If you’re looking for the ultimate cruise vacation, you might want to flip the calendar to January, 2015. That’s when ultra-luxury line Silversea will send their intimate, 382-guest Silver Whisper on a stunning 115-day voyage that encircles the world and calls on five continents, 30 countries and 50 unique destinations all at once.

Even better: they’re already taking bookings.

Silver Whisper sails around the world in 2012 for Silversea. Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises

Silver Whisper sails around the world in 2015 for Silversea. Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises

“This exceptional voyage has been crafted to appeal to luxury travel’s most discerning clientele,” said Ellen Bettridge, Silversea’s president of the Americas. “Our World Cruise guests will visit the most exotic places and fascinating cultures on Earth — all while enjoying the pampering luxury of Silver Whisper.”

Silversea, which was founded by Antonio Lefebvre d’Ovidio in 1993 and is now chaired by his son Manfredi, has long held a reputation for delivering a luxury cruise vacation that seeks to pamper guests as well as rejuvenate their love for cruise travel. At least, that’s what the standard press-release boilerplate says. The reality of sailing with the line, though, offers so much more than that.

Breakfast outdoors aboard Silversea's Silver Spirit, off Taormina, Italy. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

The Sort Of Thing You Could Get Used To: Breakfast outdoors aboard Silversea’s Silver Spirit, off Taormina, Italy. Photo © Aaron Saunders

For every Silversea voyage I’ve personally taken, the line has put as much thought and effort into their shorter sailings as they have into this massive 115-day voyage. In ten short days this past January, I saw and did more than I ever dreamed possible while sailing aboard the sleek Silver Wind in South Africa. The year before that, I learned that boredom is never an option aboard a Silversea ship, as I followed the path of great explorers (albeit in reverse) on a sailing from Barbados to Portugal aboard Silver Spirit.

What I love about Silversea is that they’re willing to call on the ports that other cruise lines simply sail by, and this 115-day voyage aboard the Silver Whisper offers a tremendous selection of ports you’ve likely heard of (Sydney, Australia; Hong Kong, China; Cape Town, South Africa), coupled with numerous ports that likely remain a mystery to most guests.

It's all about choice, and there's nothing quite like cooking your meal atop a slab of volcanic rock under the stars at The Grill! Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

It’s all about choice, and there’s nothing quite like cooking your meal atop a slab of volcanic rock under the stars at The Grill! Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Take, for instance, Nozy Be, Madagascar, visited on 27 March 2015. It’s actually Madagascar’s largest and busiest tourist resort area, but it’s an island located off the coast that literally means “Big Island.” It is also known as the home of the world’s smallest frog and chameleon.

Also high on the “cool” factor for port collectors: Dzaoudzi, Mayotte, a French overseas commune located smack in the Indian Ocean. Few ships call here, and you’d have to really go out of your way – or really want to visit – to reach Dzaoudzi by air.

The eerie, ethereal quiet of Ponta do Sol, in the Cape Verde Islands. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The eerie, ethereal quiet of Ponta do Sol, in the Cape Verde Islands. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Then, there is Praia in the Cape Verde Islands. Located at the south end of Santiago Island, over 90 percent of the island’s population lives in this one municipality. The remainder of the island is essentially uninhabited.  Last year, I called on Porto Novo, Cape Verde, and have remained fascinated with this chain of islands located in the Atlantic Ocean ever since.

Departing January 5, 2015 from Los Angeles, Silversea has also crafted a number of unique experiences available to guests taking part in the full 2015 World Cruise before they arrive in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on the first of May.

Cape Town's V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain are seen in this photo. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Other notable ports of call on Silver Whisper’s 2015 World Cruise include Cape Town, South Africa. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Guests on the full world voyage will have the opportunity to participate in two exclusive – and complimentary – Silversea Experiences, including the chance to dine under the stars in the Namib Desert; along with three complimentary World Cruise shoreside events designed specifically for them. These will include a cocktail reception and evening performance at the famous Sydney Opera House; a scenic journey by rail in Sri Lanka to explore the Pinnawala Elephant Orphenage; and a tour of Cape Town’s spectacular Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, followed by lunch in the historic Residence de France.

In Los Angeles, guests are treated to a gala Bon Voyage reception, dinner and overnight hotel stay at a luxury property. They will receive baggage valet service, complimentary Business Class airfare (or an air credit), transfers between their home, the airport, and the Silver Whisper; a $4,000-per-suite onboard spending credit, and complimentary laundry, internet package, and special commemorative gifts.

Lazy days at sea made it easy to fall into the Silversea Lull. After all, would you want to leave this gorgeous Silver Suite? Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Lazy days at sea made it easy to fall into the Silversea Lull. After all, would you want to leave this gorgeous Silver Suite? Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Guests can even chose to add a pre-cruise transit of the Panama Canal from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles (17 days in duration), or sail from Fort Lauderdale to New York (three days), or even cruise all the way back across the Atlantic Ocean to Southampton, England (15 days) as Silver Whisper prepares for her 2015 season of European sailings.

Obviously, the price of this unique voyage – US$58,950 per person – isn’t for the faint of heart. But if I had that kind of cash, I’d spend it in a heartbeat, because this isn’t a simple vacation.

It’s the ultimate travel adventure, and a worthy investment in its own right.

Leaving Castries, St. Lucia, with nothing but open ocean ahead. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

There’s plenty of adventure ahead aboard Silversea’s Silver Whisper in 2015. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Curious to see the full itinerary? Click here!

Be sure to check out all things Silversea from our friends at Cruise Experts Travel, and have a peek through our Silversea Live Voyage Reports for a look at what makes this ultra-luxury line such a special experience: Silver Spirit to the Mediterranean from Athens to Barcelona; Silver Spirit Eastbound Transatlantic; Silver Explorer British Isles Expedition; and our safari voyage to South Africa aboard the Silver Wind.

 

2 Responses to Silversea unveils 2015 World Cruise

  1. Peter says:

    Aaron

    Your followers will have to take up a collection so you can report on this journey and let us experience your insights over 115 days! ;-)

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