Worldwide, including Africa, Seychelles, Europe, Baltic, Mediterranean, US East Coast, Sea of Cortez, South America, South Pacific, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, Arctic, India, Antarctic, Panama Canal, Greenland and Iceland. A 115-day world cruise from the U.S.

SILVER CLOUD; SILVER WIND

Passenger Capacity: 296
Built: 1994
Length: 514 ft.
Beam: 70 ft.
Draft: 18 ft.
Elevator: 4
Officers: Italian
Staff and Crew: 210, International
Wheelchair Access

  • Itinerary: These ships circle the globe, offering cruises to destinations in the Seychelles, Indian Ocean, Baltic, Mediterranean, eastern coast of U.S., South America, the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. Voyages are from 7 to 44 nights.
  • Cabins: 148. All cabins are outside with floor-to-ceiling windows, and 110 have balconies. All are air-conditioned, have twin beds that can be converted to queen, and have walk-in closets, VCR, mini-bar, direct-dial phone, and a bathroom with shower and tub. Cabins range from 240 to 1,300 sq. ft. There are two wheelchair accessible cabins on Silver Wind. Five suites have two bedrooms.

  • Dining: There is an open-seating dining room. You can arrive anytime between 7:30 and 9:30. Cuisine is French, Italian and American plus local specialties. Special diets are accommodated. Room service available 24 hours a day, including full meals served course by course. Stewardesses deliver canapés to the suites before dinner. Wine is complimentary at lunch and dinner, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the ship. There are buffets in the Terrace Cafe for breakfast and lunch and theme dinners. Lunches feature homeland dishes from each chef.
  • Dress: Casual during the day. Dressy at night, with one to three formal nights in which most men wear tuxedos and women wear gowns or cocktail dresses.
  • Facilities and Activities: Identical ships classified as luxury ships. Cabins are located forward and public rooms aft. There is a piano bar, heated pool, two whirlpools, a fitness room, sauna and steam rooms, massage, self-service laundry, hairdresser, movie theater, show lounge, forward observation lounge, library, small casino, and a meeting room with computers. There are dance hosts on board for many cruises. There is a wraparound track for walking and jogging., a medical facility with a doctor and a nurse. There is an open bridge policy. Some cruises can be combined with African safaris. A golf cruise offers golf packages that allow guests to visit golf courses at ports of call. Some cruises have fishing experiences on shore excursions, including heli-fishing at Great Barrier Island and fly fishing in New Zealand. Other activities include guest lecturers, language courses, bridge instruction, dancing, cabaret shows, and folkloric performances. Some cruises have dance hosts. Smoking is restricted to designated areas. This is not a ship for children.
  • NOTE - Fares: The cruises are all-inclusive: beverages are complimentary; tipping is not allowed; air travel and pre-cruise hotels are generally included with the cruise fare, as well as port taxes and transfers. Eight-day cruise with air from $5,695; less costly on a cruise-only basis if you can get air cheaper on your own. Book six months in advance: 10 - 25 percent discount; save $1,000 to $2,000 more if you combine two back-to-back cruises. Past passengers offered a discount on some voyages. When you spend 300 days on cruises, you get a seven-night cruise free.

SILVER SHADOW, SILVER WHISPER

Passenger Capacity: 382
Built: 2000, 2001
Length: 610 ft.
Beam: 81 ft.
Elevator: 5
Officers: Italian
Staff and Crew: 295, international

  • Itinerary: Voyages in the Mediterranean Sea, Baltic, Africa, India, along the east coast of the U.S., in the Caribbean, Asia, Australia, South Pacific, and along both coasts of South America.
    Silver Shadow has a series of 9-11-day cruises from Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore to destinations in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
  • Cabins: 194. All are outside, from 287 sq. ft. to 1,435 sq. ft., with 23 suites. About 80 percent of the staterooms have verandas. All staterooms have twin-to-queen beds, walk-in closet, bath with tub and separate shower, refrigerator, TV/VCR, direct dial telephone, and individual climate control.

  • Dining: Offering an open seating; Meals are served in the dining room, at the less formal indoor/outdoor café, and at the poolside grill.
  • Facilities and Activities: Classified as luxury sister ships. There is a pool, spa, fitness center, observation lounge, show lounge, wine and champagne bar, casino, library, hairdresser, computer center with email access, credit-card-operated fax and telephones, and internet access from every guest suite. There are guest lecturers, language courses, bridge tournaments, dance band, shows, folkloric performances and films. Some cruises have dance hosts.
  • Fares: Seven-day cruise from $5,095; 18-day $13,095 per person double occupancy, including air, one hotel night, port charges, all beverages, gratuities, and transfers. Discount for booking and paying in advance and for past guests on certain sailings.

SILVER SPIRIT

Passenger Capacity: 540
Built: 2009
Elevator
Officers: Italian
Staff and Crew: International
Wheelchair Access

  • Itinerary: 91-day voyage exploring over 20 countries through the Americas, summer in the Mediterranean, Caribbean for fall and winter cruises.
  • Cabins: 270. All are ocean-view suites, most with private veranda. All have private bath. Some have butler service.

  • Dress: Country Club Casual, informal and formal evenings.
  • Facilities and Activities: 6 restaurants including Asian restaurant, supper club, pool grill, main restaurant, wine restaurant. An 8,300 sq. ft. spa, fitness center, pool, library, internet, show lounge, observation lounges. Classical performances, jazz ensembles, cabaret shows, moonlight movies on deck. Some cruises have dance hosts. There are culinary and wine theme cruises and guest lecturers from fields including nature, history, art, journalism, photography and politics. Bridge is not open, but guided tours are offered.
  • Typical Rates and Special Deals: Cruise fares include all beverages throughout the ship, 24-hour room service; stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, gratuities. Complimentary butler service is provided in the Grand, Royal, Rossellini and Owner's Suites. There are savings for early booking and advance payment.

SILVER GALAPAGOS

Passenger Capacity: 100
Built: 1990
Former Name: Galapagos Explorer II
Length: 89 m.
Officers & crew: Ecuadorian
Elevator

  • Itinerary: Three, four and seven-night wildlife cruises of the Galapagos Islands. The western itinerary cruises roundtrip from Baltra Island to Santiago, Bartolomé, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, San Cristóbal, and Santa Cruz. The north central itinerary cruises roundtrip from Baltra Island to Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Seymour Norte, San Cristóbal, Española, and Plazas Sur.
  • Cabins: Ship cabins have double or twin beds; some cabins have extra sofa bed for third passenger. Some cabins have balconies. TV in cabins have documentaries on the islands and films.

  • Dining: Open seating. Dinner has two main entree choices plus one vegetarian and one low-calorie choice. Room service for breakfast.
  • Facilities and Activities: Main lounge for lectures and briefings. Jacuzzi. Whale watching. Open bridge. Snorkeling equipment and wetsuits are available for rent. Wireless internet access is available for a fee including in the cabins. A physician is on board. There are naturalist-led up-close encounters with wildlife that includes land iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and Darwin's famous finches. The program also offers opportunities to swim and snorkel, see unique highland ecosystems, hike through mangrove forests and across volcanic fields, explore natural lava tunnels, see wild flamingos (in season), and learn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
  • Fares: Fares start at $5,450 per person based on double occupancy. Guests have butler service, and a selection of complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, and a stocked in-suite beverage cabinet.


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