Silversea’s Venetian Society Representatives Eagerly Anticipate Special Sailings in 2019 and 2020

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(Monaco – August 22, 2019) In the year of Silversea’s 25th anniversary, the cruise line announces a new Venetian Society reunion sailing in 2020, as well as a special voyage to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of Silversea’s Fernando Barroso de Oliveira, Chairman’s Ambassador to the Venetian Society, in 2019.

On top of his duties as Cruise Director of the World Cruise, Fernando Barroso de Oliveira currently represents Silversea’s Executive Chairman at Venetian Society events and sailings. Given that Fernando has been part of Silversea’s family since the very beginning, he has become a close friend to many Venetian Society members and his work enriches guests’ experiences by fostering the intimate atmosphere that characterizes Silversea’s voyages.

“Having been with Silversea since 1994, I have built strong friendships with many of our guests,” says Fernando. “I take great pleasure in reconnecting with each of them -- in their own countries or on board one of our ships. I greatly look forward to welcoming our Venetian Society guests on board for our special reunion sailings in 2019 and 2020.”

To enrich guests’ experiences further still, Norman Rafelson has been appointed as Silversea’s Delegate to the Venetian Society. Norman’s service will complement the invaluable role currently played by Fernando. Norman Rafelson joined Silversea Cruises in 2009 and has held the position of Hotel Director across many ships in the fleet. In his new role, Norman will represent Silversea at Venetian Society events, nurturing strong relationships with the loyalty program’s members, travel advisors and corporate partners to further strengthen the cruise line’s sense of family.

“I look forward to building on the strong relationships we’ve developed with our valued Venetian Society members over the years - not just at sea but also on land, closer to home,” says Norman. “I feel extremely proud to take this new role as Silversea’s Delegate to the Venetian Society, as part of a special team that has such exciting plans for growth.”

Silversea will welcome Venetian Society members for the following reunion voyages in 2019 and 2020:

Venetian Society Sailings in 2019

Rome (Civitavecchia) to Monte Carlo – September 29-October 8, 2019

Departing Rome (Civitavecchia) on September 29, Fernando Barroso de Oliveira will host Silversea’s next Venetian Society reunion sailing aboard Silver Spirit. The perfect opportunity for friends to reconnect while exploring the historic allure of the Mediterranean, this nine-day voyage will call at Sorrento overnight, before taking guests deeper into the charming destinations of Amalfi, Palermo (Sicily), Alghero (Sardinia), Livorno (Tuscany), and Portofino, ahead of an overnight call in the iconic Monte Carlo. A number of special enrichments are planned for the voyage, including two sophisticated concerts on board the ship and a bespoke event ashore at Antica Masseria Di Salvo, a beautiful Sicilian farm.

Venetian Society Sailings in 2020

Monte Carlo to Barcelona – October 30-November 8, 2020

Departing Monte Carlo for Barcelona on October 30, 2020, Silversea’s new Silver Moon will host the first Venetian Society reunion of 2020. Hosted by Fernando, Silversea’s esteemed Venetian Society members will enjoy immersive calls in Porto Mahon, Malaga (Costa Del Sol), Cadiz, Gibraltar, Cartagena, Palma De Mallorca, and Valencia, before arriving in Barcelona on November 8, 2020. In addition to a number of enrichment events both on board and ashore, Silver Moon’s pioneering new S.A.L.T. program will enhance the offering further still for guests, unlocking immersive culinary experiences to showcase the entire ecosystems around regional cuisine.

Fort Lauderdale (Florida) to San Juan – November 25-December 4, 2020

Also hosted by Fernando, this nine-day voyage between Fort Lauderdale and San Juan will be the second Venetian Society reunion sailing of 2020. Accompanied by like-minded travelers aboard Silver Shadow, Venetian Society members will depart on November 25 to discover the delights of Grand Turk, Charlestown (Nevis), Les Saintes, Gustavia (St. Barthelemy), and Road Town, before arriving in San Juan on December 4, 2020. A number of special activities will make for an unforgettable voyage for Silversea’s Venetian Society members.

