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Jan 05 2015
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World Cruise 2015

Most travellers’ lifelong dream is a world cruise. Especially one that crosses both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and makes an entire circle around the planet. It is this that distinguishes Silversea’s 2015 World Cruise.

The itinerary is simply astonishing — 50 ports in 30 countries including the jewels of French Polynesia, the orangutans of Borneo, the Buddhas of Borobudur, Vietnam and the great cities of Asia, both east and west coasts of Africa … an array of far-flung cultures and world wonders that is truly breathtaking in scope. And it does it by completely circumnavigating the globe.

We invite you to embark next January for a luxury cruise aboard Silver Whisper as she sails west toward the setting sun from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, from Polynesia to New Zealand and Australia, from Bali and Borneo to China and Southeast Asia, and across the Indian Ocean to the most mysterious continent of all — Africa, where it all began. In 115 days you’ll discover some of the most exotic places on the planet on this world cruise. Volcanic islands thrusting out of the sea. Sculptural dunes of a coastal desert. Gilded pagodas and African gamelands. The stuff that dreams are made of.

Golden Moments. A Lifetime of Memories.

Join us as we sail from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale on this full world circumnavigation. You’ll visit 54 ports in 29 countries with many overnights in major cities to give you ample time ashore. And you can explore each place intimately thanks to Silversea’s celebrated shore program. Small-group tours, multi-day land extensions and private arrangements provide a more immersive experience of the local flavours and cultures.

Sydney, Australia

AN EVENT AT THE OPERA

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

TRAIN TO PINNAWALA

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Cape Town, South Africa

PICNIC IN THE SHADOW OF TABLE MOUNTAIN

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Itinerary

You’ll sail around the entire globe in 115 days: the South Pacific, Australia’s less-travelled West Coast, Southeast Asia — both the old and the new. And you’ll spend an entire month circling Africa, discovering the glorious gamelands and intriguing cultures of the most mysterious continent of all.

