Silver Shadow to circumnavigate Australia

Silversea Cruises’ luxurious Silver Shadow will soon be embarking on a 30-day circumnavigation of Australia. The Jan. 19-Feb. 18, 2011 trip features a host of onboard enrichment programming, guest lecturers and shore excursions to bring the vast continent to life. Image courtesy Silversea Cruises

By Michael Coleman

It’s Down Under like never before.

Silversea Cruises is offering a 30-day counterclockwise course around Australia with calls in Brisbane, Whitsunday Islands, Port Douglas, Cooktown, Darwin, Broome, Exmouth, Perth, Albany, Port Lincoln, Adelaide, Geelong, Melbourne and Hobart (Tasmania).

The Sydney to Sydney offering aboard the ultra-luxurious 382-guest Silver Shadow Jan. 19-Feb. 19 2011, also features onboard enrichment programming headlined by distinguished speakers from the worlds of film, art, nature, academia, winemaking and cuisine.

Prof. Geoffrey Blainey, one of Australia’s best-known historians and commentators, will share his interesting perspectives on the Sydney-to-Darwin segment, January 19 to 29; Mathew Macartney, executive chef of the Yarra Valley’s famed Chateau Yering will join the ship January 25 to 29, Port Douglas to Darwin, to host culinary presentations; Prof. Craig Franklin, professor of zoology at the University of Queensland, will discuss Australian marine wildlife, January 29 to February 11, Darwin to Adelaide; and Noel Miller, artist renowned for his landscapes of the Australian outback, will discuss Aboriginal art, January 29 to February 11, Darwin to Adelaide.

Meanwhile, Lyn Farmer, wine consultant for Silversea and James Beard Foundation Award-winning wine and food writer, will share his expertise, Darwin to Port Lincoln, January 29 to February 10; Jamie Sach, chief spokesperson for the iconic Penfolds Wines, will share his extensive knowledge of the wine industry, February 6 to 10, Perth to Port Lincoln; Simon Johnson, epicurean expert, will provide insight into Australia’s rich abundance of artisan produce, February 11 to 14, Adelaide to Melbourne; George Francisco, executive chef of Jonah’s, one of Australia’s oldest and most respected hospitality establishments, will present cooking demonstrations, February 13 to 18, Geelong to Sydney and John Stainton, the director and producer who directed all of naturalist Steve Irwin’s documentaries, will lecture on Australian film, February 14 to 18, Melbourne to Sydney.

Dr. Mark Elovitz, government advisor, historian and director of the Center for Strategic Geopolitics, will share his insights into world affairs throughout the 30-day voyage while Ian Denton, a native Australian and world explorer, will also be on board the entire voyage to host lectures as Silversea’s destination consultant.

If that isn’t enough to immerse oneself in the country’s culture, dramatic natural beauty and exotic wildlife, look for two optional mid-voyage shore excursions to do the trick.

The line is offering a “Kangaroo Island Luxury Eco Expedition”. Widely regarded as Australia’s Galapagos, Kangaroo Island is brimming with diverse wildlife and natural beauty. Enjoy luxurious accommodation at the South Ocean Lodge and a staff of naturalist guides to lead your exploration of the island’s unique attractions. Memorable sightings might include kangaroos, rare Cape Barron Geese, koalas and sea lions. This three-day adventure is offered from Adelaide. Guests then rejoin the ship in Melbourne. 

Look also for an “Australian Frontiers & Train Journey”. Guests will discover the heart of the Australian outback by rail aboard the glamorous Indian Pacific train as the country’s unique landscapes unfold. Visit the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, then travel to Adelaide to enjoy a culinary and wine adventure that takes in the famous Barossa Valley. This six-day adventure is offered from Fremantle (Perth). Guests would then rejoin the ship in Adelaide. 

The optional mid-voyage land programs feature deluxe accommodations, all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals.   