Venetian Society Reunions Benefits:


• 5% saving on the cruise fare on select sailings
• Presence of one of Silversea’s Venetian Society representatives
• Exclusive onboard events and receptions
• Unique experiences ashore for Venetian Society members only
• Special gifts, exclusively for Venetian Society members

Fernando Barroso de Oliveira’s 25th Anniversary Sailing

San Juan to Fort Lauderdale (Florida) – November 11-November 22, 2019

In celebration of Fernando Barroso de Oliveira’s 25th anniversary with Silversea, a special sailing – from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale – has been schedule between November 11 and 22, 2019. The 11-day voyage aboard Silver Whisper will call at St. Thomas, Gustavia (St Barthelemy), St. John’s, Fort-de-France, Les Saintes, Philipsburg (St. Maarten), Spanish Town, and Key West, before concluding in Fort Lauderdale on November 22, 2019. A number of special enrichments will characterize this unique voyage, including a celebratory cocktail event with dinner.

Aboard all voyages, Silversea’s guests enjoy spacious ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including a complimentary selection of wines, premium spirits, speciality coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks; an in-suite bar stocked with guests' preferences; an in-suite 24-hour dining service; and inclusive onboard gratuities (exclusive of spa treatments).

View Silversea’s Venetian Society voyages:
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About Silversea
Silversea Cruises, in which Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio serves as Executive Chairman, is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, and Silver Cloud, Silversea's itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of five new ultra-luxury ships: Silver Moon, Silver Dawn, Silver Origin, and two Evolution-class ships. Browse Silversea's new blog Discover and subscribe to receive the latest content directly into your inbox.

For more information on Silversea Cruises, contact a travel agent.

Hurtigruten introduces three new hybrid powered cruise ships

BATTERY POWERED: Hurtigruten is converting three more ships to become hybrid-powered. Photo: MAXIMILIAN SCHWARTZ/Hurtigruten

BATTERY POWERED: Hurtigruten is converting three more ships to become hybrid-powered. Photo: MAXIMILIAN SCHWARTZ/Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten continues to move boundaries for green technology: Through giant makeovers, three Hurtigruten vessels will be transformed to premium, hybrid powered expedition cruise ships.

Equipped with battery packs and other green technology, the three ships will operate year-round expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast from 2021 on yet to be disclosed itineraries.

This means Hurtigruten – which this summer introduced the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen – will add another three hybrid powered ships to what is already considered the greenest fleet of cruise ships in the world.

- With these new expedition cruise vessels, you will be able to explore Norway like never before, with all the comforts, facilities and expertise you need for creating a perfect adventure. Combined with groundbreaking green technology, these ships will truly stand out, Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says.

As they are transformed into full-fledged premium expedition cruise ships, the current MS Trollfjord, MS Finnmarken and MS Midnatsol, will be renamed MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS Eirik Raude.

MS Otto Sverdrup will have battery packs installed during a 2020 yard stay, with a letter of intent for the same battery installation on MS Maud and MS Eirik Raude in 2021. The battery packs will support the ships engines, and drastically cut emissions.

The three ships will also be equipped for shore power, to cut emissions to zero when docked in ports with shore power facilities.

In addition, the three ships will get substantially upgraded low-emission engines, complying with all known and upcoming regulations (Tier3).

- At Hurtigruten, the push for sustainable solutions and introduction of green technology is the core of everything we do. We operate in some of the most spectacular areas of the world. This comes with a responsibility, Skjeldam says.

Through the three single largest upgrade projects in Hurtigruten’s more than 125 years of history, the ships will be transformed into premium expedition cruise ships, carrying a maximum of 530 guests.

The keep-to-mast upgrades will introduce several new features and venues on the ships. Some highlights include:

Using natural Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, birch and wool, all public areas on MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS Eirik Raude will be redesigned to create a relaxed and stylish look and feel, and add to the premium on-board experience.

A specially designed Expedition Launch – the tender pit area where guests embark on their on their excursions and off-ship adventures – will be added to all ships, complete with tender boats and other expedition equipment.

All cabins and suites will be completely refurbished, and new suites with spectacular views added to all three ships.

Hurtigruten’s signature Science Center will be added to the three ships. Packed with state-of-the-art technology and high-tech gadgets such as touch screens, science equipment and other interactive features, the edutainment area will also be the on-board HQ for the ship’s Expedition Team.

