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Booking Open For Silversea’s 2021 Mediterranean Grand Voyage

Silversea Cruises opened general sales on a new 59-day grand voyage in the Mediterranean. Between September 8 and November 5, 2021, aboard the recently refurbished Silver Shadow. The post Booking Open For Silversea’s 2021 Mediterranean Grand Voyage appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Guests Embark On Silversea’s 2020 Seven-Continent World Cruise

For the first time in history, travelers have embarked on a seven-continent World Cruise. Silversea’s Silver Whisper set sail on the Legends of Cruising 2020 on January 6, departing Fort Lauderdale for Amsterdam, where guests will arrive on May 25 having circumnavigated the world. The post Guests Embark On Silversea’s 2020 Seven-Continent World Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Silversea’s Galapagos Experience, Part Two: Ports of Call and Excursions

Bahia Gardner.
Visiting the Galapagos National Park and Marine Preserve is a peak lifetime experience. Our previous post and videos described the first six ports of call during our Silversea expedition cruise aboard the Silver Galapagos. This article covers the other nine. The post Silversea’s Galapagos Experience, Part Two: Ports of Call and Excursions appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Chasing the Equator: 7 Reasons To Cruise The Galapagos – On Silversea

Silver Galapagos
I can't say how other companies deliver their Galapagos experiences, but I can't imagine how any of them could deliver a better Galapagos experience than Silversea. And with a new ship purpose-built for the Galapagos coming in 2020, Silversea stands poised to be the leader in these islands that have been enchanting visitors long before - and ever since - Charles Darwin's visit in 1835. The post Chasing the Equator: 7 Reasons To Cruise The Galapagos – On Silversea appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Antarctica On Silver Explorer

Join us on a journey to one of the world's most spectacular regions.
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An Evening At Ephesus On Silversea Cruises

Silversea offered a wide selection of shore excursions in Kusadasi. We talked to one couple who went tandem sky-diving (their first time), a shore excursion offered on Silver Spirit. Others visited Ephesus and the Home of the Virgin Mary in the morning, and some even returned for the evening concert. Golf excursions were offered as were wine tasting excursions. We chose to visit Ephesus in the evening for several reasons: 1) With temperatures in the 90s, we figured we could avoid touring Ephesus during the hottest parts of the day; 2) There would be no crowds, as Ephesus was open only to our group from Silver Spirit; and 3) We would get to experience Ephesus at sunset, something few people in life ever experience. When our tour concluded, we were happy with our choices. It was an evening that we’ll never forget. Read the rest at http://www.avidcruiser.com/2013/07/11/silver-spirit-evening-in-ephesus/
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A 15-Second Break From Real Life: At Sea On Silversea

Step out on my balcony to enjoy the sun and the sounds of the sea as Silver Cloud crosses the Atlantic Ocean. For move videos and photos featuring Silversea, visit avidcruiser.com
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Terry Waite, hostage negotiator, presenting on Silversea Cruises

In 1987, while negotiating the release of hostages in Beirut, Terry Waite was taken hostage himself and held in captivity for 1,763 days. As one of the many distinguished guest lecturerers on Silversea Cruises, Waite reveals how he survived solitary confinement for nearly five years.
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Silver Whisper Leaving Lisbon

Watching our ship depart Lisbon after a 9-day cruise.
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Silver Whisper: A Shore Excursion to Saint-Emilion

My daughter Britton and I had signed up for a half-day half-day sightseeing excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Saint-Emilion. If you appreciate wine, you may know of Saint-Emilion’s celebrated vineyards and its delicious wines. In fact, the vineyards reach all the way up to Saint-Emilion’s ancient town walls.
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The Butler Did It, All — On Silver Whisper

Silversea Cruises had democratized butlering. Everyone who cruises on the luxury line can enjoy the services of their butlers. There’s no class division here. No matter what category you’re booked in, you’ll have a butler waiting on you.
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Hemingway's Pamplona, Silversea Cruises Shore Excursion

