Worldwide Grand Voyages Cruises
(Grand Voyage Cruise)
From the shores of Polynesia and lands down under, to the richly ornate cultures of the Orient and Africa, to the birthplace of civilisation, this truly revelatory World Cruise will take you to places that will leave you filled with wonder... and extraordinary memories. Join the intimate, 382-guest Silver Whisper and you'll soon understand why World Cruises with Silversea are the connoisseur's choice for travel excellence. Savour the small ship ability to slip into boutique ports and the genuine camaraderie that develops on board as you follow in the path of early navigators. Embarking your luxury ship in chic Los Angeles, you'll sail the oceans of the world over the course of 115 nights, arriving back to the United States, 30 countries later, for disembarkation in sun-soaked Fort Lauderdale. So many cultures, so much history, and an array of wildlife opportunities- there's no better way to see the world.
Includes: Business Class air with Private Car transfers on both ends of the cruise, $4,000 onboard credit per double occupancy suite, 3 exclusive Shoreside Events (the exact locations to be advised) 1 exclusive World Cruise Experience (dining in the desert at Walvis Bay, Namibia), Complimentary Laundry Service and Internet access package on the ship & much more.
Meet your driver at the airport for a private transfer to your hotel.
Get ready for the Gala Bon Voyage Reception & Dinner this evening, which will appropriately set the stage for your voyage commencement tomorrow.
Prior to arrival, you'll be notified of your luxury accommodations in Beverly Hills, a benefit of your early booking.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, explore the length of your ship, and mentally gear up for this incredible voyage you're setting out on. Tonight's dinner on board will provide an ideal environment to meet some of your fellow cruisemates.
Silver Whisper, the newest ship in the Silversea fleet, was launched in 2001. The Whisper offers its guest the ultimate in intimate Italian Cruising – six-star service, fewer guests, more space and the ability to slip into exotic ports off the beaten path. It is as elegant as a grand hotel, as gracious as a long-time friends’ home. Every ocean-view suite provides a sumptuous retreat. Each public space is intimate yet inviting. It’s a warm feeling of home upon the seas of the earth. Aboard Silver Whisper you will find a most accommodating place to view our world. Whether it’s delicious onboard diversions, world-class cuisine, memorable dining venues or staying connected from anywhere, Silversea’s impeccable standards apply to every detail of your voyage. Pamper yourself at the beauty salon. Find the perfect bauble in the boutique. Test your luck in the casino. Enjoy an invigorating workout. Curl up with a good book in the library. Or simply soak up the sun on the pool deck.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the Pacific Ocean.
Nuku Hiva is the largest of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. It was formerly also known as Île Marchand and Madison Island. Nuku Hiva was also the site for Survivor: Marquesas, the fourth installment of the popular CBS reality television show in the US.
Rangiroa (meaning Vast Sky in Tuamotuan) or Te Kokota (Hyades in Maori), is the largest atoll in the Tuamotus, and one of the largest in the world (although it is smaller than Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands and Huvadhu in the Maldives). It is part of the Palliser group. The nearest atoll is Tikehau, located only 12 km to the West. It is about 355 km Northeast of Tahiti. The chief town is Avatoru, located in the northwestern part of the atoll.
Moorea is a high island in French Polynesia, part of the Society Islands, 17 km (roughly 9mi) northwest of Tahiti. Because of its stunning scenery and accessibility to Papeete, Moorea is particularly popular as a honeymoon destination. The island vaguely resembles a fork, with its two nearly symmetrical bays opening to the north side of the island: Cook's (or Paopao) Bay and Oponohu Bay.
Papeete ("water from a basket") is the capital of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The commune (municipality) of Papeete is located on the island of Tahiti. Traveling tourists arrive and depart Papeete via cruise ship at Papeete Harbor or domestic airline at Faa'a International Airport, which was completed and opened in 1962. The downtown features some fine churches and a market, though Tahiti is most known for its secluded ocean beaches.
Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 230 kilometres (140 mi) northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu. Overwater bungalows are a standard feature of most Bora Bora resorts. The island is famous for snorkelling and scuba diving in and around its lagoon.
