In the course of 140 days, Silversea’s Silver Whisper will cruise the world, literally bringing the guests to seven continents.
In 2020, the ground-breaking voyage will incorporate many ‘soft expedition’ features, including an extraordinary 3-day Antarctic experience to see the penguins, seals, whales, and other wildlife in its natural habitat.
Led by a team of nine qualified specialists – including marine biologists, a geologist, a naturalist, an ornithologist, and a glaciologist – Silversea’s guests will explore the final continent on Zodiac excursions, landing for shore-side adventures, before learning more about this spectacular region through onboard lectures and workshops from industry-leading experts.
One standout destination on the itinerary is the notoriously hard-to-reach Pitcairn Island, which harks tales of HMS Bounty and the mutineers from the 18th century. Another highlight will be Pentecost Island, where Silversea’s guests will witness the famous land diving ritual, performed by locals to celebrate the yam harvest.
Meanwhile, on Champagne Beach in Vanuatu, guests will enjoy a local festival which will showcase an exclusively performed water dance, in which traditionally-adorned locals beat the water’s surface as part of a breathtaking ritual.
In addition to the previously mentioned cultural experiences, Silversea’s World Cruise 2020 guests – referred to as Legends of Cruising – will enjoy exclusive access to a series of bespoke events across the world:
Miami, Fort Lauderdale – Welcome Event – 5th January 2020
Silversea’s guests will enjoy a warm welcome and a send-off to remember at a luxury hotel. The evening function will enable guests to socialise, as anticipation builds to a climax ahead of the journey of a lifetime.
Buenos Aires – Tango Evening at El Zanjon – 26th January 2020
Evoking the sense of romance that pervaded Buenos Aires in the 1930s, guests will be transported back in time at the spectacular El Zanjon – dubbed ‘the most important urban archaeology project in the city’ – in the Argentinian capital. A collection of vintage cars will transport guests to and from the venue in style. Themed black and white, the private event will include an authentic dinner with a selection of wines, a tango show with an aerial display, and a range of other curated embellishments.
Fremantle, Perth – The Quarry Rocks with Fremantle Perth Symphony – 28th March 2020
A magical evening awaits Silversea’s World Cruises in Fremantle, Perth, as the Perth Symphony Orchestra will indulge guests’ senses at the magnificent Quarry Amphitheatre. Served local produce and fine champagne in sumptuous picnic hampers, guests will admire a panoramic view of the city’s skyline from Perth’s premier outdoor venue.
Leith, Edinburgh – Farewell Dinner – 22nd May 2020
One of Edinburgh’s most majestic venues, Mansfield Traquair is a natural choice for the World Cruise’s farewell dinner. More than unique, this sophisticated occasion will be entirely tailored for an unforgettable experience: guests will dine on fine cuisine in grand surrounds, under colourful, vaulted ceilings and exquisite murals. Known to some as ‘Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel,’ Mansfield Traquair will be a fittingly magnificent venue in which to round off the series of shore-side enrichments.
“Our World Cruise 2020 will be quite unlike any world cruise that has ever set sail”
Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s SVP of Strategic Development for Expeditions and Experiences, said: “Our World Cruise 2020 will be quite unlike any world cruise that has ever set sail. Our guests will enjoy an enhanced, luxurious onboard experience, which will leave them in want of nothing, as well as a seemingly unending range of unforgettable experiences, as they get closer to the authentic beauty of 32 spectacular destinations around the world.”
While fares for the World Cruise 2020 begin from GBP 49,000 (USD 64,255), Silver Whisper’s most expensive suites will accommodate guests in ultimate comfort for GBP 190,000 per guest, constituting the most expensive cruise experience ever. Included in the price are round-trip business air travel, USD 4,000 onboard spending money per suite, unlimited Wi-Fi, an expedition parka, laundry and medical services, and visa packages for guests of select nationalities, among other alluring amenities.