Date: Day: Port: Arrive: Depart:
Mombasa, Kenya
Mombasa, often called the Gateway to Kenya, is the country's most historic city and the largest port on Africa's Coral Coast. Located on Mombasa Island, the city can be traced back to the 11th century. Settlements began to thrive here due to the excellent deep-water harbour and its protected position. In an effort to consolidate their hold on the European trade with India and Southeast Asia, the Portuguese built a formidable fortress here in the late 16th century. Several changes were made after the Omanis took Fort Jesus at the end of the 17th century. Today the impressive structure still dominates the entrance to the old harbour.
Excursions in MombasaPre-Post Cruise Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya
Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar, known as the Spice Island, is separated from the East African coast by a 22-mile (35-km) wide channel. The name itself evokes romantic associations - the aroma of spices, a maze of narrow streets, oriental architecture, carved doors and wooden Arab chests. A mystical island of legends, mere mention brings to mind the names of great seafarers and explorers, of riches, tragedies and famous people. A host of different nationalities have occupied Zanzibar, and all have contributed to the island's turbulent history. From its shores, Burton, Speke, Krapf and Livingstone set out on their quest to explore the interior of Africa and Vasco da Gama stopped here in 1502 en route to India.
Excursions in Zanzibar
Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar, known as the Spice Island, is separated from the East African coast by a 22-mile (35-km) wide channel. The name itself evokes romantic associations - the aroma of spices, a maze of narrow streets, oriental architecture, carved doors and wooden Arab chests. A mystical island of legends, mere mention brings to mind the names of great seafarers and explorers, of riches, tragedies and famous people. A host of different nationalities have occupied Zanzibar, and all have contributed to the island's turbulent history. From its shores, Burton, Speke, Krapf and Livingstone set out on their quest to explore the interior of Africa and Vasco da Gama stopped here in 1502 en route to India.
Dzaoudzi, Mayotte
The Comores archipelago lies at the entrance to the Mozambique Channel, some 300 miles north of the tip of Madagascar and about the same distance from the East African coast. Geographically, the Comores comprise four islands: Grande Comore, Anjouan, Moheli and Mayotte. Politically, the first three are part of the Federal and Islamic Republic of the Comoros having declared their independence from France in 1975, while Mayotte chose to remain French as a Collectivité Territoriale. This allows the Mahorais to enjoy a legal minimum wage established by France, which is six times the average wage of that of the independent Comoros, as well as surfaced roads, schools and a program to control malaria.
Excursions in Dzaoudzi
Nosy Be / Komba, Madagascar
Nosy Bé, meaning Big Island in the Malagasy language, lies just a stone's throw off Madagascar's northwest coast. It is a remote and exotic destination. With its deserted beaches, rustic hotels and unhurried pace, it attracts travellers looking for a laid-back vacation. The fertile island is the centre for the production of perfume essence from the ylang-ylang trees. The heady scent of their flowers gave Nosy Bé the name "Perfumed Isle." Other local products include sugar cane, coffee, vanilla and pepper; they are grown for export in large plantations. Hellville, the island’s main town and port, is situated in a sheltered bay. It is named after a former French governor, Admiral de Hell.
Excursions in Nosy Be / Komba
Mahajanga, Madagascar
Mahajanga, formerly known as 'Majunga', is a town and major port on the island of Madagascar. It lies on the island's northwest coast at the mouth of the Betsiboka River, whose estuary widens into Bombetoka Bay. This sprawling and somnolent port town features a palm-lined seaside promenade, wide avenues, shady arcades and walls draped with gorgeous bougainvillea. White-sand beaches can be found to the north and south of Mahajanga. The Old Town is confined mainly to the harbour quarter, and includes some elegant buildings dating from the Colonial period, including Arabian houses, the Androva Hospital, old Post Office, Courthouse and a huge Cathedral.
Excursions in Mahajanga
Mahajanga, Madagascar
Mahajanga, formerly known as 'Majunga', is a town and major port on the island of Madagascar. It lies on the island's northwest coast at the mouth of the Betsiboka River, whose estuary widens into Bombetoka Bay. This sprawling and somnolent port town features a palm-lined seaside promenade, wide avenues, shady arcades and walls draped with gorgeous bougainvillea. White-sand beaches can be found to the north and south of Mahajanga. The Old Town is confined mainly to the harbour quarter, and includes some elegant buildings dating from the Colonial period, including Arabian houses, the Androva Hospital, old Post Office, Courthouse and a huge Cathedral.
Mahajanga, Madagascar
Mahajanga, formerly known as 'Majunga', is a town and major port on the island of Madagascar. It lies on the island's northwest coast at the mouth of the Betsiboka River, whose estuary widens into Bombetoka Bay. This sprawling and somnolent port town features a palm-lined seaside promenade, wide avenues, shady arcades and walls draped with gorgeous bougainvillea. White-sand beaches can be found to the north and south of Mahajanga. The Old Town is confined mainly to the harbour quarter, and includes some elegant buildings dating from the Colonial period, including Arabian houses, the Androva Hospital, old Post Office, Courthouse and a huge Cathedral.