Lose a Day (Crossing International Date Line)
Nukualofa is the capital of the Kingdom of Tonga. It is located on the north coast of the island of Tongatapu, in the southernmost island group of Tonga, which British explorer Captain James Cook sailed to in 1777, during one of his three voyages through the then-uncharted Pacific Ocean.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the South Pacific Ocean.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the South Pacific Ocean.
Nouméa is the capital city of the French special collectivity of New Caledonia. It is situated on a peninsula in the south of New Caledonia's main island, Grande Terre, and lies on a protected deepwater harbour which serves as the chief port for New Caledonia. The city maintains much of New Caledonia's unique mix of French and old Melanesian culture. During World War II, Nouméa served as the headquarters of the United States military in the South Pacific, and even today the U.S. wartime military influence lingers.
Sydney is the largest and most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast of the Tasman Sea. The city is built on hills surrounding Port Jackson which is commonly known as Sydney Harbour, where the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge feature prominently. The hinterland of the metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks, and the coastal regions feature many bays, rivers, inlets and beaches including the famous Bondi Beach. Within the city are many notable parks, including Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens.Sydney has a reputation as an international centre for commerce, arts, fashion, culture, entertainment, music, education and tourism, making it one of GaWC's Alpha + world cities.
With a departure from Sydney this evening, you have a full day to explore more of this incredible city.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the Bass Strait.
Melbourne is the second most populous city in Australia, and is located around Port Phillip Bay in the south-east. The city is often referred to as Australia's 'sporting and cultural capital' and it is home to many of the nation's most significant cultural and sporting events and institutions. Melbourne is notable for its mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture, its extensive tram network and Victorian parks and gardens, as well as its diverse, multicultural society.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the Southern Ocean.
Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia, with a population of more than 1.1 million. It is a coastal city beside the Southern Ocean. Adelaide is also home to a great number of cultural institutions with many located of the boulevard of North Terrace including the Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australian Museum and State Library of South Australia. The Adelaide Botanic Garden, National Wine Centre and Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute are located nearby in the East End.
Port Lincoln is a city in the Australian state of South Australia. It is a coastal city on Boston Bay at the southern extremity of the Eyre Peninsula. It is the largest city in the West Coast region, and is located approximately 280 kilometres (straight line - 646 km by road) from the capital city Adelaide. The city is reputed to have the most millionaires per capita in Australia.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the Great Australian Bight.
Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia, and the fourth-largest city in Australia. It is located in between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Range, with the central business district and suburbs along the Swan River. Perth Cultural Centre is both an area of central Perth and the collective name for the main buildings of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Western Australian Museum, Alexander Library, State Records Office and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA).
Additional day in Freemantle (Perth).
Full day spent at sea, cruising the Timor Sea.
The southern region of Bali is known for its remarkable coral reefs and white sand beaches. South of the centralized mountainous area is a steadily decreasing area ideal for the production of rice products. The largest city on the island of Bali is located in the southern region, Denpasar, with a population of approximately 491000 people. The tourism industry is primarily focused in the south, while significant in the other parts of the island as well.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the Java Sea.
Semarang is a city on the north coast of the island of Java, Indonesia. A major port during the Dutch colonial era, and still an important regional center and port today, the city has a dominant Javanese population. Several Chinese temples, a Dutch Protestant church and a Roman Catholic cathedral are some of the city's main sights.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the South China Sea.
Brunei is a country located on the north coast of the island of Borneo, in Southeast Asia. Apart from its coastline with the South China Sea it is completely surrounded by the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. Brunei is the remnant of a very powerful sultanate, and regained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1984. Crude oil and natural gas production account for nearly half of its GDP. Islam is the official religion of Brunei, and the sultan is the head of the religion in the country.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the South China Sea.
Haikou, is the capital and most populous city of Hainan province, People's Republic of China. It is situated on the northern coast of Hainan, by the mouth of the Nandu River. Three sides of the city are coastal, and feature excellent beaches and resort areas.
Hong Kong, A city-state situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. After 156 years of British colonial rule, the sovereignty of Hong Kong was transfered back to China in 1997. As a result of the lack of space and demand for construction, few older buildings remain, and the city is becoming a centre for modern architecture.
