Calling all wine lovers: Silversea offers 11 unique voyages perfectly paired to your interests

Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is rolling out a new Wine Series collection of 11 voyages this year designed for wine enthusiasts. On each wine cruise, discerning travelers with a passion for fine wines will enjoy sampling great vintages and learning about the tradition and art of winemaking in special tastings and lectures conducted by wine professionals, vineyard owners, and winemakers. Depending on the itinerary, guests may also have the chance to explore some of the world’s most celebrated …

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Two final sea days on the Silver Spirit…we say our goodbyes

OUR FINAL DAYS ON THE SILVER SPIRIT –This itinerary ends with two days at sea. It is fun to be around the ship now because we have met so many people during these past 12 days. We have gotten to know members of our trivia team, our competitors at the daily putting contest, the speakers and those we travel with on shore excursions. Today we followed our usual pattern, taking in the two speakers, a quick lunch, …

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Caribbean shore excursions: One good, one not so

ABOARD THE SILVER SPIRIT –Today we were on the island of St. Maarten/Martin and we took a ship shore excursion that visited five art galleries all around the island. Not only did we visit some very interesting artists, but three of the galleries were in their homes. There were 11 in our group and we had a very nice 29-passenger bus that was air-conditioned. Our guide spoke good English and was knowledgeable. I liked this excursion because …

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Aboard the Silver Spirit: Trix

ABOARD THE SILVER SPIRIT – We boarded the ship yesterday and had a fairly fast day with moving in, touring the ship, going to the opening cocktail party by the pool and having dinner with new acquaintances, Karen and Lee from Chicago. This morning began very bright and early with breakfast in our stateroom before we headed off on a day-long tour of the rather small Canarian island of La Palma. It turned out to be an …

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The hop-on, hop-off bus worked fine for our all-too-brief visit to Las Palmas

LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA –Yesterday morning we awoke after a solid night’s sleep with a new outlook on life. The frustrating day before was past and we were off to explore this city. We stayed in the city’s grand dame hotel, the Hotel Santa Catalina, which is set in a park near the city center. It is where the Spanish royalty stays when they are visiting the island. It is midway between the historic Triana area …

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Departing on our Silversea cruise from the Canary Islands to Ft. Lauderdale

We are about to depart for our next cruise. For the past four years, each autumn we have taken a “repositioning” cruise across the Atlantic Ocean. The first trip was from Athens to San Juan. The second was from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale. Last year we took the North Atlantic route and sailed from Copenhagen to Ft. Lauderdale visiting such unusual places as Iceland and Greenland along the way. This trip we are reverting to the more …

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Silversea upgrades its second vessel in the Galapagos Islands and gives it a new name

The Galapagos Islands are one of my favorite small ship cruise destinations. I am fortunate to have explored there on two different occasions. So it was nice to hear that luxury expedition cruise specialist Silversea has announced Silver Galapagos as the name for its second small-sized expedition ship, which is currently sailing as the Galapagos Explorer II. The new name signals the company’s intent to maintain a consistent level of elegance throughout its fleet, and will take …

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Silversea Spa Voted #1 by Conde Nast Traveler

The spas aboard today’s cruise ships have evolved into facilities that rival even their finest counterparts on land, and are evaluated with very high expectations.  That makes Silversea’s latest award all the more significant: the Spa aboard Silversea’s Silver Spirit was chosen by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler as the top spa at sea in the magazine’s 2012 Spa Poll.Not only that, but the Silver Spirit was the only ship to score a perfect 100 for …

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Silversea to Offer Expanded Collecton of ‘Bridge Sailings’ in 2012

Silversea to Offer Expanded Collection of ‘Bridge Sailings’ in 2012   In 2012, ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises will offer its most expansive collection of Bridge Sailings ever. Spanning the world from Auckland and Shanghai to Rio and Monte Carlo, 56 voyages will feature a bridge enrichment program. Though guests are welcome to play bridge on any Silversea cruise, a Bridge Sailing features a formal program of contract and duplicate bridge, which is supervised by instructors who are certified …

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Silversea’s “Relais & Chateux L’Ecole Des Chefs’ Cooking School

Without a doubt, one of Silversea’s strongest selling points is their fine wines and cuisine; they are absolutely superb.  The diversity and excellence of their dining options is due in large part to their relationship with the prestigious Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux, who not only influence their culinary offerings but also work with them to present the very popular L’École des Chefs cooking school. In response to the demand for their L’École des Chefs cooking school, …

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