Silversea Cruises has announced the details of its 2018 itineraries. In all, the nine ships from across Silversea’s Classic and Expedition fleet will visit 130 countries spanning all seven continents and 1,000 destinations, of which nearly 300 are new to Silversea.
The fleet has recently benefitted from the largest refurbishment investment in Silversea’s history and almost 600 of the destinations are via the Expedition fleet and over 400 with the Classic fleet.
“At Silversea, we don’t believe that ‘bigger is better’, in fact we believe and deliver the complete opposite,” said Roberto Martinoli, Chief Executive. “A belief perfectly illustrated by our commitment to smaller, more intimate ships that clearly respond to the desires of our guests that tend to favour a refined and understated elegance.
“However, in this instance, as we announce our new itineraries, enlarging the range of destinations, further enriching our guests with new cultural references, giving more opportunity to make discoveries, guaranteeing a bigger circle of friends and overloading on unforgettable memories can only be a positive thing.”
Key highlights of the Ocean Cruise destinations for 2018 are the tens of UNESCO heritage sites to which Silversea guests will have access. Sites that range from the magnificent Italian Amalfi Coast to ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’ at Halong Bay, Vietnam – each as different, unique and breath-taking as the next, and all packaged up with the trademark Silversea standards of unbridled luxury.
“As the company that introduced Expedition cruising to the luxury market, Silversea continues to innovate and over-deliver on destinations and experiences, and remains the pioneer in this regard,” added Roberto. “2018 will see our expedition ships call at over 250 new destinations and will be the inaugural calendar year for Silver Cloud in the expedition fleet following her conversion, making her the most luxurious cruise ship for expeditions.”
Silver Cloud starts 2018 as an ice-class expedition ship following an extensive refurbishment and conversion, hinting at its polar intentions. Silver Discoverer sails deeper into Asia, with many new destinations in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines and Japan. Climates that range from positively polar to the totally tropical guarantee that Silversea Expeditions are able to cater to a broad range of traveller, wherever they wish to venture.
Examples of the itinerary highlights with Silversea in 2018 are:
The ultimate Mediterranean experience: 44 days in the heart of the Mediterranean season aboard Silversea’s flagship, Silver Muse. This Grand Voyage will call at 39 different ports in nine different countries, from the Greek Isles to the Balearics, from the French Riviera to Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast.
New Asian experience: five voyages to the Philippines with three different ships (Shadow, Whisper, Muse). A key highlight destination is the island of Palawan (above), voted the ‘Best Island in the World’ for the second time in a row by readers of Conde Nast Traveler.
Africa & Indian Ocean: several voyages in the heart of the Indian Ocean, exploring the beautiful Vanilla Islands, with multiple visits to Maldives, Seychelles, Madagascar, Mayotte and Reunion.
Explorer by name and by nature: Silver Explorer sails across the Pacific Ocean to Kiribati, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia, adding new ports of call along the way. She will also carry her guests to the North West Coast of America, to Costa Rica, the southern-most tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula (home of El Arco), visiting Monterey, Anacortes and Cypress Island.