Your final day in Hong Kong is spent soaking up as much of the culture as possible before your late evening departure from port.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the Gulf of Tonkin.
After 20 years of isolation, this history-laden Vietnamese capital will charm and fascinate you with her vibrant sights. Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a blend of magnificent French colonial architecture set against spacious boulevards thronged with trishaws, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Leave time to shop in the Ben Thanh Market or wander in the landmark Reunification Hall. The more adventurous may opt for an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong in hiding from Allied troops.
Spend another half day discovering the impressive colonnial architecture and history of Ho Chi Minh City, before departing from port in the early afternoon.
Bangkok is a frequently chaotic jumble of traffic, temples, savory food and entertainment. Over the last few years, the opening of a slick new elevated tramway that enables visitors to glide over the chaotic scenes below, coupled with the cheap and frequent river boats and the reasonably priced air-conditioned taxis, have made tourism in the city newly appealing. Within the city limits is a wealth of over 300 Buddhist temple and shrines. Most famous are Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple), Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and Wat Trimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha). One of the largest temple complexes in the country is Wat Pho. Altogether, there are over 30 individual temples scattered here, of which the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is the largest. The Buddha's statue is enormous, an amazing 47.5m (156ft) long and 15m (49ft) high. Wat Phra Kaeo is a temple complex that houses the Emerald Buddha.
Spend another day exploring the cultural epicenter of Thailand, with your ship docked at port until late afternoon.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the Gulf of Thailand.
Singapore is the east's great melting pot, a cultural potpourri that leaves the unsuspecting visitor dazzled. Sir Stamford Raffles, a British civil servant, brought the ‘Lion City’ to world prominence after searching for a trading station to counter the Dutch influence in the Straits of Malacca, and trade has remained the island’s mainstay. The best way to experience the remarkable diversity of the city is on foot: the traditional architecture, customs, and cuisine of the various ethnic areas are in fascinating contrast to the lavish luxury shopping arcades of Orchard Road and Raffles City. Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques, and Anglican and Catholic cathedrals are all likely to be encountered during a comparatively brief walk around some of the central areas of Singapore. St Andrew’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, the Al-Abrar Mosque, the vast and florid Kong Meng Sang Phor Kark See Temple Complex, the Chettiar Hindu Temple, and the Sri Mariamman Temple are only a few of these.
Spend today exploring more of the eclectic cultural mix of the impressive city-state, Singapore.
Kuala Lumpur - KL, as it is locally known, is Malaysia’s hub; a huge, bustling, cosmopolitan city that is the business heart of the nation. Its very ethnic diversity is part of the attraction with Malays, Chinese, Indian and European cultures melting together on the tropical streets. Often overlooked by many tourists, KL has a wealth of attractions, with the voluminous Petronas Twin Towers, at a height of 436m (1453ft), amongst the tallest buildings in the world. From the viewing level of the Towers the city unfolds with its old mosques and ramshackle buildings, contrasting with the gleaming skyscrapers that have sprouted as Malaysia has become one of the regional economic powerhouses.
The island of Penang lies just off the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Charming Georgetown is Penang’s main settlement, a thriving hub where Malay, Chinese, Thai, Indian and European cultures merge, as does the architecture which, in the space of a few miles, takes in a British colonial-style cricket pitch and a rumble of Chinese stilt houses. Worth visiting are Khoo Kongsi, an old Chinese clan house, Fort Cornwallis, a British 18th-century fortress, Penang Museum and Art Gallery. The first-class laksas and unique Penang cuisine are reason for visiting alone. Outside Georgetown, one of the most unusual attractions is the Snake Temple, which swarms with poisonous snakes, but their venomous threat is countered by heavily drugging them with incense. Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple contains an enormous gold-plated reclining Buddha which, at 33 meters long, is believed to be the third largest in the world.
Phuket is a city and port located in the southeast of Phuket Island, Thailand. The city is famous for its night life, fine dining and is a favorite destination with international travelers.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the Bay of Bengal.
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. This underdeveloped area was hit hard by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and is undergoing a number of major development projects. These projects are said to form part of the government's plan to transform Hambantota into the second major urban hub of Sri Lanka, away from Colombo.
