SILVERSEA WELCOMES SILVER ORIGIN TO ITS FLEET WITH THE FIRST IN-PERSON CRUISE SHIP DELIVERY SINCE THE LOCKDOWN
(Monaco — June 5, 2020) Silversea Cruises, the leading ultra-luxury cruise line, has taken delivery of its first-ever destination-specific ship, Silver Origin, from Dutch shipyard De Hoop. An intimate ceremony, held on Wednesday June 3, 2020, marked the first in-person cruise ship delivery since the pandemic prompted a global lockdown.
Select Silversea top executives—including Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Chairman; Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO; Damien O’Connor, SVP Hotel Operations & Onboard Revenue; and Barbara Muckermann, Chief Marketing Officer—attended the ceremony in Rotterdam. Joined by representatives from De Hoop Shipyard, Silversea’s executives took a tour of the completed ship for the first time and were present for the official flag ceremony.
“It was a very proud moment for me to attend Silver Origin’s official delivery ceremony in person, and to welcome Silversea’s first-ever destination-specific ship to our fleet. I am very grateful to all involved in the build, especially the professionals at De Hoop Shipyard,” says Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio. “In September 2013, Silversea became the first cruise line to launch an ultra-luxury ship in the Galapagos Archipelago. We have invested our accrued know-how into the design of Silver Origin. Every element of the ship has been designed with the destination in mind and tailored to enhance the experience for travellers, while fostering a deep sense of respect for this magnificent ecosystem and everything that inhabits it.”
“We welcome the beautiful Silver Origin to our fleet as the first ship since the start of our collaboration with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.,” says Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s President & CEO. “The ship demonstrates how fruitful our collaboration has been, while providing an indication of the great success to come. With Silversea’s destination expertise and the invaluable support of the RCL group, we have pushed the boundaries of ultra-luxury travel in the Galapagos with Silver Origin. I want to extend my gratitude to all those involved, including my colleagues at both Silversea and RCL, but especially to the De Hoop Shipyard who overcame many challenges to complete the ship.”
“It has been extremely rewarding to work on this project, and we are proud for having been able to deliver the ship in spite of the external challenges,” says Patrick Janssens, CEO of De Hoop Shipyard. “The delivery ceremony marked a momentous moment for both parties, and delivering Silver Origin to Silversea’s Executives here in Rotterdam was a great pleasure. We wish the cruise line every success for the future and we look forward to seeing this beautiful ship in the Galapagos Islands where she belongs.”
Integrating the latest state-of-the-art technology and designed with a focus on the pillars of sustainability, destination on board, expedition experience, authentic local culture, and comfort and service, the all-suite, all-balcony, 100-guest Silver Origin will welcome travellers year-round in the unique Galapagos Archipelago. The ship will provide guests with the ultimate destination experience, inspired by Silversea’s accrued expertise and founded on a deep respect for the fragility of the natural environment, while maintaining the cruise line’s trademark quality of service.
Innovative, enriching, elegant, each of Silver Origin‘s spaces has been designed specifically with the Galapagos in mind by Hirsch Bedner Associates Miami. Silversea’s executives visited each to experience first-hand how they will create unique synergies between the destination and the ship.
THE MARINA: AN EXCEPTIONAL ARRIVAL EXPERIENCE
As a key point of entry to the ship/destination, the Marina has been designed with great attention-to-detail to offer guests an unprecedented arrival/disembarkation experience. Connected to the Basecamp, the Zodiac embarkation area features large comfortable couches, as well as showers for guests to rinse their gear, racks to conveniently store wetsuits and other equipment, and an innovative fold-out stern with special boarding facilities that can accommodate two Zodiacs at the same time. As Silver Origin will have the highest Zodiac-to-guest ratio in the Galapagos at 1:12.5, a large garage with hydraulic doors, hatches and cranes has been created between decks 2 and 3 to store six of the ship’s eight Zodiacs, while two will be stored on the bow.