A brand new wellness-area, complete with gym, lounge and treatment rooms, will be built. The pool area (MS Otto Sverdrup) and outdoor hot tub areas (MS Maud and MS Eirik Raude) will be fully upgraded.

Three brand new restaurants will be added, matching Hurtigruten’s new restaurant concepts for the growing fleet of expedition cruise ships:

The main restaurants will be transformed to Restaurant Aune (pictured above), Hurtigruten’s new expedition cruise main restaurant concept. Aune will be social and informal with the use of natural elements in design and interiors, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner based on a Scandinavian identity.

Restaurant Lindstrøm (pictured above), a specialty restaurant named after the favorite chef of the Norwegian polar heroes, will be added. Lindstrøm will be an upper premium fine dining restaurant with strong roots in traditional Norwegian cooking that are contrasted with modern cuisine.

The informal eatery Fredheim (pictured above), named after a legendary 1920s hunting station in Svalbard that sheltered adventurers from around the world. In addition, a new outdoor grill venue will be added outdoor on the top decks.

MS Maud, the current MS Trollfjord, is named after one of the most famous polar vessels of all time, Roald Amundsens “Maud” from 1917. The original “Maud” got her name from the first Queen of modern-day Norway, who also had her namesake in Hurtigruten’s 1925 flagship DS Dronning Maud (“DS Queen Maud”).

MS Otto Sverdrup, the current MS Finnmarken, is named after one of Norway’s most notable polar heroes. Alongside Fridtjof Nansen, he was the first to ski across Greenland, a key contributor to several expeditions and captain on the legendary polar ship “Fram”. Sverdrup also has a close connection to Hurtigruten: Between the expeditions he was a captain on board Hurtigruten ships.

MS Eirik Raude, the current MS Midnatsol, is named after one of the most famous Viking chiefs in history. Eirik Raude – also known as Eric the Red – got his name from his huge red beard, and is not only known for discovering Greenland, but also for giving the island its name.

- For centuries, humans have moved boundaries and explored some of the most spectacular areas and waters of our planet. As the world’s largest expedition cruise company, we are closely connected to the great explorers and polar heroes. With names inspired by their incredible achievements, we honor their legacy, Skjeldam says.

MSC Cruises Toasts the Last Month of Summer With Labor Day Upgrade Sale

Guests can book a balcony stateroom at ocean view rates on select 7- and 11-night Caribbean sailings this fall and winter

The two-week promotion is available for three entirely distinct MSC Cruises’ ships — MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaside and MSC Divina

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (August 15, 2019) – With summer’s end just a month away, MSC Cruises USA — the North American arm of MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line — is helping travelers extend the season with a two-week Labor Day Upgrade Sale on a selection of sunny Caribbean cruises sailing from Miami. From August 15 to September 6, 2019 guests booking on select Caribbean cruises aboard MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaside, and MSC Divina with departure dates between November 2019 and January 2020 can take advantage of balcony staterooms available at ocean view rates.

Travelers can choose from three MSC Cruises’ ships sailing Miami to the Caribbean, each offering distinct features and design. With an enriching vacation experience inspired by MSC Cruises’ European heritage, MSC Cruises allows guests to explore the hidden gems of the Caribbean, connect with people from all over the world and discover new cultures. All ships and itineraries included in the Labor Day sale will also visit MSC Cruises’ new private island destination in The Bahamas, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, launching this November.

MSC Meraviglia will make its North American debut in October, and start regular 7-night sailings from Miami to the Caribbean on Nov. 10. Highlights of this wondrous ship include a two-story Mediterranean-style promenade topped by the longest LED sky at sea; world-class entertainment including two exclusive, distinct Cirque du Soleil at Sea performances; a variety of dining venues including HOLA! Tapas, by two Michelin-starred chef Ramón Freixa, and Jean-Philippe Chocolat & Café by the renowned pastry chef, Jean-Philippe Maury; and more. Highlight sailings available for the Labor Day promotion include:

· November 10, 2019: As the ship’s first 7-night sailing from Miami, guests on this cruise will be among the first to experience the ship in the Caribbean. This cruise will visit Costa Maya, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Isla de Roatan, Honduras; and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Prices start at $539 per person for a balcony stateroom.

