Silversea Introduces Inaugural 2018 “Couture Collection” of Bespoke Global Experiences

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Industry’s First Custom-Curated Ocean + Land Adventures for Elite Travellers;

Exclusive 5- to 11- Day Ultra Luxury Experiences Priced Up to USD $78,000 per Guest

Miami/Monte Carlo, October 11, 2017 — Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is introducing a new 2018 Couture Collection, an exclusive series of ocean and land adventures custom-designed for the world’s most discerning travellers. The inaugural 2018 Couture Collection is an inspired portfolio of nine pre- and post-cruise luxury land programs of five to 11 days, offering authentic and immersive travel experiences in the most remote and untouched regions of the Earth.  “Our guests are seasoned luxury travellers looking to discover the least accessible corners of our planet, where nature can still astound with its untouched beauty,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Executive Chairman. “The Couture Collection reveals the most exotic places, cultures and people on carefully curated journeys that feature all the extraordinary touches of comfort and luxury for which Silversea is renowned.” Silversea’s own experience architects, drawing on the best itinerary expertise and global knowledge, have customcrafted each element of the 2018 Couture Collection down to the smallest details. Silversea’s experts designed the inaugural collection with inspiration from Silversea guests; a survey of North American travellers, 87 per cent of whom are from the United States, explored guests’ “dream destinations” and most sought-after cultural experiences.  The pre- and post-cruise Couture Collection includes exclusive amenities ranging from private helicopter service in Mongolia to vintage rail in India and Gulfstream jets in and out of Antarctica. Prices average USD $34,000 per guest for each five- to eleven-day adventure, with the 11-day South Pole itinerary leading the collection starting at USD $78,000 per guest.     The Couture Collection programs are limited to small groups and include most meals, beverages and exclusive culinary events. Guests enjoy inclusive luxury accommodations at renowned boutique hotels, lodges and private tents specifically built for these experiences. Each bespoke adventure is fully escorted. Each program provides a perfect extension to select Silversea cruises, creating an unrivaled luxury travel experience, deeper on land. Conrad Combrink, Vice President Strategic Development Expeditions and Experiences hand crafted each of these expeditions under the watchful eye of Silversea’s Executive Chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio. Following is a snapshot of the all-new Couture Collection programs:

Rwanda & Serengeti: Walking in the Footsteps of Giants — Come face-to-face with the power and beauty that is Africa. Explore the lush rain forests of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park while looking for the majestic mountain gorilla in an exclusive two day trekking experience. Go on a game drive seeking the Big Five from a custom 4×4 in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site best known for its amazing annual migration of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras. Eight days from USD $25,000; departures on Nov. 20 or 27; combinable with Silver Discoverer expeditions departing on Nov. 16 or 27.

White Desert & South Pole: Standing on the Bottom of the Earth — No place on Earth can compare to the vast white desert of Antarctica. Explore spectacular ice caves and tunnels. Climb a glacial island. Photograph a remarkable colony of emperor penguins at Atka Bay. Follow in the footsteps of Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott and be among the privileged few who have reached the South Pole. Enjoy the comforts and luxury of a stay at Whichaway Camp. Fly in and out of Antarctica on a Gulfstream business jet. Eleven Days from USD $78,000; departure on Jan. 2; combinable with Silver Spirit’s Dec. 18, 2017 voyage.

Namibia & Rovos Rail: Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Namibia Desert at the award-winning Little Kulala Camp in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Go flightseeing over the Skeleton Coast. Marvel at Sesriem Canyon. Float above enchanting desert landscapes in a hot-air balloon. From Pretoria to Cape Town, journey in luxury aboard the iconic Rovos Rail, known as The Most Luxurious Train in the World. Savor the South African scenery from a carefully restored carriage that evokes the charms of a bygone era. Six days from USD $14,000; departures on Jan. 8 or Mar. 14; combinable with cruises on Silver Spirit (Jan. 15) or Silver Cloud (Mar. 21).