BASECAMP: IMMERSIVE DISCOVERY ON BOARD
Basecamp is one of Silver Origin‘s most innovative spaces, designed especially to bring the destination on board. The heart of the ship, the 551m2 Basecamp will host educational activities in which guests will interact with Silversea’s team of expert guides—all permanent residents of the Galapagos and certified by the Galapagos National Park—to learn more about the rare wildlife, remarkable landscapes and captivating history of the Galapagos Islands, before and after excursions.
With bespoke software created exclusively for Silversea by strategic-design studio Sketchin and with input from Silversea’s Expedition Team, the centrepiece of Basecamp is a 624x162cm interactive digital wall—the largest interactive screen in the Galapagos—and control podium. Through this interactive programme, which will change according to the itinerary, guests will be able to access extraordinary destination-related content, including historical pictures provided by the Royal Geographical Society of London, videos with exclusive aerial and underwater shots, excursion previews and scientific presentations. The Expedition Team will use the LED wall to introduce guests to the wonders of the Galapagos before they embark on Zodiac and kayak adventures to experience them first-hand.
THE EXPLORER LOUNGE: AN ELEGANT SPACE TO UNWIND
Offering an inviting space in which guests can relax of an evening, while enjoying a cocktail and a book from Silver Origin’s curated library, the 479m2 Explorer Lounge exudes the same elegance that characterises the other ships in Silversea’s ultra-luxury fleet. The space doubles as a state-of-the-art lecture room and will host daily lectures and briefings, as well as live piano performances. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the destination inside, while a large video wall with state-of-the-art AV technology and wide HD screens in different seating areas will optimise guests’ expedition experience. Outside, a beautiful terrace with comfortable sofas and armchairs, including a round central sofa with a fire pit, will offer guests the perfect spot in which to unwind with a drink before and after lectures.
THE RESTAURANT & THE GRILL: AN IMMERSIVE CULINARY PHILOSOPHY
In-line with Silversea’s new S.A.L.T. programme, Silver Origin’s guests will benefit from a uniquely immersive culinary philosophy, centred upon regionally-grown ingredients, Ecuadorian cuisine, and a farm-to-table approach. Locally-inspired culinary experiences—both on board and ashore—will strengthen travellers’ connections with the unique culture, landscapes and people of the Galapagos, as well as those of Ecuador. The Restaurant on Deck 4 (capacity: 120) and the Grill on Deck 7 (capacity: 100) will each be able to accommodate all guests at once, offering diners the luxury of choice. Silversea’s Hot Rocks concept will be tailored with an Ecuadorian twist at the Grill, where an advanced sheltering system will protect diners from the wind and low temperatures for maximum comfort.
SPA & FITNESS CENTRE: STATE-OF-THE-ART RELAXATION
Silver Origin’s Fitness Centre features state-of-the-art Technogym equipment and offers guests outstanding views on the destination with floor-to-ceiling windows. The Spa, with a dedicated treatment room for therapies and massages, is the ideal place in which to relax after a day of exploration on the islands. The Beauty Salon will offer a wide array of services, including hairdressing and manicure/pedicure.
OBSERVATION LOUNGE: A COSY HIDEAWAY
Located at the very front of the ship, the 75m2 Observation Lounge is one of the cosiest venues on board, offering an elegant hideaway with incredible views on the destination thanks to 180-degree floor-to-ceiling glass windows. After a long day spent exploring the Galapagos Archipelago, guests will find ultimate relaxation in the Observation Lounge, perhaps reading a book from the carefully selected library or just enjoying a vivid sunset.
GUEST SUITES: AMONG THE MOST SPACIOUS IN THE GALAPAGOS
Recognising that days spent exploring the islands can be intense, Silver Origin’s suites are among the most spacious and comfortable in the Galapagos: the Owner’s Suite, for example, measures a total of 160m2 (1,722ft2) and provides sweeping views of the destination with a vast veranda. Silver Origin whispers luxury as the only ship in the archipelago to offer butler service for all suites. Guests will enjoy the highest crew-to-guest ratio in the region (1:1.11) for unparalleled levels of personalised comfort. All suites benefit from full room automation, which allows guests to control room conditions with the touch of a button.
