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Silversea Cruises Coronavirus update

RCCL-Royal Caribbean Group (shipowner) suspended its entire fleet's passenger shipping operations (RCI-Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Azamara Cruises) worldwide by cancelling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 13, 2020, through March 31, 2021. Fleetwide operations are planned to resume on April 1, excepting the Silversea's Galapagos-based ship Silver Origin (inaugural cruise on February 6). All repositioning cruises Spring 2021 were cancelled.

Next are listed Silversea's first departure dates by ship/destination - Origin (Feb 6/Galapagos), Moon (Apr 1/Mediterranean), Spirit (Apr 20/Mediterranean), Shadow (Apr 28/Mediterranean), Cloud (May 5/Europe-UK), Muse (May 20/Alaska from Vancouver-Seward), Wind (June 14/Europe-UK-Baltic), Whisper (June 20/Europe-UK-Baltic), Explorer (June 24/Australia-New Zealand).

All affected bookings received full refunds (100%), including on prepurchased through Silversea cruise packages and services. With rebooking are offered 125% refunds in FCC (future cruise credit) to be used on itineraries that depart up to April 30, 2022. The FCC must be redeemed by January 1, 2021. Changing the FCC to a monetary refund (100%) must be done by December 31, 2020. Silversea's Cancellation Policy was extended to allow penalty-free cancellations up to 48 hours prior departure (all itineraries departing up until December 1, 2020, and receive an FCC.

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Review of Silversea Cruises

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, RCCL-Royal Caribbean Group (shipowner) suspended its entire fleet's passenger shipping operations (RCI-Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Azamara Cruises) worldwide by cancelling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 13, 2020, through March 31, 2021. Fleetwide operations are planned to resume on April 1, excepting the Silversea's Galapagos-based ship Silver Origin (inaugural cruise on February 6). All repositioning cruises Spring 2021 were cancelled.

Next are listed Silversea's first departure dates by ship/destination - Origin (Feb 6/Galapagos), Moon (Apr 1/Mediterranean), Spirit (Apr 20/Mediterranean), Shadow (Apr 28/Mediterranean), Cloud (May 5/Europe-UK), Muse (May 20/Alaska from Vancouver-Seward), Wind (June 14/Europe-UK-Baltic), Whisper (June 20/Europe-UK-Baltic), Explorer (June 24/Australia-New Zealand).

All affected bookings received full refunds (100%), including on prepurchased through Silversea cruise packages and services. With rebooking are offered 125% refunds in FCC (future cruise credit) to be used on itineraries that depart up to April 30, 2022. The FCC must be redeemed by January 1, 2021. Changing the FCC to a monetary refund (100%) must be done by December 31, 2020. Silversea's Cancellation Policy was extended to allow penalty-free cancellations up to 48 hours prior departure (all itineraries departing up until December 1, 2020, and receive an FCC.

Silversea (website) was founded in 1994 as a premium Monaco-based cruise company. With its first ship (Silver Cloud), Silversea pioneered as an all-inclusive passenger shipping brand on May 30 (1994) when Silver Cloud was christened in Monte Carlo (Monaco).

Company history

Until 2018, Silversea's owners were the Lefebvre family (Rome Italy) and V-Ships (fka Vlasov Group) of Monaco. Its business model was ultra-luxury cruising with smaller-sized all-suite ships.

In June-July 2018, RCCL-Royal Caribbean acquired 2/3 of the company. On June 14, 2018, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) and Manfredi Lefebvre D'Ovidio (majority stock owner of Silversea) announced an agreement for RCCL to acquire 66,7% equity stake in Silversea or purchase price around USD 1 billion. At the time, the company was valued at approx USD 2 billion. RCCL financed the deal (through debt) in October. In addition to the cash money, Lefebvre family received around 472,000 RCCL shares. Silversea kept company's management team led by CEO Roberto Martinoli.