Colombo is the largest city, seaport and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Located on the west coast of the island, it is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins. Famous landmarks in Colombo include the Galle Face Green, the Viharamahadevi Park as well as the National Museum. The Galle Face Green is the city's largest and most elegant promenade. Lined with palm trees and adjacent to the coast, this mile-long stretch in the heart of the city is a constant beehive of activity.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the Indian Ocean.
Malé Atoll is a natural atoll of the Maldives. This atoll consists of two separate atolls: North Malé Atoll and South Malé Atoll. Together with Kaashidhoo Island and Gaafaru, Malé Atoll forms the administrative division known as Kaafu Atoll. Malé, capital of the Maldives, is located at the southern end of North Malé atoll. The only international airport of the Maldives is located at Hulhule. Practically all uninhabited islands of this Atoll became tourist resorts during the two final decades of the 20th century.
Mahé is the largest island (155 km²) of the Seychelles, lying in the north east of the nation. The population of Mahé is 80,000. It contains the capital city of Victoria and has 90% of the country's total population. The island was named after Mahé de La Bourdonnais, a governor of Mauritius. Mahé's tallest peak is Morne Seychellois at 905 m, which lies in the Morne Seychellois National Park. The northern and eastern parts of the island are home to much of the population and the international airport which opened in 1971. The southern and western parts have Baie Ternay Marine National Park and Port Launay Marine National Park.
Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, lying on the Indian Ocean. It has a major port and an international airport. The city is the centre of the coastal tourism industry. Known for spectacular and economical beaches, Mombasa has long been a get-away destination. A terrific value option to relax after a safari. Sign up for optional activities including; deep sea fishing, boat excursions, scuba diving. There are several places to visit in Mombasa, including Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese, and the Old Town, which has old Islamic architecture.
With an evening departure from port, you have a full day to continue your exploration of Mombasa.
Zanzibar is the ultimate relaxation destination with history, culture, architecture, spice plantations and dazzling sand beaches. Exotic cuisine, diving and snorkelling, sailing dhows. There are so many unique experiences in store. Our favorite place to unwind and the perfect end to a safari.
Dzaoudzi is a commune in the French overseas department of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean. The commune of Dzaoudzi, made up of the twin towns of Dzaoudzi and Labattoir, is located on the small island of Petite-Terre. It was previously the capital of Mayotte, but the capital was relocated in 1977 to Mamoudzou, on the island of Grande-Terre, the main island of Mayotte.
Nosy Be is an island located off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Nosy Be is Madagascar's largest and busiest tourist resort. It has an area of 312 km2 and its population was officially estimated at 36,636 in 2001. Nosy Be means "big island" in the Malagasy language. The island was called Assada during the early colonial era of the seventeenth century. Nosy Be has been given several nicknames over the centuries, including "Nosy Manitra" (the scented island).
Mahajanga is a city and a district on the north-west coast of Madagascar. Mahajanga is a favorite tourist destination for both Malagasy tourists and international travelers, with beautiful beaches, a coconut-lined boardwalk, and eight months of hot yet virtually rain-free weather.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the Mozambique Channel.
In the province of KwaZulu-Natal.
Durban - known as 'eThekwini' in local Zulu language - is modern African city that offers a unique palette of sights. There is an abundance of breathtaking scenery just beyond the city: from coastal towns to the Sapphire Coast, the verdant Valley of 1000 Hills with its nature reserves and cultural villages, Big 5 game reserves, reefs, coastal forests, the mighty Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park – a World Heritage Site – and more awaits you. With its warm subtropical climate and beaches, Durban remains a beautiful destination year round.
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Eastern Cape Province. The city lies on the Indian Ocean coast, largely between the Buffalo River and the Nahoon River, and is the country's only river port. East London today has a population of over 400,000, with over 1.4 million in the metropolitan area. The city formed around the only river port in South Africa and was originally known as Port Rex. This settlement on the West Bank was the nucleus of the town of East London, which was later elevated to city status in 1914.
Cape Town, a port city located on the shore of Table Bay, is the second-most populated city in South Africa. The city is famous for its harbour and natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, as well as for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town is also Africa's most popular tourist destination.
