(Ft. Lauderdale, FL — April 26, 2007) For the sophisticated and discerning world traveler, there’s no better way to explore the Mediterranean this summer than aboard the four award-winning, elite ships of Silversea, offering 45 cruises from six to 15 days, calling in over 95 distinctive ports in 20 countries.
Anchor alongside sleek yachts in Portofino and Monte Carlo’s postcard perfect harbors or traverse the sparkling Aegean and into the storied Black Sea by way of the narrow Dardanelles, indulging in the small ship freedom to visit the less-traveled, more intriguing destinations. Enjoy a front-row seat for the prestigious America’s Cup regatta in Valencia’s picturesque bay. Or, explore some of Italy’s rarely seen, magnificent historical properties and artistic treasures on an exclusive land program.
“For the truly savvy, upscale traveler, there is no greater luxury or value offered in the Med than a Silversea cruise,” said David Morris, Silversea’s executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. “Our diverse itineraries include marquee must-see destinations with more off-the-beaten-path ports and access to exclusive sights and events. When you combine these options with our unsurpassed luxury and all-inclusive amenities, you’ll find there’s no finer travel choice out there — Silversea is simply in a class apart.”
THE AMERICA’S CUP 2007
Silversea’s privileged guests can experience all the drama and excitement of the thirty-second America’s Cup regatta in luxurious style when Silver Whisper drops anchor in the vibrant Mediterranean harbor of Valencia for this most famous and most prestigious competition in the sport of yachting. Sip champagne under bright Spanish skies as rival yachts slice through the whitecaps into view. Follow the competition on deck on any of a number of large-screen televisions while guest experts give a play-by-play accounting of the races, the teams and the history of these legendary races. This unique 8-day voyage from Barcelona to Barcelona departs on June 22, 2007. All-inclusive, cruise-only fares start from $6,915 per person, including all port charges, government fees, taxes and special event fees, and a 10% Early Booking Incentive discount.
CULINARY ARTS CRUISES
On Culinary Arts sailings, guest chefs display their exceptional talents during informative and entertaining cooking demonstrations. Guests can taste and learn firsthand the secrets of enticing signature dishes created by award-winning international chefs. Sample cruises include:
Silver Whisper’s7-day “Realms of Myth and Legend” cruise from Athens to Venice, August 3 – 10, 2007 (Voyage 4727). Guest Chef: Gale Gand, Tru, Chicago, Illinois. Early Booking Incentive fares start at $5,036 per person.
Silver Whisper’s7-day “Timeless Treasures” cruise from Venice to Rome, August 10 – 17, 2007 (Voyage 4728). Guest Chef: Renato Piccolotto, Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy. Early Booking Incentive fares start at $5,036 per person.
UNIQUE LAND PROGRAMS
Through Silversea’s exclusive partnership with FAI — Fondo per lâ€™Ambiente Italiano (the National Trust for Italy), guests can extend their voyage on 20 itineraries with optional four-night, pre- and post-cruise land extensions to Northern Italy to explore rarely seen, magnificent historical properties and artistic treasures. The unique land extensions feature deluxe accommodations, all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals. Prices start from $2,995 per guest, double occupancy. Highlights include:
** Italy’s Romantic Landscape: With the Alps as backdrop, cruise Lake Como to FAI’s magnificent 18th century Villa del Balbianello, acclaimed as the most beautiful and striking property on the lake. In the lovely town of Cernobbio, stay at the magnificent Villa d’Este hotel, one of Europe’s most luxurious properties. Sail by private boat to explore the picturesque village of Bellagio. (Program departs from Monte Carlo and Nice.)
** Italian Treasures: In Milan stay at the elegant Hotel Principe di Savoia and explore Italy’s fashion capital. Travel through breathtaking scenery to the charming lakeside town of Como. The highlight of your tour will be a picturesque boat ride to FAI’s romantic 18th-century Villa del Balbianello. You’ll also visit Villa Carlotta, renowned for the beauty of its gardens, blazing with the colors of acres of flowers. (Program departs from Venice.)
Following is a small sampling of Silversea Mediterranean voyages for 2007:
–Silver Wind departs June 7, 2007 on a 15-day “Mosques and Monuments” voyage (#2718) from Istanbul to Rome with calls in Mykonos, Rhodes and Crete, Greece; Sicily and Sorrento, Italy; Kusadasi, Turkey; Tartous, Syria; Alexandria, Egypt; and Malta. Silver Sailing fares start at $8,746 per person.
–Silver Cloud departs July 6, 2007 on a 7-day “Minarets and Revelations” voyage (#1717) from Istanbul to Athens with calls in Bodrum, Turkey and Mykonos, Thessaloniki, Crete and Nauplia, Greece. Silver Sailing fares start at $4,406 per person.
–Silver Whisper departs August 17, 2007 on a 7-day “Arts and Antiquity” cruise (#4729) from Rome to Monte Carlo with calls in Minorca, Spain; Portovenere and Livorno, Italy; Cannes and Sete, France. Early Booking Incentive fares start at $5,350 per person.
–Silver Shadow departs September 23, 2007 on a 9-day “Atlantic Isles Accents” cruise (#3725) from Lisbon to Las Palmas with calls in Casablanca, Morocco; Funchal (Madeira), Portugal; Malaga, Cadiz, and Canary Islands, Spain. Silver Sailing fares start at $4,437 per person.
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.