Silversea Cruises

Erin De Santiago
Silver Shadow, Shimizu Port, Japan

For the ultimate in luxury and intimacy at sea, there is no better choice than Silversea Cruises. With a dignified ambiance suitable for the most discriminating passengers, these cruises offer an experience of a lifetime.

Silversea's Luxury Fleet

Silversea Cruises was founded in 1994 and immediately became one of the most respected ultra-luxury cruise lines. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the line prides itself on distinction in every detail.

Cruise Ship Size

With just nine ships, the Silversea fleet is intimate but extravagant without being gaudy or overdone. There are five ships in the Silversea cruise fleet, and four in their expeditions fleet. The cruise ships can accommodate between 296 and 596 passengers each, giving them a comfortable, personable feel without passengers becoming lost in the thousands of travelers found aboard mainstream cruise lines.

All cabins on all ships are ocean-view suites, providing the very best in cabin accommodations. Cabins are spacious and open, despite the small ships, and public areas range from cozy to spacious as well. The expedition ships are shallow-draft, all-suite vessels, accommodating between 100 and 254 passengers, with intimate settings allowing for up-close adventure in luxurious accommodations.

Departure Ports

Despite the small number of Silversea ships, cruise itineraries depart from a wide range of different ports, including Miami, FL; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Vancouver, BC; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; San Diego, CA; New York, NY; Boston, MA; and more.

The ships frequently change departure ports to offer new and interesting cruise travel variations to their dedicated travelers, and it is best to check with a cruise travel agent for current options. The expedition fleet serves some of the world's most exclusive adventure destinations, such as Antarctica (from Buenos Aires and Ushuaia), the Galapagos Islands (from San Cristobal and Baltra), and some of the most remote islands in the polar regions and the Pacific.

Luxurious Décor

Silversea Cruises luxurious decor

Like other luxury lines, Silversea maintains a warm and inviting décor, choosing rich blues, golds, and peach shades without elaborate patterns or prints. Each ship houses an impressive Italian art collection, featuring new and innovative artists as well as classic pieces. One of the most elegant spots on each vessel is the Observation Lounge where floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views and the radar screen and astronomical maps give passengers a glimpse of navigation.

World Class Service

All suites come with butler service, and all ships offer an almost 1-to-1 crew-to-guest ratio. Silversea offers a level of personalized service that is nearly unrivaled in the cruise industry. Almost every detail of your journey can be personalized, from the size and firmness of bed in your suite, to the toiletries in your bathroom.

Itineraries

To serve the varied interests of an exclusive clientele, Silversea Cruises offers a wide range of itineraries on their 5-25 day cruises (most are 10-14 nights). Eastern and southern Caribbean cruises are popular as are Alaskan cruises and Panama Canal voyages. Central American and Caribbean itineraries include such exotic ports of call as Curacao, and during autumn the line offers Canada/New England cruises.

Silversea expeditions explore the most exotic regions of the earth, from both poles to the most remote islands of the Pacific, Indian, and Southern Oceans.

Prices

Silversea Cruises offers the height of cruising luxury, and this is reflected in the pricing of their cruises. Cruises range in price from €2,340 for a seven-night Caribbean cruise on the Silver Wind with advance booking, to €35,800 for a 19-day journey to South Georgia Island and Antarctica on the Silver Cloud Explorer.

Itineraries between nine and 12 days generally run between €3,000 and €10,000, depending on the duration and the location, with itineraries in the Caribbean generally being among the lower-priced options, while itineraries in Asia and the South Pacific running at the higher end.

Onboard Activities

As with most high-end cruise lines, there are few rowdy activities onboard Silversea ships. Wine-tasting seminars and enrichment lectures are popular daytime diversions, as well as language and computer classes. Throughout the year, there are a number of themed cruises available that offer coordinated activities. Diving cruises and culinary and wine cruises are particularly popular. Almost all cruises and expeditions offer daily lectures with experts in the fields of relevance for the coming, or just completed, adventure. These are accompanied by adventures on land and sea, via Zodiac, snorkeling, diving, or hiking, accompanied by the experts.

Dining

Silver Muse meal

Dining is an elegant event with Silversea. Tables are set with fine silver and china, and the gourmet cuisine is among the best at sea. At least two alternative restaurants are available aboard each ship, with up to eight restaurants on the Silver Muse, and the menus are primarily Italian and European fare, though casual options are available for a respite from exotic dishes.

Elaborate room service includes delicacies such as caviar and jumbo shrimp, and once per cruise the chefs present a galley brunch with over 100 delectable dishes. Each restaurant offers open seating and is equipped with many tables for two, and a live trio plays soothing music to invite dancers to take to the dance floor. Complimentary premium beverages are available throughout the ship, and they can also be stocked on request in your suite's mini-bar.

Entertainment

Silversea ships are equipped with two-story show lounges, but the productions are typically less elaborate than those aboard larger vessels. Other entertainment options include a fashionable nightclub, in-cabin movies, and assorted musical performances. In general, the evening entertainment is subdued and calm, with cocktails and conversation being preferred pursuits.

Spas and Fitness

Silver Muse Gym

Because of the ships' small size, they cannot offer extensive fitness facilities, though aerobics rooms and a limited supply of exercise machines are available. The pool and hot tubs are great for exercise or relaxation, and the Asian-inspired spa offers a range of decadent treatments in a peaceful atmosphere. Spa treatments can be booked online before sailing to avoid long lines while making appointments.

Gambling

Each Silversea ship is equipped with a small casino offering a variety of games of chance as well as an adjacent card room for less formal wagers.

Extras

In addition to an exquisite experience, Silversea Cruises offers a truly all-inclusive vacation; gratuities, soft drinks, wine, and spirits are all included in the cruise fare. For an additional fee, passengers can choose more flexible embarkation and debarkation times to suit their travel needs. No small detail is overlooked for the ultimate in luxury, including the Godiva chocolates on suite pillows each evening.

Expedition passengers will enjoy knowing their excursions are also included along with water-resistant backpacks. In the Polar regions, passengers receive parkas, in-suite binoculars, and stainless steal water bottles.

Potential Negatives

While Silversea is undeniably a delightful cruise line, it does have drawbacks. There are no structured children's programs, making family travel unlikely for this line. Regular cruisers may find the lack of things to do at night as a drawback while others note the high-energy pace of expedition excursions may be too much for some.

Some reviewers have complained about the surcharge for reservations at the premium on-board restaurants. Also the on-shore excursions are often more limited and more expensive than those available on larger cruise lines, as there are far fewer passengers to serve. The small number of ships coupled with a wide range of itineraries decreases passenger flexibility though most Silversea passengers can easily adjust their schedules to suit the itinerary they're interested in.

Why Choose Silversea

Silversea Cruises is a high-end, ultra-luxury cruise line offering an incomparable experience to its distinguished passengers. From rich décor and gourmet meals to intellectual entertainment, the line offers exquisite voyages for exquisite travelers.

Silversea Cruises