Silver Seas Presents “Music Under the Stars”

Silverseas is know for offering unique entertainment and according to travel industry experts, Vicky Garcia, Pat Ford and Catherine Adde, Silversea Cruise Lines, “hit it out of the park” with their inaugural newly released, fall 2013 “Music under the Stars” itineraries on Silversea Spirit.

Headlined by two-time Grammy® winner Paul Brown from December 13-23, 2013, for the Caribbean round trip Ft. Lauderdale voyage, as well as Smooth Jazz Awards’ “International Artist of the Year” Marc Antoine on November 2-9, 2013 from Rome to Barcelona, these two Smooth Jazz guitarists bring that stunning wow factor to the line’s first music themed voyages.

Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners-American Express Travel, a Florida-based, national franchise company of over 900 professional travel advisors across the country, really knows her cruises. While her business model is full service travel planning, 70% of their bookings involve cruises.

“Brown and Antoine with their chart-topping music and personal style, attract the perfect demographic for these voyages,” reflected Garcia, those who love fine jazz, fine dining and fine wines in an intimate and sophisticated, yet informal environment. Silversea provides the ‘best of the best’ in truly all-inclusive vacations, down to the tipping and every beverage across the ship. All our clients have come back happy and raring to rebook on Silversea.”

Pat Ford, a longtime certified CLIA (Cruise Line Industry Association) Luxury Cruise Specialist (LCS), represents Montrose Travel, a Travel Weekly “Power List National Top 50 Agency”. She is always confident to recommend Silversea. “The well-traveled elite client has already been on the mass market, premium and river cruises,” she pointed out. “They’re looking for something new and unusual to add to their bucket list.”

Ford’s ultra luxury clients want to be “engaged with interesting, high quality entertainment, experiences and fun when at sea. They definitely don’t want to be bored!” She continued, “This Music under the Stars” concept provides that extraordinary opportunity to not only hear fabulous music, but to mingle with the artists in a way that only a small cruise ship can provide.”

Catherine Adde, CTC, brings a strong cruise line background, with experience on both the management and travel planner sides of the table, and is affiliated with employee-owned Travelstore, California’s largest award winning travel agency. Adde spent ten years as district sales manager for three cruise lines, and holds a master’s degree in Tourism Management from London.

Adde, who also hosts a weekly radio talk show called Our Travel Affair, enthusiastically covered the release of these voyages on her show, and has booked Paul Brown for a September guest segment. “For the luxury client who wants an over the top vacation and an intimate experience, it’s an enticement in itself to have two world renowned artists headlining the voyages.” She added, “I get goose bumps imagining their sailaway concerts out on deck as the city lights sparkle on the water and the ship glides to its next port of call.”

“Seasoned travelers love it when a well known lecturer or soloist is performing just for them. Joining Brown and Antoine on Silversea’s ‘Music under the Stars’ will be like sitting with friends in the living room at home, and having them play for you. You can’t get much better than that!” Cruise industry sales veteran Karen Crisci from Crisci Cruises in Arcadia, CA welcomes music lovers to book early since these special Silversea voyages will sell out.

For more information, and to connect with Garcia’s, Ford’s, Crisci’s or Addé’s agencies about this cruise, visit www.cruising2013.com/Silversea powered by The Destination Group, a Travel Weekly Magellan GOLD winner.

Siverseas Cruises Announces 2015 World Cruise

Silver Whisper Photo Courtesy of Siverseas Cruises
Silver Whisper photo courtesy of Siverseas Cruises

Siverseas cruises announced their 2015 World Cruise starting on January 5, 2015, when the elegant, all-suite Silver Whisper is set to embark on a 115-day epic voyage, encircling the world and embracing the cultures of five continents, 30 countries and 50 unique destinations.

Departing Los Angeles with no more than 382 guests on board, Silver Whisper will sail the warm waters of the South Pacific to explore the idyllic isles of French Polynesia, then head west to the scenic wonders of Australia, and north to the marvels of the South China Sea. From there, the journey continues to Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and across the Indian Ocean to the glistening sands of the Seychelles. Silver Whisper then traces a course to some of Africa’s most intriguing destinations, including Mombasa, Zanzibar, Cape Town, Walvis Bay and Dakar. The voyage concludes with a leisurely Atlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale, highlighted by stopovers in the sunny Caribbean islands of St. Lucia, St. Bart’s and Puerto Rico.

World Cruise 2015 offers travelers the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in local culture with late-night departures in eight ports, plus overnight calls in Papeete, Sydney, Fremantle, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Singapore, Mombasa, and Cape Town.

“This exceptional voyage has been crafted to appeal to luxury travel’s most discerning clientele,” said Ellen Bettridge, Silversea’s president of the Americas. “Our World Cruise guests will visit the most exotic places and fascinating cultures on Earth — all while enjoying the pampering luxury of Silver Whisper.”

