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Silversea: The Six Star Solution

... and, it’s not just about the suites & butlers!

Silversea ship with logo

When Silversea Cruises launched in 1994 with one 16,800 ton, 296 passenger ship, many questioned the line’s potential for survival. In what was then an increasingly mass-market industry, could Silversea survive while offering an upscale product with a self-described “Unwavering Commitment to Service?”

Defying the sceptics, nearly 20 years later Silversea is alive and well, with a fleet of 7 ships, none carrying more than 540 passengers. The passenger to crew ratio is close to 1:1, which makes that “unwavering commitment” possible.

Silversea ship with logo

A couple of anecdotes go a long way to depicting the level of service on a Silversea ship. Guests report leaving their reading glasses on their lounge chair while they went for a dip in the pool, then returning to find them polished. One guest mentioned to a crew member that she always has popcorn in her office at 3 p.m. For the duration of the cruise, her butler found her wherever she was on the ship at 3 p.m., with a basket of freshly popped corn in hand. Now that is service.

Luxury is in our DNA.

Kristian Anderson, Silversea’s V.P. Sales North America puts it this way: “Luxury is in our DNA”  - we may not have invented it, but we certainly have perfected it.”

Silversea offers an all-suite, all-inclusive experience. All suites are ocean view and many offer private verandas. Butler service is offered for every suite. Fine wines, champagne and spirits are complimentary, at the ships’ bars and restaurants and in-suite bars. Onboard gratuities are included, as is transportation into town in most ports. Guests enjoy open seating dining in The Restaurant, as well as a choice of specialty restaurants. For those desiring a romantic dinner for 2, in-suite, course-by-course dining is offered.

Dine on Silversea Deck

As well as the 5 Silversea ships that travel the world, seeking out many ports that can’t accommodate larger vessels, there are 2 Silversea Expeditions ships, the Silver Explorer, carrying 132 guests, and the Silver Galapagos, a 100 passenger vessel which debuts in September. Silver Explorer travels just about pole-to-pole with many stops in between, while Silver Galapagos will focus on those wondrous islands off the coast of Ecuador. Both offer adventure cruising in an unprecedented atmosphere of luxury and pampering.

Silversea offers a wide variety of ‘big ship’ activities in a small ship ambience. There are wine tastings and cooking demonstrations. You can take a dance class or sit in on a lecture by an eminent guest speaker. Or you can devote your time to more active pursuits — jogging, swimming or an exercise class at the Fitness Centre. The list goes on.

What would I do with a butler?
butler

For clients who ask “What would I do with a butler?” the answer is “lots of things.” On arrival they welcome guests, help unpack if desired, present a selection of bathroom amenities and pillow choices. They will chill the guest’s preferred beverages in their in-suite refrigerator, discuss food preferences and make reservations for dinner, private fitness sessions and more. They’ll even polish shoes.

Silversea’s all-inclusive luxury is perfect for clients who want to totally relax in a stimulating, carefree environment where they will enjoy endless pampering and the company of well-travelled, like minded shipmates.

Silversea’s Kirstian Anderson presentation to travel agents at Cruise Strategies event in Toronto on January 24th, 2013 (PowerPoint)

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