Spectacular destination-focused views are among the hallmarks of Silver Origin‘s suites, whose design and amenities were inspired by the acclaimed suites of Silversea’s larger ships. Outfitted in neutral tones and natural materials that complement the Galapagos’ environment, and designed by GEM, all suites have floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony, while select suites feature the innovate Horizon Balcony, which converts to a floor-to-ceiling window at the touch of a button. Most upper suites incorporate an ocean-view bathtub and shower, some of which are accessible from the balcony.
Built with the environment in mind as one of the most energy-efficient ships in its class, Silver Origin incorporates environmentally low-impact features to comply with future rules and regulations, in addition to the Galapagos National Park Directorate regulations. The latest technological innovations mean a 15% reduction in fuel consumption and fewer exhaust emissions. The ship’s dynamic positioning system will be used when positioned over delicate seabed ecosystems to prevent the anchor from causing damage; suites incorporate freshwater purification systems that convert seawater into drinking water, thus drastically reducing the use of plastic on board; and a wastewater treatment system will meet or exceed the strictest regulations in the market. Moreover, all waste will undergo a rigid segregation procedure on board and will be delivered to a local waste management enterprise for it to be recycled or shipped out of the islands.
Silversea Cruises has launched the Silversea Fund for the Galapagos—a dedicated fund that will support educational projects to safeguard the wellbeing of the Galapagos Islands for future generations. By supporting a diverse selection of projects each year, the Silversea Fund will strengthen the balance between humans and nature in the Galapagos, as part of a long-term conservation strategy. The fund’s donors will enjoy savings on Silversea’s voyages, as the cruise line will match guests’ contributions in the form of a Future Cruise Credit to underpin its commitment to the cause.
Open exclusively to Venetian Society members, Silversea’s newest voyages include calls to 222 destinations in 67 countries, with eight maiden calls—designed to unlock immersive new experiences for the cruise line’s well-travelled guests.
(Monaco — June 3, 2020) Silversea Cruises, the leading ultra-luxury cruise line, today unveils 86 new itineraries for winter 2021/2022 and opens an exclusive pre-sale to members of its Venetian Society—the cruise line’s loyalty programme. Departing between October 2021 and April 2022, the new voyages will call in 222 destinations in 67 countries, including eight maiden calls, with a focus on immersive new experiences for those well-travelled. The new itineraries will go on general sale from June 17, 2020.
“We are delighted to open this exclusive pre-sale on our new winter 2021/2022 voyages,” says Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Our Venetian Society members have travelled the world extensively, experiencing new and unusual moments that capture the spirit of discovery and authenticity. Our destination experts have crafted our latest voyage collection with our guests in mind: from a maiden call in Manama, the vibrant capital of Bahrain, to an in-depth exploration of the Amazon River, and an endless number of adventures in between, the range and quality of experiences on offer is simply unique.”
In addition to maiden calls in Manama, Bahrain; Miyako, Japan; Makassar, Indonesia; Phillip Island, Australia; Kingstown, St. Vincent; Geelong, Australia; Vigan Salomague Port, the Philippines; and Puerto Bolivar, Ecuador; Silversea’s new winter 2021/2022 itineraries will include:
•Iconic favourites and lesser-visited jewels, as part of the most extensive Australia & New Zealand programme to date: 12 voyages aboard Silver Muse and Silver Shadow will take guests deeper into Australasia and its surrounds than ever before. While travellers will gain fresh perspectives of iconic destinations—such as Wellington, Milford Sound, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland—they will also delve deep into the lesser-travelled jewels of Tasmania, Melanesia and Indonesia’s Java Sea, including calls in Fiji, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu, among others.