Silversea is offering guests the option to extend their World Cruise by adding a pre-cruise Panama Canal voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles (17 days), or continue on board from Fort Lauderdale to New York (3 days) or Southampton (15 days).

Full World Cruise guests will enjoy a variety of special amenities, including a gala Bon Voyage reception, dinner and overnight stay at a luxury hotel, baggage valet service, complimentary Business Class air (or air credit) and transfers (between home, airport, and Silver Whisper), a $4,000 onboard spending credit (per suite), complimentary laundry service, Internet package and commemorative gifts.

For guests sailing the full 115 days, there will also be two complimentary Silversea Experiences, including one in Walvis Bay, offering the rare opportunity to dine under the stars in the Namib Desert, plus three exclusive complimentary World Cruise shoreside events. These include an elegant cocktail reception and evening performance at Sydney’s famous Opera House, and a scenic journey by vintage train in Sri Lanka to explore the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, renowned for its conservancy work. Plus, guests will be treated to a tour of Cape Town’s magnificent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, followed by a visit to the historic Résidence de France for a sumptuous lunch set in its beautiful garden, with Table Mountain providing a stunning backdrop.

Guests will also have the chance to meet and mingle with distinguished destination experts, academics, journalists, diplomats and other specialists. Local entertainment, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and regional specialties will provide further immersion in each global destination.

Fares for World Cruise 2015 start at $58,950 per person, based on double occupancy. For more information contact your travel agent or go to http://www.silversea.com

Silver Spirit charts Eastern Caribbean course

Silversea Cruises unveiled the ultra-luxurious, 540-guest Silver Spirit just two years ago amidst much praise and fanfare. It was, after all, the line’s first newly-constructed vessel since 2001. This week, ship guests like this gentleman outside the vessel’s Observation Lounge, are in the midst of a 10-night Eastern Caribbean voyage and Cruise News Weekly Editor Michael Coleman is onboard. Look for Coleman’s ship dispatches here later this week.

Photo by Michael Coleman

Menu set for Silversea’s culinary arts voyages

Silversea Cruises, known for its exotic worldwide itineraries, luxurious all-suite accommodations, gracious service and gourmet cuisine, has taken the wraps off a new collection of 10 Culinary Arts theme cruises to be offered this year - featuring some of the world's most celebrated chefs and rising stars. Image courtesy Silversea Cruises

By Michael Coleman

Silversea Cruises has unveiled a new collection of 10 culinary arts theme cruises for 2011 featuring some of the world’s top chefs and rising stars. 



The cruises will showcase the artistry of award-winning chefs of top dining establishments from around the world, including the internationally acclaimed chefs of Relais & Châteaux, the distinguished international association of 500 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries.



Two of these famed chefs will soon team up to host Silver Shadow’s 30-day circumnavigation of Australia. Departing from Sydney later this month the ship will follow a counterclockwise course around the vast island continent before returning to Sydney on February 18. Joining an expansive enrichment program on this special voyage are George Francisco, executive chef of Jonah’s, one of Australia’s oldest and most iconic establishments and a Relais & Châteaux member property and Mathew Macartney, executive chef of the Yarra Valley’s famed Chateau Yering and a Relais & Châteaux member property.


On the Culinary Arts enrichment voyages, celebrity chefs will display their talents during informative cooking demonstrations where guests can taste and learn firsthand the secrets of enticing signature dishes.

These voyages also feature escorted provisioning trips to international markets (when the itinerary permits), food and wine pairings, creative regional dishes, and a five-course grand gourmet dinner. Throughout these special sailings, the featured guest chef and Silversea’s executive chef are on hand to share their culinary expertise and answer any questions. 



Aboard Silver Shadow, December 6-21, 2011 Singapore to Sydney, Silversea guests will have the chance to sample the Korean cuisine specialties of Anna Kim, a celebrity chef judge of the LG ‘Life Tastes Good’ global cooking competition. She apprenticed at world-renowned chef Joël Robuchon’s restaurant in Paris and held esteemed positions at Nobu, Gordon Ramsay and the Four Seasons Hotel in the U.S. 



And Emanuele Vallini, executive chef of La Carabaccia restaurant, Pisa, Italy, will showcase the slow food concept in a culinary program for guests aboard Silver Spirit later this month during the ship’s world cruise segment), Los Angeles to Papeete. 



