Wednesday, 2 June 2010

ADVENTUROUS AUSTRALASIANS EMBRACE EXPEDITION CRUISING

Prince Albert II completed a hugely successful 2009 season of 25 sell-out voyages and the 2010 and 2011 expeditions are selling fast. From June to September 2010 a series of Arctic adventures are on offer exploring the Svalbard Archipelago, Iceland, Greenland or the Canadian Arctic, and the Antarctic season runs from November 2010 to February 2011 with 8 round-trip Ushuaia voyages navigating Drake's Passage and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Australasian travellers now make up more than 20 per cent of all guests on Silversea Expeditions aboard the state-of-the-art Prince Albert II.

Demand is such for this all-inclusive luxury expedition product that guests are booking far in advance to secure their place on the fascinating voyages that take in both Polar Regions, as well as enticing destinations in Central and South America, Great Britain, Ireland and Africa.

Karen Christensen, Silversea's regional director Australia & New Zealand, commented: "Since Prince Albert II's debut, this region has really embraced our new style of expedition cruising. After two sell-out seasons, Australasia has emerged as a high yield, early booking market that is now Silversea Expeditions' second largest source of guests after the United States."


New expeditions currently on offer include a Discovering Central America voyage in October 2010, taking in the wildlife, indigenous tribes and historic sites of the Dominican Republic, Netherlands Antilles, Panama and Costa Rica, and a Cape to Cape Adventure in March 2011, following explorers' footsteps to Cape Horn, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Tristan Da Cunha and Cape Town. A 22 day West Coast of Africa sailing from Cape Town to Dakar, Senegal is taking place in March 2011, and such is the appeal of this itinerary that the expedition is already fully sold out. Due to strong demand, this programme will also be offered in 2012.

Part of Prince Albert II's great appeal is the totally all-inclusive nature of the product, with fares that cover all shore excursions with a highly experienced expedition team; the largest accommodation of any expedition ship; butler service; wines and drinks throughout the ship; gourmet menus by Relais & Châteaux, and all gratuities. And with a maximum of 132 passengers, guests aboard Prince Albert II have numerous opportunities to go ashore in destinations such as Antarctica, where only 100 passengers at any one time may land.

Karen Christensen added: "With suites selling so quickly on these expedition voyages, we do encourage travellers to book early to avoid disappointment."

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