's, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, Devil's Island, Belém, Fortaleza, Salvador de Bahia and Buzios. Highlights include $1,000 "Passport to Luxury" Onboard Spending Credit. Guest Lecturers: Sir Alcon Copisarow, British public figure, Professor Jorge Heine, former Chilean ambassador, and Jon Fleming, destination consultant. Silver Savings fares start at $7,038.

VOYAGE 2132: Athens to Dubai, Silver Wind, 16 Days, November 11 - 27. Calls in Alexandria, Sharm el Sheikh, Aqaba, Safaga, Muscat and Fujairah. Highlights include $1,000 "Passport to Luxury" Onboard Spending Credit, overnight stays in Aqaba and Safaga, plus the "Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs" interactive cooking school. Guest Lecturers: David Horner, historian, and Rick Senat, film industry expert. Silver Savings fares start at $7,918.

VOYAGE 5135: Barbados to Fort Lauderdale, Silver Spirit, 9 Days, November 23 - December 2. Calls in Bequia, Dominica, St. Kitts, St. Bart's, St. Maarten and Grand Turk. Highlights include $500 "Passport to Luxury" Onboard Spending Credit, and an overnight stay in St. Bart's. Guest Lecturer: Dr. Dieter Galler, professor and world affairs expert.  Silver Savings fares start at $3,638.

Fares listed above are per person based on double occupancy for a Vista Suite and do not include port charges and handling fees that range from $150 to $575 per person for these voyages, depending on the itinerary.

The "Passport to Luxury" Onboard Spending Credit is a capacity-controlled program and subject to availability. The Onboard Spending Credit is offered per suite, not per voyage, and only once to guests sailing on consecutive voyages. Maximum value of Onboard Spending Credit is either $1,000 or $500 per suite, depending on voyage. Single occupancy suites will receive 50% of the Onboard Spending Credit. It is valued in U.S. dollars, regardless of booking currency. It may not be redeemed for cash, and any unused portion will be forfeited. Additional restrictions may apply.

About Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ship Silver Explorer, Silversea Cruises' itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and over 450 fascinating destinations in between.

In the U.S., Silversea has been voted "World's Best" by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler (nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and rated Number-One luxury cruise line by high-net-worth consumers in the 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI). International awards include "Best Innovation in Products and Services" from the Italian Innovazione Marketing Oggi Awards (2009); "World's Leading Small Ships Cruise Line" from World Travel Awards (2009); "Five Star Diamond Award" from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2010); "Number One" small-ship line in the Readers' Choice survey conducted by Britain's Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2010); "Best Luxury Cruise Line" Excellence Award by Spain's Cruise News Media Group (2009); "Best Luxury Cruise Line" by Australia's Luxury Travel & Style Magazine (2011); and "Best Luxury Cruise Operator" according to Travel Weekly China (2010).

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