Richards Bay, South Africa
Founded in the 1880s, during the Anglo-Zulu colonial wars, Richards Bay was named after British Rear Admiral Sir Frederick William Richards, who landed a naval force here. An early claim to fame came in 1891, when colonial adventurer John Dunn killed a 22-foot crocodile in the estuary still one of the largest ever documented but the town remained a backwater with a population of less than 200 people until as recently as 1968. Today, Richards Bay is the major port in the region and is adjacent to significant mineral deposits, which have contributed to the town's massive growth. Visitors may be more interested in what awaits beyond in the hinterland.
Excursions in Richards BayLand Programmes in Richards Bay, South Africa
Durban, South Africa
As one of the few natural harbors on Africa's east coast, Durban developed as a port city after the first European settlers landed in 1824 with the intention of establishing a trading post. It's the busiest port in South Africa as it exports large volumes of sugar and is home to the country's largest import and export facility for the motor industry, and now it's become a busy cruise port. It's also a place steeped in history and culture. Gandhi lived and practiced law here, and Winston Churchill visited as a young man. It's home to the largest number of Indians outside India.
Excursions in Durban
East London, South Africa
As South Africa’s only large river and sea port, East London is important for the export of citrus fruit, mineral ores and wool. A considerable amount of goods are imported here as well. The first documented vessel to arrive in these waters was in 1688 while searching for survivors of a shipwreck. In 1848, a proclamation annexed the area to the Cape Colony. Today, East London serves as the area’s commercial centre and is a bustling town with a population of approximately 175,000. The town’s small museum contains the world’s only surviving egg of the extinct dodo bird, as well as a mounted coelacanth caught near East London in 1938, a fish thought to be extinct.
Excursions in East LondonLand Programmes in East London, South Africa
East London, South Africa
As South Africa’s only large river and sea port, East London is important for the export of citrus fruit, mineral ores and wool. A considerable amount of goods are imported here as well. The first documented vessel to arrive in these waters was in 1688 while searching for survivors of a shipwreck. In 1848, a proclamation annexed the area to the Cape Colony. Today, East London serves as the area’s commercial centre and is a bustling town with a population of approximately 175,000. The town’s small museum contains the world’s only surviving egg of the extinct dodo bird, as well as a mounted coelacanth caught near East London in 1938, a fish thought to be extinct.
Cape Town, South Africa
Sheltered beneath the familiar shape of Table Mountain, the historic city of Cape Town is instantly recognizable, and few cities in the world possess its beauty and style. A stroll through the lovely city center reveals Cape Town's three centuries as the sea link between Europe and the East. Elegant Cape Dutch buildings, characterized by big whitewashed gables, often a thatch roof, and shuttered windows, abut imposing monuments to Britain's imperial legacy. In the Bo-Kaap neighborhood the call to prayer echoes from minarets while the sweet tang of Malay curry wafts through the cobbled streets.
Excursions in Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
Sheltered beneath the familiar shape of Table Mountain, the historic city of Cape Town is instantly recognizable, and few cities in the world possess its beauty and style. A stroll through the lovely city center reveals Cape Town's three centuries as the sea link between Europe and the East. Elegant Cape Dutch buildings, characterized by big whitewashed gables, often a thatch roof, and shuttered windows, abut imposing monuments to Britain's imperial legacy. In the Bo-Kaap neighborhood the call to prayer echoes from minarets while the sweet tang of Malay curry wafts through the cobbled streets.
Excursions in Cape TownLand Programmes in Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
Sheltered beneath the familiar shape of Table Mountain, the historic city of Cape Town is instantly recognizable, and few cities in the world possess its beauty and style. A stroll through the lovely city center reveals Cape Town's three centuries as the sea link between Europe and the East. Elegant Cape Dutch buildings, characterized by big whitewashed gables, often a thatch roof, and shuttered windows, abut imposing monuments to Britain's imperial legacy. In the Bo-Kaap neighborhood the call to prayer echoes from minarets while the sweet tang of Malay curry wafts through the cobbled streets.
Excursions in Cape TownLand Programmes in Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
Sheltered beneath the familiar shape of Table Mountain, the historic city of Cape Town is instantly recognizable, and few cities in the world possess its beauty and style. A stroll through the lovely city center reveals Cape Town's three centuries as the sea link between Europe and the East. Elegant Cape Dutch buildings, characterized by big whitewashed gables, often a thatch roof, and shuttered windows, abut imposing monuments to Britain's imperial legacy. In the Bo-Kaap neighborhood the call to prayer echoes from minarets while the sweet tang of Malay curry wafts through the cobbled streets.
Excursions in Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
