Silversea Cruises’ 2023 World Cruise, South Side Story, will depart from Sydney on 10 January 2023, marking the first time the ultra-luxury and expedition cruise line has set sail from the Southern Hemisphere on a World Cruise.
Silver Shadow will host guests for the 139-day arts-inspired voyage to Fort Lauderdale, sailing from the South Seas to the Amazon Rainforest and beyond, calling in 66 destinations in 34 countries across five continents.
Approximately 12% of guests on the 2023 World Cruise are from Australia and New Zealand, while 20% of guests are new to brand, confirming the attractiveness of Silversea’s journey. Among the passenger list are two guests from the UK who have accumulated over 2,500 days spent sailing with Silversea Cruises before the start of the voyage.
Barbara Muckermann, new President and CEO of Silversea Cruises said: “Every detail of our guests’ journeys has been carefully considered and enhanced, from the in-flight experience to the airport lounges and entertainment: arriving in Sydney on business-class flights, guests will enjoy bespoke pampering with tailored menus, welcome canapés, vintage champagne, specially embroidered linen, and small flourishes, such as truffle cashew nuts. Each of the special events we have planned is entirely bespoke, too.”
“Under the leadership of Captain Macarone Palmieri, our entire onboard team is incredibly proud to reconvene our close-knit Venetian Society members for the World Cruise. Hotel Director Flavio Gioia, Cruise Director Vicki Van Tassel, Delegate to the Venetian Society Norman Rafelson, and the rest of our amazing crew are committed to providing exceptional service to our guests – and I look forward to greeting travellers personally, too,” Muckermann said.
The World Cruise 2023 will arrive in Fort Lauderdale on 28 May 2023. The itinerary will present an extraordinary mix of destinations, from the remote wonders of Papua New Guinea, Mauritius, Réunion Island, and Cape Verde to iconic regions and cities – often unlocked on overnight calls (20 in total), including 10 days spent exploring Tasmania and New Zealand, three days in Myanmar, and a full week in South Africa. And, for the first time on a Silversea World Cruise, Silver Shadow will sail down the Amazon River.
The first night in Sydney entails a Bon Voyage reception and dinner. Subsequently, exclusive World Cruise events will open the doors to the sights, tastes and rhythms of local life, shining a light on regional music, art, theatre, and dance traditions with authentic performances.
In another first in the history of Silversea, each guest will enjoy a seamless World Cruise journey that starts and ends at their doorstep, with private executive transfers to and from their local airport. Moreover, guests benefited from private assistance to their gate/lounge, as well as access to designated airline lounges. They also enjoyed a superior flight experience from select US and UK gateways to Sydney, experiencing a new level of comfort in business class, with more space to relax and a dedicated cabin.
In Sydney, travellers were greeted with VIP arrival assistance, private executive transfers, and priority embarkation. Silver Shadow‘s butlers were then available to assist guests in unpacking once on board.