SILVERSEA'S PICK OF THE MOST DESIRED DESTINATIONS IN LUXURY CRUISING
Take your journey to the next level by exploring the world's most breathtaking and enticing destinations with Silversea Cruises, the leader in ultra-luxury cruising. Karen Christensen, General Manager and Director Sales/Marketing, Australasia, shares her insights on this year's must-see cruising destinations.
"Silversea's voyages boast enviable, tailor-made itineraries visiting some of the most stunning corners of the world. Our guests rely on us to provide them with journeys which showcase distinct, beautiful and dramatic landscapes, rich history and culture, and exotic cuisine, all while travelling in utmost luxury.
"Each year, our team of experts research and handpick the finest destinations to ensure that our itineraries are second to none. We pride ourselves on continuing to be one step ahead, offering our guests the chance to discover destinations they may never have considered travelling to before," says Christensen.
1. French Polynesia (South Pacific) and the Marquesas Islands
Explore the stunning lagoons of the Tuamotu Archipelago, and encounter the diverse wildlife of the Marquesas Islands, aboard this 10 day voyage through the peaks and atolls of French Polynesia. As one of Silversea Expeditions' specialist diving voyages, guests aboard will have the opportunity to snorkel and discover colourful marine life such as sea turtles and rays, while qualified divers will encounter sharks, barracuda, manta rays and eagle rays. Visit the French painter Paul Gaugin's grave at Hiva Oa and marvel at the spectacular peaks of the Marquesas Islands. This voyage is the perfect adventure for the snorkelling enthusiast, keen diver or passionate explorer.
9522 Silver Discoverer, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia roundtrip, 10 days, departs 25 October 2015. Silver Privilege fares from AU$10,750pp.
2. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Discover Ecuador's pristine paradise, a natural laboratory of evolution. Experience up close encounters with marine iguanas, giant tortoises, blue and red-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins and Darwin's famous finches - guests have the opportunity to witness wildlife species found nowhere else on earth. Silver Galapagos, Silversea's newly refurbished expedition ship, travels along the scenic coastlines with Zodiac exploration, snorkelling and walks across spectacular lava fields – experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
Silver Galapagos offers year-round 7-day roundtrip expeditions from Baltra. Fully-inclusive Galápagos voyages now include roundtrip economy air between Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, a two-night pre-cruise hotel stay, all transfers, National Park entrance fees and more . Silver privilege fares from AU$8,150pp.
3. Istanbul, Turkey
Witness the captivating remnants of ancient civilisations whilst sailing through the Aegean Sea, from Istanbul to the picturesque Greek Islands. Guests can discover Istanbul's historic treasures during a scenic orientation of the city, including a visit to the Grand Bazaar, the world's largest covered market, a tour of the Topkapi Palace Museum, which housed the Ottoman Empire for nearly four centuries, and the Rustem Pasa Mosque, a small and exquisite mosque built in the 16th century.
2530 Silver Wind, Istanbul, Turkey roundtrip, 9-days, departs 12 October 2015. Guests on this journey benefit from shore excursions and complimentary Wi-Fi; now included on every 2015 Mediterranean voyage. Silver Privilege fares from AU$5,750.
4. Alaska, North America
One of the most pristine coastlines in the world, Alaska is home to national parks the size of nations, exquisite glaciers and incredible wildlife. Experience Alaska sailing along an insider's path through the Inside Passage. See diamond–blue icebergs and spot a plethora of wildlife including brown bears, bald eagles and humpback whales. Guests will have the opportunity to fly over the world famous Mendenhall Glacier on an optional heli-flight, set foot on the 'river of ice', and take part in a private Catamaran cruise through Sitka Sound.
3524 Silver Shadow, Vancouver, Canada to Seward (Anchorage), AK, USA, 7-days, departs 27 August 2015. Includes complimentary scenic rail transfer along the Alaskan Kenai Peninsula. Silver Privilege fares from AU$4,550pp.
5. The Malay Archipelago
Explore the Malay Archipelago, an undiscovered and untouched part of the world. Anchored off the Alor-Pantar Strait, guests will view traditional villages built halfway up the mountains of Alor Island and explore mangrove forests on the uninhabited island of Kakaban, Borneo. On this Silversea Expeditions voyage, guests will discover abundant wildlife, on land and sea, from Borneo proboscis monkeys, crocodiles, rare birdlife and the orangutans of the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (SORC), to sea turtles, stingless Papuan jellyfish and other exotic marine life. The beauty of this region continues to radiate as guests uncover its rich history and culture, experiencing traditional village customs and ceremonies and visiting the towering menhir stones of Bori – "The Stonehenge of Indonesia".
9513 Silver Discoverer, Darwin, Australia to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 14-days, departs 29 May 2015. Silver Privilege fares from AU$14,450pp.
For more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com