Further highlighting the roster of Culinary Arts voyages are the following distinguished chefs affiliated with Relais & Châteaux properties from around the globe:



Alois Vanlangenaeker, Il San Pietro hotel, Positano, Italy 
Silver Whisper, February 5-23, Santiago to Fort Lauderdale



Jutamas Theantae, The Eugenia hotel, Bangkok, Thailand 
Silver Spirit (World Cruise), March 11-22, Darwin to Hong Kong



Alec Lomas, The Pavilions resort, Phuket, Thailand 
Silver Spirit (World Cruise), March 22-April 3, Hong Kong to Singapore 



Deepak Kumar Rai, Neeleshwar Hermitage retreat hotel, Kerala, India 
Silver Spirit (World Cruise), April 3-18, Singapore to Dubai



Yannick Upravan, Satri House hotel, Luang Prabang, Laos 
Silver Shadow, May 7-17, Shanghai to Tokyo 



Two additional voyages in 2011 will bring together an array of yet-to-be-named Relais & Châteaux chefs to host culinary festivals at sea: Silver Whisper, May 17-31, New York to Southampton; Silver Shadow, October 17-31, Tokyo to Singapore



Silversea offers guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit. With the inclusion of the line’s expedition ship, Prince Albert II, Silversea itineraries encompass all seven continents.

On the web: silversea.com

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.

On the web: silverseacruises.com

Silversea christens Silver Spirit at Port Everglades

Cruise travel’s latest luxury vessel, the 540-guest, all-suite Silver Spirit, was christened today at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. She offers 270 suites that range in size from 312 to 1,668 square feet, boasts six restaurants and the brand’s largest spa at 8,300 square feet. Photo courtesy Silversea Cruises

By Michael Coleman

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL., Jan. 21, 2010 — Silver Spirit, Silversea Cruises’ elegant new vessel, was formally christened here today before 450 guests and dignitaries at Port Everglades.

The ship’s godmother, Silvia Lefebvre, sister of Silversea chairman Manfredi Lefebvre, presided over the festivities. 



“Today is a proud day for Silversea as we celebrate the christening of our new ship and what is the culmination of much effort and planning,” said Amerigo Perasso, Silversea’s president and chief executive officer.

“From her sophisticated Art Deco interior design and extra-spacious suites to a host of new amenities and services, Silver Spirit embodies the innovative spirit of our company and is a dramatic step forward for our award-winning concept of ultra-luxury cruising.” 



Silversea’s chief operating officer, Kenneth W. Watson, acknowledged the recent earthquake tragedy in Haiti, and announced that the company had made a charitable donation to the American Red Cross on behalf of guests departing on tonight’s Grand Inaugural Voyage.

Silversea officials and local dignitaries participated in today’s launch of Silver Spirit. The 36,000 ton, 12-Deck vessel is Silversea’s largest ship to date. Photo by Michael Coleman.
Godmother Lefebvre christened the ship with a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne. A replica of the champagne bottle will be auctioned off as a memento during Silver Spirit’s Grand Inaugural Voyage to benefit the Maruzza Lefebvre d’Ovidio Foundation, a non-profit organization spearheaded by Ms. Lefebvre. A major part of its energy and resources is dedicated to the diffusion of palliative care for children, babies and adolescents affected by incurable disease.

At 36,000 tons, and accommodating 540 guests, Silver Spirit features the largest suites in the Silversea fleet, 95 percent of which feature a private veranda. The onboard decor lends a sophisticated 1930s Art Deco ambiance to the public spaces, highlights of which include an indoor/outdoor spa measuring more than 8,300 square feet, a resort-style pool and a choice of six dining venues including Seishin, showcasing Asian-fusion cuisine, and the innovative Stars Supper Club, offering trendsetting menus and all-night entertainment. 


Tonight, the ship departs on her 91-day Grand Inaugural Voyage exploring over 20 countries and 45 ports throughout the Americas. Silver Spirit will then spend the summer in the Mediterranean before repositioning to the Caribbean for fall and winter cruises. 



One of cruise travel’s leading luxury operators, the line offers many large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and now Silver Spirit. With the inclusion of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, launched in 2008, the company’s itineraries encompass all seven continents.

Tomorrow: We’ll take a closer look at this new, luxurious vessel.

Silver Spirit is the first newly-constructed cruise ship for Silversea Cruises since 2001, bringing the Silversea fleet to a total of six vessels. The 5,414 square-foot pool deck features three Jacuzzis and a grill. Photo by Michael Coleman.

Silversea unveils 60 percent savings for 2010 voyages

Silver Whisper, one of five ships in the Silversea Cruises fleet, is shown docked earlier this week in Venice, Italy. A sixth ship, Silver Spirit, debuts later this year. The line is offering 60 percent savings on 2010 voyages. Image courtesy Michael Coleman
Silver Whisper, one of five ships in the Silversea Cruises fleet, is shown docked earlier this week in Venice, Italy. A sixth ship, Silver Spirit, debuts later this year. The line is offering 60 percent savings on 2010 voyages. Image courtesy Michael Coleman

Silversea Cruises is offering a new, simpler pricing structure that provides the biggest savings incentive in its history — 60 percent off – plus free airfare on virtually all voyages in 2010. 



The new Silver Savings pricing program will introduce the most generous savings opportunities first, and the discount will be lowered significantly as the sailing date approaches – offering a compelling incentive for guests to firm up their vacation plans well in advance of their desired travel date. 

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