• A diverse range of voyages in Asia, including an enhanced offering in Japan, deep discovery of Vietnam, and new itineraries to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea: Silver Moon, Silver Muse and Silver Shadow will take travellers closer to the delights of Asia in the winter 2021/2022 season. Guests will enjoy immersive discovery of Japan on four round-trip voyages from Tokyo, as well as alluring options in Southeast Asia, with a focus on captivating Vietnam, and unique experiences in Komodo, Makassar, and Bali, among others.
• Feelings of exclusivity in the Caribbean, with an emphasis on the small islands, as well as calls at the classic destinations: Departing from both Fort Lauderdale and Bridgetown, Silver Spirit and Silver Whisper will journey through the Caribbean, unlocking the region’s authentic charm for guests in both small and iconic destinations. In the Eastern Caribbean, guests will discover the islands of St. Barts, Grenada, and St. Lucia, among others; while Mérida in Yucatán, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras await in the Western Caribbean; and Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao will fascinate travellers in the south.
• New itineraries in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, plus new adventures in the Indian Ocean’s iconic destinations of India, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar: A maiden call in Manama, the capital city of Bahrain, will highlight a new itinerary in the Persian Gulf aboard Silver Moon, while calls in Muscat, Luxor, Petra, the Suez Canal, Israel, and Rhodes will showcase the best of the Middle East for guests on another remarkable itinerary aboard the same ship. In addition, Silver Moon will also take guests to Phuket, as well as the temples of Yangon on a three-day call, Colombo, Cochin, New Mangalore, and Mumbai from Valentine’s Day in 2022.
• A 74-night circumnavigation of South America aboard new ship Silver Dawn, with an unprecedented exploration of the Amazon River: Sailing round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, this Grand Voyage will take guests deep into the gems of South America, with multiple calls in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. A highlight of the voyage, guests will travel down the Amazon River to Manaus on the trip on a lifetime.
• 30 voyages aboard new ship Silver Origin, including longer holiday options of 10- and 11-days: The newly-launched Silver Origin will form deep connections between Silversea’s guests and the Galapagos Archipelago on 30 new voyages between October 2021 and April 2022. The acclaimed 7-day Western and North-Central itineraries will be integrated with two, longer holiday cruises: a 10-day round-trip voyage from December 18th and an 11-day New Year’s voyage from December 28th.
• Silversea’s previously announced World Cruise, the Tale of Tales 2022: Journeying from 65°S to 65°N, Silver Whisper will visit 69 destinations across 32 countries, departing January 6, 2022. Accompanied by a celebrated line-up of illustrious creatives, Silversea’s guests will transit the Panama Canal, cruise the Chilean Fjords, step foot on land in Antarctica, walk among the spectacular wildlife of South Georgia, relax on remote beaches in the Seychelles, admire Petra in Jordan, discover the Holy Land and the highlights of the Mediterranean, before exploring the natural wonders of Northern Europe, as well as enjoying many more once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
On new bookings made before June 30, 2020, travellers will benefit from Silversea’s new Double Bonus offer, through which guests can reserve their voyage from just USD 1,000/CAD 1,250/BPS 750/EUR 900/AUD 1,500 per suite. Guests will also receive USD 1,000 to spend on board. This great offer is fully combinable with the Early Booking Bonus, and, for select sailings, qualifies for Silversea’s Cruise with Confidence policy.
SILVERSEA CONGRATULATES STEVE MCCURRY ON BEING AWARDED THE CHERRY KEARTON MEDAL BY THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY (WITH IBG)
(Miami, FL — May 28, 2020) Internationally renowned photographer and Silversea’s eye on the world Steve McCurry has been named as the recipient of the prestigious Cherry Kearton Medal and Award for 2020, bestowed by the London-based Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) (RGS-IBG) for ‘photography that encourages reflection on the interaction with peoples, landscapes and wildlife across the world.’
