Silversea Cruises has unveiled its latest collection, The Rarest Pearls, an exclusive series of 9 expedition voyages, sailing aboard Silver Discoverer. These voyages have been curated by Silversea’s Expedition Team, providing itineraries that are far beyond a typical cruise, with increasingly remote, immersive, awe-inspiring and adventurous experiences.
This collection of voyages includes: free economy-class air or upgrade to business class air roundtrip for AU$1999; AU$1500 non-use air credit per guest; transfers between the airport, hotel and ship; and one-night pre-cruise hotel accommodation, where applicable.
Conrad Combrink, senior vice president of expedition & experience product development, Silversea said: “It’s often our most well-travelled guests who really understand how rewarding it can be to discover a new part of the world or to have an experience completely beyond all expectations. My team and I have researched the most authentic cultural experiences and fascinating historical sites. We have sought the wonders of man and nature and scouted the most idyllic, unspoilt beauty spots. Leaving the tourist trail far behind, these 9 unique voyages have been carefully curated to provide our guests with the rarest pearls the world has to offer.”
V9802 – Maldives & Southern India
Departing the Maldives on 24 January 2018, guests will venture far beyond the ordinary on this 11-night voyage, which culminates in Colombo. Guests will visit the untouched tranquillity of the Lakshadweep islands, a stunning archipelago of 36 isolated islands. Guests will experience white sands and clear seas, as well as encounter uninhabited islands and villages, plus wildlife including frigatebirds, red-billed tropic birds, fish schooling by the reefs and nesting turtles.
V9804 – Ancient Siam & Indochina
Setting sail from Phuket on 16 February 2018, this is a journey rich with encounters. Guests will cross ancient empires as they travel to Ho Chi Minh City on a 14-night voyage. Eleven destinations will enable guests to discover pre-Akorian ruins, barter at Phsar Leu Market and cruise the Tian River by Zodiac. The itinerary includes a journey up the Tien River to Cai Be, immersing in the wonderful sights of local life. In Sumatra, guests will have the captivating experience of seeing orangutans in their natural habitat.
V9805 – Vietnam & Hidden China
Guests will depart Ho Chi Minh City on 2 March 2018 on a 13-night voyage to Hong Kong. Even the most seasoned traveller will experience moments of wonder on this journey through Vietnam and into China, culminating in an inland trip to Guìlín. The experiences include a visit to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Ho Chi Minh City, guests enjoy a morning Tai Chi class.
V9806 – Japan Southwest Island & The Philippines
Departing Hong Kong on 15 March 2018 on a 10-night voyage to Nagasaki, guests will enjoy a colourful voyage of ancient tradition combined with modern bustle. Guests will discover the colonial past of the Philippines at Vigan, a rare example of a Spanish colonial town in Asia; the delicate scent of cherry blossom in Okinawa; the UNESCO World Heritage cedars of Yakusugi Land; and the startling red of the Torii Gate.
V9809 – Japan & The Philippines
Departing from Kobe on 17 April 2018 on a 13-night voyage to Manila, guests will be transported through a fascinating world of history, wildlife and seasonal beauty. Arrival in Kobe is timed to coincide with the moment the lanterns are hung and the pale cherry blossoms transform the city. Guests will discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites and national parks, sandy beaches and fishing villages, Spanish churches and limestone houses.
V9810 – The Philippines
Departing Manila on 30 April 2018 on a 13-night voyage, guests will sail through sun-drenched islands of the Philippines. Guests will discover a landscape of pristine beaches, peaceful lagoons and mango forests teeming with birdlife. Not only will guests swim with whale sharks at Donsol; they will also be thrilled by the second-largest connecting coral reef in the world at the Apo Reef National Park. The Palau Rock Islands offer a unique landscape made up of hundreds of limestone islands.
V9811 – Papua New Guinea
Commencing in Koror on 13 May 2018, guests will set sail on a 15-night voyage to Honiara. This itinerary is an adventure to set fire to the imagination, it will transport guests through the remote islands of Papua New Guinea and on to the secluded beauty of the Solomon Islands. Guests can expect picturesque villages, clear lagoons, coral reefs, a colourful patchwork of tropical landscapes, rich with culture and character.
V9812 – Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
Departing Honiara, Guadalcanal on 28 May, guests will set sail on a 10-night voyage to Port Vila. With over 1000 islands in the Solomon Sea, guests will have the opportunity to explore lagoons and hundreds of uninhabited islands by Zodiac®, witness the land diving ceremonies of Pentecost Island and stand on the rim of an active volcano.
V9813 – The Coral Sea
Setting sail on a 15-night voyage from Port Vila to Cairns on 7 June 2018, guests will encounter uninhabited atolls and the incredible reef system in the Coral Sea as they journey through 10 new destinations.
Silversea’s guests can also indulge in: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet menus with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, champagne and spirits served throughout the ships; and all onboard gratuities.