Silversea Cruises invited a select group of travel media
including TravelAge West to a December press conference in New York
City to announce its new “Rhythms of the World” itinerary for 2008.
Set to depart from Ft. Lauderdale on Jan. 16, 2008, the 110- day
cruise will be the second around the world sailing for the
382-passenger Silver Shadow.
Silversea hopes to build on the momentum generated by the line’s
2007 world cruise. The ship is virtually sold out, with 145 guests
booking the cruise in its entirety. The remaining suites have been
reserved by guests coming aboard on each of the nine segments.
Strength of bookings for the 2007 world cruise made it apparent
to Silversea executives that there is a much larger market for
longer vacations than they originally believed. According to
Silversea spokesperson Brad Ball, one of the key factors for the
increase is the availability of wireless onboard technology and
other high-tech tools that were unavailable a few years ago.
“Nowadays professional working people are able to stay away for
longer periods of time while still being able to get their work
done and remain in touch with the home office,” said Ball.
Another key selling point for Silversea’s world cruise is an
expanded enrichment program that will feature a celebrity guest
aboard each segment. The lineup for the 2007 world cruise includes
Walter Cronkite, William F. Buckley, Richard Reeves and Rex Reed.
Silversea expects to announce an equally illustrious group for its
Silversea executives believe that the enrichment program
differentiates it not only from other premium cruise lines, but
also sets it apart from top-of-the-line land-based resorts.
“Our guests will have opportunities to mingle with the celebrity
guests both onboard and on shore excursions and have the kind of
unique personal interaction that they would never get by staying at
an upscale hotel,” noted Ball.
Among the highlights of the 2008 “Rhythms of the World”
itinerary are calls at islands never previously visited by
Silversea. Those ports include Majuro in the Marshall Islands,
Pohnpei in Micronesia, Apra Harbor in Guam and historic Iwo Jima.
There will also be extended overnight calls in Hong Kong, Ho Chi
Minh City, Bangkok, Mumbai and Barcelona.