Sheltered beneath the familiar shape of Table Mountain, the historic city of Cape Town is instantly recognizable, and few cities in the world possess its beauty and style. A stroll through the lovely city center reveals Cape Town's three centuries as the sea link between Europe and the East. Elegant Cape Dutch buildings, characterized by big whitewashed gables, often a thatch roof, and shuttered windows, abut imposing monuments to Britain's imperial legacy. In the Bo-Kaap neighborhood the call to prayer echoes from minarets while the sweet tang of Malay curry wafts through the cobbled streets.
Luderitz, Namibia
The small town of Lüderitz is wedged between the Namib Desert dunes and the wild Atlantic seaboard. Because of its location, it is not on many tourist itineraries; this accounts for its sleepy atmosphere. Founded in 1884 as a trading post by Bremen tobacco merchant Adolf Lüderitz, the settlement was placed under the protection of the German government by Chancellor Bismarck. Thus Bismarck initiated German control of the whole of South West Africa, except for the British enclave of Walvis Bay. South West Africa remained a German colony until the invasion by South African and British forces during the World War I.
Excursions in Luderitz
Walvis Bay, Namibia
Formerly a whaling station, Walvis Bay has become the principal port of entry into Namibia. In 1795, while occupied by the British, Walvis Bay was turned into a naval base in order to monitor and intimidate the empire's European rivals during the so-called "scramble for Africa”. When Namibia gained independence in 1990, Walvis Bay and the surrounding enclave remained part of South Africa until February 28, 1994. On this date, the enclave was transferred to Namibian control, ending a long disputed claim between the two countries. The town is built for the harbour, with numbered streets forming an unexciting, but easily navigable grid around it. The city centre can be covered on foot.
Excursions in Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay, Namibia
Formerly a whaling station, Walvis Bay has become the principal port of entry into Namibia. In 1795, while occupied by the British, Walvis Bay was turned into a naval base in order to monitor and intimidate the empire's European rivals during the so-called "scramble for Africa”. When Namibia gained independence in 1990, Walvis Bay and the surrounding enclave remained part of South Africa until February 28, 1994. On this date, the enclave was transferred to Namibian control, ending a long disputed claim between the two countries. The town is built for the harbour, with numbered streets forming an unexciting, but easily navigable grid around it. The city centre can be covered on foot.
Walvis Bay, Namibia
Formerly a whaling station, Walvis Bay has become the principal port of entry into Namibia. In 1795, while occupied by the British, Walvis Bay was turned into a naval base in order to monitor and intimidate the empire's European rivals during the so-called "scramble for Africa”. When Namibia gained independence in 1990, Walvis Bay and the surrounding enclave remained part of South Africa until February 28, 1994. On this date, the enclave was transferred to Namibian control, ending a long disputed claim between the two countries. The town is built for the harbour, with numbered streets forming an unexciting, but easily navigable grid around it. The city centre can be covered on foot.
Walvis Bay, Namibia
Formerly a whaling station, Walvis Bay has become the principal port of entry into Namibia. In 1795, while occupied by the British, Walvis Bay was turned into a naval base in order to monitor and intimidate the empire's European rivals during the so-called "scramble for Africa”. When Namibia gained independence in 1990, Walvis Bay and the surrounding enclave remained part of South Africa until February 28, 1994. On this date, the enclave was transferred to Namibian control, ending a long disputed claim between the two countries. The town is built for the harbour, with numbered streets forming an unexciting, but easily navigable grid around it. The city centre can be covered on foot.
St Helena
Although primarily known as the island where Napoleon was exiled after his defeat at Waterloo, the fascination with St. Helena goes back many more centuries. Its main attraction may very well be its remoteness, which enabled the Portuguese to keep their discovery of the island in 1502 a secret for the next 80 years. It was this isolated location that the British thought perfect to keep the defeated Napoleon. St. Helena, a "green gem set in a ring of bronze", as a poet once called it, is surrounded by a magnificent coastline, with 1,000-foot-high cliffs dropping down to rocks pounded by the Atlantic surf.
Excursions in St Helena
St Helena
Although primarily known as the island where Napoleon was exiled after his defeat at Waterloo, the fascination with St. Helena goes back many more centuries. Its main attraction may very well be its remoteness, which enabled the Portuguese to keep their discovery of the island in 1502 a secret for the next 80 years. It was this isolated location that the British thought perfect to keep the defeated Napoleon. St. Helena, a "green gem set in a ring of bronze", as a poet once called it, is surrounded by a magnificent coastline, with 1,000-foot-high cliffs dropping down to rocks pounded by the Atlantic surf.
This speck of an island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean was discovered by the Portuguese on Ascension Day in 1501. It measures a mere 7.5 miles by 6 miles, and its closest neighbor is the island of St. Helena, some 760 miles southeast, of which Ascension has been a dependency since 1922. The island is of volcanic origin; its climate is moderated by southeastern trade winds. The annual mean temperature is 85°F at sea level and 75°F on Green Mountain, which is at 2,870 feet the highest point on the island.

