(Ft. Lauderdale, FL — October 1, 2007) — Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises will once again host its popular “Silver Links” golf program on 12 diverse itineraries aboard Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper in 2008.
The program offers golf enthusiasts the chance to perfect their swing on 35 of the most beautiful and challenging courses in 16 countries and island destinations throughout the South Pacific, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Mexico.
“Our golf cruises are an excellent option for the affluent traveler looking to hone his or her game on the finest international links and fairways,” said David Morris, Silversea’s executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. “Avid golfers of all levels can combine a luxury vacation with the chance to enjoy guided golf excursions and priority tee times at some of the world’s most celebrated courses.”
The Silver Links voyages offer optional golfing excursions in multiple ports arranged and escorted by the ship’s golf professional. From the breathtaking Pacific scenery of the Kauri Cliffs Golf Club in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, to the narrow fairways and mountain terrain of the elegant Monte Carlo Golf Club, to the rolling topography and saltwater canals of the Club de Golf Marina Ixtapa in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, guests will have a chance to perfect their game at some of the world’s most challenging and revered championship courses.
The escorted, optional golfing excursions vary in price from course to course and include transfers to and from the select golf courses, pull or power-drive carts (where available), green and any applicable caddy fees. Should guests choose to leave their clubs at home, the finest Nike Golf clubs and golf essentials are available for rental or purchase. Golf clubs can be rented for as little as $45 per day with multiple-day and equipment packages available.
Golfers have the option to further hone their skills aboard ship with sophisticated split-screen swing analysis utilizing the most advanced V1 digital coaching system, the same software selected by PGA.com as their preferred instructional technology. The cost for private swing analysis starts at just $30.
On each of these exciting voyages rich in golf destinations, guests will also have the opportunity to advance their game aboard ship with the help of a certified PGA-classed golf professional, who is available to organize personalized instruction, specialty group clinics, demonstrations and even putting contests. While some group activities are complimentary, there is a fee for private lessons.
Guests aboard Silver Links voyages will also enjoy spacious, ocean-view accommodations, most with private veranda, award-winning gourmet cuisine, personalized service, warm Italian hospitality, and Silversea’s unmatched selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, 24-hour room service, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet and all gratuities.
Following is a sampling of the Silver Links voyages and golf courses:
— Silver Shadow departs May 16, 2008 on a 15-day Panama Canal crossing (#3811) from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles with optional golf excursions to La Iguana at Los Suenos (Puntarenas); Tres Vidas Golf Club (Acapulco); and El Tigre Golf Club (Puerto Vallarta). Silver Sailing cruise fares start at $4,917 per person.
— Silver Whisper departs July 19, 2008 on a 7-day Mediterranean sailing (#4822) from Rome to Monte Carlo with optional golf excursions to Golf Park Mallorca (Palma de Mallorca); PGA at Catalunya Golf Club (Barcelona); Servannes Golf Club (Sete); and Sainte Maxime Golf Club (St. Tropez). Advance Payment Bonus cruise fares start at $5,196 per person.
— Silver Whisper departs August 16, 2008 on a 7-day Mediterranean cruise (#4826) from Barcelona to Rome with optional golf excursions to Cannes Mougins Golf Club (Menton); Cosmopolitan Golf Club (Livorno); and the Monte Carlo Golf Club. Silver Sailing cruise fares start at $4,546 per person.
— Silver Shadow departs September 17, 2008 on an 11-day Mexican Riviera voyage (#3823) from Los Angeles to Costa Rica with optional golf excursions to Cabo del Sol Desert Course (Cabo San Lucas); El Tigre Golf Club (Puerto Vallarta); Club de Golf Marina Ixtapa (Zihuatanejo); and Tres Vidas Golf Club (Acapulco). Silver Sailing cruise fares start at $3,957 per person.
— Silver Shadow departs December 3, 2008 on a 9-day Caribbean sailing (#3829) from Fort Lauderdale to Barbados with optional golf excursions to Antigua’s Cedar Valley Golf Club, the St. Lucia Golf & Country Club, and Sandy Lane Country Club in Barbados. Silver Sailing cruise fares start at $3,237 per person.
— Silver Whisper departs December 20, 2008 on a 15-day South Pacific voyage (#4839) from Sydney to Auckland with optional golf excursions to the Royal Melbourne Golf Club; Royal Hobart Golf Club; St. Clair Golf Club (Dunedin); Clearwater Golf Club (Christchurch); Paraparaumu Golf Club (Wellington); Cape Kidnappers Golf Club (Napier); Kauri Cliffs Golf Club (Bay of Islands); and the Tauranga Golf Club. Silver Sailing cruise fares start at $9,036 per person.
For complete voyage details and the latest information on Silver Links cruises, visit www.silversea.com.
Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard four intimate vessels, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, and Silver Whisper, all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. Silversea has won numerous awards and accolades around the world, including “Five Star Diamond Award” from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2007), “Five Stars” in the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships (2006); “Number One” small-ship line in the Readers’ Choice” survey conducted by Britain’s CondÃƒÂ© Nast Traveller magazine (2007); “Five Anchors” for Gastronomy and Service in Germany’s Kreuzfahrt Guide (2007); “Best Small Cruise Line” by Australia’s Luxury Travel Magazine (2007); and Best Luxury Cruise Operator according to Asia’s Travel Weekly (2007).