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On Silver Spirit, Assessing The Cost Of Luxury Cruises: Ten Value-Added Extras; What’s The Real Cost?

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When Silver Spirit docked in Dubrovnik, we took advantage of Silversea’s free shuttle service between the ship and the Old Town, saving us more than $25 when compared to the cost of shuttle service for at least one other ship in port yesterday. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

It’s no secret that the cost of luxury cruises can induce “sticker shock” for the uninitiated. Per diems typically range from $300 per person to $800 per person on many luxury cruises. But when all of the value-added extras are factored in, the cost of luxury cruising is actually much less than the sticker price.

Silversea, Crystal Now Booking 2015 Luxury World Cruises — With Perks For Those Who Go ‘All The Way’

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One of my all-time favorite lines about world cruises comes from none other than Geoff Edwards. Wikipedia describes Geoff as an American television actor, game show host and radio personality. I describe him as one of the funniest people I’ve ever known. In his book, Going All The Way, Geoff wrote:

Today’s world cruises are organized in segments, and the most asked question on board is “How far are you going?” Some will say Hong Kong, some Sydney, some Mombasa, but members of a select group respond with a slightly condescending, “I’m going all the way!” — a phrase I hadn’t heard since high school.

New Cruise Ships Focus On Fitness

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Royal Princess’ fitness facilities will include Princess Sports Central, featuring venues for a variety of sporting activities, including a game of basketball in the Center Court. Photo courtesy Princess Cruises

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.

Top Five Highlights of 2013 Silversea World Cruise

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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.    

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Cruising Milford Sound, New Zealand

Our friendly and personable hosts Kay and Alan gave us the scoop on their top five highlights of the trip:

Avid Cruiser Voyages: Expedition Galapagos

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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.  

Silver Cloud Gets A Makeover: What’s New?

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Welcome Aboard The ‘New’ Silver Cloud. Making a warm first impression, The Reception area features a new color palette of earth tones, new carpets, wall treatments and artwork in the corridors, staircases and public spaces. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

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.

Cruising Northern Spain On Silver Whisper: Exploring Basque Country

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As we cruise along the northern coast of Spain, we enjoy the luxury lifestyle aboard Silver Whisper. Today’s canapés delivered to our suite. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

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.

From My Balcony: Morning Has Broken, Plus, A Trip To UNESCO World Heritage Site Saint-Emilion

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From my balcony on Silver Whisper, sunrise in Bordeaux. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

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?

Greeting the morning in Bordeaux. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle (really)

Just Posted: our Silver Explorer Photo Tour

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Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer, at anchor off Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

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.

Another Expedition Ship for Silversea

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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.

Silversea has acquired a new expedition vessel, the Galapagos Explorer II, which will undergo an extensive refit and renaming in September, 2013. Photo courtesy of Canodros S.A.