WHEN SILVERSEA CRUISES began operations in 1994, it became the world’s first all-inclusive, ultra-luxury cruise line. For sheer elegance in small-ship cruising, Silversea continues to top the charts. Its fleet expanded to nine ships, with five more on order, and its itineraries now cover the globe. In this, its silver jubilee year, Silversea was elected GT’s Cruise Line of the Year, a position it achieved by continuing to enhance its offerings. For the near future, Silversea will place more emphasis on its longer voyages and expedition cruising.
Much of this manifests in the inauguration of a new expedition ship, Silver Origin, to launch in July 2020. Especially designed for the Galápagos Islands, Silver Origin is the latest addition to Silversea’s line of expedition ships, which originated 10 years ago. Carrying just 100 guests, this all-suite vessel will sail alternate seven-night itineraries between Baltra and San Cristóbal, visiting multiple isles of the Galápagos Archipelago, with a stop at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Passengers will enjoy free WiFi, complimentary expedition gear, the services of eight Zodiac craft and one local naturalist guide for every 10 guests. During the holiday season, starting Dec. 19, 2020, Silversea will conduct 11-day and 12-day extended cruises, too. Silversea promises to deliver the most elegant Galápagos cruising available, along with the best Zodiac-to-passenger (1:12.5) and crew-to-passenger (1:1.16) ratios in the region.
In addition, Silversea announced the world’s first expedition world cruise, departing Jan. 30, 2021, on the 254-passenger ice-class Silver Cloud, equipped with 18 Zodiacs and 10 kayaks for shore excursions. This 167-day voyage from Ushuaia, Argentina, near Antarctica, to Tromsø, Norway, near the Arctic Circle, includes 107 destinations in 30 countries — an exhaustive oceanic trek enhanced by a range of lecturers and speakers from world explorer Tim Severin to Felicity Aston, the only woman to cross Antarctica alone. Such a cruise doesn’t come cheap, of course, with fares ranging $99,000–400,000 per person, but the price includes shore excursions and business-class airfare from select gateways.
For those wanting more abbreviated but still in-depth luxury expedition cruises, Silversea is expanding its Grand Voyages program. These Grand Voyages provide all passengers with suites, butler services and a long list of complimentary perks from wines to WiFi … more than enough for a month or two of pleasure and discovery at sea. A 51-day Grand Voyage circumnavigation of Australia, for example, departing from Sydney Oct. 31, 2020, on the 596-passenger Silver Muse, includes additional stops in New Zealand, Bali and Komodo Island. A 70-day Grand Voyage of South America, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, departs Jan. 7, 2021, on the brand-new, 595-passenger Silver Moon and includes a Panama Canal transit and stops at Rio de Janeiro, the Falkland Islands and the Chilean fjords.
Set to reach more than 900 destinations on all seven continents in 2020, Silversea continues to sail at the head of its class among ultra-luxury, small- ship cruise lines.
I had just taken off my sandals, stepping onto the white-sand beach for a late-morning walk to a secluded spot I heard about from a front desk clerk, when I glanced down and saw the time on my phone. It had just turned 11 a.m., which meant it was only 7 am back home, the perfect time to call and say good morning to by husband before he left for work. Not quite ready to head back to my room, I decided I’d test the WiFi signal and made the call as I continued walking toward the shoreline.
San Antonio celebrated 300 years of progress in May 2018. With a clear vision following that anniversary year, the Texan city set its sights firmly on 300 more. While commemorating this milestone, the city underwent a major overhaul to prepare for the next phase in its history.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
When you think of a relaxing spa day, mountains, rivers and view of gorgeous landscapes pop in your head; a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of any city’s booming music and honking taxis. SoJo Spa Club and Hotel gives you the relaxing feeling of being away while still staying close to the busy center of Manhattan.
Dance the night away with Grand Hotel’s Ballroom Dance offer, available May 16–18. Dancers of all skill levels will experience a diverse range of ballroom dance styles, alongside daily breakfast and dinner, a welcome reception and complimentary golf green fees.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.