Silversea Cruises has unveiled a line-up of worldwide voyages for 2013 that are all on sale now. In 2013, the company's six elite ships will offer over 200 voyages, visiting more than 450 destinations on seven continents. Highlighting the program is Silver Whisper's 115-day World Cruise, Silver Spirit's inaugural calls in Hawaii (last visited by Silversea in 2010), and Silver Explorer's new expedition cruises to Canada's Hudson Bay.
Also noteworthy are Silversea's 32 new ports of call, which include 21 just for Silver Explorer alone. Collectively, the line's other ships will offer 11 new destinations: Soller de Majorca, Spain; Sabang (Pulau Weh), Indonesia; Port Arthur, Australia; Liverpool, U.K.; Klaipeda, Lithuania; Saaremaa, Estonia; Quebec, Canada; Chios, Greece; Portsmouth, Dominica; Fanning Island, Kiribati; and Fukuoka, Japan.
Here's a snapshot of Silversea's 2013 schedule:
World Cruise 2013
A 115-day journey from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale aboard the Silver Whisper on Jan. 5. Crossing the equator four times, the World Cruise itinerary will follow the tropical belt to 52 destinations in 28 countries with overnight stays in several ports. The warm-weather journey will include New Zealand and Australia's west coast; the isles of French Polynesia; the Asian cities of Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore; and Africa's western coast. Guests may choose to extend their voyage an additional three days to disembark in New York, or 15 days to disembark in Southampton.
Silver Cloud begins the 2013 season exploring South America and then crosses the Panama Canal to the Caribbean to offer a series of roundtrip voyages from San Juan. After spending May in the Mediterranean, she'll venture to Northern Europe for a summer season that includes calls in the British Isles, Iceland, the North Cape and Russian ports in the White Sea. Silver Cloud heads south to the warmer Mediterranean in the fall and come November, crosses the Atlantic to South America where the highlights include a 17-day Amazon adventure and cruising the Chilean Fjords at year's end.
For Silver Wind, the New Year begins in South Africa with three 10-day roundtrip sailings from Cape Town, followed by an 18-day cruise along the west coast of Africa and two voyages in the Canary Islands. Silver Wind then repositions to the Mediterranean for an extended summer program filled with mostly seven- and nine-day voyages exploring the Mediterranean. Highlights include a three-day extended visit in Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix during the May 23 cruise from Barcelona to Rome, as well as calls in Egypt and the Holy Land. Silver Wind then heads south along Africa's west coast to conclude the year back in Cape Town.
Silver Shadow opens the year voyaging around Australia and New Zealand. Then in late February and March, she'll offer a series of itineraries focused on Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand before traveling north to China and Japan for the spring. Summer finds Silver Shadow in Alaska for a series of mostly seven-day cruises between Seward and Vancouver. During October and November, she'll offer cruises focusing on China and Vietnam, before heading south to celebrate the holidays with a 15-day voyage between Sydney and Auckland.
Silver Whisper begins 2013 with a World Cruise. Over the course of four months she'll journey west from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, visiting 52 destinations across Oceania, Asia and Africa. From mid-May through August, she'll explore Northern Europe offering seven-day Baltic cruises with extended stays in St. Petersburg. A transatlantic crossing from Southampton to Montreal will reposition Silver Whisper to offer a collection of fall foliage cruises through Canada and New England before heading south to the Caribbean in November. Following a 16-day holiday cruise through the Panama Canal, she'll end the year in Los Angeles.
For Silver Spirit, 2013 arrives in the Caribbean. Then in February, after a crossing of the Panama Canal to Los Angeles, she repositions for a 31-day voyage through the Pacific Ocean, highlighted by calls in French Polynesia, Kiribati and the major islands of Hawaii. Throughout summer, seven- and nine-day sailings focus on the eastern Mediterranean and Greek Isles. Other highlights include three seven-day Black Sea cruises. In late November, Silver Spirit arrives in Fort Lauderdale for a series of roundtrip Caribbean cruises culminating with a 14-day holiday cruise.
The luxury expedition ship Silver Explorer sails into 2013 offering a series of cruises to Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Spring and summer are highlighted by trips along the west coast of Africa, western Europe, the British Isles, and Svalbard's frozen Arctic landscapes. First-ever expedition voyages in Canada's Hudson Bay highlight August. In September, Silver Explorer heads south to offer a series of Caribbean and Central America explorations before arriving in Ushuaia in November to conclude the year with Antarctic expeditions.