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On August 1, 2018, after receiving regulators' final approval, the acquisition deal was officially closed. RCCL owns 66,7%, while Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio owns 33,3% stake and remains company's Executive Chairman. Following the acquisition was announced the "Project Invictus" - multi-year, fleetwide project for drydock refurbishments and product enhancements. Project's first enhancements started with Silver Muse (August 19, 2018) with upgraded champagne and caviar offerings. Next were scheduled for upgrades Silver Whisper and Silver Wind ((December 2018). All liners in the fleet will be updated taking inspiration from the flagship Silver Muse. In July 2020, RCCL-Royal Caribbean Group purchased Silversea's remaining shares from Heritage Cruise Holding Ltd. The purchase was in the form of 5,2 million RCL shares (~2,5% of Royal Caribbean's total common stock).

Celebrating company's 25th Anniversary in 2019, Silversea ships accumulated a total of 47,800+ cruising days and served passengers with total 9,4+ million cruise days.

 

Since the beginning, company's all-inclusive fares included port charges, travel insurance, gratuities (none were allowed), one or more shore events (excursions) per cruise itinerary and beverages (selected wines at lunch and dinner). Most (around 80%) of brand's clients were expected to come from North America, so the line established its marketing office in Fort Lauderdale FL.

  • Fleet's first vessel (Silver Cloud) entered service in April 1994, followed by sistership Silver Wind in January 1995. In September 2000 was launched Silver Shadow. Silver Whisper debuted in January 2001.
  • In 2008, Silversea Cruises entered the luxury expedition travel market by purchasing the ship Prince Albert II (owned by Society Expeditions) and upgrading it to industry's highest standards. The reconstructed vessel (132-passenger Silver Explorer) was inaugurated in June 2008 for exotic itineraries (Arctic, Antarctics, Western Africa safari cruisetours) and Zodiac boat expeditions for wildlife viewing.
  • On June 18, 2012, was announced that Silversea had acquired Canodros SA - Ecuadorian luxury tour company operating cruises in Galapagos Islands. The deal included former Renaissance ship Galapagos Explorer II (renamed in 2013 to Silver Galapagos). The 100-passenger ship is deployed year-round in Galapagos Islands.
  • The 3rd expedition ship "Silver Discoverer" joined Silversea Expeditions fleet in March 2014 for itineraries in Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, Russian Far East, Australia New Zealand. The chartered vessel has a glass-bottom tour boat, Zodiacs (large motorized boats used for landings), snorkeling and dive program (with complimentary equipment). In May 2019, Silver Discoverer was sold to CroisiEurope, joining the fleet in 2020-Q1 under the name La Belle des Oceans.

In 2017, Silversea started selling bonds to the public to finance the company's business. The plan was to raise USD 550 million (up from the originally-planned USD 275 million). Senior secured notes (due in 2025) paid interest at 7,25% rate.

In June 2017 was announced the company's partnership with Peninsula Hotels (Hong Kong-based hotel chain). Silversea's new "cruise and hotel" program debuted on Silver Muse (during World Cruise 2019). Both brands collaborate only on Asian itineraries. During these voyages, Peninsula Hotels provides chefs and specialists to interact with passengers and arrange exclusive onboard events in select Asian port cities.

In August 2018 was launched the travel blog Discover (discover.silversea.com). There are posted itinerary-themed mini-documentaries and behind-the-scenes videos themed on world's most unique cultures and lifestyles, rare geographical phenomena, unusual landscapes, wildlife, topics on glaciology-botany-ornithology-marine biology, useful travel skills, expert photography tips, as well as specially produced for Silversea photos and videos and original stories by company's Expedition Experts.

In May 2019, CroisiEurope (one of Europe's largest river cruise companies) announced the acquisition of Silver Discoverer (1989-built). Joining CroisiEurope's fleet in 2020-Q1, the ship will be renamed La Belle des Oceans. The French company currently owns one sea-going vessel - the 2007-built La Belle de l'Adriatique.

In late-July 2019, Silversea announced a partnership deal with the French company Lalique (1888-founded in Paris France). The brand specializes in the production of lead glass/crystal (including vases and perfume bottles) and luxury crystal art. For Silversea, Lalique will produce decorative glass artworks (hand-crafted crystal panels) for fleet's La Dame restaurants (capacity ~40 seats each). The Lalique artworks are positioned at restaurant's entrance and also along the walls. The crystal panels incorporate 2 main aquatic-themed designs - Masque de Femme (a nymph surrounded by marine creatures) and Coutard (a spray of water droplets).