A late afternoon departure from port will provide plenty of opportunity to explore more of Cape Town today.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the South Atlantic Ocean.
Walvis Bay is a city in Namibia and the name of the bay on which it lies. The bay has been a haven for sea vessels because of its natural deepwater harbour, protected by the Pelican Point sand spit, being the only natural harbour of any size along the country's coast. Being rich in plankton and marine life, these waters also drew large numbers of whales attracting whalers and fishing vessels.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the Atlantic Ocean.
Luanda is the capital and largest city of Angola. Located on Angola's coast with the Atlantic Ocean, Luanda is both Angola's chief seaport and administrative center and has a population of at least 5 million. The city is currently undergoing a major reconstruction, with many large developments taking place that will alter the cityscape significantly.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the Gulf of Guinea.
São Tomé is the capital city of São Tomé and Príncipe and is by far that nation's largest town. Its name is Portuguese for "Saint Thomas".
Takoradi is located some 10km south of Sekondi-Takoradi, the capital of the Western Region of Ghana.
In 1816, the British founded Banjul as a trading post and base for suppressing the slave trade. It was first named Bathurst after Henry Bathurst, the secretary of the British Colonial Office, but was changed to Banjul in 1973. The official name is the City of Banjul and is the capital of The Gambia, and located within the division of the same name.
Dakar, the capital city of Senegal, was settled around the 15th century by the Lebou people who are an ethnic group related to the Wolof and Sereer. Dakar, Senegal's largest city is located on the Cape Verde Peninsula, on the country's Atlantic coast which is the westernmost African city. It's an advantageous departure point for trans-Atlantic and European trade; this fact aided its growth into a major regional port.
Praia is the capital and largest city of Cape Verde. The city´s population is approximately 125,000. It lies on the southern coast of Santiago island in the Sotavento group. It is the island's ferry port and is home to one of the nation’s three international airports. The city centre is known as Plateau due to its location on a small plateau. Praia is Cape Verde’s largest city, a commercial center, and a port that ships coffee, sugar cane, and tropical fruits. Praia also has a fishing industry and there are resort beaches nearby. It is the seat of the municipality of the same name.
Castries is the capital city of Saint Lucia. It houses the seat of government and the head offices of many of the businesses both foreign and local. The city's design is in a grid pattern similar to a metropolitan city like New York but on a much smaller scale. It has a sheltered harbour which receives cargo vessels and ferry boats as well as cruise ships. It contains duty free shopping facilities such as Point Seraphine and La Place Carinage; many restaurants which offer varied menus from local to Chinese; supermarkets and many other shopping facilities. The city is well serviced by a bus system and taxi service.
Gustavia is the main town of the island of St. Barthelemy (also known as Saint Barts). Gustavia has a few restaurants serving American, Italian, Swedish, French and other types of food. French is the local language and most popular cuisine. The Anglican Episcopal Church on the harborfront was built in 1855. Three forts built in the mid- to late- 17th century protected the harbor. The sites of Fort Karl, overlooking Shell Beach south of town, and Fort Gustave, at the base of the lighthouse to the north, are popular with hikers.
San Juan is the capital and largest municipality in Puerto Rico. San Juan was founded by Spanish colonists in 1521, who called it Ciudad de Puerto Rico ("Rich Port City"). Puerto Rico's capital is the second oldest European-established city in the Americas. Several historical buildings are located in San Juan; among the most notable are the city's former defensive forts, Fort San Felipe del Morro and Fort San Cristobál, and La Fortaleza, the oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the Americas. Today, San Juan serves as one of Puerto Rico's most important seaports, and is the island's manufacturing, financial, cultural, and tourism center.
Full day spent at sea, cruising the Caribbean Sea.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship, with an unforgettable world voyage under your belt. Bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates as you make landfall.
Fort Lauderdale is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, on the Atlantic coast. With an advanced, expansive and intricate canal sysem, Fort Lauderdale is sometimes referred to as "Venice of America". In addition to its museums, beaches, and nightlife, Fort Lauderdale is home to the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop, a large indoor/outdoor flea market and in true American fashion, the site of the world's largest drive-in movie theater.
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