WELL over 60 per cent of our guests return for at least one future cruise vacation,” said Aris Zarpanely, Silversea Cruises’ executive vice-president, international market.
Indeed, many of the company’s passengers go on to become guests who regularly frequent Silversea’s cruises, which are set apart from the competition by small yacht-style ships, higly personalised service, individual itinerary planning and attention to every detail. The firm’s suites offer the highest ratio of space-per-guest of any fleet.
“Silversea Cruise vacations offer travellers an onboard getaway on par with the finest in luxury travel,” added Zarpanely. The company has a fleet of four luxurious all-suite ships designed to be a home upon the oceans of the world: the Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper, billed as being among the most beautiful yacht-like cruise ships ever launched, and comparable to intimate and exclusive top-end resorts.
While spacious in feel and appearance, each of the ships is small in comparison to mass-market vessels, making them agile and easily docked in less-travelled, more enticing destinations. From a Vista to an Owner’s Suite, each accommodation is warm and inviting, expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Every suite offers a personal view of sea and sky. Eighty per cent are complemented with furnished teak verandas, the perfect venue for breakfast, watching your next port approach closer into view.
Complimentary beverages are served throughout the ship, with a connoisseur’s assortment of complimentary wines, champagne and spirits stocked in one of the best cellars at sea, available both at meals and in the in-suite beverage cabinet. The ships offer open-seating dining all the time and 24-hour complimentary room-service.
Silversea allows agents the chance to customise travel itineraries for clients with their innovative personalised voyages option, enabling them to create a flexible plan as their travel preferences dictate.
An enticing collection of pre- or post-cruise land and hotel programmes are also available, from a journey on the legendary Orient Express to a few nights’ indulgence in a luxury spa resort.
The company has received the very highest awards from authoritative guidebooks and publications in the travel industry, being rated number one four consecutive years in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards; World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line for three years in Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Awards; and a coveted six stars from Fielding’s Guide to Worldwide Cruises for three years in a row.
Details of Silversea’s 2005/2006 destinations and special savings programmes on their many voyages are available at www.silversea.com or with the company’s preferred UAE partner, Axis Holidays Worldwide.
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