In 2019 (August 10 through September 5), Silver Explorer completed company's first "Northwest Passage Cruise" from Alaska (Nome AK) to Europe (Tromso Norway). The 26-day voyage included ~9260 km of sea navigation and visiting 27 ports and destinations on 2 continents and in 3 countries. During the passage through the Canadian Arctic, the cruise ship was escorted by a CCG icebreaker. On the ship were 15 expedition team crew (including historians, geologist, botanist, marine biologist, ornithologist, professional photographer) presenting ~50 itinerary-themed onboard lectures.

New ships

In the late-2000s, Silversea started a fleet-expansion program adding tonnage through newbuilds.

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In December 2009, the company launched the 540-passenger Silver Spirit. In 2017 was launched the 596-passenger Silver Muse (building cost EUR 105 million / USD 125 million) - Silver Spirit modified design.

On September 11, 2017, was signed a EUR 310 million (USD 370 million) shipbuilding contract with Fincantieri (Italy) for 3 new cruise ships - including Silver Moon, with scheduled delivery in 2020. Currently, Silversea has a fleet of 9 operational vessels, with planned expansion up to 12. The last 2 newbuilds (sisterships to Muse and Moon, still unnamed) are with scheduled deliveries in 2021 and 2023.

When the Silversea-Fincantieri deal for Silver Moon was signed (September 2017), the Italian shipbuilder had a total of 78 cruise vessels built in the period 1990-2017 (of which 55 launched between 2002-2017) plus other 31 currently being designed or constructed.

On May 14, 2018. was signed the Silversea-Fincantieri order for Silver Dawn (planned delivery November 2021). Another boat of the same series is planned for launch in 2023, to a total fleet of 12 vessels.

In October 2018, RCCL-Royal Caribbean announced shipbuilding agreements for all 3 new vessels for Silversea Cruises.

  • Silversea signed a MoU (memorandum of understanding) with the German shipbuilder Meyer Werft for 2 ships (new “Evolution Class”) with first delivery in 2022.
  • The 3rd contract was signed with the Dutch company Shipyard De Hoop for building Silver Origin. The new expedition ship will serve Silversea Expeditions' Galapagos Islands cruise tour program currently served by Silver Galapagos. The newbuild enters service in March 2020.

Cruise ship W-Fi and Internet

Since April 2018, all Silversea ships offer free and unlimited Wi-Fi access - regardless of cabin category. Previously (between January 2016 - April 2018) Silversea customers received 1 hour complimentary Wi-Fi per day.

By the new policy, Silversea provides each standard suite passenger with free and unlimited Internet access. Booking larger suites (Silver to Owner grades) offers free and unlimited internet for up to 2 mobile devices pp (simultaneously). Unlimited premium internet package upgrades are also offered.

Ship refurbishments

In August 2016, Silversea announced the company's plans to invest USD 170 million in a fleetwide drydock refurbishment project. Ship upgrades started in 2016 with 3 ships.

  • Silver Whisper had refreshed suites (dark emperor marble floors in cabin bathrooms, sun deck (new loungers, newly tiled pool). The Restaurant and La Terrazza are with new furniture and flooring (hardwood parquet/carpet). Two new satellite antennas provide faster Internet. On-demand movies and interactive TVs were added in all cabins.
  • Silver Wind received the same upgrades as Silver Whisper - all cabins, restaurants, ship technology. The pool deck has all new teak decking.
  • Silver Cloud was refitted into a polar expedition ship.

Silversea cruise experience

Silversea Cruises boasts an upscale, yet casual onboard atmosphere with spacious public spaces that offer bigger-than-average spaces for travelers. The line provides stellar service and its guests may be sure there is no waiting in line for activities or meals.

Extraordinary dining experiences are available on all Silversea ships, with wine poured generously at meals. The all-inclusive policy covers all gratuities and unlimited beverages - beer, wine, liquor, and soft drinks, except premium brands.