My daughter Britton and I awoke early for our 8:30 a.m., eight-hour tour to experience Hemingway's Pamplona on a so-called Silver Shore Collection excursion from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France, where Silver Whisper was anchored. Ernest Hemingway first visited Pamplona in July 1923 during the San Fermin Festival. The city's atmosphere and the Running of the Bulls made such an impression on Hemingway that he chose the fiesta as the backdrop for his first successful novel, The Sun Also Rises.
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On Silver Whisper: Amazed By The Cider Pouring In Gijon, Spain

Today, Silver Whisper called on Gijon, in northern Spain. We took Silversea's free shuttle service between the ship and city center, about 20 minutes. On larger ships, I've had to pay for shuttle service, as much as 8 euros per person (about US$10). We were impressed by the city itself, but we were blown away by the tradition of cider pouring. My understanding is that you only buy cider by the bottle in so-called siderias, or cider houses. That's when the show begins. The bartender uncorks the bottle, lifts it above his head and pours the cider into a glass below his waist, both arms fully extended. Missing the glass: remarkably little.
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On Silver Whisper: A Special Shore Excursion To Bilbao & The Guggenheim

This morning, Silver Whisper docked at the Port of Bilbao, about 20 minutes from the city center of Bilbao and its famed Guggenheim Museum. Here are the highlights from our day.
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Silver Whisper City Tour Of A Coruna, Spain

We've been on a port-intensive cruise since departing Southampton last week on Silver Whisper. Each day, we've enjoyed some memorable tours, with only one sea day to rest, and that was on the first full day of the cruise. So when Silver Whisper docked in the city center of A Coruña on Thursday, we chose a tour that allowed us to sleep in and get a good overview of the city.
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Luxury Cruises: What Silversea Does Differently

What Silversea Cruises does differently
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Silver Shadow Shorex: Mission Estate Winery

Founded in 1851, the Mission Estate Winery in Napier is New Zealand's oldest and the birthplace of New Zealand wines. Our half-day excursion included a tour, wine tasting and gourmet lunch.
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Silver Shadow Shorex: Taieri Train Gorge Railway

This half-day excursion began pierside in Dunedin, New Zealand, past some of the country's best scenery.
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Silver Shadow Cruises New Zealand's Milford Sound

It was raining when Silver Shadow cruised New Zealand's stunning Milford Sound, but the rain created an extraordinary spectacle, waterfalls.
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Cute, Cuddly, Koala Bears: Silversea Cruises Tour

This morning, Silver Shadow docked in Melbourne, Australia. I opted for a full-day tour called “Puffing Billy, Wildlife & Dandendnongs.” See the full story at http://j.mp/AlTHms
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Silversea's Sydney

In Sydney, Silver Shadow was docked in the best possible position, at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay. There's not a better place in Sydney to board a ship — and definitely no better place to overnight.
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Silver Explorer Ship Tour

For the full review, visit http://www.avidcruiser.com/cruise-line-profiles/luxury-cruises/silversea-cruises/prince-albert-ii/
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Silversea's Splendors Of Luxor

“Tourists have been coming back to Egypt since early March,” our tour guide told Silver Spirit guests as we began the “Splendors of Luxor” tour from Safaga. “We appreciate you and those of you who are coming back. We really need visitors to return.”Our fist stop: The Temple of Dandara, a well-preserved temple complex, about two hours from Safaga, Egypt, where Silver Spirit is docked. Building began by Ptolemy XII and was dedicated to the goddess Hathor, commonly depicted as a cow goddess with headdress of horns and a sun disk. The 13.5-hour shore excursion was provided free of charge for Silversea passengers.
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A Silversea Fine Dining Experience In St. Paul de Vence

On a Silversea shore excursion, many of went to St. Paul de Vence, where we stepped inside the Relais & Châteaux property ;Hotel Le Saint Paul
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Silversea Enrichment Lecturer Nigel West

