Dining: There is an open-seating dining room. You
can arrive anytime between 7:30 and 9:30. Cuisine is French, Italian and American
plus local specialties. Special diets are accommodated. There is room service
24 hours a day, including full meals served course by course. Stewardesses
deliver canapés to the suites before dinner. Wine is complimentary at lunch and dinner, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks throughout
the ship. There are buffets in the Terrace Cafe for breakfast and lunch and
theme dinners. A lunch features homeland dishes from each chef.
Dress: Casual during the day. Dressy at night, with one to three
formal nights in which most men wear tuxedos and women wear gowns or cocktail
Facilities and Activities:
These are two identical luxury ships. Cabins are located forward and
public rooms aft. There is a piano bar, heated pool, two whirlpools, a fitness
room, sauna and steam rooms, massage, self-service laundry, hairdresser, movie
theater, show lounge, forward observation lounge, library, small casino, and a
meeting room with computers. There are dance hosts on board for many cruises.
There is a
wraparound track for walking and jogging., a medical facility
with a doctor and a nurse. There is an open bridge policy. Some cruises can
be combined with African safaris. A golf cruise offers golf packages that
allow guests to visit golf courses at ports of call. Some cruises have
fishing experiences on shore excursions, including heli-fishing at Great
Barrier Island and fly fishing in New Zealand. Other activities include guest
lecturers, language courses, bridge instruction, dancing,
cabaret shows, and folkloric performances. Some cruises have dance hosts. Smoking is restricted to
designated areas. This is not a ship for children.
Recent Fares Reported to Us: The cruises are all-inclusive:
beverages are complimentary; tipping is not allowed; air
travel and precruise hotels are generally included with the cruise fare, as
well as port taxes and transfers. Eight-day cruise with
air from $5,695; cheaper on a cruise-only basis if you
can get air cheaper on your own. Book six months in
advance: 10 - 25 percent discount; save $1,000 to $2,000
more if you combine two back-to-back cruises. Past
passengers offered a discount on some
voyages. When you spend 300 days on cruises,
you get a seven-night cruise free.
SILVER SHADOW, SILVER WHISPER
These ships circle the globe, offering cruises to
the Seychelles, Indian Ocean, Baltic, Mediterranean, eastern
coast of U.S., South America, the South Pacific and Southeast
Asia. Voyages are from 7 to 44 nights.
148. All cabins are outside with floor-to-ceiling
windows, and 110 have balconies. All are
air-conditioned, have twin beds that can be converted to
queen, and have walk-in closets, VCR, mini-bar,
direct-dial phone, and a bathroom with shower and tub.
Cabins range from 240 to 1,300 sq. ft. There are two
wheelchair accessible cabins on Silver Wind. Five suites
have two bedrooms.
Passenger Capacity: 382
Built: 2000, 2001
Length: 610 ft.
Beam: 81 ft.
Staff and Crew: 295, international
- Itinerary: Voyages in the Mediterranean Sea, Baltic, Africa,
India, along the east coast of the U.S., in the Caribbean, Asia, Australia,
South Pacific, and along both coasts of South America.
Silver Shadow has a series of 9-11-day cruises from Hong
Kong, Bangkok and Singapore to destinations in Thailand, Cambodia
194. All are outside, from 287 sq. ft. to 1,435 sq. ft., with 23
suites. About 80 percent of the staterooms have verandas. All staterooms have
twin-to-queen beds, walk-in closet, bath with tub and separate
shower, refrigerator, TV/VCR, direct dial telephone, and individual climate control.
There is a open seating. Meals are served in the
dining room, at the less formal indoor/outdoor café, and at the poolside grill.
- Facilities and Activities: These are luxury sister
ships. There is a pool, spa, fitness center, observation lounge, show lounge,
wine and champagne bar, casino, library, hairdresser, computer center with
email access, credit-card-operated fax and telephones, and internet access
from every guest suite. There are guest lecturers, language courses, bridge
tournaments, dance band, shows, folkloric performances and films. Some
cruises have dance hosts.
Recent Fares Reported to Us:
Seven-day cruise from $5,095; 18-day $13,095 per person
double occupancy, including air, one hotel night, port
charges, all beverages, gratuities, and transfers.
Discount for booking and paying in advance and for past guests on certain sailings.
Passenger Capacity: 540
Staff and Crew: International
91-day voyage exploring over
20 countries through the Americas, summer in the Mediterranean,
Caribbean for fall and winter cruises.
270 . All are ocean-view suites, most with private
veranda. All have private bath. Some have butler
informal and formal evenings.
- Facilities and Activities:
6 restaurants including Asian restaurant, supper club, pool grille, main
restaurant, wine restaurant. An 8,300 sq. ft. spa, fitness center, pool, library,
internet, show lounge, observation lounges.
jazz ensembles, cabaret shows, moonlight movies on deck. Some
cruises have dance hosts.
There are culinary and wine
theme cruises and guest lecturers from fields including nature,
history, art, journalism, photography and politics.
Bridge is not open, but guided
tours are offered.
Typical Rates and Special
Deals: Cruise fares include all beverages throughout the ship,
24-hour room service; stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, gratuities.
Complimentary butler service is provided in the Grand, Royal,
Rossellini and Owner's Suites.
There are savings for early
booking and advance payment.
SILVER DAWN, SILVER EXPLORER
Passenger Capacity: 132
Built: 1989; rebuilt 2008
Former Names: World
Discoverer; Prince Albert II
- Itinerary: Arctic, Antarctic,
Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, North America, South
America, Panama Canal, Sea of Cortez. The South
Pacific itinerary will include the Austral Islands, Tuamotu and the
66. All are outside. There are cabins and suites, from
180 to 600 sq. ft.. Some
suites have a separate bedroom and can accommodate three
persons. Many have verandas.
There is a single seating.
- Facilities and Activities: This
is an ice-rated vessel for expedition cruising. There
is a spa, hairdresser, fitness center, band,
library with computers, wireless internet service and
service for cell phones. Complimentary beverages
throughout the ships, stocked ensuite beverage cabinet, 24-hour room
service; gratuities included.
Name: Galapagos Explorer II
Passenger Capacity: 100
Length: 89 m.
Officers & crew: Ecuadorian
Main lounge for lectures and
briefings. Jacuzzi. Whale watching. Open bridge. Snorkeling
equipment and wetsuits are available for rent. Wireless internet access is available for a fee including in the
cabins. A physician is on board.
encounters with wildlife that includes land iguanas, giant tortoises,
blue- and red-footed boobies, marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and
Darwin's famous finches.
program also offers opportunities to swim and snorkel, see unique
highland ecosystems, hike through mangrove forests and across volcanic
fields, explore natural lava tunnels, see wild flamingos (in season),
and learn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research
Recent Fares Reported to Us:
start at $5,450 per person based on
double occupancy. Guests have butler service, and a selection of complimentary beverages, wines and spirits
served throughout the ship, and a stocked in-suite beverage cabinet.
- Itinerary: Three, four and seven-night
of the Galapagos Islands. The western itinerary cruises
roundtrip from Baltra Island to Santiago, Bartolomé, Isabela,
Fernandina, Floreana, San Cristóbal, and Santa Cruz. The north central
roundtrip from Baltra Island to Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Seymour Norte, San
Cristóbal, Española, and Plazas Sur.
- Cabins: Ship cabins have double or twin beds;
some cabins have extra sofa bed for third passenger. Some cabins have
balconies. TV in cabins have documentaries on the islands and films.
- Dining: Open seating. Dinner has two main
entree choices plus one vegetarian and one low-calorie choice. Room
service for breakfast.
- Facilities and Activities:
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