The island was taken over by the British in 1815, at the same time that they took a greater interest in St. Helena for the purpose of sending Napoleon into exile.
Excursions in Ascension Island
This speck of an island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean was discovered by the Portuguese on Ascension Day in 1501. It measures a mere 7.5 miles by 6 miles, and its closest neighbor is the island of St. Helena, some 760 miles southeast, of which Ascension has been a dependency since 1922. The island is of volcanic origin; its climate is moderated by southeastern trade winds. The annual mean temperature is 85°F at sea level and 75°F on Green Mountain, which is at 2,870 feet the highest point on the island.

The island was taken over by the British in 1815, at the same time that they took a greater interest in St. Helena for the purpose of sending Napoleon into exile.
This speck of an island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean was discovered by the Portuguese on Ascension Day in 1501. It measures a mere 7.5 miles by 6 miles, and its closest neighbor is the island of St. Helena, some 760 miles southeast, of which Ascension has been a dependency since 1922. The island is of volcanic origin; its climate is moderated by southeastern trade winds. The annual mean temperature is 85°F at sea level and 75°F on Green Mountain, which is at 2,870 feet the highest point on the island.

The island was taken over by the British in 1815, at the same time that they took a greater interest in St. Helena for the purpose of sending Napoleon into exile.
This speck of an island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean was discovered by the Portuguese on Ascension Day in 1501. It measures a mere 7.5 miles by 6 miles, and its closest neighbor is the island of St. Helena, some 760 miles southeast, of which Ascension has been a dependency since 1922. The island is of volcanic origin; its climate is moderated by southeastern trade winds. The annual mean temperature is 85°F at sea level and 75°F on Green Mountain, which is at 2,870 feet the highest point on the island.

The island was taken over by the British in 1815, at the same time that they took a greater interest in St. Helena for the purpose of sending Napoleon into exile.
This speck of an island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean was discovered by the Portuguese on Ascension Day in 1501. It measures a mere 7.5 miles by 6 miles, and its closest neighbor is the island of St. Helena, some 760 miles southeast, of which Ascension has been a dependency since 1922. The island is of volcanic origin; its climate is moderated by southeastern trade winds. The annual mean temperature is 85°F at sea level and 75°F on Green Mountain, which is at 2,870 feet the highest point on the island.

The island was taken over by the British in 1815, at the same time that they took a greater interest in St. Helena for the purpose of sending Napoleon into exile.
This speck of an island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean was discovered by the Portuguese on Ascension Day in 1501. It measures a mere 7.5 miles by 6 miles, and its closest neighbor is the island of St. Helena, some 760 miles southeast, of which Ascension has been a dependency since 1922. The island is of volcanic origin; its climate is moderated by southeastern trade winds. The annual mean temperature is 85°F at sea level and 75°F on Green Mountain, which is at 2,870 feet the highest point on the island.

The island was taken over by the British in 1815, at the same time that they took a greater interest in St. Helena for the purpose of sending Napoleon into exile.
This speck of an island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean was discovered by the Portuguese on Ascension Day in 1501. It measures a mere 7.5 miles by 6 miles, and its closest neighbor is the island of St. Helena, some 760 miles southeast, of which Ascension has been a dependency since 1922. The island is of volcanic origin; its climate is moderated by southeastern trade winds. The annual mean temperature is 85°F at sea level and 75°F on Green Mountain, which is at 2,870 feet the highest point on the island.

