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 silversea.com. 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.

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On Board: Refurbished Silver Wind Sparkles

The Restaurant, Silver Wind’s main dining venue, is but one on board locale featuring new upholstery, carpet, wall and window treatments. The look may be new for guests this week on a 10-night Mediterranean itinerary but a Silversea staple — impeccable service — remains the same. Image courtesy Silversea
The Restaurant, Silver Wind’s main dining venue, is but one on board locale featuring new upholstery, carpet, wall and window treatments. The look may be new for guests this week on a 10-night Mediterranean itinerary but a Silversea staple — impeccable service — remains the same. Image courtesy Silversea

By Michael Coleman

Dubrovnik, Croatia — The pending launch of Silver Spirit, Silversea Cruises’ latest vessel, has slightly overshadowed a beautiful, multi-million dollar refurbishment to one of its ageless vessels.

Silver Wind, launched in 1995, has a fresh, updated look from bow to stern. Continue reading “On Board: Refurbished Silver Wind Sparkles”

On Board: Newly-refurbished Silver Wind sails the Mediterranean

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Cruise News Weekly Editor Michael Coleman is in the Mediterranean this week aboard the newly-refurbished Silver Wind. One of the world’s most luxurious ships, the 298-guest vessel was in Venice, Italy a few days ago. She will be calling on ports in Croatia (Zadar and Dubrovnik), Malta (Valletta and Gozo) and Spain (Palma de Mallorca and Valencia). We’ll update her progress on this space as the cruise unfolds, including coverage of a classical music event scheduled exclusively for Silver Wind guests at Magazino Hall in Valletta.