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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Silversea opens the books on 2014 voyage collection

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- November 1, 2012) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has unveiled an extensive line-up of worldwide voyages for 2014.

Over 200 diverse sailings, visiting more than 500 destinations on seven continents, are now open for reservations.

Among the highlights are:

  • Fare Guarantee Program: Providing guests with the peace of mind in knowing that when they plan ahead and book early, not only will they enjoy the privilege of reserving their desired suite, but they can also benefit from any future reduction in the Silver Privilege fares for their voyage, upon request.

  • 10% Extended Voyage Savings: Available for a limited time on most 2014 voyages, guests can save an additional 10% on each voyage when combining two or more consecutive voyages.

Also noteworthy for 2014 are Silver Whisper's 113-day World Cruise, three voyages that feature extended stays in Myanmar, and Silver Explorer's first-ever expedition cruises through the legendary Northwest Passage, the Russian Far East, Japan, South Pacific and French Polynesia.

Plus, Silversea is offering 95 new ports of call, which include 83 just for Silver Explorer. Collectively, the line's other ships will offer 12 new destinations: Melilla and Almeria, Spain; Haugesund, Norway; Eskifjordur and Djupivogur, Iceland; Koror, Palau; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Sept-Îles and Trois-Rivières (Québec), Canada; Alotau, Papua New Guinea; Kavala, Greece; and Trujillo (Banana Coast), Honduras.

"2014 marks Silversea's 20th anniversary, so we designed a voyage collection that would match the special sense of excitement and celebration that we'll be sharing with our guests throughout the year," said Ellen Bettridge, Silversea's president of the Americas. "Our expansive program offers fresh and intriguing journeys to all corners of the globe, including numerous overnight stays that provide plenty of time for guests to leisurely explore remarkable destinations."

World Cruise 2014: This incomparable 113-day odyssey aboard Silver Whisper departs January 6 from Los Angeles, visiting 54 destinations in 29 countries, and featuring 12 overnight stays. Following a westward path across the Pacific, Silver Whisper will call on lush Polynesia and lands Down Under, including Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Australia and New Zealand. From there, she will sail up to the remote island of Koror and then head west to spend a month exploring fascinating Asian cultures -- from China, Japan, and Vietnam to Thailand, Singapore, and India -- including three days in Myanmar. Silver Whisper will conclude her global tour in Barcelona.

Mediterranean, Northern Europe & Baltic: From late March to mid-November, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit will offer 90 voyages revealing the great cities and old-world charm of the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Baltic. Highlights include:

  • Diverse Mediterranean itineraries offering numerous opportunities to sail back-to-back cruises without repeating any ports.

  • More than 120 overnight stays, the most Silversea has ever offered in the region, including several Baltic Sea voyages with three-day, two-night calls in St. Petersburg.

  • Silver Spirit's Voyage 5414 will spend the night of May 21 in Cannes, during the city's iconic film festival, and also overnight in Monte Carlo on May 24 during the Grand Prix.

  • Silver Cloud's Voyage 1417 visits the Normandy coast on June 6, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

  • The historic cities of the Black Sea will be featured on five sailings: Silver Cloud's Voyage 1431, Silver Wind's Voyage 2411, and Silver Spirit's Voyage 5422, 5426 and 5431.

  • Silver Cloud's 10-day Voyage 1424 will sail roundtrip from Reykjavik to explore the rugged beauty of southern Greenland.

  • Four sailings offer the chance to explore the rich history of the Holy Land with calls in Ashdod and Haifa. These are Silver Spirit's Voyage 5433, which overnights in Haifa, Silver Cloud's Voyage 1433, Silver Wind's Voyage 2433, and Silver Whisper's Voyage 4406.

Asia, Africa & India: In addition to World Cruise 2014, Silversea will offer 20 sailings to some of the most exotic destinations in Asia, Africa and India, including Silver Wind's three 10-day roundtrip sailings from Cape Town, two cruises along the west coast of Africa, and an end-of-year Asia program that includes a three-night stopover in Myanmar on Voyage 2438. Silver Shadow's Asia schedule, which focuses on Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Thailand and Japan, also features a three-night stopover in Myanmar on Voyage 3404.

Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific: Not only will Silver Whisper's World Cruise visit this magnificent corner of the globe, but Silver Shadow will open 2014 voyaging around New Zealand and Australia, and then in the fall will feature four sailings to French Polynesia, including calls to Hawaii, Kiribati and Easter Island.

Alaska: Silver Shadow will showcase the breathtaking scenery and remarkable wildlife of the 49th state on 17 mostly seven-day voyages between Seward and Vancouver. New for 2014 are extended full-day calls in Juneau, allowing more time for onshore adventures.

South America: From majestic glaciers and thundering waterfalls to samba bands and tango dancers, South America is a continent of contrasting sights and sounds. In 2014, Silversea is dedicating four ships -- Silver Cloud, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit -- to reveal its many natural and cultural treasures on 12 different itineraries. Among the highlights is the opportunity to sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale and completely circumnavigate South America by combining five Silver Spirit voyages (5401 - 5405) for a 66-day Grand Voyage. And Silver Whisper's 17-day Voyage 4432 sails roundtrip from Barbados to explore the Amazon, featuring a two-night stopover in Manaus.

Caribbean & Panama Canal:
The turquoise waters, glistening beaches and easy-going lifestyle of the Caribbean will be the focus of 21 sailings offered aboard Silver Cloud, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit. Of special note is a series of four convenient roundtrip cruises from San Juan aboard Silver Cloud in March. And Silver Whisper's Voyage 4434 is a 17-day holiday cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles, highlighted by a crossing of the Panama Canal.

Canada & New England: Just in time for the region's fall foliage spectacle, Silver Whisper will offer a collection of voyages exploring eastern Canada and coastal New England, including scenic cruises along Québec's Saguenay River and New England's Cape Cod Canal.

Transoceanic: For those who enjoy plenty of relaxing days at sea, a number of transoceanic voyages are available, such as Silver Spirit's Voyage 5435, a 15-day transatlantic crossing from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale, and Silver Shadow's Voyage 3411, a 13-day sailing across the Pacific from Tokyo to Seward.

Expedition Cruises
In a first for Silversea, the luxury expedition ship Silver Explorer will sail the Northwest Passage, the famed shipping route that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the Canadian Arctic. And complementing the ship's ever-popular cruises to Antarctica, South and Central America, the British Isles and Arctic Norway are first-ever expedition voyages to the Russian Far East, Japan, South Pacific and French Polynesia.

The schedule and fares for Silver Galapagos will be available when the ship's expedition cruises open for sale in the coming weeks.

Click here for complete details on the Fare Guarantee Program, or visit Silversea.com/terms-conditions/savings-programmes.

About Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, 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 ships Silver Explorer and Silver Galapagos (debuting late 2013), Silversea Cruises' itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and over 500 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 awarded "Best Cruise Line for Luxury Small Ships" by Luxury Travel Advisor (2011). International awards include "World's Leading Small Ships Cruise Line" from World Travel Awards (2010); "Five Star Diamond Award" from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2011); "Favourite Cruise Line - Small Ships" in the Readers' Choice survey conducted by Britain's Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2012); "Best Luxury Cruise Line" by Australia's Cruise Passenger magazine (2012); and "Best Small Luxury Cruise Line" according to China's Travel & Leisure magazine (2011).

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