Based on guest interest and predictions from Silversea Cruises’ destination experts, the cruise line has identified popular travel trends for 2022-2023, highlighting those destinations that are attracting travelers with the recommencement of sailing. Popular sailing regions include the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Alaska, Antarctica, the Galápagos Islands, and Australia’s Kimberley region.
“We are excited to see strong interest in a diverse range of destinations and are especially delighted to see encouraging indications from the members of our Venetian Society loyalty club that they are eager to travel again,” says Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s chief marketing officer, in a statement. “These fascinating places, both near and far, shine as beacons of light, inspiring travelers to start planning for their next adventure. With our largest-ever collection of itineraries including, for the first time, shore excursions and round-trip air on all voyages, we are pleased to offer the most convenient and value-rich options for travelers to discover the authentic beauty of the world like never before.”
Here are experiences from the 2022-2023 itinerary collection that are trending among Silversea guests, identified by the cruise line’s destination experts.
- Cultural immersion into the old-world charm of the Mediterranean
Recent booking data affirms that Silversea cruisers worldwide are attracted to the Mediterranean. The region offers small ports and iconic cities, as well as world-renowned food and UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites. Travelers will stroll the streets of Pompeii, or explore magnificent cathedrals, from Michelangelo’s basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican City to Gaudí’s surreal Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Guests will also marvel at the blue domes and whitewashed houses of Santorini, explore the antiquities of Ephesus, and the golden beaches and delicious cuisine of the Côte d’Azur.
Athens to Athens: Sailing round-trip from Athens from September 20, 2022, Silver Spirit will spend 15 days discovering the treasures of the Black Sea coast, Turkish ruins, and the sapphire waters of the Aegean Sea with an overnight in Istanbul. Calls include Trabzon, Batumi, Sochi, Odessa, Constanta, Bourgas, Kusadasi, and Santorini. Early Booking Bonus fares start from USD 10,890 per person, based on double occupancy.
- Exploration of Northern Europe & the British Isles
The British Isles is home to ancient castles, soaring cathedrals, and landscaped gardens, while the Baltic Sea is awash with charming rustic towns, iconic museums, and fabled fjords. Guests will relive the sixties with a stroll down Liverpool’s Penny Lane; sail along the same coastlines as the Vikings did almost a thousand years ago; and discover the imperial heritage of St. Petersburg with its iconic Hermitage Museum, gilded palaces, and ornate churches.
Copenhagen to Stockholm: On June 21, 2022, Silver Moon departs Copenhagen for Stockholm on a 7-day journey through the Baltic Sea, as part of her first season in Northern Europe. Guests will stroll the charming streets of Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, spend three days immersed in St. Petersburg, then cap off the experience by enjoying Helsinki’s diverse architecture and Nordic cuisine. Silversea’s new S.A.L.T. culinary program will enrich the journey for guests, unlocking immersive culinary experiences on board and ashore. Early Booking Bonus fares start from USD 5,670 per person, based on double occupancy.
- Back to Mother Nature in Alaska
Head to Alaska—The Great Land—for a vacation steeped in natural beauty. Beyond the rustic frontier towns, elaborate totem poles, and onion-domed Russian churches, America’s 49th state is home to a dramatic landscape of mountains, forests, glaciers, and fjords. Hike along Tongass National Park’s Mendenhall Glacier for spectacular vistas, climb the smooth granite walls of the White Pass for views of Skagway River or take in the majesty of Misty Fjords from above during a floatplane tour.
Yokohama to Seward: Over the course of 17 days, Silver Shadow’s May 24, 2022, voyage from Yokohama to Seward will showcase some of Japan’s most enchanting ports and Russia’s geothermal wonderland of Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky, before calling in Dutch Harbor, Kodiak Island and Homer—a trio of off-the-beaten-path gems in southern Alaska. Early Booking Bonus fares start from USD 5,940 per person, based on double occupancy.
- Polar exploration on the journey of a lifetime to Antarctica
The White Continent is a must-visit destination if you consider yourself an adventure seeker or nature lover. Antarctica beckons with towering icebergs, mighty glaciers and abundant wildlife. Penguins, seals, whales, and seabirds reign supreme in this frozen paradise. Here, you can hike volcanic shores dotted with snow and penguins, or paddle through mazes of floating ice in a kayak. And if you’re feeling adventurous, take a dip in the chilly waters of Deception Island, a volcanic caldera near the Antarctic Peninsula.
Ushuaia to Ushuaia: Silver Cloud departs Ushuaia on January 28, 2023, on an 18-day, round-trip expedition voyage to discover the astonishing wildlife and jaw-dropping scenery of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Elephant Island, the Antarctic Sound, the Antarctic Peninsula, and the South Shetland Islands. Early Booking Bonus fares start from USD 20,070 per person, based on double occupancy.
- A wildlife-rich expedition in the Galápagos aboard new ship Silver Origin
Few places on Earth rival the Galápagos Islands for their ecological diversity. Situated at the intersection of three Pacific Ocean currents, this archipelago of 19 islands and numerous islets beguiles with pristine landscapes and incredible wildlife. From feisty lava lizards, sun-basking marine iguanas, and lumbering giant tortoises to playful sea lions and the only penguin species found north of the equator, the archipelago is a treasure trove of unique creatures. If you’re seeking transformative adventure, look no farther.
Baltra to San Cristóbal: On June 11, 2022, Silver Origin departs Baltra on a 7-day expedition sailing to San Cristóbal—a new itinerary for Silversea, which incorporates the archipelago’s most iconic islands, Isabela and Fernandina. The journey encompasses the islands of Daphne Major, Genovesa, North Seymour, Santiago, Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz, Santa Fé, and Española. Highlights include a visit to the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for giant tortoises and land iguanas, among other unique experiences. Early Booking Bonus fares start from USD 11,250 per person, based on double occupancy.
- Experiencing a truly remote wilderness in the Kimberley, Australia
One of the world’s last remaining authentic wildernesses, the Kimberley is tucked in the northern region of Western Australia. This rugged and rarely visited frontier is home to remarkable wildlife, spectacular canyons, and ancient rock art that conjures a sense of mystery. In this dramatic landscape, take a scenic flight over the breathtaking Bungle Bungle Range, speed through the waters of the phenomenal Horizontal Falls by Zodiac, and explore the Hunter River region.
Darwin to Fremantle On August 3, 2022, Silver Explorer departs Darwin on a brand new 17-day expedition voyage to Fremantle, taking guests deeper south than ever before. UNESCO-listed Ningaloo Reef—teeming with turtles, manta rays and tropical fish—is among the highlights on this itinerary that includes calls in Matakus Island, Wyndham, the King George River, the Hunter River Region, the Buccaneer Archipelago, the Lacepede Islands, the Dampier Archipelago, the Montebello Islands, Exmouth, Dirk Hartog Island, and the Abrolhos Islands. Early Booking Bonus fares start from USD 13,860 per person, based on double occupancy.
Silversea’s cruises are now more all-inclusive than ever, providing vacation experiences that include shore excursions (at least one in every port); round-trip air; pre- and post-cruise hotel (depending on Silversea’s air program flight schedule); transfers and luggage handling; butler service in every suite category; cuisine served in multiple restaurants; onboard beverages throughout the ship, including premium wines and spirits; an in-suite bar stocked with guests’ preferences; an in-suite 24-hour dining service; unlimited Wi-Fi; onboard gratuities; and more.
For more information on Silversea’s new itineraries for 2022-2023, click here. For the latest health and travel advisories pertaining to cruise travel, click here.
For a look at the trends Avanti has identified, click here.