India: In the Path of Powerful Titans — Enjoy the luxury of private flights throughout India. Track tigers in Ranthambore wildlife reserve. Journey by vintage rail to the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, where an elegant dinner includes stunning views of Mehrangarh, an impressive centuries-old fort. Witness the charms of the ancient city of Jaisalmer from the comfort of The Serai luxury camp. Explore majestic desert dunes on a jeep or camel safari, then sample delicacies at an elegant bush dinner. Six days from USD $37,000; departure on Oct. 23; combinable with Silver Muse’s Oct. 8 cruise.

Australia: Exploring the Unforgiving and Unforgettable Outback — Enjoy private air travel to and from Darwin to experience an authentic outback adventure at the Bullo River Station, a cattle ranch tucked in the northwest corner of Australia’s Northern Territory. Explore Aboriginal rock art galleries. Cruise up the spectacular Bullo River Gorge. Discover the amazing landscape of the Bungle Bungle Range. Swim in the jade-green natural rock pools of the Cascades. Five days from USD $32,000; departures on Jul. 23 or 29; combinable with Silver Discoverer expeditions departing on Jul. 19 or 29.

Iceland: Revealing the Legends of Fire and Ice — From thermal springs to glaciers, Iceland is a land of remarkable contrasts. Enjoy private helicopter travel to explore its most amazing wonders. Sip a champagne toast at the famous Godafoss Waterfall. During a stay at Deplar, a sheep farm turned luxury lodge, go kayaking, mountain biking, whale watching and more. Visit the bird-watching wonderland of Drangey Island. Lunch atop a glacier-capped volcano.Enter a man-made ice tunnel at Langjokull Glacier. Five days from USD $50,000; departures on Aug. 2 or 8; combinable with Silver Cloud expeditions departing on Jul. 27 or Aug. 8.

Tibet: Standing on the Rooftop of the World — Discover some of the most amazing and isolated places on Earth. Observe morning prayers at a Buddhist nunnery. Visit Jokhang Temple, considered the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Witness a lively debate among monks at Sera Monastery. Unwind with a meditation class led by a monk. Picnic amid the stunning beauty of Yamdrok Yumtso Lake. Stroll through Norbulingka, the splendid former summer palace of the Dalai Lama. See the gigantic gilded statue of Maitreya Buddha at Tashilhunpo Monastery. Five days from USD $14,000; departures on Oct. 7 or 14; combinable with a Silver Shadow cruise departing Sep. 28 or Oct. 14.

Mongolia: Echoes of Genghis Khan — Visit with one of the last remaining groups of reindeer herders, the Tsaatan community of Northern Mongolia. Marvel at the beauty of Lake Khuvsgul. Learn about the culture of the Kazakh people and witness their ancient tradition of hunting with golden eagles. At the Naadam Festival (Three Games of Men), observe an ancient spectacle of horse racing, archery and wrestling, valued as sports of strength, wisdom and courage. Six or seven days from USD $33,000; departures on May 2 or 10; combinable with a Silver Shadow cruise departing Apr. 25 or May 10.

Bolivia: A Short Walk onto Another Universe — Stay at the bottom of ice-capped Sajama, Bolivia’s highest peak. Explore volcanoes, hot springs and 3,000-year-old plants. Visit Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, and stay in a unique luxury camp of geodesic dome tents. Discover the small village of Tahua, at the foot of the Tunupa Volcano, then hike to the cave of the Coquesa mummies and learn about their history. Relish stunning vistas on a drive through Los Flamencos nature reserve before indulging in the luxuries of the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and Spa. Eight or ten days from USD $27,000; departures on Oct. 17 or 26; combinable with Silver Cloud expeditions departing on Oct. 15 or 26.

 

Please visit www.silverseacouture.com for additional details on the 2018 Couture Collection.

