For the first time in history, travellers have embarked on a seven-continent world cruise.
Silversea Cruises’ Silver Whisper set sail on the ‘Legends of Cruising 2020’ last week, departing Fort Lauderdale for Amsterdam, where guests will arrive on 25 May having circumnavigated the world.
Pushing the boundaries of travel, guests on Silversea’s 140-day World Cruise 2020 will travel deep into 62 destinations in 32 countries, including the Antarctic Peninsula over three days.
An exclusive ‘bon voyage’
Silversea executives were in attendance at a bespoke ‘bon voyage’ event on 5 January, including the cruise line’s president and CEO Roberto Martinoli, as world-cruising guests convened ahead of the journey.
Held at The Breakers in Palm Beach, the ‘bon voyage’ reception enabled the travellers to socialise and share their excitement for the journey to come.
“It was an honour to bid our guests bon voyage ahead of our World Cruise 2020,” Martinoli said.
“Legends of Cruising is our most immersive World Cruise to date, offering an unprecedented range of experiences.
“From Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam, Antarctica to Aqaba, the variety of destinations discovered by our guests will showcase the authentic beauty of the world like never before.
“Our guests’ enthusiasm for the voyage has been reflected in the exceptionally strong booking numbers.”
A cocktail around the world
Among the array of enhancements planned for the Legends of Cruising World Cruise 2020 is a pioneering new cocktail program which will immerse guests in sailed destinations through regional drinks and local ingredients, as well as the fascinating stories behind each.
Previewing Silversea’s new S.A.L.T. program, which will be inaugurated with the launch of Silver Moon in August 2020, the new cocktail offering will comprise 62 cocktails that will create a sense of place, inspired by the distinctive characteristics of each visited region.
Guests will also enjoy cocktail masterclasses as they learn to mix their own beverages and will sample cocktail pairings to discover new flavours.
An enhanced world experience
To enrich the experience exclusively for world-cruising guests, Silversea has introduced a collection of 33 brand new, bespoke shore experiences for 2020 – the World Cruise Collection.
Travellers can embark on a musical and culinary journey in San Juan hosted by an acclaimed artist, attend a private performance of a world-renowned folkloric ballet troupe in Salvador da Bahia, and delve into the Polynesian culture with a celebrated anthropologist in Moorea, among other special experiences.
Also, for the very first time on a Silversea World Cruise, travellers will benefit from Zodiacs activities, supervised by the cruise line’s expedition team, enabling them to indulge their curiosity for discovery under the guidance of experts.
In the Antarctic Peninsula, for example, Silversea’s expedition team members will lead Zodiac tours on which guests are likely to witness penguins, seals and other animals in their natural environment, as well as large icebergs, before landing at designating landing spots for on-shore discovery.
A strong line up of guest lecturers will enrich a fascinating entertainment program for guests, including John and Tracy Fleming, Michael Buerk, Bill Miller, Tony Leon, Thomas Keneally, and James Bradley.
Personalised gifts, guest entertainers, local shows, and themed evenings will also be on offer.