Thursday, January 20, 2011

Luxury Operator Silversea, Opens 2012 Bookings

Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is pleased to announce all voyages for 2012 are now open for sale, with complete day-by-day itineraries available at

In 2012, Silversea's six celebrated ships will offer over 200 voyages, visiting nearly 450 destinations in more than 100 countries and seven continents. From the majestic Chilean fjords and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia to the gilded palaces of St. Petersburg and the glamour of the Riviera, Silversea will present a diverse collection of the world's most sought-after destinations. Among the highlights are Silver Whisper's 115-day World Cruise and eight new Silversea destinations: Santander, Spain; Porto Novo, Cape Verde; Larnaca, Cyprus; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Sihanoukville (also known as Kampong Som), Cambodia; Christiansted, St. Croix; and Ireland's Foynes and Killybegs.

"The world is an amazing place, and it's our goal to create opportunities for travelers to explore its marvels in exceptional style and comfort," said Steve Tucker, Silversea's vice president of field sales for North America. "Our 2012 schedule has been carefully designed to offer a broad range of travel choices, including multiple-day calls and overnight stays showcasing traditional must-see destinations, as well as journeys to remote regions that are inaccessible to mega-ships."

Silver Whisper will embark January 6 from Fort Lauderdale on a remarkable 115-day World Cruise that concludes in glamorous Monte Carlo. On this magnificent odyssey, her guests will visit 45 ports in 27 countries stretching from the Caribbean and South America to Africa, the Far East, Arabia and Europe. Along the way, they will enjoy 13 overnight visits and exclusive insider access to seldom seen global treasures.

SILVER CLOUD — 296 guests
2012 begins with Silver Cloud soaking up the eastern Caribbean sun with seven-, nine- and ten-day voyages. Then it's a full day in Bermuda en route to a season in Northern Europe that extends from May through August, including exotic adventures through the cool Arctic waters of the North Cape and Russia's remote Archangel region. Silver Cloud heads south to the warmer Mediterranean to offer a series of mostly 9-day voyages in autumn and come November, crosses the Atlantic to explore the Amazon and trace the eastern coast of South America, arriving at the end of the year at the "end of the world" in Chile.

SILVER WIND — 296 guests
Silver Wind greets the New Year with a voyage spanning from Mauritius to South Africa. After a series of ten-day roundtrip sailings from Cape Town, she'll venture north on an exotic exploration of the vast landscapes and colorful tribal cultures of Africa's west coast. Silver Wind's summer calendar is filled with mostly seven- and nine-day, in-depth itineraries that span the Mediterranean from Barcelona to the Black Sea. Egypt, the Holy Land and Arabia beckon in the fall. Then following a crossing to India, Silver Wind concludes the year bound for such jewels of the Indian Ocean as Madagascar and Reunion Island.

SILVER SHADOW — 382 guests
Silver Shadow's 2012 is a study in contrasts -- summer in Alaska, winter in Australia and New Zealand, and spring and fall in the Far East. Highlights include a special 19-day voyage from Auckland to Fremantle. In Asia you can sail to China, South Korea and Japan or explore Vietnam in depth. The beauty of Alaska is explored with mostly 7-day voyages between Seward and Vancouver. A special holiday sailing visits magical Bali and spends the year's 365th day in the crystal blue waters of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef.

SILVER WHISPER — 382 guests
Silver Whisper opens 2012 in grand style with a World Cruise. On this epic journey, she'll visit Brazil then explore South Africa and the fantastic Indian Ocean landscape -- then head east to the marvels of the South China Sea, and west to the storied Arabian Sea and Egypt. Summer reveals Northern Europe at its best -- including a series of seven-night voyages highlighting St. Petersburg -- before the ship arrives in Canada for autumn's vibrant fall foliage. Silver Whisper’s globetrotting pace slows with a Panama Canal crossing and soothing Caribbean sailings through year's end.

SILVER SPIRIT — 540 guests
Silver Spirit sails into 2012 with a 64-day grand circumnavigation of South America, featuring a Panama Canal crossing and three days in Rio de Janeiro at the height of Carnaval. Yachting havens in the deep Caribbean and a leisurely transatlantic crossing are followed by an overnight visit to Monte Carlo in May for the Grand Prix and a summer season of classic Mediterranean sojourns with a special focus on the sun-drenched isles of Greece. Silver Spirit returns to the Caribbean’s tranquil warmth for the holiday season.

PRINCE ALBERT II -- Expeditions in luxury
The 132-guest Prince Albert II expedition ship invites adventure-seeking travelers to embark on a voyage that is just as exhilarating as it is luxurious. After opening the year with a series of cruises to Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, March and April find the Prince Albert II exploring the tropical beauty of Central America. Spring and summer are highlighted by adventures along the western coast of Africa, Britains' northern isles, Svalbard's frozen Arctic landscapes and Russia's remote Franz Joseph Land. Three West Africa voyages are scheduled before the ship heads back to Antarctica in mid-November.


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