Silversea's World Cruise 2019 -- a 132-day voyage from San Francisco to London -- is now open for reservations. Hosted aboard the all-suite Silver Whisper, travelers will visit 52 ports in 31 countries across five continents, including 16 overnight calls and a number of late-night stays.
The itinerary, titled "The Tale of Tales," includes an overnight stay in Tokyo with two full days to explore, a circumnavigation of Africa with an overnight in Cape Town, and a double overnight in Bordeaux to enjoy the region's famous wines. There is also a stopover in Saint-Malo, gateway to Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And guests will also have the chance to sail the Guadalquivir river in Seville and explore Bilbao's cultural scene with a visit to the Guggenheim Museum before the voyage concludes in London.
Onboard Silversea has invited nine writers, each of whom will create a short story inspired by the regions the ship visits. Already confirmed are Paul Theroux, travel writer, novelist and winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction; and Pico Iyer, novelist, travel writer and essayist since 1986 for Time magazine, Harper's, The New York Times, and The New York Review of Books.
Guests sailing the complete World Cruise will enjoy a variety of special amenities and events, including a Bon Voyage reception and overnight luxury hotel stay in San Francisco; Business Class air (from select gateways) and transfers (between airport, hotel and Silver Whisper); complimentary baggage valet service; a $4,000 onboard spending credit (per suite); complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi; complimentary laundry and dry cleaning service; special commemorative gifts and more.
Additionally, some of the exclusive events that are in the planning stages will include "Greeting Tahitian Gods," set in Papeete around the only fully restored marae (temple); "Robben Island: A Walk Through the History of South Africa"; and a private opening of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.