Aboard the elegant Silver Shadow, guests enjoy an all-inclusive policy that includes a premium assortment of wines and spirits, impeccable service from a courteous and efficient staff, and luxurious onboard amenities. The ship’s all-suite accommodations include ocean views, butler service, 24-hour room service and fine dining.

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Silversea unveils 2011 itineraries

The 382-guest Silver Shadow will be offering a 30-day circumnavigation of Australia in 2011. The ship’s parent, Silversea Cruises, has just unveiled itineraries for 2011 aboard Shadow, Cloud, Spirit, Whisper and Wind. Photo by Michael Coleman
The 382-guest Silver Shadow will be offering a 30-day circumnavigation of Australia in 2011. The ship’s parent, Silversea Cruises, has just unveiled itineraries for 2011 aboard Shadow, Cloud, Spirit, Whisper and Wind. Photo by Michael Coleman

Silversea Cruises’ quintet of elegant all-suite ships – Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and the new Silver Spirit – will offer 170 diverse itineraries, visiting over 335 ports in more than 100 countries and island destinations in 2011.

Highlights include Silver Spirit’s 119-day inaugural World Cruise and seven new Silversea destinations: Brindisi, Italy; San Sebastian on the Canary Island of La Gomera; Ballycastle, Northern Ireland; St. Helier on the British Isle of Jersey; Matarani, Peru; Cooktown in Queensland, Australia; and South Australia’s Port Lincoln.

“It’s always our goal to provide unique and enriching travel experiences,” said Kenneth Watson, Silversea’s chief operating officer. “Our 2011 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 myriad opportunities to explore the world’s most exotic regions.”

Among the highlights:

Silver Cloud – The 296-guest Silver Cloud starts the year with a series of Caribbean voyages and two crossings of the Panama Canal before spending a month in the Mediterranean. Silver Cloud then travels northward to summer in Iceland, Scandinavia, Britain and Ireland. An overnight visit to remote Archangel, Russia, is one of the season’s highlights. Autumn in the Mediterranean precedes a stylish return to the warm Caribbean waters and explorations in the Amazon.

Silver Wind – 2011 itineraries aboard the 298-guest Silver Wind begin in Dubai, visit India and exotic Oman, slip into the seductive Seychelles and trace Africa’s coastline from Mombasa to Cape Town to Morocco. Mediterranean destinations, including the Holy Land, and a Black Sea cruise fill the idyllic days of spring and summer, followed by two more cruises to the Holy Land and an encore of Arabian ports and Seychelles islands to close out the year.

Silver Shadow – As the 382-guest Silver Shadow opens the year with explorations of Oceania, spectacular New Zealand fjords and a first-ever, 30-day circumnavigation of Australia are among the season’s highlights followed by Far East voyages during spring. Alaska cruises fill the entire summer season before a return to China, Japan and Vietnam. Popular holiday sailings in Australia and New Zealand are again on the calendar for 2011.

Silver Whisper – Aboard the 382-guest Silver Whisper, 2011 arrives in the majestic Chilean fjords, setting the tone for a year of spectacular experiences in South America, the Caribbean and Northern Europe. Itineraries include three days in St. Petersburg, Norwegian fjord cruising, and fall foliage season in Canada and New England. The year concludes as it began with Caribbean and South America voyages.

Silver Spirit – For the 540-guest Silver Spirit, debuting in December, 2011 features a 119-day inaugural World Cruise spanning from Los Angeles to Southampton. This epic journey takes in the tranquility of French Polynesia, Australia’s untamed landscapes, the unique customs and cultures of Asia, Egyptian wonders and favorite Mediterranean ports from Italy and Monaco to Spain and Portugal. Throughout summer, special Mediterranean sailings focus on the Greek isles or the flavors of Italy. Look also for an overnight in Monte Carlo during the Grand Prix. Late autumn months are celebrated beneath the warmth of a Caribbean sun.

Complete day-by-day itineraries are available at In the next few weeks, itineraries will be unveiled for the line’s expedition ship, Prince Albert II.

Silversea offers guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels. Each ship offers an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. Company itineraries encompass all seven continents.