The island was taken over by the British in 1815, at the same time that they took a greater interest in St. Helena for the purpose of sending Napoleon into exile.
Devil's Island, French Guiana
Devil's Island is but one of the infamous penal colonies of the Iles du Salut archipelago, the other two being Ile Royale and Ile St. Joseph. These notorious, remote islands are about one hour by boat from the mainland of French Guiana, an Overseas Department of France. Originally, the small archipelago was known simply as Devil's Island, but was readily renamed Iles du Salut, or Islands of Salvation, after the first ships encountered a rough crossing from the mainland and the verdant, hilly isles presented themselves like a promised land. The location and hazardous way to reach the islands presented an obvious choice for France to establish its convict settlement here in 1852.
Excursions in Devil’s Island
Devil's Island, French Guiana
Devil's Island is but one of the infamous penal colonies of the Iles du Salut archipelago, the other two being Ile Royale and Ile St. Joseph. These notorious, remote islands are about one hour by boat from the mainland of French Guiana, an Overseas Department of France. Originally, the small archipelago was known simply as Devil's Island, but was readily renamed Iles du Salut, or Islands of Salvation, after the first ships encountered a rough crossing from the mainland and the verdant, hilly isles presented themselves like a promised land. The location and hazardous way to reach the islands presented an obvious choice for France to establish its convict settlement here in 1852.
Bridgetown, Barbados
Barbadians (Bajans) are a warm, friendly, and hospitable people, who are genuinely proud of their country and culture. Although tourism is the island's number one industry, the island has a sophisticated business community and stable government, so life here doesn't skip a beat after passengers return to the ship. Barbados is the most "British" island in the Caribbean. Afternoon tea is a ritual, and cricket is the national sport. The atmosphere, though, is hardly stuffy. This is still the Caribbean, after all. Beaches along the island's south and west coasts are picture-perfect, and all are available to cruise passengers.
Excursions in Bridgetown
St George's, Grenada
Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, cocoa those heady aromas fill the air in Grenada (pronounced gruh-nay-da). Only 21 miles (33½ km) long and 12 miles (19½ km) wide, the Isle of Spice is a tropical gem of lush rain forests, white-sand beaches, secluded coves, exotic flowers, and enough locally grown spices to fill anyone's kitchen cabinet. St. George's is one of the most picturesque capital cities in the Caribbean, St. George's Harbour is one of the most picturesque harbors, and Grenada's Grand Anse Beach is one of the region's finest beaches. The island has friendly, hospitable people and enough good shopping, restaurants, historic sites, and natural wonders to make it a popular port of call.
Excursions in St George’s
Castries, St Lucia, West Indies
Magnificent St. Lucia-with its towering mountains, dense rain forest, fertile green valleys, and acres of banana plantations-lies in the middle of the Windward Islands. Nicknamed "Helen of the West Indies" because of its natural beauty, St. Lucia is distinguished from its neighbors by its unusual geological landmarks, the Pitons-the twin peaks on the southwest coast that soar nearly ½ mile (1 km) above the ocean floor. Named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004, the Pitons are the symbol of this island.
Excursions in Castries
Gustavia, St Barts
Hilly St. Barthélemy, popularly known as St. Barth (or St. Barts) is just 8 square miles (21 square km), but the island has at least 20 good beaches. What draws visitors is its sophisticated but unstudied approach to relaxation: the finest food, excellent wine, high-end shopping, and lack of large-scale commercial development. A favorite among upscale cruise-ship passengers, who also appreciate the shopping opportunities and fine dining, St. Barth isn't really equipped for mega-ship visits, which is why most ships calling here are from smaller premium lines. This is one place where you don't need to take the ship's shore excursions to have a good time.
Excursions in Gustavia, St Barts
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Although Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, few cities in the Caribbean are as steeped in Spanish tradition as San Juan. Within a seven-square-block area in Old San Juan are restored 16th-century buildings, museums, art galleries, bookstores, and 200-year-old houses with balustraded balconies overlooking narrow, cobblestone streets. In contrast, San Juan's sophisticated Condado and Isla Verde areas have glittering hotels, fancy boutiques, casinos, and discos. Out in the countryside is 28,000-acre El Yunque National Forest, a rain forest with more than 240 species of trees growing at least 100 feet high.
Excursions in San Juan
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Although Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, few cities in the Caribbean are as steeped in Spanish tradition as San Juan. Within a seven-square-block area in Old San Juan are restored 16th-century buildings, museums, art galleries, bookstores, and 200-year-old houses with balustraded balconies overlooking narrow, cobblestone streets. In contrast, San Juan's sophisticated Condado and Isla Verde areas have glittering hotels, fancy boutiques, casinos, and discos. Out in the countryside is 28,000-acre El Yunque National Forest, a rain forest with more than 240 species of trees growing at least 100 feet high.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Although Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, few cities in the Caribbean are as steeped in Spanish tradition as San Juan. Within a seven-square-block area in Old San Juan are restored 16th-century buildings, museums, art galleries, bookstores, and 200-year-old houses with balustraded balconies overlooking narrow, cobblestone streets. In contrast, San Juan's sophisticated Condado and Isla Verde areas have glittering hotels, fancy boutiques, casinos, and discos. Out in the countryside is 28,000-acre El Yunque National Forest, a rain forest with more than 240 species of trees growing at least 100 feet high.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America
In the 1960s Fort Lauderdale's beachfront was lined with T-shirt shops interspersed with quickie-food outlets, and downtown consisted of a lone office tower, some dilapidated government buildings, and motley other structures waiting to be razed. Today the beach is home to upscale shops and restaurants, while downtown has exploded with new office and luxury residential development. The entertainment and shopping areas-Las Olas Boulevard, Las Olas Riverfront, and Himmarshee Village-are thriving. And Port Everglades is giving Miami a run for its money in passenger cruising, with a dozen cruise-ship terminals, including the world's largest, hosting more than 20 cruise ships with some 3,000 departures annually.
Excursions in Fort Lauderdale, FloridaPre-Post Cruise Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

