Two of the major trends in cruising these days are world cruises and luxury expedition cruises. Now Silversea Cruises is marrying the two by introducing two pioneering world cruises in 2021, including the world’s first ever expedition world Cruise.
The two world cruises will enable Silversea’s guests to travel deeper into the world’s most scenic places on their own terms, as they cruise in luxury. Jan. 30 marked the opening of an exclusive pre-sale to world cruising guests in 2019 and guests booked on the world cruise in 2020. The cruise line also announced that sales for the two world cruises in 2021 will open to the general public in March 2019.
“By operating two World Cruises in 2021, we are increasing the offering for our guests, pushing boundaries in the world of travel,” says Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s executive chairman. “With a passion for sharing the authentic beauty of our planet, we are enabling our guests to discover the world on their own terms.”
One of those world cruises in 2021 will be the expedition world cruise, described as the “uncharted world tour.” Silversea’s Expedition World Cruise 2021 on Silver Cloud features a scope of immersive experiences with an itinerary crafted to connect the most rewarding travel experiences around the planet. This experience-focused expedition will appeal to those with a passion for discovery and those who like to stay active on their travels.
From Ushuaia to Tromsø, the 167-day voyage will call at 107 of the planet’s top destinations in 30 countries, including six new ports of call for Silversea (Naxos, Folegandros, Nafpaktos, Ksamil, Bejaïa, and Fort William). And if your clients really want to splurge, the two-bedroom Owner’s Suite on Silver Cloud is offered at a price just short of $1 million for the entire world cruise.
Silversea’s Expedition World Cruise will enable guests to engage with remote destinations through hands-on exploration; immersive shore excursions, which are included; lectures from Silversea’s Expedition Team; and featured lectures from many world-class experts, including, among others, Felicity Aston, MBE, a recipient of the Polar Medal and the first and only woman to cross Antarctica alone, and Tim Severin, a world-renowned explorer who has retraced the storied journeys of Saint Brendan the Navigator, Sindbad the Sailor, Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses, The First Crusade, and Genghis Khan.
Guests will enjoy a private dinner on London Tower Bridge’s walkway, an exclusive Viking feast in Kjarnaskogur Forest in Iceland, and a number of other bespoke events around the world. One segment of this World Cruise will feature Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s senior vice president of expedition and destinations experiences, as expedition leader.
Departing Ushuaia on Jan. 30, 2021, Silver Cloud, will journey between Antarctica’s highlight destinations before setting course for Chile’s Valparaiso via the Chilean Fjords. The ship will then cruise to Papeete, Tahiti, via Easter Island and Pitcairn Island, before sailing toward Lautoka, Fiji. Calls in a number of other iconic destinations in Oceania—including remote exploration stops in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea—precede guests’ arrival in Cairns, Australia, before the vessel moves to the Kimberley Coast.
Silver Cloud then visits destinations in Indonesia, before arriving in Singapore. Next it will cruise to Sumatra, Sri Lanka and Cochin, India, before reaching Piraeus (Athens), Lisbon, and Reykjavik. The ship will then explore the highlights of Iceland, ahead of calls in the Svalbard Region and the voyage’s conclusion in Tromsø, Norway, on July 16, 2021.
Silversea’s 2021 World Cruise, the line’s 150-day world cruise on Silver Whisper, will feature 54 ports and 24 countries during an itinerary that begins in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 7, 2021, and concludes in New York on June 6. On the World Cruise 2021, guests will both embark and debark in the U.S., having travelled around the planet.
In addition to many of the benefits that will enrich the Expedition World Cruise 2021, this voyage will showcase two new Silversea initiatives: Dine Around Town, which will offer guests the chance to indulge in a “Dine Around Town” at fine restaurants in their choice of two of four cities, and “Your Day Your Way,” which will enable guests to travel deeper on their own or with friends accompanied by English-speaking guides and transported in private sedans or minivans. As part of a rich schedule of bespoke events, guests will enjoy a traditional Venetian masquerade ball in Venice and a night at the races in Hong Kong.
Silver Whisper will depart Fort Lauderdale for Central America. After transiting the iconic Panama Canal, the ship will reach Callao (Lima), before sailing to Easter Island and other destinations in the South Pacific including Auckland, New Zealand. From New Zealand, the Silver Whisper will continue onto Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Darwin, before reaching Benoa in Bali.
The vessel will make stops throughout the Philippines, Taiwan and South Korea before it arrives in Tokyo. After Kagoshima, guests will travel to iconic destinations in Asia, including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Yangon, Colombo, and Mumbai. Silver Whisper will then set sail for Piraeus (Athens) and Lisbon, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean on the ultimate stretch of the World Cruise 2021 to New York.
“Building on our already remarkable World Cruise offering, Silversea will become the first ever cruise line to launch an Expedition World Cruise in 2021,” says Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s CEO. “This momentous voyage is the result of 10 years of experience and industry-leading knowledge—qualities which enable us to unlock remarkable travel experiences for our guests and have contributed to our reputation as the industry leader.”
Aboard Silversea ships, guests enjoy ocean-view suites, gourmet cuisine and butler service. Enriching the experience are such all-inclusive amenities as complimentary premium wines and spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks served throughout the ship; an in-suite bar, stocked with guests' preferences; in-suite 24-hour dining; and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi. Throughout both World Cruises in 2021, guests will also benefit from a complimentary laundry service; medical service; and an inclusive visa package for nationals of the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany and Australia.
Silversea’s Expedition World Cruise 2021 includes business class air; charter flight from Santiago to Ushuaia; Bon Voyage reception and overnight accommodation (pre-voyage), private transfer from airport to hotel, group transfer from hotel to pier and private transfer post cruise from pier to airport; $2,000 onboard spending credit (per guest); exclusive World Cruise events; all excursions; special commemorative expedition gear; gifts; laundry service; unlimited Wi-Fi; medical services; visa package.
Silversea’s World Cruise 2021 includes business class air; Bon Voyage reception, dinner and overnight accommodation (pre-voyage); private transfer from airport to hotel, group transfer from hotel to pier and private transfer post cruise from pier to airport; $2,000 onboard spending credit (per guest); exclusive World Cruise events; bespoke Silversea experiences (“Dine Around Town" and "Your Day Your Way”); special commemorative gifts; Silver Shore Baggage Valet between home and ship in Fort Lauderdale and New York (up to two bags, 50 pounds each, per guest); laundry service; unlimited Wi-Fi; medical services; visa package.