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About Silversea Cruises

Imagine a luxury cruise experience like no other. One where you are pampered from the moment you step on board, with every detail of your holiday taken care of. A place where you can relax in the knowledge that everything has been designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind. That is what you can expect when you sail with Silversea.

Nothing beats the experience of cruising on an ultra-luxury liner. The amenities, the service, and the overall feel of being on a Silversea is truly second to none.

Silversea was founded in 1994 by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio. The company is headquartered in Monaco, and its luxury cruise ships pierce all seven continents' waters.

Interesting Facts about Silversea

  • Over 900 different destinations to choose from
  • Nealy 80% of suites feature private balconies
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Champagne and selected wines & spirits included
  • At least 1 excursion included in all ports
  • Inclusive in-suite room service as well as Wifi
  • Open seating dining
  • Enrichment lecturers
  • Complimentary transportation in most ports of calls
  • Very loyal repeat passengers

What makes the Silversea Experience different?

What makes Silversea different from other luxury liners is its corporate philosophy, which revolves around five main pillars:

  1. An intimate and relaxed atmosphere
  2. All-suite and ocean-view accommodations
  3. An inclusive experience with no hidden costs
  4. An exquisite cuisine, both onboard and onshore
  5. An emphasis on personalized service

Silversea's first ship was the Silver Cloud, which set sail in April 1994. The ship accommodated just 296 guests and has a crew-to-guest ratio of nearly 1:1. The Silver Wind quickly followed in 1995 and the Silver Shadow in 2000. Silversea has added a total of 10 ships to its fleet with an additional 3 until 2024. 

The Silversea cruise product encompasses two experiences: Classic ocean-going cruises and expedition voyages.

Classic Silversea Cruises

Classic ocean-going cruises are Silversea's more traditional offering. These voyages take place on board their luxury cruise ships and visit some of the world's most beautiful and iconic destinations.

Whether you want to explore the grand cities of Northern Europe, soak up the sun in the Mediterranean, or venture further afield to the Americas, Silversea has an itinerary for you. Imagine yourself sipping cocktails on the deck of your ship as you watch the skyline of New York City slowly come into view. Or enjoy a spot of shopping in Hong Kong before heading out for an authentic Dim Sum lunch. The possibilities are endless with Silversea's ocean-going cruises.

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Silversea Expedition Cruises

In addition to their ocean-going cruises, Silversea also offers expedition voyages. These journeys are designed for those who want to explore the world's more remote and untouched destinations.

Voyage to Antarctica to see giant icebergs and witness the majestic creatures that call this frozen continent home. Or explore the Galapagos Islands, the South Pacific Islands, or Antarctica where you can snorkel between icebergs.

Silversea's expedition voyages offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you will never forget.

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Silversea Destinations

Silversea's luxury cruise ships visit over 900 destinations in more than 160 countries around the world. Expect to find all of the usual suspects like the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Alaska on offer, as well as some more unusual itineraries to places like Antarctica, the Russian Far East, and even Papua New Guinea.

There really is no limit to where Silversea can take you. Would you like to go on an African safari? How about a wine-tasting tour of Europe? Or maybe you've always dreamed of standing at the base of the pyramids in Egypt? Whatever your heart desires, Silversea can make it happen.

Silversea Cruises Fleet

Silversea has eleven luxurious ships in its fleet, each one designed to offer an intimate and relaxed experience. All of the staterooms are spacious and well-appointed, and most have their own private balcony. You'll enjoy world-class cuisine, attentive service, and a wide range of onboard activities.

4 ships in the Silversea fleet are expedition ships, purpose-built for exploration in some of the most remote and untouched places on earth. These ships have a smaller passenger capacity, which allows for a more intimate and personalized experience.

Silversea "Classic" Ships

Silversea Expedition Fleet

What Can You Expect from Silversea's Service?

Silversea is committed to providing its guests with a seamless and ultra-luxurious onboard experience. From the moment you step foot on the ship, the staff will be there to ensure that your every need is met. You'll be treated to world-class cuisine, attentive service, and luxurious accommodations. You will feel like royalty from the moment you step onboard until the moment you disembark.