An expert on intelligence and espionage, Nigel West packs the room when he lectures on Silversea Cruises. What's he saying that intrigues us so much? Watch our interview with West.
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Silversea's Sintra, Portuguese Charm On A Shore Excursion

Saturday, May 14, 2011 - This morning in Lisbon, I joined a Silversea shore excursion called Romantic Sintra & Portuguese Riviera. The 4.5-hour tour on a modern and uncrowded motorcoach took us to the enchanting fairy-tale town of Sintra, a mountainous and multi-castled town that was once a favorite destination of 19th-century aristocrats. We had about 90 minutes to tour the town with a guide or on our own. We then went to Cascais, a fishing village turned resort on the Portuguese Riviera, where we spent about an hour before heading back to Lisbon. The tour also gave us time to explore Lisbon (our guide gave us an overview and pointed out some of the key attractions on the way out of - and into - the city), and fortunately, Silver Spirit was docked within walking distance of the city center. And as in most destinations where Silver Spirit calls, complimentary shuttles also operated between the ship and city center for those who preferred not to walk. For more information, visit avidcruiser.com
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Quintessential Capri

On a beautiful morning in the ;Mediterranean, Silver Spirit is making her way toward Sorrento and the enchanted island of Capri. Exceptionally beautiful and peaceful from a distance, Capri can be extremely crowded and chaotic up close. To beat the crowds and make the most of your day in Capri, choose an exclusive tour. "If we have a line of 1,000 people, the passengers of Silversea will not wait a minute," says Monica Greico, a guide for Silversea Cruises.
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The Spa At Silversea

As if you weren't already pampered enough on Silver Spirit, welcome to The Spa at Silversea. The largest spa in Silversea's fleet, the spa on Silver Spirit is an extremely attractive addition to Silversea's newest vessel. ; The Spa at Silversea is a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation. You'll find a wide range of relaxing spa treatments, including the Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy and the popular Bamboo Massage. Afterward, you may want to relax in the ceramic-tiled Thermal Suite, an exclusive spa area furnished with heated lounge chairs. You'll also find a sauna and steamroom and an attractive outdoor relaxation area that offers bar service, so go ahead and order up that complimentary bottle of champagne before or after taking a soak in the expansive whirlpool. For those who want to keep up their fitness routines while at sea, the spa also features an exercise facility with state-of-the-art training equipment. Your spa experience doesn't have to end at the spa, by the way. Silver Spirit serves up a spa menu, not only delicious but healthy, and a great way to start the day with breakfast at the Pool Grill.
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Silversea's Lower Old Town & Medieval Monastery Tour

A Silversea shore excursion that takes visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Lower Old Town, then to a Medieval Monastery, where they will hear Gregorian chants. ;
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Laura Shulz

Silversea Guest Interview
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Don Cox

Silversea Guest Interview
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Ann Lee Gibson

Silversea Guest Interview
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Silversea Staff Video

Silversea staff interviews
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Sampling Silver Spirit's Dining Venues

Silversea Cruises' new Silver Spirit features six restaurants, including Seishin, an Asian fusion restaurant, where the signature item will be Kobe beef, served with sushi, sashimi, exotic sakes (the rice wine), and more.
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Silversea Cruises: Silver Spirit Sea Trials And Walk-Through

Join Avid Cruiser Ralph Grizzle in Ancona, Italy, for Silver Spirit's sea trials and a walk-through of Silversea's newest ship with Christian Sauleau, executive vice president, fleet operations; Rudi Scholdis, Silversea's culinary director; and Silver Spirit's two captains.
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Silver Spirit: Seishin Restaurant

Taking its name from the Japanese word for "spirit," Silver Spirit's Seishin restaurant features a large, round chef's table as its centerpiece. Guests can watch the chef at work sculpting fresh sushi and sashimi. The varied menu ranges from bento lunches and a la carte specialties of seafood salad, lobster and Kobe beef to a nine-course degustation dinner.
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