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Silversea Cruises to offer Silver Spirit sailings from December

16 Sep 2009

Silversea Cruises is rolling out the Silver Spirit, making it one of the latest vessels to be launched before the year ends.

The all-suite Silver Spirit, which will carry 540 passengers, is Silversea’s sixth vessel.

On December 23, Silver Spirit will make its 11-day “Holiday Spirit” maiden voyage from Barcelona to Lisbon. Its grand inaugural voyage is the 91-day “The Spirit of South America” commencing on January 21, visiting South America, the Mexican Riviera and crossing the Panama Canal before reaching New York City.

Designed by Italian architect Giacomo Mortola, the ship will offer a 1930s Art Deco ambience in the public areas. Suites are spacious and the largest in the fleet, 95 percent of which feature private verandahs. Space-to-guest ratio is touted to be one of the highest at sea, with 6.700 cubic feet of personal space per guest.

Passengers can expect an all-inclusive dining concept whereby meals and drinks are already included in the fare. A host of dining options onboard the Silver Spirit includes six restaurants (pictured is The Restaurant featuring signature dishes created by Relais & Chateaux and Silversea’s master chefs), in-suite dinner service, the option of open seating where passengers can dine when, where and with whom they wish, and 24-hour room service.

Other luxury offerings are an indoor/outdoor spa, whirlpools in the spa and by the pool as well as butler service.

Silversea’s business comprises about half from North America, 15 percent from Australia and the rest from markets such as Japan, Hongkong and Singapore.

Steve Odell, senior vice-president, Asia-Pacific, Silversea Cruises said Asia was “a fast-growing market” in the luxury cruise category, citing China and India as “maturing markets”.

The luxury cruise company recently introduced an early-bird pricing structure offering 60 percent savings plus air travel credits on almost all its voyages in 2010, with a December 31 deadline for new bookings.

For more information, visit www.silversea.com

Julian Tan

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