Silversea Cruises opened the books on its World Cruise 2015. The sailing will commence on Jan. 5, 2015, when the all-suite Silver Whisper is set to embark on a 115-day voyage, encircling the world and visiting five continents, 30 countries and 50 unique destinations.
Departing Los Angeles with no more than 382 guests on board, Silver Whisper will sail the waters of the South Pacific to explore the isles of French Polynesia, then head west to Australia and north to the marvels of the South China Sea. From there, the journey continues to Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and across the Indian Ocean to the Seychelles. Silver Whisper then traces a course to African destinations, including Mombasa, Zanzibar, Cape Town, Walvis Bay and Dakar. The voyage concludes with an Atlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale, highlighted by stopovers in the Caribbean islands of St. Lucia, St. Bart's and Puerto Rico.
World Cruise 2015 offers travelers the opportunity for late-night departures in eight ports, plus overnight calls in Papeete, Sydney, Fremantle, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Singapore, Mombasa and Cape Town.
Silversea is offering guests extensions of a pre-cruise Panama Canal voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles (17 days), or continue on board from Fort Lauderdale to New York (3 days) or Southampton (15 days).
Full World Cruise guests will enjoy a variety of special amenities, including a gala Bon Voyage reception, dinner and overnight stay at a luxury hotel, baggage valet service, complimentary Business Class air (or air credit) and transfers (between home, airport, and Silver Whisper), a $4,000 onboard spending credit (per suite), complimentary laundry service, Internet package and commemorative gifts.
For guests sailing the full 115 days, there will also be two complimentary Silversea Experiences, including one in Walvis Bay, offering the opportunity to dine under the stars in the Namib Desert, plus three exclusive complimentary World Cruise shoreside events. These include a cocktail reception and evening performance at Sydney's Opera House, as well as a scenic journey by vintage train in Sri Lanka to explore the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, renowned for its conservancy work. Plus, guests will be treated to a tour of Cape Town's magnificent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, followed by a visit to the historic Résidence de France for a lunch set in its garden, with Table Mountain providing a backdrop.
Guests will also have the chance to meet and mingle with distinguished destination experts, academics, journalists, diplomats and other specialists. Local entertainment, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and regional specialties will also be available in each global destination.
Fares for World Cruise 2015 start at $58,950 per person, based on double occupancy.
For more information, visit www.silversea.com/worldcruise2015