Luxury Oceanview Suites:

All of Silversea's suites offer ocean views, and many come with private balconies. You'll enjoy plenty of space to relax in your suite, as well as luxurious amenities like Italian linen, a pillow menu, and 24-hour room service. Imagine waking up to a beautiful ocean view each morning – it's truly a dream come true.

Butler service for all suites:

Silversea provides guests with the utmost in luxury and service. Butler service is included in every suite, ensuring that all guests are treated equally and with the highest level of service. Silversea is the only cruise line in the world that can make this claim, making it the perfect choice for luxury travellers.

Fine Dining:

Dining on a Silversea cruise is an amazing experience, with cuisine that is both gourmet and innovative. There are always at least two dining venues to choose from, with eight aboard Silver Muse and Silver Spirit. When dining onboard, you'll be able to select from an extensive wine list that includes both red and white wines of exceptional quality. Plus, with Silversea's open-seating policy, you can come and go as you please and dine with whomever you please.

Gratuities always included:

All gratuities are included in the guest's cruise fare with Silversea Cruises, making for an effortless and luxurious experience. From the attentive waiter who keeps your water glass full to the chef who prepares your favourite dish à la minute, you will be impressed by the calibre of service delivered by our professionally trained staff. Because gratuities are included in the cost of your cruise, you need not worry about any additional expenses - leaving you free to enjoy every moment aboard our award-winning ships.

This is what they call the "Silversea Difference." It's the little things that make Silversea the leading ultra-luxury cruise line in the world. From the moment you step on board, you'll understand why Silversea is the best of the best.

Who are Silversea Cruises clients?

Everyone from honeymooners to families can find something to love about Silversea. The line is especially popular with couples and those who are looking for a luxurious and relaxing cruise experience.
Here are the four types of guests that will feel most at home on a Silversea cruise:

  1. Luxury Travelers: Silversea is the perfect choice for those who appreciate the finer things in life. From the moment you step on board, you'll be treated to 5-star service and luxurious accommodations.
  2. Experienced Cruisers: Silversea appeals to those who have sailed with other cruise lines and are looking for a more upscale experience. The line's all-inclusive pricing and intimate ships are a big draw for experienced cruisers.
  3. Wildlife Fanatic: Silversea fleet will reach some of the most remote and secluded regions of the world with highly trained lectures, it is all about sharing knowledge onboard the ship.
  4. Adventure Seekers: Silversea expeditions cruises are the perfect way to explore some of the world's most remote destinations. From the Galapagos Islands to Antarctica, you'll be able to discover new places and wildlife.

What to Know Before You Go?

Silversea includes gratuities for all onboard services in the cruise fare. This means that you don't have to worry about tipping throughout your cruise. (Excluding the SPA and Beauty Salon).

Wifi is included in the cruise fare on all Silversea ships. You'll be able to stay connected with family and friends while you're onboard. In fact, some ships even offer free wifi in select public areas.

Silversea offers complimentary laundry and pressing services for all suites to make things easier. This means that you can pack light and enjoy your cruise worry-free. (up to two pieces per guests per day)

Silversea ships use US dollar as the onboard currency. This makes it easy to budget and keep track of your spending while you're onboard.

Silversea is very concerned about the health and safety protocols. Smoking is not permitted in any indoor areas on Silversea ships. This includes all suites, restaurants, bars, and lounges. Each ship has designated smoking areas, and smokers must use only these areas.

You are allowed to bring a limited number of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages on board with you. These must be sealed and unopened.

The drinking age on board Silversea ships is 21. Guests who are under the age of 21 are not permitted to consume alcohol on board.

Silversea's loyalty program is called the Venetian Society. The program is designed to give back to Silversea's most loyal guests. As a member of the Venetian Society, you'll enjoy benefits like priority boarding, exclusive events, and special pricing on select cruises.

To join the Venetian Society, simply sail with Silversea once. You'll automatically become a member and begin enjoying all the program benefits.

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