The schedule for Silversea's five cruise ships will encompass 385 destinations on 177 voyages. Among 19 new ports are Summerside, Prince Edward Island (Canada); Rockland, Maine (U.S.A.); Le Marin, Martinique; Shimizu, Japan; Rijeka and Rab Island, Croatia; Bremerhaven, Germany; Ullapool, Scotland; and Kalmar, Sweden. Other classic fleet highlights include:
Venetian World Cruise: Departing Fort Lauderdale on January 5, this 115-day sailing will visit 51 destinations in 31 countries. It will follow a westward path through the Panama Canal to South America and the Pacific, including Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, Tahiti, and Bora Bora before sailing to New Zealand, Australia, and Asia, including Hong Kong and Singapore, the Bali and Phuket, and Myanmar.
Circle South America: Silver Spirit departs January 15 on a 66-day roundtrip Grand Voyage from Fort Lauderdale. Highlights include a crossing of the Panama Canal, two days cruising Chile's majestic fjords, a three-day stopover in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, plus multi-day calls in Buenos Aires and Callao (gateway to Lima and Machu Picchu).
South Africa: Silver Cloud offers a trio of 10-day voyages showcasing South Africa's east coast with convenient roundtrip departures from Cape Town in February. The sailings (1603 - 1605) include calls in Port Elizabeth, Durban, East London, Maputo, and an overnight stay in Richards Bay.
Mediterranean, Northern Europe & Baltic: From April to November, four ships collectively will offer more than 80 itineraries.
After a few years' absence, Silver Whisper returns to the North Cape with a 14-day roundtrip sailing from Copenhagen on June 17.
Silver Spirit's Voyage 5613, sailing from Barcelona to Rome, will overnight in Cannes on May 25, during the city's famous film festival, and also overnight in Monte Carlo on May 28, during the Grand Prix.
Silver Wind will sail the Thames River to dock near (or depart from) Tower Bridge in the heart of historic London on six voyages (2617 - 2622) -- a journey most cruise ships are too large to navigate.
Alaska: From May through September, Silver Shadow returns to explore the stunning natural wonders of Alaska on 17 seven-day voyages between Seward and Vancouver.
Myanmar: In addition to the Venetian World Cruise, three Silver Shadow voyages (3604, 3609 and 3633) feature multi-day stopovers in Myanmar.
"Traditional cruise enthusiasts will find our five ocean-going ships offer a diverse array of travel choices, including itineraries with multi-day calls and overnight stays, many of which can be combined without repeating ports to create unique and enriching travel experiences," said Kristian Anderson, Silversea's senior vice president and general manager for the Americas. "And for thrill-seeking adventure travelers, our expedition cruises offer unsurpassed opportunities to discover the amazing natural and cultural treasures of the world's most remote regions."
The line's three expedition ships, Silver Explorer, Silver Discoverer, and Silver Galapagos, will collectively explore over 500 destinations on 95 expedition cruises. Included among 88 inaugural calls are Gough Island, St. Helena; Lizard Island, Australia; Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles; Ko Phra Thong, Thailand; and South Cinque Island, Andaman Archipelago.
Silver Explorer's schedule retains its ever-popular expedition cruises to Antarctica, South and Central America, the British Isles, Northern Canada, Greenland, and Arctic Norway. New and noteworthy itineraries include a 12-day expedition to the White Sea sailing roundtrip from Tromso on June 11 (Voyage 7612), and an 18-day journey (7619) focused on Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, sailing roundtrip from Kangerlussuaq on August 22.
Silver Discoverer's six expedition cruises along Australia's Kimberley Coast from March to May highlight an exotic program that encompasses Africa, New Zealand, Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Russian Far East, and remote Alaska. On the schedule is a new 15-day, Phuket-to-Male sailing (9626) departing December 2 to explore Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. Plus, on December 17, the ship departs Male on a new 17-day expedition (9627) to the Seychelles, Maldives, Mozambique, and Tanzania. Highlighting this voyage is an inaugural visit to Aldabra, an amazing raised coral atoll that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
And Silver Galapagos will again operate year-round voyages exploring the pristine and biologically diverse islands of the Galápagos.