2012 promises to be an exciting year for fans of ultra-luxe Silversea Cruises. The line will be adding 19 new mid-voyage land adventures that will give inquisitive travelers extra time to interact with and take in the people, history, wildlife and natural attractions that lie just beyond the ports of call.
Silversea’s fleet of six, all-suite ships will be visiting just about every region on the globe, from the Amazon to Zululand, glaciers and deserts and ancient ruins as well as modern wonders. Here is a sampling of some of the upcoming new mid-voyage land adventures offered in 2012:
Aboard the five star 36,000 gt, 540 guest SILVER SPIRIT (built in 2009):
“Perito Moreno & El Calafate” — Glaciers National Park covers a staggering 8,500 square miles in Patagonia. Of its 47 major glaciers, the giant Perito Moreno is one of the world’s few remaining advancing glaciers. Explore this glacial wonderland and glimpse nature’s spectacular display of a thousand blue tones. Thrill to the experience of infinite peace, pure air and tranquillity, only interrupted when immense blocks of ice break off the glacier with a tremendous roar. SILVER SPIRIT’s January 27 voyage (#5203), Santiago to Buenos Aires, offers guests the chance to embark from Punta Arenas on this eleven-and-a-half-hour adventure.
Aboard the five star, 28,258 gt, 382 guest SILVER WHISPER (built in 2001):
“Venture into Amazonia” — Immerse yourself in the ecological heart of the planet, home to the world’s largest collection of birds, freshwater fish and butterflies. Visit exotic and bustling Manaus surrounded by a lush green wall of jungle and witness the amazing natural phenomenon of the Meeting of the Waters, the point where the dark-colored waters of the Rio Negro converge with the sandy-colored Solimoes River. This five-day sojourn includes two nights at the Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge and is offered from Belém on SILVER WHISPER’s January 7 voyage (#4202), sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Rio de Janeiro (a segment of World Cruise 2012). Guests rejoin the voyage in Salvador de Bahia.
“Chengdu Pandas & Tibet” — China’s giant pandas are not only a national treasure, they are beloved the world over. Only about 1,000 pandas remain in the wild and at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center, you can observe these endearing animals close up. Then fly to Lhasa, capital of the Himalayan Kingdom of Tibet, to explore the fabulous Potala Palace, the Drepung Monastery and more. This five-day package is offered from Hong Kong to in-transit guests on SILVER WHISPER’s March 3 sailing (#4206), Hong Kong to Shanghai. Guests depart from Hong Kong and rejoin the ship in Shanghai to continue on the following voyage (#4207), all part of World Cruise 2012.
Aboard the five star, 28,258 gt, 382 guest SILVER SHADOW (built in 2000):
“Ayers Rock & The Red Centre” — Venture into one of Australia’s most remote areas, the Red Centre, famous for its rugged beauty and the iconic monolith of changing colors, Uluru (Ayers Rock). Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is the spiritual heart of the Outback and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore this living museum and one of the world’s last frontiers during a two-night stay at the Longitude 131˚ luxury wilderness camp. This four-and-a-half-day adventure is offered on SILVER SHADOW’s December 20 sailing (#3237) from Singapore to Sydney. Guests depart from Darwin and rejoin the ship Cairns.
Aboard the five star, 17,400 gt, 296 passenger SILVER WIND (built in 1995; completely refurbished in 2008):
“Gorah Elephant Camp” — Experience an authentic safari adventure during your stay at the exclusive Gorah Elephant Camp. A member of Relais & Châteaux, the luxurious tented camp is located in the middle of the Addo Elephant National Park, a sanctuary for over 450 elephants, the highest density of elephants on Earth. The three-day package is offered on SILVER WIND voyages of January 14, 24 and February 3 (#2202, 2203 and 2204), sailing round trip from Cape Town. Guests depart from Richards Bay and rejoin the ship in East London, South Africa.
“Sossusvlei Desert Lodge” — Discover one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia — the sand dunes of Sossusvlei (pronounced SOSS-oo-vlay) in the Namib Desert. The overnight stay at the deluxe Sossusvlei Desert Lodge affords the best time to view the beauty of the dunes at sunset and sunrise. This two-day adventure is offered during the overnight stay in Walvis Bay on SILVER WIND’s February 13 voyage (#2205), sailing Cape Town to Las Palmas.
“Greeks, Romans & The Pharaohs” — Immerse yourself in the culture of ancient and modern Egypt. In the bustling metropolis of Cairo, visit the Royal Mummies Room and admire King Tut’s gold mask in the Egyptian Museum; at Giza, marvel at the wonders of the Great Pyramids. Discover the relics of Greek and Roman civilization in Alexandria, and learn about the past at the New Bibliotheca Alexandrina, built on the site of the original great library of the ancient world. This two-day package includes an overnight stay at the Four Seasons Nile Plaza Hotel and is offered on SILVER WIND’s voyages of March 27, October 19 and 31 (#2208, 2233 and 2234). Guests depart from Port Said and rejoin the ship in Alexandria, or the reverse, depending on the itinerary that commences/concludes in either Athens or Istanbul.
Aboard the five star, 16,800 gt, 296 guest SILVER CLOUD (built in 1994):
“A Tale of Three Cities” — Explore three of Germany’s most historical and celebrated cities – Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig. Travel to Berlin, widely acclaimed as a city of culture and politics; historic Dresden, once the royal residence of the Kings of Saxony and site of the famous Semper Opera House; and Leipzig, whose musical roots go back to the 13th century. The three-day program is offered on SILVER CLOUD’s July 10 voyage (#1218), sailing Copenhagen to London. Guests depart from Warnemünde and rejoin the ship in Hamburg.
Since its inception in 1994, Silversea Cruises has been one of the highest rated luxury lines in the cruise industry, winning “best” awards by Condé Nast, Travel and scores of other trade and consumer publications. For more information on all of the upcoming mid voyage land adventures, rates, the above mentioned vessels and Silversea’s expedition ship, the SILVER EXPLORER, please click here or call: 1-800-722-9966.
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