Wednesday, 16 April 2008

SILVERSEA ADDS A LITTLE LUXURY TO ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION

Antarctica is most probably the ultimate exploration destination and now with the addition to their fleet of Prince Albert II, Silversea can offer 10 -16 day all inclusive, luxury, exploration cruising to the South America and the Antarctic.

Fresh from a complete transformation in a European shipyard, Prince Albert II will commence its inaugural season in June 2008 with a season of Arctic voyages. Of most interest to experienced travellers, who like their exploration cruising to come with a few luxuries, will be the Silversea Antarctic season, which commences in Ushuaia, Argentina in mid November 2008.

Itineraries are unstructured by design, allowing the ship to stay longer on sites of particular interest, or make slight detours whenever weather, nature or mere curiosity dictates. A fleet of zodiacs takes guest up close to the spectacular scenery and wildlife.

Prince Albert II will sail from Ushuaia in Argentina from mid November 2008 until late February 2009. Double occupancy 11 day Antarctic cruise fares in November and December 2008 start from US$6798 per person*. Single guests are catered for too on selected itineraries, with special introductory reduced single supplement fares starting from US$.......* including 25 percent Silver Savings. Space is still available on voyages from Ushuaia on 11 and 30 November and 11 or 22 December. Christmas in Antarctica anyone?

Designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both the earth’s polar regions, the Prince Albert II boasts a strengthened hull, with the highest Lloyd’s register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger ships.

The difference with Silversea Expeditions is that they offer “all inclusive, luxury exploration cruising”. Each luxuriously appointed suite has ocean views and offers the largest average size accommodation of any expedition ship. Some suites even have private vernadas or French balconies. The marble bathrooms feature full baths and in the gourmet restaurants, the menus are designed by Relais and Chateaux with complimentary wines, champagnes and spirits served throughout the ship. With a staff to guest ratio of 1:1 the service standards will be outstanding. Expert naturalists and special guest lecturers will enhance each sailing.

For more information please contact Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or toll free 1300 306 872 (Australia) or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand), or visit www.silversea.com

Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard four intimate vessels, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, and Silver Whisper, all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the addition of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II in 2008, the company's itineraries encompass all seven continents. Silversea has for the past four consecutive years been named Best Cruise Line by readers of Australia’s Luxury Travel and Style magazine. For nine consecutive years, Silversea has been named "Number One Small Ship Line” in the Readers' Choice survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler magazine in the USA and in 2007 was the only cruise line named in the UK edition of Condé Nast Traveller’s “Top 100 Luxury Travel Experiences” at the same time topping the Small Cruise Line award for the eighth time. Silversea has been selected as "World's Best Small Ship Line” in the US Travel + Leisure readers' poll for the past eight years.