· December 15, 2019: 7-night cruise from Miami visiting Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Prices start at $499 per person for a balcony stateroom.

MSC Seaside, MSC Cruises’ sun-soaked ship launched in December 2017, sails year-round from Miami to the Caribbean and is uniquely designed to bring guests closer to the sea and to enjoy the outdoors. On board, guests can fly on the longest zip lines at sea; dine at celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi’s first restaurant at sea, Asian Market Kitchen; share laughs with the hilarious comedy improv troupe, BeerProv, and more. Highlight sailings include:

· November 16, 2019: 7-night sailing from Miami visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Nassau, Bahamas; and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Prices start at $598 per person for a balcony stateroom.

· January 4, 2020: Kick off 2020 on a high note with a 7-night sailing visiting Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Prices start at $549 per person for a balcony stateroom.

MSC Divina will return to the U.S. this October offering a variety of Caribbean sailings. Inspired by screen legend Sophia Loren, the elegantly-designed ship has the largest theater at sea; plenty of on board activities including a waterslide, F1 simulator and 4D cinema; and gourmet cuisines, including Butcher’s Cut steakhouse and the Galaxy Lounge sushi specialty restaurants. Guests can select between two itineraries qualifying for the Labor Day deal, a 7-night and 11-night option, including MSC Divina’s Christmas sailing.

· December 6, 2019: 11-night sailing from Miami visiting Oranjestad, Aruba for two days; Willemstad, Curaçao; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Prices start at $779 per person for a balcony stateroom.

· December 20, 2019: 7-night holiday cruise from Miami visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico; Road Town, Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau, Bahamas. Prices start at $739 per person for a balcony stateroom.

For more details on the Labor Day deal, and to book, travelers can contact their preferred travel agent.

Silversea Enhances Its All-inclusive Polar Package to Bring Unprecedented Simplicity to Arctic & Antarctic Exploration

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(Miami, FL – August 13, 2019) The leader in the ultra-luxury cruise industry, Silversea is bringing distant horizons closer with its enhanced All-Inclusive Polar Package, now available on all luxury expedition voyages to the Arctic and Antarctica. The value-rich package, with its selection of convenient and inclusive travel benefits, provides a seamless travel experience for guests, unlocking deep travel into Polar Regions with ease.
Combinable with air promotions for the Arctic and Antarctica, Silversea’s enhanced All-Inclusive Polar Package includes the following:

  • One-night, pre-cruise hotel stay.

  • In-country flight(s) when required by the itinerary.

  • Polar expedition cruise with guided shore experiences and Zodiac excursions.

  • Polar parka.

  • One post-cruise day-use hotel.

  • Transfers and luggage handling between airport, hotel and ship.

Enchanting, storied and untamed, the Polar Regions beckon travellers with opportunities to witness endemic wildlife species, unspoiled landscapes and rarely seen cultures. The Arctic's Clown-faced Puffins and iconic polar bears, as well as its wild coasts and remote villages, can only be matched by Antarctica’s glaciers, geothermal beaches, and ice-dappled waters, which provide a pristine paradise for orca whales, elephant seals, penguins, and so much more. Silversea’s offering in both regions is uniquely luxurious, comprising the cruise line’s characteristic all-inclusive amenities, an industry-leading expedition team, and the most luxurious ships in expedition cruising.

Following is a small sample of Silversea’s expedition voyages on which guests can enjoy the All-Inclusive Polar Package benefits, combined with time-limited air promotions:

THE ARCTIC - 2020


Reykjavik to Longyearbyen, 11 Days – June 10-21, 2020
Dazzling waterfalls, spectacular cliffs that teem with colonies of puffins, guillemots and gulls, and the rarely visited volcanic island of Jan Mayen - a haven for humpback and minke whales who feed in its waters - are among the attractions on this Silver Cloud voyage from Iceland to Svalbard, Norway. Early Booking Bonus fares start from USD 10,440 per guest, based on double occupancy.

