(Ft. Lauderdale, FL — May 10, 2007) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises announced today it has expanded wireless Internet access to 100% coverage throughout its four ships, enabling guests with Wi-Fi-enabled laptops and PDAs to surf the Internet and check e-mails from the comfort of their suites as well as public areas.
“We’re pleased to be able to offer this service upgrade to make it more convenient for our guests to stay connected,” said Tim Rand, Silversea’s vice president of information technology and chief information officer. “Today’s luxury travelers are often working professionals who travel with laptops and PDAs in tow and they appreciate being able to access the Internet from anywhere on the ship. This expanded Wi-Fi coverage is the perfect complement to the cellular phone service we also offer to help our guests stay in touch using their own cell phones even when our ships are sailing miles away from land.”
Through Silversea’s global satellite system, guests have access to over 270 daily newspapers from a host of U.S. and international cities, offered at a nominal fee, and BBC, CNN, Fox News and ESPN (sports news and entertainment) are on the roster of complimentary in-suite TV channels available to keep guests up to speed with developments around the world and at home.
Each Silversea ship also features Internet centers with state-of-the-art desktop computers and 17-inch flat screen monitors. Pricing for Internet use on the ship’s computers is the same as for using personal laptops and includes a variety of convenient rate plans.
Expanded wireless Internet access is the latest in a number of enhancements the line is introducing to ensure its guests continue to enjoy a luxury travel experience of unsurpassed quality. In January, Silver Shadow was outfitted with new Sealy Posturepedic Plush EuroTop mattresses in all its standard suites. Also, the top suites — Owner’s, Grand, Royal and Rossellini — now feature Stearns & Foster Plush ultra-luxury beds that provide 10% more sleep surface than a conventional mattress. The new bedding is being installed aboard Silver Whisper this month and will debut aboard Silver Cloud and Silver Wind later in the year. New flat screen TVs are also planned for all suites and will be installed aboard Silver Whisper in November, Silver Shadow in January, and the rest of the fleet in the following months.
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. For the ninth year, Silversea was named “Number One” small-ship line in the 2005 “Readers’ Choice” survey conducted by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. For the sixth time, Silversea was selected “World’s Best” small-ship line in the 2004 Travel + Leisure readers’ poll.