There are lecturers on all cruises, offering insights into the cultures of the destinations visited. Sometimes Silversea provides a bridge instructor or a golf pro for lessons at the practice nets onboard each ship. However, partly as a function of relatively low passenger capacity, few educational opportunities are available. Each of Silversea Cruises ships has a well-stocked library, a fitness center, and a Steiner-managed spa.

Meals in the main dining room are served open seating, with lunch available between 12:00 and 1:30 p.m., and dinner at any time between 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Alternative dinner is available at 7 p.m. in La Terrazza, free of charge (reservations are required) and in the upscale Le Champagne between 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Le Champagne applies a $200/$30 charge, which depends on the chosen dining option ($200 is for a multi-course degustation menu with wine pairings).

IMPORTANT: As there are no organized kids programs, Silversea ships are inappropriate for families with young kids.

Silversea passengers are generally, as on most small luxury ships, somewhat older than those found on bigger, mainstream vessels. In terms of nationality, about 50% are North Americans, with the other 50% coming from all over the world (mainly the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia). Many travelers are retirees with the resources and leisure to make Silversea Cruises their line of choice.

Perhaps because they provide the space for more facilities (cigar bar, wine bar, computer center, expanded spa, not to mention larger and better-equipped show lounge), Silver Whisper and Silver Shadow attract a younger clientele. Still, Silversea is not the cruise line for the 20- and 30-something travelers.

For season 2016-2017, Silversea Expeditions partnered with Technogym for selected Wellness-themed cruises. By this partnership, on all Silversea expedition vessels were offered fitness and wellness-themed onboard events and complimentary amenities and services, including spa treatments, classes (Yoga, Pilates, fitness), enrichment lectures, healthy cooking demos gym sessions (with personal trainers and Technogym equipment).

Since January 2019, Silversea upgraded fleetwide company's in-cabin TV programming by adding 2 new channels - National Geographic (NatGeo / science-travel documentaries) and Sport 24 (live sports events).

Silversea Antarctica Fly-Cruise Package 2021

In December 2019, Silversea Cruises announced company's first fly-cruise program to Antarctica named "Antarctica Bridge". The ultra-luxury flight+cruise packages provide travellers with the fastest and most direct travel to Antarctica. Starting December 2021, the all 12 fly-cruise itineraries are on Silver Explorer. Antarctica Bridge bookings were opened on December 10, 2019, with fares from USD 17,500 per person (double-occupancy cabin rates).

The new packages are inclusive of two direct flights between Punta Arenas (Chile) and King George Island (Antarctica). The 1240 km long flight is over Drake Passage and on a Silversea-chartered plane adapted to land on King George Island. The business-class flight takes 2 hours (each direction), avoiding ~4 days of sea navigation on the return leg of the cruise. An on-flight entertainment program includes information briefings on the Zodiacs (cruise ship's high-speed boats used for landings) and IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators). After the first flight follows 5 full Antarctica cruising days.

Silversea's Fly-Cruise Antarctica deals (Antarctica Bridge itineraries) are inclusive of:

  • (Day 1) international fligh to Santiago, domestic flight (economy-class) from Santiago to Punta Arenas, welcome cocktail reception and gala dinner (in Punta Arenas)
  • (Day 2) pre-cruise hotel overnight in Punta Arenas
  • (Day 3) private charter flight to Antarctica (King George Island)
  • (Days 3-9) Silver Explorer cruise
  • (Day 9) private charter flight from Antarctica (King George Island) to Punta Arenas, with post-cruise hotel overnight
  • (Day 10) domestic flight (economy-class) from Punta Arenas to Santiago, international flight from Santiago

Complimentary to all cruisers are provided expedition gear (parkas, waterproof trousers, expedition backpacks, water bottles). For rental are offered rubber boots and walking poles. Airport-hotel transfers and luggage services are complimentary if the international flights are booked through Silversea.

Itinerary of Silversea Cruises

According to independent cruise market research, Silversea continues to be rated the number one luxury cruise line by ship capacity. With a fleet of 9 vessels, the company is also the dominant player on the Mediterranean luxury cruising market, especially during summer months. The second biggest by passenger capacity line is Crystal Cruises (Los Angeles USA-based). The third biggest luxury line is RSSC-Regent Seven Seas, followed closely by Seabourn.

