If you like luxury cruises, I’m always of the opinion that Silversea’s voyages in the Caribbean are some of the best value out there. Departing close to home, the line’s fleet of all-inclusive luxury ships makes a point of calling on an intoxicating mix of big-name and out-of-the-way ports of call that simply can’t be visited on larger vessels, and Silversea does it in a way that will keep you coming back for more.

Now, the line has announced a new incentive for those looking to book a Caribbean cruise in 2018 before November 30, 2017: free shore excursions.

Silversea is offering complimentary shore excursions on a variety of 2018 Caribbean cruises for those who book by November 30, 2017. Photo / Silversea Cruises

Guests who make a new booking on select 2018 Caribbean voyages aboard Silver Wind and Silver Muse will be treated to a selection of free excursions in every port of call, along with $199 roundtrip economy-class airfare from select major gateways in the United States and Canada.

“We invite winter travelers to take advantage of this special offer to enjoy a warm-weather luxury cruise to the beautiful islands of the Caribbean, which are ready to welcome our guests with the region’s signature warmth and hospitality,” said Mark Conroy, Silversea’s managing director for the Americas. “With these carefully selected shore excursions, our guests can immerse themselves deeper in each island’s remarkable culture and heritage.”

My first-ever Silversea experience was aboard Silver Spirit in the Caribbean nearly seven years ago, and it ranks as one of my favorite voyages anywhere.

The pool aboard the new Silver Muse. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Sailing to the Caribbean aboard Silversea couldn’t be more different from a megaship cruise. You never have to queue to get on or off the ship, and when you do come back onboard, a cool drink and a refreshing towel await you. I remember watching, in St. Thomas, as guests on a large mainstream ship queued up in the sun, while Silversea set out shaded tents and provided cold rum punch to its guests.

If you’ve never taken a luxury cruise before, the Caribbean is a great place to start. Airfare costs are lower, and these voyages are very competitively priced compared to longer summer sailings in the Mediterranean or Northern Europe.

Despite that, the still offer all of Silversea’s hallmarks, from the line’s impeccable service to its full roster of amenities, from Relais & Chateaux-inspired dining to a pillow menu with nine different options, three different kinds of toiletries, and butler service for all – regardless of what category of suite you’re staying in. Beverages are complimentary, and gratuities are neither required nor expected.

There’s nothing quite like a day at the beach in the Caribbean! Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Back in 2012, I made good friends with a couple on a crossing aboard Silver Spirit from Bridgetown to Lisbon. After a few days on Silversea, one of them turned to me and said, “You know, I don’t think I could get tired of champagne with breakfast.”

That’s the Silversea difference. In the Caribbean this year, that experience becomes even more all-inclusive thanks to this new shore excursion and air offer.

Here’s a sample of Silversea’s 2018 Caribbean sailings that are eligible for this double promotion, but remember: you’ve got to book by November 30, 2017 to take advantage of it.

  • Silver Wind departs February 4 on a 7-day voyage from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan with calls in Grand Turk, Samana, Spanish Town, St. Thomas, and St. Barts.
  • Silver Wind departs February 18 on a 7-day roundtrip voyage from San Juan with calls in Spanish Town, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Martinique, Antigua, and Jost Van Dyke.
  • Silver Wind departs February 25 on a 10-day roundtrip voyage from San Juan with calls in Spanish Town, St. Barts, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Antigua, and Tortola.
  • Silver Wind departs March 11 on a 7-day roundtrip voyage from San Juan with calls in Spanish Town, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Barts, and Tortola.
  • Silver Muse departs March 13 on a 9-day roundtrip voyage from Fort Lauderdale with calls in Cozumel, Belize City, Santo Tomás de Castilla, Roatán Island, and Key West.
  • Silver Muse departs March 22 on a 13-day voyage from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan with calls in Grand Turk, Tortola, St. Kitts, Martinique, Barbados, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua, St. Barts, and St. Thomas.
  • Silver Wind departs March 23 on a 7-day roundtrip voyage from San Juan with calls in St. Barts, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, and St. Maarten.
  • Silver Wind departs March 30 on a 7-day voyage from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale with calls in St. Barts, Tortola, Samana, Grand Turk, and Key West.

Set sail with Silversea in the Caribbean this winter. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

 

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