The Cherry Kearton Medal and Award from the RGS-IBG
The prestigious accolade is among a number of medals and awards that the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) presents annually to individuals and organizations to recognize outstanding contributions to geographical research, fieldwork and teaching, and public engagement.
“I am honored to be the recipient of the Cherry Kearton Medal and Award and to be among men and women whom I admire,” says McCurry. “My work with Silversea has allowed me to explore new regions of this incredible world we live in. It has also given me the opportunity to photograph the animals that inhabit these otherworldly habitats in places such as Antarctica, the Galápagos, and the Arctic. As humans, we have a responsibility to build a stable ground for future generations. It is critical today to have an understanding of the times we live in, as well as how people interact with each other in their communities and the environment.”
Steve McCurry’s Travels with Silversea Cruises
Through his collaboration with Silversea, the iconic visual storyteller has traveled deeper and farther to capture meaningful moments in human and wildlife activities across myriad landscapes. Since 2017, McCurry has undertaken 27 journeys with Silversea and his travels with the cruise line have unlocked the wonders of dozens of destinations to all seven continents, from the farthest reaches of Asia and the polar realms, through Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and Australia, to the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.
Among other remarkable landscapes and experiences, McCurry’s lens has revealed the authentic beauty of:
• Hot spring-bathing Japanese macaques in the forests of the Jigokudani Valley, Japan;
• Chinstrap Penguins frolicking among Antarctica’s icy landscapes;
• the multicolored spectacle of the Egun mask dancers in Benin, West Africa;
• the Kazakh people of the Altai Mountains in Mongolia, who survive harsh winters by hunting with eagles;
• Barcelona’s stunning human towers of intrepid performers standing atop one another;
• And the breathtaking scenery of Flåm, Norway, with its fjords, waterfalls, and the famous Flåm railway.
“We are delighted to learn that the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) has honored Steve with its Cherry Kearton Medal and Award, and wish to congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition,” says Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Steve McCurry’s artistry and storytelling are at the heart of our creative collaboration. His images not only take you on a journey, but compel you to see how precious our world is. Our guests share Steve’s passion for travel and, like Steve, find gratification and enjoyment in the unique experiences that they enjoy with Silversea.”
Professor Joe Smith, Director, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), comments: “The Society is delighted for Steve McCurry to be the recipient of the Cherry Kearton Medal and Award which reflects a lifetime of insightful documentary photography of people and places taken all over this extraordinary planet”
SILVERSEA LAUNCHES ‘VIRTUAL VISITS’ TO REMAIN CONNECTED WITH TRAVEL PARTNERS
(Miami, FL — May 27, 2020) The leading ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea is rolling out Virtual Visits, a new weekly video series designed to engage and inform travel partners. Nurturing the cruise line’s strong relationships with the travel agent community, representatives from Silversea’s global sales and marketing teams are hosting short video presentations of 15 minutes or less that travel advisors can view at their convenience to keep up to date with the company’s latest news.
Delivered through a dedicated new platform, sales team members address key areas of interest, from product developments and destination insights to new offers and initiatives, including the recently launched Cruise with Confidence program and the Double Bonus promotion, which enabled guests to book a cruise with Silversea from just USD $1,000 per suite, which will be converted into a $1,000 Onboard Spending Credit.
“We have launched this Virtual Visits program to support our valued travel partners throughout this challenging period,” says Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We understand how difficult it can be for travel advisors to keep up with scheduled webinars, so we have created these convenient online videos, hosted by a familiar Silversea face, as a way to stay connected and to update our partners at their leisure. Silversea is offering guests unprecedented flexibility to book their voyages when they feel ready and these Virtual Visits ensure that travel advisors are there to support their guests every step of the way.”
Silversea’s Virtual Visits are delivered by email, via the popular Explore newsletter, to the cruise line’s established travel partners. Travel advisors requiring additional information may contact the Silversea sales support team by calling 1-800-722-9955.