(Ft. Lauderdale, FL — July 3, 2007) Silversea Cruises is letting travelers wrap themselves in ultra-luxury this holiday season with an enticing collection of festive voyages traversing the globe from Africa and the South Pacific to the Caribbean and South America. Guests aboard these extensive 14- and 16-day sailings will have the double pleasure of exploring fascinating destinations while enjoying the special ambiance that accompanies a celebration of both Christmas and the New Year.
Discerning travelers who prefer to revel in the joy of the season with an intimate, club-like community of never more than 382 fellow travelers should not delay in reserving their Silversea holiday voyage. Silver Cloud’s December 22 “South African Sojourn,” departing Cape Town, is already sold out, and space for the remaining trio of cruises aboard Silver Wind, Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper is limited and filling up quickly.
“Our holiday voyages are designed to offer an escape from the pressure of deadlines and having to plan parties and prepare meals,” said David Morris, Silversea’s executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. “Instead we offer a luxurious retreat where the focus is on authentic pleasures — discovering new places, making new friends, and spending quality time with loved ones.”
For these special sailings, Silversea ships dress up with imaginative and elegant decorations that echo the spirit of the season. Many of the artful displays are created aboard ship by the line’s master chefs. Whimsical gingerbread cottages and festive gourmet cookies often adorn public spaces and add a touch of old-fashioned holiday charm. Guests can sip delicious eggnog, hot chocolate and warm mulled wine as they enjoy a visit from Santa in one of the ship’s cozy lounges. A special holiday-themed variety show is staged in the elaborate Show Lounge and staff and crew join together for traditional Christmas caroling. Clergy are also on board to conduct an ecumenical Christmas worship service.
Party hats, noisemakers and streamers abound when Silversea guests ring in the New Year. The complimentary champagne starts flowing early at a gala cocktail party and special pre-dinner performance in the Show Lounge. Celebrations continue with live music and dancing in the main restaurant as guests enjoy a sumptuous gourmet dinner. The cruise director and ship’s staff continue the countdown to the New Year with an exciting night of music, lively entertainment, gifts, surprises — and more champagne toasts.
Silversea’s privileged guests can enjoy the holidays this year cruising the warm tropical waters of the South Pacific aboard Silver Whisper’s 16-day “Barrier Reef Discovery” voyage (#4743), sailing from Singapore to Sydney on December 20, with calls in Kura Kura (Karimunjawa) and Semarang in Indonesia, and the Australian ports of Darwin, Thursday Island, Cairns, Brisbane, and Whitsunday Islands. Early Booking Incentive fares start at $10,110 per person, double occupancy.
Or travelers might opt for Silver Wind’s “Chilean Fjord Fantasy,” a 16-day voyage (#2734) through the majestic Chilean fjords and around Cape Horn. The cruise departs Santiago on December 21 for Buenos Aires, with calls in Chile’s Puerto Montt, Laguna San Rafael and Punta Arenas; Ushuaia and Puerto Madryn in Argentina; and Montevideo, Uruguay. Early Booking Incentive fares start at $9,855 per person, double occupancy.
Another enticing option is Silver Shadow’s 14-day “Captivating Caribbean” cruise (#3733), sailing round-trip from Fort Lauderdale on December 23, with calls in St. Bart’s, St. Kitts, Antigua, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, Barbados, Tortola and Key West. Early Booking Incentive fares start at $8,095 per person, double occupancy.
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 CondÃƒÂ© Nast Traveler magazine. For the sixth time, Silversea was selected “World’s Best” small-ship line in the 2004 Travel + Leisure readers’ poll.