Some of the world’s best fitness facilities are now being found in an unlikely place: at sea. As cruise lines invest heavily in facilities to get the heart pounding, cruise passengers who are disciplined need no longer worry about breaking their back-home regimens or putting on pounds while on cruise vacations. They can shed instead.
Silversea Cruise Reviews
Our Cruise Specialists group of travelers on the 2013 Silversea world cruise just returned from their four month journey. The group sailed on the Silver Whisper and visited a large number of destinations in the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Philippines, and West Africa.
Our friendly and personable hosts Kay and Alan gave us the scoop on their top five highlights of the trip:
One cruise destination that escapes the recognition of many travelers is undoubtedly the Galapagos. Situated some 500 miles off the western coast of Ecuador, the islands first appeared on maps toward the end of the 16th century.
By 1793, the Galapagos Islands could be used as a suitable base for the numerous whaling operations that were in operation. Fast forward more than a century and a half later: In 1960, tourism began to develop in the area. Cruising, on the other hand, is a relative newcomer to the Galapagos.
Following a three-week dry dock in Palermo, Italy, Silver Cloud is making her way across the Atlantic with a completely new look — and I am on board with lots of photos to share with you.
My 17-year-old daughter and I are cruising the northern coast of Spain this week on Silver Whisper. We’ve both been impressed by this region rich in culture and tradition. Other guests who we have spoken with concur.
We’ve captured each day in video, which we’ve included in this post, as well as in stories and photos. We’ve provided links for those as well.
Silver Whisper overnighted in Bordeaux last night, and this morning I awoke to a gorgeous sunrise. The promise of a new day, from my balcony on Silver Whisper, with beautiful Bordeaux in the background. Could there be a better start to a new day?
In 2007, ultra-luxury line Silversea made a bold move: it acquired a small, unassuming vessel built nearly 20 years earlier as the Sally Clipper before being passed around to various cruise lines. But after an extensive multi-million dollar refit, she emerged prouder than ever as the lead vessel in Silversea’s new Expeditions product: Prince Albert II.
Exciting news yesterday from Silversea, as the ultra-luxury brand announced that it has purchased Canodros S.A., a premier Ecuadorian tourism company operating in the Galapagos Islands, along with their upscale expedition ship Galapagos Explorer II, which first sailed in 1990 as Renaissance III for now-defunct Renaissance Cruises.
By WALLACE IMMEN
Samuel Spencer has experienced a lot of restaurants in his travels and for him the Tamarind restaurants on Holland America Line ships are all-time favorites. “It’s one of those rare memorable dining events that I sometimes reminisce about even several months after being back on dry land,” said the owner of Cruise Holidays of Calgary Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
The words were not reassuring: “Swimming with giant tuna,” in a region known as the Great White shark capital of the world.
Welcome to Port Lincoln, Australia, where today on Silver Shadow about 10 of us dared to go where no one else did: out into the sea to swim among tuna that weighed up to 70 pounds and were capable of drawing blood — in a region where there are so many Great White sharks that even the locals think twice before going for a swim.