  • Silversea's "flight and cruise" package deals (by the line's Silver Sky program) are inclusive of the luxury cruise fare, discount round-trip airfare (Economy Class) and airport-pier-airport transfers.
  • Silversea's "hotel and cruise" package "Silver Shore Simply Hotel" offers overnight 5-star luxury hotel stays with the option of adding transfers or upgrades. The upgraded cruise and hotel package ("Silver Shore Grande Hotel") offers 1-3-nights landmark hotel stays (or at a boutique property) and is inclusive of private transfers (airport-hotel and hotel-pier).

Silversea Expeditions scuba diving cruises feature some of the most remote destinations in the world and top diving sites in the Indian and western Pacific oceans. In addition to a divemaster on board, Silversea Expeditions' cruises feature experts including marine biologists, ecologists, environmentalists, and geologists.

Silver Explorer sailed the first-ever Pacific coast explorations of the line as part of ship’s lineup of Americas voyages in 2018. Silver Explorer’s collection sails from Ushuaia, Argentina up to the Pacific coastline to Vancouver.

Silversea Expeditions

Follows a list of cruise expedition themed cruises operated by Silversea Expeditions' ships Silver Galapagos, Silver Explorer, Silver Cloud, and Silver Origin.

  • "Photography Expedition Cruises" include photo walks, onboard workshops, and lectures led by professional photographers.
  • "Birding and Ornithology Expedition Cruises" are offered on itineraries in Alaska and Galapagos (wildlife viewing themed).
  • "Culinary Expedition Cruises" provide an array of ashore and onboard culinary-themed events.
  • "Diving Expedition Cruises" by Silversea's scuba diving program are led by a professional expedition team and certified divemasters.
  • "Wellness Expedition Cruises" allow passengers to improve their well-being while cruising to destinations in the South Pacific Ocean and Southeast Asia. Dedicated wellness specialists host an onboard fitness training program that includes Pilates, yoga, and stretching. Also included are cooking demonstrations and daily wellness lectures focused on balanced nutrition. Also, price inclusive are spa massage treatments.

Galapagos cruise itineraries

Silversea alternated two 7-night Galapagos Islands itineraries (Saturday to Saturday) approved by Galapagos National Park Service. Both are operated by the 100-passenger ships Silver Galapagos and Silver Origin (starting May 2020). The itinerary is between the homeport islands Baltra and San Cristobal.

Date / TimePort
Day 1Departing from San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
Day 2Santiago Island, Galapagos
Day 2Bartolome Island, Galapagos
Day 3Fernandina Island, Galapagos
Days 3-4 (overnight)Isabela Island, Galapagos
Day 5Floreana Island, Galapagos
Days 6-7 (overnight)Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
Day 8Arriving in Baltra Island, Galapagos

The modified north-central cruisetour itinerary departs Baltra for San Cristobal with a newly added circumnavigation of Isla Daphne Grande (Daphne Major). The voyage explores Darwin Bay and El Barranco (on Genovesa Island), Galapaguera Cerro Colorado and Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island), Gardner Bay and Punta Suarez (Espanola Island), El Eden, Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island), as well as Seymour Norte, Rabida and Plaza Sur.

Departing from San Cristobal for Baltra, the enhanced western cruisetour itinerary has new points - Cerro Dragon and Playa Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island) and circumnavigation of Roca Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock / San Cristobal). The itinerary also includes Punta Vicente Roca, Caleta Tagus and Elizabeth Bay (on Isabela Island), Post Office Bay, Islote Champion and Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island), Los Gemelos, Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island), Bartolome, Playa Espumilla and Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island).

Silver Origin circumnavigates Kicker Rock and Daphne Major - both best-rated for exotic birds viewing. Flamingos can be seen at Las Bachas Beach. Wildlife viewing opportunities also include land- and marine iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins, finches.

All Silversea Galapagos shore tours/expeditions are complimentary and guided by an experienced certified team, On the ship, passengers enjoy premium butler service, gourmet cuisine, complimentary wines and spirits and free Wi-Fi throughout.

