Get planning for 2017. Silversea Cruises’ has revealed its voyage line-up that includes 246 cruises visiting more than 800 destinations around the world. Several new ports are featured, including Sassnitz, Germany; Galway, Ireland; Bodø, Norway; Geraldton, Australia; Ilhabela, Brazil; Fredericia, Denmark; Gisborne, New Zealand; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Sir Bani Yas Island, U.A.E.
“Every year Silversea strives to offer inspirational journeys that combine the luxury of intimate cruising with the thrill of making new cultural discoveries,” says Kristian Anderson, Silversea’s senior vice president and general manager for the Americas. “We believe our voyage collection for 2017, with its wealth of longer, port-intensive cruises, will accomplish just that. From the rainforests of South America to the castles of Europe and the temples of Asia, guests will enjoy experiences that will enrich their lives for years to come.”
Here are some highlights:
World Cruise 2017: Departing San Francisco on Jan. 6, this 116-day ocean voyage to Monte Carlo will visit 62 destinations in 25 countries. Following a westward path, Silver Whisper will sail to Hawaii and cross the International Date Line to the South Pacific, New Zealand, and Australia. Then, weaving its way through such tropical wonderlands as Bali and Sandakan, the ship will arrive at the shores of Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore, before setting a course for the ancient temples of India, Arabia’s desert dunes, and the storied capitals of the Mediterranean.
Circle South America: Silver Spirit departs Jan. 16 on a 63-day roundtrip Grand Voyage from Fort Lauderdale. Highlights include a crossing of the Panama Canal, two days cruising Chile’s fjords, a two-day stopover in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, plus overnight calls in Buenos Aires and Callao (gateway to Lima and Machu Picchu).
South Africa: Silver Cloud offers a series of four 10-day voyages showcasing South Africa’s east coast with roundtrip departures from Cape Town. The sailings feature calls in Port Elizabeth, Durban, East London, Maputo, and an overnight stay in Richards Bay. Plus a 14-day voyage includes an overnight stay in Walvis Bay, Namibia.
Mediterranean, Northern Europe & Baltic: From the Greek Isles to the British Isles and Scandinavia, dozens of intriguing voyages, ranging from seven to 17 days, offer a variety of options for travelers seeking to discover the regions’ cultural treasures, picturesque harbors, and storied cities.
Alaska: Silver Shadow returns to explore the natural wonders of Alaska on 16 seven-day voyages between Seward and Vancouver.
Meanwhile, Silversea’s luxury expedition fleet will expand to four ships in November 2017 when Silver Cloud joins Silver Explorer, Silver Discoverer, and Silver Galapagos. Over 100 expedition cruises will explore the world’s most fascinating and remote regions. Featured among dozens of inaugural calls are such places as Ampangorinana, Nosy Komba (Madagascar); Aride Island, Seychelles; Maheshkhali Island, Bangladesh; Makura Island, Vanuatu; Isle of May, Scotland; and Grimsey Island, Iceland.