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Silversea unveils offbeat world cruise

After revealing exclusive details to travel trade during a sneak preview on Wednesday, Silversea has opened pre-sale on its coveted Controtempo World Cruise for 2025.

Unveiled by the cruise line’s executives during a special live-streamed event, the 136-day Controtempo World Cruise will depart Tokyo for New York on January 13, 2025, promising an offbeat journey to 59 destinations across 30 countries.

Travellers can tick off some of the world’s most iconic and off-the-beaten-path destinations during unconventional seasons aboard Silversea’s ultra-luxe Silver Dawn, marking the first time a Muse-class ship has hosted a World Cruise.

The Controtempo World Cruise 2025 was unveiled to selected guests and travel partners during a virtual premiere, which featured a video starring Fernando Barroso de Oliveira—Silversea’s president’s ambassador to the Venetian Society.

Incorporating a 10-song soundtrack composed especially for the event, inspired by each region on the voyage, the video shows Fernando walking through a sample of the voyage’s destinations, showcasing the experiences that await guests in each region, highlighting the draw of discovering the world off-season and through local eyes.

After showing the video, and following a brief presentation, attendees posed their questions to Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s president and CEO; Barbara Muckermann, chief commercial officer and Fernando himself.

“Feeding the incredibly high demand for extended voyages, our destination experts have designed our new Controtempo World Cruise 2025 to sail offbeat, enabling the world’s most experienced travellers to rediscover the world in a whole new light,” Martinoli said.

“Controtempo, a musical term that means ‘off-tempo’, will take guests closer to the authentic heartbeat of iconic and off-the-beaten-path destinations.

“We will be travelling to an unusual rhythm, from East to West, with more time ashore in unconventional seasons. For the first time, we will host our World Cruise aboard our beautiful Silver Dawn—a slightly larger ship with a capacity of 596—which pays testament to the high demand we are seeing for extended voyages.

“Most importantly, guests will enjoy an enhanced experience aboard Silver Dawn, with the choice of eight restaurants; eight bars and lounges; our immersive culinary programme, S.A.L.T.; and our indulgent wellness programme, Otium℠. This is the invitation to gain a different perspective on the world, in true Silversea style.”

Incorporating 33 overnight calls, seven exclusive events, three optional overland programmes, and 19 maiden calls, the Controtempo World Cruise 2025 is set to unlock new experiences for Silversea’s most discerning travellers.

As well as some of the most iconic cities in the world, from Tokyo to Paris, the itinerary will include remote destinations that are new to a Silversea World Cruise.

Silversea’s World Cruise Map 2025 (supplied)

The voyage will be divided into 10 segments, including Tokyo to Hong Kong (13 – 27 January), Hong Kong to Singapore (27 January – 7 February), Singapore to Mumbai (7 – 24 February), Mumbai to Istanbul (24 February – 16 March), Istanbul to Naples (16 – 25 March), Naples to Lisbon (25 March – 3 April), Lisbon to Southampton (3 – 12 April), Southampton to Stockholm (12 – 30 April), Stockholm to Reykjavic (30 April – 13 May) and Reykjavic to New York (13 – 29 May).

Presale for the Controtempo World Cruise 2025 is now open to all Venetian Society members and will be available to the general public on 2 August.

Silversea recently expanded its expedition fleet with the acquisition of Crystal Endeavorrenaming it Silver Endeavour and bringing its total fleet number to 11.

Silver Endeavour is expected to enter service in November and will replace Silver Explorer from the 2022/2023 Antarctica season—including the ship’s highly popular Antarctica Bridge sailings.


Featured image: Youtube/Silversea Cruises



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