Silver Dawn 2021 Itineraries

In October 2019, Silversea Cruises introduced 5 new itineraries for the 10th ship in the line’s ultra-luxury fleet, Silver Dawn. The Fincantieri-built, 596-passenger vessel departs from Rome (Civitavecchia) on September 22, 2021, spending an inaugural season in the Mediterranean, prior to crossing to Fort Lauderdale FL. Part of Silversea’s new cruise collection for summer 2021 and winter 2021-2022, the inaugural season of Silver Dawn includes the following itineraries:

  • Civitavecchia (Rome) to Venice (Sept 22-Oct 1, 2021). Passengers sailing aboard the inaugural voyage of Silver Dawn spend 9 nights in Italy, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, as well as enjoy an overnight in Sorrento, prior to setting sail for Siracusa, Sicily. Silver Dawn then sails to Corfu for an overnight, ahead of Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split, before arriving in Venice. Fares start from EUR 5500 per person.
  • Venice to Piraeus (Athens) (Oct 1-13, 2021). Over 12 nights guests enjoy the Adriatic and the Eastern Mediterranean. Silver Dawn is scheduled to set sail for Split, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Argostoli, Souda Bay, and Rhodes, before an overnight in Istanbul. Calls in Kusadasi and Dikili precede guests’ arrival in Piraeus on October 13, 2021. Fares start from EUR 7200 per person.
  • Piraeus (Athens) to Barcelona (Oct 13-23, 2021). Guests venture deep into the beauty and cultures of Greece, Malta, Italy, Monaco, Spain over ten nights. Silversea’s new ship visits Santorini, Valletta, Giardini Naxos, Sorrento, Civitavecchia, and Livorno, before an overnight in Monte Carlo. Fares start from EUR 6000 per person.
  • Barcelona to Lisbon (Oct 23-Nov 2, 2021). Passengers spend ten nights in Spain, Morocco, Portugal. Visits to Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Cartagena, Malaga, Cadiz precede the arrival in Casablanca, Tangier, Lisbon. Fares start from EUR 5500 per person.
  • Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale (Nov 2-15, 2021). Over 13 nights, guests experience the inaugural crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by Silver Dawn. The voyage features an overnight in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Fares start from EUR 4900 per person.

Silversea Grand Voyages (World Cruises) 2020-2021

In January 2020, Silversea Cruises opened sales on a new 59-day Mediterranean grand voyage. The Grand Voyage Mediterranean 2021 is expected to link unique experiences across the region, showcasing spectacular landscapes and historic cultures. Between September 8-November 5, 2021, Silversea’s passengers can journey deep into a total of 45 destinations in 17 different countries, travelling in comfort aboard the refurbished ship Silver Shadow. The new offering of Silversea invites guests to discover a mix of civilizations, traditions, and cultures in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, which have endured for thousands of years.

• Passengers are be able to stroll on the sun-soaked beaches of Durres, Albania before discovering ancient civilizations. After an overnight in Venice, they can see the terracotta-tiled towns of Croatia like Split and Dubrovnik, as well as discover the landscapes of Montenegro and form authentic connections within the settlements of Greece. 

• Explore the waterfront promenade of Batumi and experience high culture at the opera house in Odessa. Next, Silver Shadow sets sail for Turkey, where guests benefit from an overnight in Istanbul. In Georgia, passengers discover the delights of Batumi, in Russia the coastal jewel of Sochi, in Ukraine the classically charming Odessa. Next in line are historic Romania and magnificent Bulgaria. 

• Wander streets in Siracusa, one of the ancient capitals of Western civilization. There is a subsequent passage of the Grand Voyage Mediterranean 2021: Greece (Athens and Santorini), Malta (an overnight in Valletta), Tunisia (ancient Carthage ruins), Italy (SiracusaPalermoNaplesCivitavecchia (Rome).

• Experience Golden-Age Glamour in Monte Carlo's Casino and Monaco’s Hotel de Paris. The trip continues with LivornoPortofino, Monte Carlo, MarseilleValencia, and Palma de Mallorca. On an overnight in Barcelona, passengers dine on delicious tapas. In Palma, they explore the music of Chopin in the surroundings of Castell de Bellver at an outdoor performance.

