Silversea….it has been said that the name was chosen because it connotes quality and luxury, as well as capturing the romance and special sensations of the sea. Silversea Cruises is owned and operated by an Italian family that embraces the la dolce vita philosophy…the sweet life, or taking it a step further, life full of pleasure and indulgence. Their pride in ownership translates to a deep commitment in maintaining the principles of cruise excellence that has been the cornerstone of Silversea from the very beginning.
The company operates five luxury cruise ships all built to the highest standards, with service, dining, and itineraries to match. These elite and intimate ships (carrying between 296 and 540 guests) are specifically designed for fewer guests, featuring more space and the highest levels of personalized service. Accommodations are amongst the largest at sea, all having ocean views, butler service, and most featuring private verandas.
The Silversea Explorer offers adventure cruises that are just as exhilarating as they are luxurious. This 6072-ton ship is a 1A ice-rated vessel that carries 132 privileged guests on once in a lifetime journeys to the remotest corners of the earth. Destinations include the frozen polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic, Europe's remote northern isles, Norway's breathtaking fjords and the topical beauty of Latin America.
Silversea's all-inclusive pricing offers guests great value for their money. Gratuities, port charges and beverages (including fine wines, champagnes, spirits, beer, bottled water, specialty coffees and soft drinks) are included in the cost of the cruise. In addition, there are complimentary shore-side events on selected voyages. For example, one unique excursion that is offered includes a visit to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg after closing time!
With the importance of food in Italian culture, you would expect dining to be a high priority at Silversea. And it most assuredly is. Silversea offers a choice of dining venues, even aboard their smallest ships. The main dining room aboard every ship, The Restaurant, is always open seating so guests can arrive at their leisure and dine with whomever they'd like.
Entertainment options include concert-style productions, classical soloists, cultural entertainment and feature films. A variety of live music is played throughout the day and throughout the ship. On select voyages, Gentlemen Hosts are available as dance partners or dinner companions for single female guests. These interesting, amiable and distinguished men will often participate in other shipboard activities as well as escort shore excursions. The Silver Perspectives program includes lectures, informal talks and demonstrations to enrich a guests understanding of the lands they will visit, and the people who live there. Celebrated guest speakers, noted historians, celebrity chefs, best-selling authors, destination consultants and world affairs experts share their special insights into areas of the world they know intimately.
Silversea's Personalized Voyages program, an industry first, allows voyagers to design their own itinerary and vacation experience by electing, for instance, to change the ports they want to embark and disembark from despite what the brochure describes as the beginning and end dates of the given itinerary. The extra time onboard is charged at a per-day rate dependent on the ports and the stateroom category chosen.
Like returning to ones hometown, Silversea's experience and expertise allows their guests to explore the world as an insider! Aboard their smaller ships and intimate luxury cruises one can discover intriguing and fascinating ports while traveling in extraordinary style!