Silversea Cruises has
released its 2009 worldwide voyage schedule. The company's four award-winning,
all-suite ships are set to visit over 320 different ports in 108 countries on a diverse schedule of over 140 itineraries ranging from
seven to 92 days.
"This is one of our most innovative deployments ever," said David Morris, Silversea's executive vice president of worldwide sales and
marketing. "Our 2009 schedule includes several new ports with an array of specially crafted itineraries focused on exploring popular
marquee destinations as well as some of the world's most exotic regions."
Of special note is the company's first-ever Grand Pacific Voyage, a 92-day extended odyssey that explores the azure waters and pristine
beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Following a diverse route from Los Angeles to Papeete, Sydney and the Far East, with final stops in Alaska
and Vancouver, Silver Shadow will visit 45 ports, 15 countries and two hemispheres on this epic
Other highlights include return visits to Alaska plus 10 new destinations:
Szczecin (pronounced Stettin, as it was once known), Poland; Malmo, Sweden; Skagen, Denmark; Gozo Island, Malta; Symi, Greece; Koper, Slovenia; Olhahali Island, Maldives; Nemuro, Japan;
Visakhapatnam and New Mangalore, India.
Silver Cloud starts the year exploring South America before heading to the most exclusive destinations of the Caribbean. From late May
through September, the intimate 296-guest ship will be positioned in Northern Europe and the Baltic offering 11 cruises of seven to 15 days,
including several voyages featuring three-day, two-night stopovers in historic St. Petersburg.
Other highlights include Voyage 1920, offering inaugural calls to Szczecin, Poland, once considered the "Paris of the North"; Sweden's
beautiful Malmo, home of famous 15th-century Malmohus Castle; and Skagen, Denmark, a picturesque resort town and 19th-century colony
for artists and writers. The ship heads back to the Caribbean and South America for the fall.
Silver Wind begins 2009 with cruises to Africa, the Seychelles and the
Middle East, highlighted by inaugural calls to the
sunny beaches of uninhabited Olhahali Island in the Maldives (Voyage 2905) and India's less-traveled Visakhapatnam and New Mangalore,
both gateways to important temple sites (Voyage 2906). From mid-April to early November, the
luxury ship will traverse the
Mediterranean on over 20 different itineraries ranging from seven to 12 days. Of special interest to Formula One racing enthusiasts is Voyage
2916, which overnights in Monte Carlo during the Grand Prix. Other highlights include return visits
to Israel's popular coastal cities of Haifa and Ashdod (Voyage 2935), and Voyage 2919 offers the new destination of Gozo Island, second largest of the Maltese Islands, known for its
impressive citadel and the Ggantija prehistoric temples. The ship repositions to Africa's east coast and the Sechelles for the fall.
Silver Shadow kicks off the year with a series of mostly 9-day Caribbean voyages before transiting the Panama Canal to Los
Angeles to embark on its 92-day Grand Pacific Voyage from March to June. Of special interest to nature-lovers is an inaugural call on May 18
to Nemuro, Japan, home of the magnificent Shunkunitai Wild Bird Sanctuary. On the schedule for the summer is Alaska, with a series of 12
cruises ranging from seven to 12 days, including several round-trip departures from San Francisco and Vancouver. During the balance of
the year, Silver Shadow transits the Panama Canal and continues on a course exploring the warm waters and sunny beaches of the
For the 382-guest
Whisper, the year opens with the sights, sounds and flavors of Australia, New Zealand, the Far East and South
Pacific featured on eight itineraries, ranging from nine to 18 days. Highlights include extended overnight stays in Auckland, Sydney, Ho Chi
Minh City, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tianjin (Beijing), and Shanghai. On a pair of spring repositioning cruises, Silver Whisper will journey from
Singapore to Dubai, with an overnight stay in vibrant Mumbai, followed by a Dubai-to-Athens voyage that overnights in Dubai and includes
overnight visits to Safaga and Aqaba, gateways to some of the world's most treasured archaeological
An extended summer season in the Mediterranean offers the opportunity to explore the region in absolute luxury with 22 mostly seven-day
voyages, many of which can be combined for a more expansive journey without duplicating any ports. Highlights include two new
destinations for Silversea: the Greek island of Symi, renowned for its picture-postcard beauty (Voyage 4928), and Koper, Slovenia, famous
for its medieval architecture and fascinating Postonja Caves (Voyage 4921). Silver Whisper wraps up the year exploring the
Middle East, India, Australia and New Zealand.
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