• A Maiden Call in La Estaca (El Hierro). Ahead of arriving in Lisbon, Silversea’s guests visit Malaga and Cadiz, explore the French Colonial architecture of Casablanca, and travel deeper into the Canaries, developing connections with Las PalmasArrecifeSanta Cruz de La Palma, La Estaca. From Miradouro da Graca in Lisbon, they look out over the capital city of Portugal.

Silversea 2021-2022-2023 cruises

Departing between January 2021-April 2022, the company's new itinerary collection incorporates visits to 528 destinations in 92 countries, 28 maiden port calls and highlights including:

Eastern Mediterranean program - Black Sea, Holy Land, Istanbul (summer 2021). The ships Dawn, Moon, Shadow, and Spirit cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean. They journey to Jerusalem and Nazareth on a Holy Land cruise from August 16, 2021, in addition to Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus. In the Black Sea, travelers sail deeper into Turkey, with an overnight in Istanbul; Romania; Ukraine; Greece; and Bulgaria, aboard Silver Shadow from September 20, 2021. Brand new 12-night sailings between Venice and Piraeus-Athens offer the chance to explore Istanbul on overnight visits.

Two "solar eclipse" themed cruises are part of the company's 21-voyage season in Antarctica (Antarctic Peninsula). On December 4, 2021, the total solar eclipse is expected to transform the skies. Both Silver Cloud and Silver Wind are due to be perfectly placed to enable travellers to experience an extraordinary spectacle. Aboard the two ships, guests can enjoy 21 sailings to 41 destinations in Antarctica. Longer journeys include adventures to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

30 Northern European itineraries including 4 circumnavigations of Iceland and new Norwegian Fjords voyages, visit 122 destinations on 4 ships (Silver Wind, Silver Cloud, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit), 4 Iceland circumnavigations (ships Wind and Whisper). On 6 itineraries, Silver Spirit cruises in Baltic Sea to the capital cities Helsinki, Tallinn and St Petersburg Russia (overnight).

The Monte Carlo Grand Prix cruise (French and Italian Rivieras) is a 7-night roundtrip with an overnight in Monaco) on Silver Spirit and Silver Shadow (October 2021) and also visits the Canaries.

  • One Northwest Passage crossing on Silver Cloud is scheduled as a 24-night cruise (departure August 21, 2021) from Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) to Nome (Alaska).
  • Silver Explorer is for the first time in Australia (Kimberley Coast) with a 12-voyage "South Pacific and Australia" program (June through September 2021).
  • Silver Dawn's inaugural Mediterranean season starts September 22 (2021) with the 9-night maiden voyage from Rome to Venice.
  • Silver Origin's inaugural Galapagos cruise season includes 38 departures.
  • Silver Wind cruises throughout West Africa, visiting Sao Tome-Principe, Namibia, Angola, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d'Ivore, Liberia, Cape Verde, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Senegal.
  • Silver Whisper cruises to 36 destinations in Canada and New England with 7 "fall foliage" themed itineraries (9 to 16 nights in length).

Silversea's Alaskan program is based on two ships - Cloud and Muse.

In August 2020, Silversea revealed a total of 157 new/revised expedition voyages departing between January 2021 and July 2022. The new offering features itineraries in Galapagos Islands (on the newbuild Silver Origin), "Deep Antarctica Expedition", a 51-port "Arctic Grand Voyage" (the first-ever luxury fly-cruise to Antarctica) and the first-ever expedition world cruise.

Also included in the Silversea's 2021-2022 program are 10 Northern European voyages (5 British Isles, 2 Norwegian Fjords), a selection of itineraries along Kimberley Coast (Australia), voyages in Melanesia and Southeast Asia, 7 South Pacific Islands cruises, various South America voyages (including two Chilean Fjords itineraries) and new West Coast USA-Canada and Alaska itineraries.

Itineraries 2022-2023

In mid-November 2020, Silversea announced that at least one shore excursion (in each call port) and a roundtrip flight are offered complimentary for all bookings of the company's 2022-2023 itinerary program. The program is also Silversea's largest - with 12% more voyages. The promo package includes 315 itineraries and 669 ports/destinations (114 countries, 7 continents) including 61 maiden ports. Depending on flight schedules, customers may also enjoy complimentary 1 or 2 hotel nights or the use of a dayroom.