Longyearbyen to Reykjavik, 11 Days, July 9 - 20, 2020
Silver Cloud voyages from Svalbard to Iceland through jaw-dropping Arctic realms of snow-capped peaks, glaciers and pristine fjords for the chance to marvel at cascading waterfalls, geothermal springs and such wildlife as polar bears, walruses, whales and multitudes of seabirds. Early Booking Bonus fares start at USD 10,440 per guest, based on double occupancy.

Kangerlussuaq to Nome, 24 Days, August 21 - September 14, 2020
Following in the path of great explorers, Silver Cloud will venture into the High Canadian Arctic to traverse the iconic Northwest Passage. The itinerary brims with a fascinating mix of majestic scenery, isolated villages, possible wildlife sightings -- from polar bears and musk oxen to seals and walruses, and such rare wonders as the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord and the Smoking Hills of Cape Bathurst. Early Booking Bonus fares start at USD 34,920 per guest, based on double occupancy.

ANTARCTICA - 2019 & 2020

Ushuaia to Ushuaia, 12 Days – December 5-17, 2019
On this round-trip voyage from Ushuaia, Silver Explorer unlocks Earth's least visited and most mysterious continent on a journey brimming with spectacular icebergs, calving glaciers and the possibility to spot sunbathing seals, frolicking penguins and breaching humpback and minke whales. Last-Minute Savings fares start from USD 16,700 per guest, based on double occupancy.

Ushuaia to Ushuaia, 18 Days – December 17, 2019-January 4, 2020
Both Christmas and the New Year can be celebrated amid the Earth's ultimate winter wonderland on Silver Explorer's special holiday voyage to Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and more. Last-Minute Savings fares start from USD 25,400 per guest, based on double occupancy.

Ushuaia to Ushuaia, 15 Days, December 20, 2019 - January 4, 2020
Celebrate Christmas and the New Year in the ultimate winter paradise as Silver Cloud's special holiday expedition to Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, Elephant Island and South Shetland Islands reveals remarkable landscapes and wildlife species. Last-Minute Savings fares start at USD 18,400 per guest, based on double occupancy.

Ushuaia to Ushuaia, 12 Days, February 21 - March 4, 2020
Silver Explorer will sail to Antarctic Sound, Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands on a voyage to unlock this pristine white wonder's treasures, from ancient glaciers and towering mountains to breathtaking colonies of penguins, seals and pods of whales. Early Booking Bonus fares start at USD 13,590 per guest, based on double occupancy.

ARCTIC & ANTARCTICA AIR OFFERS

Exclusive air promotions for the Arctic and Antarctica are now available on new bookings, until August 30, 2019. The savings program includes free economy round-trip air, or reduced business class air, for flights from select U.S. and Canadian gateways, plus free transfers between airport and ship.

"Our new enhanced All-Inclusive Polar Package is designed to provide the highest level of comfort, convenience and value for travellers planning an adventure to the end of the Earth, whether to the Arctic or Antarctica," says Conrad Combrink, Silversea's Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Expeditions and Experiences. "With special air offers for the Arctic and Antarctica now available to complement the package, this is the perfect time to travel deeper to unlock the authentic beauty, history and wildlife of the world's final frontiers. Silversea’s combination of destination expertise and the cruise line’s ultra-luxurious ships make for unique and unforgettable experiences in both Polar Regions."

ALL-INCLUSIVE EXPEDITION EXPERIENCE


Each Silversea expedition ship features specialist experts who lead immersive shore excursions for guests. These passionate and knowledgeable professionals offer informative lectures, discussions and recaps on board, in addition to guided Zodiac excursions, hikes, and nature walks ashore -- all of which are included in the fare.

Aboard Silver Cloud and Silver Explorer, guests enjoy ocean-view suites, gourmet cuisine, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, a stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi (although satellite coverage in Polar Regions may be limited).

About Silversea
Silversea Cruises, in which Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio serves as Executive Chairman, is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, and Silver Cloud, Silversea's itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of five new ultra-luxury ships: Silver Moon, Silver Dawn, Silver Origin, and two Evolution-class ships. Browse Silversea's new blog Discover and subscribe to receive the latest content directly into your inbox.

For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent.