Silversea Cruise Line has announced the new 69-day Grand Voyage 2018 of South America. Guests will circumnavigate the continent beginning and ending in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Along the way, the ship will visit 34 ports in Mexico, Honduras, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Barbados, and more.
Set to sail January 3, 2018, the journey is designed for travelers who want an in-depth experience on a luxury ship. Guests will have the chance to engage in enrichment programs with destination experts, academics, journalists, diplomats and other specialists. Local entertainment, guest chefs, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and regional specialties -- many featured poolside at the new Chef's Table interactive experience -- will provide further immersion in each destination.
Other highlights include a crossing of the Panama Canal, cruising Chile's majestic fjords, a three-day stopover in Rio de Janeiro in time for Carnival, plus overnight calls in Valparaiso, Punta Arenas, Buenos Aires, and Manaus, nestled in the heart of the Amazon.
In addition to a gala Bon Voyage dinner and overnight stay at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Fort Lauderdale the night before departure; a unique "Panama Hat Party" event at the Montecristi Golf Club in Manta, Ecuador on January 12 will showcase the talents of local artisans; and a box-seat view of the Carnival Winners' Parade at the Sambadrome in Rio on February 17, full-voyage guests will enjoy a generous array of benefits, including $2,000 onboard spending credit (per suite), free WiFi, baggage valet service, visa service, and a commemorative gift.
The fare includes accommodations in ocean-view suites, selection of wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks; in-suite bar stocked with guests' preferences; in-suite 24-hour dining service; lecture and enrichment programs; roundtrip transportation into town (in most ports); and onboard gratuities (exclusive of spa treatments).
Fares for Grand Voyage 2018 start at $36,955 per guest, based on double occupancy.