For more information on Silversea Cruises, please connect with an ILC cruise specialist 

 

Mediterranean aboard the Silver Cloud

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I was lucky enough to experience the mediterranean onboard Silversea Cruises Silver Cloud.  The voyage was 10 days long sailing from Rome to Barcelona.  We visited Livorno, Portofino, Monte Carlo, Marseilles, Roses, Valencia, Alcudia ending in Barcelona.

Livorno – Not much in the town itself but there were plenty of taxis available to take passengers to Tuscany, Lucca or Pisa. Pisa is approximately 1 hour away while Lucca is 2 hours away. You could certainly do this in one trip as there was plenty of time allowed in port for this, but I would still suggest you plan it in advance.

Portofino – This is quiet a small port with mainly restaurants & shops so it is nice if you would like to take a leisurely walk and poke around in stores. A nice bonus Free Wifi was available in this port.

Monte Carlo – I took the tour out to Nice & Eze. Well worthwhile going as Monte Carlo itself doesn’t offer much to see other than the Palace & the Casino – which by the way costs 10 euros to get in.

Marseilles – I took the tour out to Aix-en-Provence. I was a bit disappointed at how commercial it was. I was expecting a small quaint village. It’s not. Of course always worth seeing. There is a brand new Picasso museum right at the port. I think it was free the day we were in port.

Roses – This was the Virtuoso Voyage event. We went out to Figueres for a private tour os Salvador Dali museum. That was a fantastic tour and should be done by any art fanatic. It wasn’t offered through Silversea though. Later we had a nice lunch in Dali’s favourite restaurant. Alcudia – this is the north end of Majorca. Not much there. I would recommend an island tour for sure for people to see. I have been to Palma. There is certainly a lot there.

 

I was in a the lead in cabin category, a Vista Suite which had a window – the room was nice size and very comfortable.  The suite also had a small sitting area with a couch & chairs and a desk.  It had a lovely walk in closest with plenty of storage and the bathroom was a good size with shower and tub. My only complaint is that I was in room 422 and I found it quite noisy at night, it was next to a room where there seemed to be a lot of activity by the crew.

 

While dining onboard I found that there were never any lineups to get meals and all the restaurants were impeccably clean with top notch service.

Main dining room – The Restaurant – always available table and no reservation were necessary. It was open seating for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lots of choice for dinner. If you didn’t like what was offered that day you could always get steak, salmon or chicken. Food was tasty although I found it not overly hot, which is how I like mine.

La Terazza – Found on deck 7 this Italian a la carte restaurant was open for breakfast & lunch offering a buffet. Dinner was reservations only. I found there was always plenty that one could eat but found the lunch selections very basic. I was on for 10 nights, never was roast beef offered but I found less expensive meats were plentiful. I felt like perhaps they were cutting back a bit.

Bar & Grill – on the pool deck – During the day there were always tables available.  Here they offered your typical grill food – burgers, chicken, salads etc. In the evenings the highlight here is the “Hot Rocks” where passengers can cook their own food right at their table. There was never an available table to book so that showed it was popular!

La Champagne – Reservation only. $40.00 per person charge. I never went but the menu consisted of Maine Lobster, Venison, pheasant. More upscale. Not my kind of food. Room service was on time every time. Served by your butler on a nice linen tablecloth.

There are not many activities onboard like the Premium lines which was refreshing as that can sometimes be overwhelming if you are looking for a more low-key experience. There was trivia in the afternoon, 1 show in the evening at 10:00pm along with Yoga & some workouts available to join in.  After a busy day in port it was nice to come back to the ship and know you were not rushing around trying to make it to dinner and a show.

 

Overall I found that the Silver Cloud definitely needed some upgrading, however it was going into dry-dock August 2017 for refitting to be an expedition ship starting in November 2017.  For anyone sailing between August 2016 – August 2017 they should be aware it is not up to the same standards as the other Silversea ships but the staff certainly try to make up for that!

Silver Explorer

Silver Explorer

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Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats (11) allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.

