Silversea Designs More Ways To Discover Alaska — By Sea And By Land

(9 February 2009) This summer, Silversea’s award-winning all-suite Silver Shadow will set a course for one of the world’s last great unspoilt frontiers: Alaska. From May through September, Silver Shadow will embark on 12 magnificent voyages, taking a privileged group of 382 travellers to explore a paradise of glaciers, rugged mountains and ancient forests.

The Alaska itineraries feature convenient round-trip or open-jaw departures from San Francisco, Seward and Vancouver. Ranging from seven to 12 days, these intriguing journeys will offer Silversea guests what others can only dream of … breathtaking vistas from a base of floating luxury complemented by optional in-depth explorations ashore that extend the adventure in grand style.

“To capture the complete portrait of Alaska, we’re offering an exciting collection of pre- and post-cruise land extensions of two to six nights that can easily fit most traveller’s schedules and accommodate the varied interests of our guests,” said Darius Mehta, Silversea’s director of land programmes. “These programmes are carefully designed to showcase the region’s rich cultural heritage, dramatic natural beauty and abundance of wildlife.”

Except as otherwise indicated, the following optional land programmes feature deluxe accommodation, all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals. The package prices listed are for guests who purchase Silversea’s optional air programme.

** NEW FOR 2009: “Champion Alaskan Huskies” — Meet champion dog musher Martin Buser who holds the record for the fastest time in the 1,049-mile Iditarod dogsled race. Visit his home and kennels to see a mushing demonstration, pet and cuddle the puppies, and learn about how he cares for his dogs on and off the trail. This two-night package offered from Seward is available at a starting promotional price of US$295 per guest. It includes a city tour of Anchorage and accommodation at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. Meals and some transfers are additional.

** NEW FOR 2009: “Wilderness Retreat” — Escape to two of Alaska’s premier lodges, where awesome landscapes know no boundaries. At the remote and secluded Winter Lake Lodge, silently glide across the lake by canoe taking in the majestic sight of Trimble Glacier. Hike along gentle mountain trails and dine on the owner/chef’s gourmet cuisine. Travel by floatplane to Talkeetna Lodge for spectacular views of famed Mount McKinley and excursions that take you floating down the Susitna River, in search of wildlife on a jetboating safari, and flying around North America’s highest peak before touching down for an unforgettable glacier landing. This five-night package offered from Seward is priced from US$4,995 per guest and includes a luxury railway transfer through the scenic mountain ranges of the Matanuska Valley.

** From Vancouver, “The Majestic Canadian Rockies” four-, five- or six-night programme explores the breathtaking peaks and valleys of the Canadian Rockies from the comfort of your railcar. Enjoy two nights in Banff and visit the “Jewel of the Canadian Rockies” — Lake Louise, set in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join the Rocky Mountaineer for a two-day journey by rail through the snow-capped Canadian Rockies, past the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels and Kicking Horse Canyon to Kamloops for an overnight stay. Prices start from US$3,195 per guest.

** From Seward, the three-night “Denali — Nature at Her Grandest” programme features a journey to Denali by luxury rail, crossing the magnificent vista of Hurricane Gulch. Denali National Park, one of the world’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries, offers the chance to spot grizzly bears, caribou, moose and perhaps even wolves. The park rests under the shadow of spectacular Mount McKinley, North America’s highest mountain. Prices start from US$1,475 per guest.

** Also from Seward, the six-night “Land of the Midnight Sun” offers the ultimate Alaskan experience, combining the grandeur of Denali National Park with a journey of over 300 miles above the Arctic Circle to Barrow, the largest Inuit settlement in Alaska. Here in the land of the midnight sun, stand on the northernmost tip of the continent, encounter the unique traditional lifestyle of native Alaskans and explore the white wilderness of the tundra. The programme includes luxurious GoldStar rail service on the visit to Denali. Prices start from US$3,045 per guest.

Silversea Cruises is recognised as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper — and launching in December, Silver Spirit — all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the addition of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company’s itineraries encompass all seven continents.

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 “World’s Leading Luxury Cruise Line” from World Travel Awards (2007) ; “Five Star Diamond Award” from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2009); “Number One” small-ship line in the Readers’ Choice” survey conducted by Britain’s Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2007); “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Spain’s Cruceros & Destinos magazine (2008); “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Australia’s Luxury Travel & Style Magazine (2009); and “Best Luxury Cruise Operator” according to Asia’s Travel Weekly (2008).