(Ft. Lauderdale, FL — June 21, 2006) From cosmopolitan Hong Kong’s vibrant harbor and colorful markets to the ethereal beauty of Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, Silversea is offering travelers the chance to explore the fascinating cultures of the Far East from the private veranda of a luxurious six-star ship. From December through February, the intimate, all-suite ships Silver Cloud and Silver Whisper will offer a collection of eight voyages, ranging from nine to 14 days, showcasing some of the world’s most enchanting and exotic destinations.
“Our Silver Cloud and Silver Whisper are the perfect option for upscale travelers who want to be pampered in luxury and comfort while exploring faraway places,” said David Morris, Silversea’s senior vice president of sales for North America. “These cruises are designed to provide the most discerning world traveler with a meaningful journey to the treasured landscapes of the Far East.”
In addition to savings of up to 50%, guests will enjoy spacious, ocean-view accommodations, most with private veranda, award-winning gourmet cuisine, personalized service, warm Italian hospitality, and Silverseas 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.
Highlighting the Far East program are two complimentary tours in Vietnam. Guests aboard Silver Whisper’s January 14 cruise from Hong Kong to Singapore will be treated to a free “Scenic Wonders of Ha Long Bay” excursion, offering a chance to sail aboard a traditional red-sailed boat to discover the many fascinating islets rising from the misty waters of this Unesco World Heritage Site. And on Silver Whisper’s following voyage to Bangkok, departing Singapore on January 23, the line is offering a complimentary “Evening of Vietnamese Cuisine and Culture” in Ho Chi Minh City.
OPTIONAL LAND EXTENSIONS
Guests can extend their voyage with optional pre- and post-cruise land programs featuring deluxe accommodations, all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals. Prices start from $1,735 per guest. Highlights include:
- From Mumbai (Bombay), the six-night “Realm of the Tiger Safari” introduces you to Rajasthan’s premier wildlife refuge, where tigers prowl ancient ruins. Ranthambore National Park is also home to leopards, sambar deer, langur monkeys, boars, gazelles, and a host of other wildlife. Enjoy a tour of New Delhi, Agra Fort, morning and evening game drives, plus an optional elephant safari.
- From Singapore, guests on the six- or seven-night “Vistas of Vietnam” extension will tour Ho Chi Minh City, including the colorful Binh Tay market, Thien Hue temple and a traditional lacquerware factory. Enjoy drinks at the Vietnam war-era Rex hotel. Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, the Cao Dai temples, Hoi An and the imperial city of Hue. Voyage on the Perfume River to ancient sites.
- From Bangkok, the five-night “Exotic Laos” program offers an in-depth exploration of the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang, one of the world’s oldest centers of Buddhist teachings. Cross the Mekong by boat to view the mysterious caves of Pak Ou, and watch a panoramic sunset from Phu See Mountain. Sample traditional Laotian cuisine and Lao Lao — a native rice whisky. Explore the golden temple of Xieng Thong and the National Museum, once the Royal Palace.
- From Bangkok, the five- or six-night “Siam Sojourn” offers cultural riches and exotic sights with a gracious hospitality. Guests visit an elephant training camp, orchid and butterfly farm and savor traditional Khan Toke Thai cuisine. Other highlights include the famous Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai and a tour of Bangkok’s Grand Palace.