Silver Discoverer

Silver Discoverer

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Silversea’s loyal following of adventure travellers can now explore the remote archipelagos of the vast Pacific aboard the sleek, 120-guest Silver Discoverer cruise ship. She’s the perfect platform for viewing these untamed landscapes, with all ocean-view suites and plenty of deck space so that a breaching whale or a pod of dolphins is always within sight. Silver Discoverer’s shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore, and with a fleet of 12 Zodiacs, guests can land on isolated shores and explore wetlands and submerged ecosystems, up-close and in-depth.

Silver Spirit

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Silver Spirit combines the award-winning hallmarks of the Silversea luxury cruise experience with expanded amenities and exciting new venues for dining and entertainment. Dine on fresh sushi and innovative Asian fusion cuisine at Seishin, meet friends at Stars Supper Club for small plate specialties and live entertainment, or recharge and rejuvenate in the 8,300-square foot spa and fitness center of the Silver Spirit. Featuring the largest suites in the Silversea fleet, Silver Spirit offers a lively, convivial atmosphere for cosmopolitan travellers who enjoy a greater variety of shipboard diversions, yet crave the personalized service and authentic and “up-close” experiences for which Silversea is known. More ways to play … and to relax … Silver Spirit.

Silver Shadow

Silver Shadow

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Authentic experiences. Simple pleasures. Shared moments. Silversea’s Millennium Class luxury cruise ship Silver Shadow offers you freedom and space to design your day. Slightly larger in size than ships Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, Silver Shadow retains Silversea’s essence – spacious suites, a complement of only 382 guests, superior service – paired with a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and enhanced amenities.

Aboard the Silver Shadow, energize body and soul with complimentary Pilates and yoga in the expanded fitness center. Savor fine wines and regional culinary creations in Le Champagne, the only Wine Restaurant by Relais & Châteaux at sea. Or simply gaze at endless ocean views. Relish, relax, recharge … repeat … Silver Shadow.

Silver Whisper

Silver Whisper

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The amenities of a grand resort. The charms of a stylish boutique hotel. Silversea’s Millennium Class ships Silver Whisper and sister ship Silver Shadow invite you to enjoy Silversea’s world-class accommodations, shipboard conviviality and warm, individualized service, paired with the enhanced spaces and amenities of a larger ship. Revel in the pampering treatments of an expanded wellness spa, shop the hottest trends from top designers at the shipboard boutiques, and enjoy dynamic full-scale productions in a multi-tiered show lounge. Silver Whisper luxury cruise ship has it all. Design your own schedule … or no schedule at all … Silver Whisper.

Silver Muse

Silver Muse

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Silversea Cruises is happy to present our new flagship, Silver Muse. Delivered in spring of 2017, the new ultra-luxury ship was built by Fincantieri and at 40,700 grt accommodates 596 guests. Representing an exciting evolution of Silver Spirit, Silver Muse redefines ultra-luxury ocean travel – enhancing the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations that are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience.

The addition of Silver Muse expands Silversea’s fleet to nine ships, and once again significantly raises the bar in the ultra-luxury cruise market with a wealth of enhancements to the onboard experience, while satisfying the uncompromising requirements for comfort, service, and quality of the world’s most discerning travellers.

Silver Wind

Silver Wind

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Al fresco dining with panoramic ocean views. Warm clubby spaces for evening cocktails with friends. The plush comfort of your ocean-view suite after a day of incredible sights. Welcome home to the luxury cruise ship, Silver Wind. Timelessly elegant yet luxuriously relaxed, Silver Cloud’s sleek sister ship strikes the perfect balance of yacht-like intimacy combined with the space, amenities and diversions typically reserved for larger vessels. Warm welcomes and gracious personalized service inspire guests to call Silver Wind their “home away from home” – sail aboard and discover the charms of Silver Wind.

Silver Cloud

Silver Cloud Expedition

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After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud will be the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her five dining options will tantalize your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today.

A limited number of guests, particularly with just 200 in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 16 zodiacs, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of 19 passionate and dedicated experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.