In early-December 2020, Silversea opened its pre-sale program for the company's loyalty program (Venetian Society) members on 315 voyages scheduled for March 2022 through May 2023.

In addition to a total of 61 maiden calls, the expedition itineraries visit the Amazon Rainforest, Antarctica (Silver Wind, Silver Explorer, Silver Cloud), Arctic and Greenland (12 sailings on Silver Cloud and Silver Wind).

The Eastern Mediterranean program offers visits to the Greek Islands and the Black Sea. 4 ships are deployed in Northern Europe (including the UK). Silver Cloud has two new itineraries Atlantic Coast and British Isles cruises. The company’s Asian program offers 4 Japan sailings during the cherry blossom season.

All Silversea 2022-2023 itineraries feature at least one complimentary shore excursion plus free roundtrip flights and transfers. The 2022-2023 program also includes 5 "Grand Voyages" (world cruises).

  • Silversea’s first European Grand Voyage (from Piraeus-Athens to Stockholm) departs on March 30, 2022, and visits 72 destinations in 22 countries.
  • The Mediterranean Grand Voyage (Piraeus to Lisbon) departs March 30 through May 6, 2022, on Silver Moon and visits 33 destinations in 12 countries.
  • The world’s first Northern European Grand Voyage (Lisbon to Stockholm) is 53 days in length (starts May 6, 2022) and visits 40 destinations in 13 countries with Silver Moon.
  • The Pacific Grand Voyage (Melbourne Australia to Osaka Japan) is 58 days (starts January 16, 2023) and visits 31 ports (7 overnights).
  • The South America Grand Voyage (roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Florida on Silver Moon) is from January 6 through March 16, 2023, and visits 39 destinations in 23 countries.

Silversea World Cruise 2020 (CANCELLED)

On March 12, 2018, Silversea opened for booking Silver Whisper's 140-day "World Cruise 2020". The itinerary visits 62 ports in 32 countries and is the world's first "Around The World" voyage visiting all the 7 continents. The itinerary was scheduled to start on January 6, 2020, from Fort Lauderdale (Florida) and end in Amsterdam (Holland) on May 25, 2020.

The full list of ports includes Fort Lauderdale (Florida USA), Puerto Rico (San Juan), Barbados (Bridgetown), Devil's Island, Brazil (Fortaleza, Natal, Salvador de Bahia, Rio de Janeiro), Punta del Este, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Puerto Madryn, Port Stanley (Falklands), Antarctic Peninsula, Magellan Strait, Cape Horn, Chilean Fjords, Puerto Chacabuco, Puerto Montt, Robinson Crusoe Island, Easter Island, Pitcairn Island (Adamstown), French Polynesia (Mangareva Island, Papeete, Moorea, Bora Bora), Cook Islands (Aitutaki), Tonga (Nukualofa, Neiafu, Ovaka), Fiji (Lautoka), Vanuatu (Champagne Beach, Pentecost Island, Lifou), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Penneshaw, Albany, Fremantle), Indonesia (Benoa, Semarang), Singapore, Thailand (Phuket), Sri Lanka (Colombo), India (Cochin, Mumbai), Oman (Muscat, Salalah, Aqaba), Egypt (Safaga), Suez Canal transit, Italy (Taormina, Sorrento, Civitavecchia-Rome), Spain (Barcelona), Portugal (Lisbon, Leixoes), ireland (Dublin, Belfast), Scotland (Portee, Kirkwall), Norway (Bergen, Flam), Scotland (Leith-Edinburgh), Holland (Amsterdam).

Full-segment "World Cruise 2020" prices ranged from EUR 55,000 pp (USD 62,000 / Vista Suite), EUR 69,000 pp (Veranda Suite), EUR 131,000 pp (Medallion Suite), EUR 168,000 pp (Silver Suite), EUR 169,000 pp (Royal Suite), EUR 171,000 pp (Grand Suite), up to EUR 205,000 pp (USD 240,000 / Owner Suite).

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