Silversea Cruise Reviews

Silver Discoverer Day 1 – Boarding In Nome To Cruise Russia’s Far East

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Day 1 — Nome, Alaska, U.S.A. Once all guests have embarked, we depart on our spectacular 15-day, Great Northern Expedition. This afternoon we will be introduced to our expedition team and participate in the safety drill before setting sail.

It is 2 a.m. Some things are clear. Others remain shrouded in mystery.

Of those things that are clear.

1. We left Nome, Alaska hours ago — precisely how many hours I cannot say. I am comatose, having traveled 2.5 days to get to Nome (from where, I will tell you in a moment).

Cruising’s Quest For More Varied Cuisine

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Cruise Ship Dining Options Demystified

Food aboard cruise ships has never tasted so good! Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Food aboard cruise ships has never tasted so good. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Two decades ago, dining aboard a cruise ship was a straightforward affair: Dinners were either early-seating (served at around 5:30 p.m.) or late seating (at around 8 p.m.) Tables were set, and you dined with the same guests and enjoyed the same wait staff for the duration of your voyage.

Cruising The Caribbean & Saving On Silversea With Special ‘Silver Select’ Offers

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Silver Whisper in Dominica

Silver Whisper, docked in Dominica. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has expanded its Silver Select promotion beyond Alaska and the Mediterranean to include select voyages in the Caribbean. The Silver Select promotion enables guests to personalize their voyages with a choice of three enticing offers: a two-category suite upgrade, a $500 per person credit toward the purchase of the Silver Sky® air program, or a $500 per person onboard credit that can be used for shore excursions, spa treatments, specialty restaurants and more. Silver Select is available on new bookings made by August 31, 2014 for select voyages sailing in the Caribbean, Alaska and the Mediterranean.

Catching Up With Silversea’s Kristian C. Anderson: 20 Years Of Luxury, Success With Expeditions, Special Savings & More

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Trouble listening to the podcast? Listen to this interview and all Avid Cruiser Audio Podcasts on SoundCloud.

Kristian Anderson

Silversea’s senior vice president and general manager for North America, Kristian C. Anderson

In this Avid Cruiser Audio Podcast, I talk with Kristian C. Anderson. Kristian is Silversea Cruises senior vice president and general manager of the Americas. That’s a big title, but it implies that Kristian is a guy in the know when it comes to trends in the luxury cruise segment.

Silversea Expeditions: Tap Your Inner Explorer, An Interview With The Expedition Leader

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Silversea Russia Far East

In March of 2014, I flew to Singapore to cover the christening of Silversea Expeditions’ third expedition vessel, Silver Discoverer. While on board Silver Discoverer (only for an overnight), I was fortunate to sit down with Conrad Combrink, the  friendly and knowledgeable director of expedition planning and strategic development for Silversea Expeditions. You can listen to the interview  in the player below. I hope you enjoy the 10-minute conversation.

Top 10 Highlights From Silversea Voyage 3403: Should You Cruise Indonesia?

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A bit worn from traveling, my cruise log from a recent voyage on Silver Shadow from Bali to Singapore. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

Cruising Indonesia On Silver Shadow: Singapore From My Suite

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Silver Shadow, Bali To Singapore. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

End of a voyage: Silver Shadow arrives in Singapore this morning. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

This morning, Silver Shadow docked in the fabled city of Singapore. With my shore excursion Evening Trishaw Experience scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., I spent much of my last day on the ship preparing for my 5:45 a.m. transfer to the airport. My butler Roland offered to pack my luggage for me, but he has done enough for me on this voyage, and my hope is that Roland will take a little time off to enjoy a night out in Singapore before tomorrow’s turnaround when the ship is made ready for new passengers (and those who are cruising back-to-back on their second, third or fourth voyages in a row).

Watch 30 Seconds & You’ll Be Hooked: Our Video, ‘Epic’ Antarctica On Silver Explorer

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We’ve finally finished our video featuring Antarctica, filmed during our voyage this past December on Silver Explorer. Putting together a piece to accurately reflect our experiences wasn’t easy. The White Continent presents a destination and a series of experiences difficult to capture in any form of media, but videographer Chris Stanley did an outstanding job stitching together clips from our landings and from our interviews with Silver Explorer Expedition team members to create an inspiring seven-minute video.

Five Reasons To Cruise Antarctica On Silver Explorer

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Silver Explorer: 10-Day Voyage To Antarctica

Silver Explorer is the smallest luxury cruise ship operating in Antarctica. Want the most from your experience in Antarctica? Go small, go luxury. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Comments and emails like the one below are not uncommon since my voyage to Antarctica on Silver Explorer last month:

I normally hate the cold but have a yen to go to Antarctica  My husband doesn’t want to go; says the journey would be horrendous. He an ex-747 captain; me, an ex-stewardess, so we have traveled extensively. We will both be 70 next year, although still fairly active. Do you think we would cope, and should I twist his arm! — Sara

Recap Of An Antarctic Adventure & Four Reasons To Consider An Antarctic Cruise

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I have now stepped on all seven continents, proof of purchase confirmed by this stamp in my passport.  © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

I have now stepped on all seven continents, proof of purchase confirmed by this stamp in my passport from a Ukrainian research station that we visited during our voyage. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle