(Ft. Lauderdale, FL — May 3, 2007) This summer guests aboard Silversea’s intimate Silver Wind and Silver Shadow will have the unique privilege of exploring Northern Europe and the Baltic in award-winning luxury on 19 different itineraries of six to 15 days — enjoying the small ship freedom to visit the region’s less-traveled, more intriguing destinations.
With ships specifically designed to navigate narrow waterways and channels, Silversea offers an irresistible Northern Europe program that includes the possibility to journey up the Gironde River to uncork the fine wines of Bordeaux; sail under the Tower Bridge into the heart of London; travel up the Neva River to call in the center of St. Petersburg; or cruise into Norway’s narrowest nooks.
“These itineraries are crafted to appeal to the more discriminating luxury traveler, offering the most intimate, in-depth view of the region’s cultural and historic treasures,” said David Morris, Silversea’s executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. “Guests on these voyages will enjoy engaging enrichment presentations complemented by shore tours and land programs carefully designed to create a meaningful connection to the people, places and cultures visited.”
The Northern Europe and Baltic voyages will showcase a diverse enrichment program of noted scholars, writers, and other experts selected from a variety of fields to share their passion, knowledge and insider views for the entertainment and edification of Silversea’s guests. A small sampling includes:
- For the art aficionado, Stephen Lash, chairman of Christie’s North America, will host Silver Wind’s July 23 Copenhagen-to-Copenhagen voyage, offering a series of expert talks on collecting art at auction, the art of Gustav Klimt, and Art Deco ocean liners. Early Booking Incentive fares for this 14-day voyage (#2722) start at $10,076 per person.
- For the world observer, Ken Auletta, author of ten books, including four national bestsellers, will host Silver Shadow’s August 4 Stockholm-to-Copenhagen cruise. Auletta has written Annals of Communications columns and profiles for The New Yorker magazine since 1992. Early Booking Incentive fares for this 7-day voyage (#3719) start at $5,485 per person.
- For the gourmet, on August 11, Silver Shadow’s Copenhagen-to-Stockholm cruise welcomes Relais & ChÃ¢teaux chef Jean Paul Bondoux from La Bourgogne, Punta del Este, Uruguay and Restaurant Jean-Paul Bondoux, Buenos Aires, Argentina. A son of Burgundy, Bondoux believes that tastes and flavors must remain distinct and pure to be true to the culture. Early Booking Incentive fares for this 7-day voyage (#3720) start at $5,485 per person.
- For the cultural connoisseur, historian Alastair Bruce, a direct descendant of Robert the Bruce, will be on hand for Silver Wind’s August 21 London-to-London cruise to discuss Scottish history, ceremoniously “address the Haggis” in formal kilt with sword, and offer a single malt tasting with whisky expert Gordon Bell. Early Booking Incentive fares for this 10-day voyage (#2724) start at $8,095 per person.
EXCITING NEW SHORE EXCURSIONS
Silversea’s Northern Europe voyages showcase nearly 60 destinations with more than 230 optional shore excursions designed to appeal to a variety of interests — from the art aficionado, gourmand or history enthusiast to the active adventurer. Following is a sampling of new optional tours:
- From Amsterdam, journey to the Spyker Car Factory in Zeewolde to enjoy a welcoming glass of champagne and introduction to the fascinating history of the Spyker brand. In 1898, the company built its first motorcar and eventually went on to develop fighter aircraft and race cars. During this half-day excursion, guests will have a chance to witness the assembly process and get a close-up look at finished models.
- From Lulea, Sweden, the half-day “Torne River Ice Experience by Helicopter” offers the opportunity to travel to the village of Jukkasjarvi, 120 miles within the Arctic Circle, to discover the magic of ice. Home of the famous Ice Hotel during winter months, this summer Silversea guests can view an ice exhibition celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Swedish natural scientist Carl Linnaeus. In the exhibition hall, cooled to 23 degrees Fahrenheit (-5C), guests will view a world of art created from ice taken from the Torne River, and enjoy a shot of vodka served in an ice goblet.
- From Bordeaux, “A Taste of Cognac” is a full-day culinary journey through the most prestigious wine-producing region in the world. Sample the delights of the medieval town of Cognac and visit the famous Hennessy Distillery. After exploring the distillery, a panoramic drive takes guests to ChÃ¢teau de Mirambeau to enjoy a sumptuous four-course luncheon with wine.
- From St. Petersburg, a three-day, two-night overland adventure offers the chance to experience the incredible thrill of flying near the stratospheric border at supersonic speed during a one-hour flight aboard a MiG-31 Foxhound, Russia’s most advanced high-altitude interceptor aircraft. While the adventure begins in Moscow, the actual jet flight takes place several hours away in the historic Russian town of Nizhny Novgorod.
ENRICHING PRE- AND POST-CRUISE LAND EXTENSIONS
Guests can extend their Northern Europe voyage with optional pre- and post-cruise land programs featuring deluxe accommodations, all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals. Prices start from $2,540 per guest for three-night programs. Highlights include:
- From Copenhagen or Stockholm, the five-night “Splendors of the Romanovs” offers an intimate exploration of the cultural and historic splendors of St. Petersburg and Moscow. Visitors discover the magnificent treasures of the Hermitage Museum, including visits to the Gold Room and the Hermitage Theatre. Other sites to explore include Peter and Paul Fortress, last resting place of the Romanovs; imposing St. Isaac’s Cathedral; lively Nevsky Prospect lined with palaces, churches and theatrical buildings; and the world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre. There’s also time to stroll the magnificent rooms of the Romanovs’ most lavish residences, including Catherine Palace and Peterhof, the Versailles of the North. Highlights of Moscow include Red Square, the Kremlin and a live classical dance performance.
- From Lisbon, “Portugal’s Royal Past” three-night program offers a journey through Portugal’s rich cultural heritage. Explore the Roman ruins of ConÃmbriga, dating back to the second century B.C. Discover Coimbra, the first capital of Portugal, where King Dinis founded the world’s third oldest university in 1290. Other visits include the university’s royal chapel and its spectacular library, considered a masterpiece of baroque art; the Palace of Queluz, a summer residence of the Portuguese royal family; and Santa Maria Church, known for its remarkable collection of medieval tiles and paintings. Guests overnight in regal palaces like the Palace Hotel in the heart of the lush Bussaco forest.
- From London, “The Royal Scotsman” four-, five- or six-night rail journey offers the chance to relax and experience the ruggedly beautiful Scottish Highlands in ultimate luxury, riding one of the world’s most scenic railways aboard the famed Royal Scotsman. By day enjoy the ever-changing panorama from the stunning Edwardian observation car’s exhilarating open veranda. After dinner, guests can relax with a rare Scotch malt whisky as their very own Highlander regales them with stories of Scottish life from centuries long ago.
Detailed information and complete itineraries are available at www.silversea.com. A colorful self-mailer describing the Northern Europe voyage collection is available to travel agents and can be ordered online at Silversea’s website.
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 CondÃ© Nast Traveler magazine. For the sixth time, Silversea was selected “World’s Best” small-ship line in the 2004 Travel + Leisure readers’ poll.