Silver Spirit's Inaugural Voyage Coincides with Carnaval


Silversea has announced the inaugural voyage for its newest ship, Silver Spirit, which is set to debut next year. The January 21, 2010, Grand Inaugural Voyage, dubbed "The Spirit of South America,"will visit 45 ports, sailing from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Los Angeles, before heading back to New York. The itinerary is highlighted by a Rio de Janeiro call (just in time for Carnaval), sailing around the end of the earth at Cape Horn, and a crossing of the Panama Canal. The voyage ends in New York City with an event at the New York Harbor.

Guests on the full voyage will be invited to attend the naming ceremony, a gala dinner event on the eve of departure with accommodations aboard ship, exclusive shoreside events in select ports of call, and a VIP evening at the Rio Carnaval. A complimentary Business Class air upgrade is also available for guests who purchase Silversea's optional air program. Fares for the full Grand Inaugural Voyage start at $39,187 per person and include "Extended Voyage Savings" of 5 percent, plus enhanced "Early Booking Incentive" and new "Extended Advance Payment Bonus" discounts applicable to voyages in 2010. Silversea says it will announce details of these programs in the coming days.

Silversea will begin accepting reservations on January 12. Additionally, the cruise line has  devoted an area of its website explicitly for Silver Spirit at

After completing her inaugural season, Silver Spirit will spend the summer in the Mediterranean and then reposition to the Caribbean for fall and winter cruises.

Ninety-five percent of the 540-guest ship's suites will feature private verandas. Onboard décor is described as "1930s Art Deco." Outdoors, highlights include an indoor/outdoor spa, three whirlpools (two adjacent to the outdoor pool, one in spa area), performances in The Show Lounge and a choice of six dining venues including Seishin, a Japanese restaurant, and Stars Supper Club, which will have live music, dancing and nightclub-style entertainment.

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