Routes

For those who don’t have three months for a full World Cruise, perhaps two or three weeks sounds more feasible and affordable. World Cruise 2015 is available in seven shorter segments of 11 to 26 days. Or combine two or more segments and enjoy combination cruise savings on a magnificent journey to that portion of the planet that interests you most.

Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands

With its towering razor-like peaks, lush secluded valleys, plunging waterfalls and sacred marae, the largest island in the Marquesas is arguably its most beautiful. Here, Marquesans have proudly safeguarded their rich Polynesian heritage, especially woodcarving and tattooing.

Rangiroa, Tuamotu Archipelago

The passes and lagoon of the world’s second largest atoll are spectacular dive sites. But snorkelers, too, can explore this vast natural aquarium, where shimmering sun rays illuminate thousands of neon fish, while dolphins come to play in the waves.

Moorea, Society Islands

Saw-toothed ridges rise nearly 4,000 feet, and the dark-green hulk of Mount Rotoi separates two of the most gorgeous bays in the world. “In the South Seas, the Creator seems to have laid himself out to show what He can do,” wrote the poet Rupert Brook. Once experienced, you’ll have to agree.

Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

The Island of Love is the largest in French Polynesia. There is an authentic market in the capital of Papeete, but don’t miss the  beautiful mountainous interior where you can hike to ancient marae in fern-lined valleys, passing skyhigh waterfalls and bathing pools along the way.

Bora Bora, Society Islands

The imposing volcanic peaks of Mount Otemanu overlook the incredibly beautiful blue lagoon in this ultimate island escape. Cruise around the island, stopping now and then on a sandbar to snorkel or play in the surf and discover paradise, both above and beneath the sea.

Nuku’alofa, Kingdom of Tonga

Located next to the international dateline, time has virtually stood still in this untouched corner of the world. Tonga was settled by Polynesian navigators nearly 3,000 years ago, and reminders of these ancient times are dotted throughout the islands, the last remaining kingdom in Polynesia.

Noumea, New Caledonia

New Caledonia’s capital is a bastion of French culture with charming bistros and boutiques, and a coastline like the Côte d’Azur. Yet just down the road, the Kanaks fish with spears along one of the three most extensive reef systems in the world.

Sydney, Australia

Australia’s largest and most cosmopolitan city offers all that a traveller’s heart may desire: great beaches, world-class cuisine, a vibrant nightlife, high-end shopping, museums, and grand parks – not to mention Sydney’s Opera House that is one of the great buildings of the 20th century.

Melbourne, Australia

Hop on a tram to experience the café culture and landmarks of Australia’s culture capital with its broad leafy streets, the Royal Botanic Gardens and stately Victorian architecture. Or tour the bizarre underground world of Coober-Pedy in the Outback, “Opal Capital of the World.”

Adelaide, Australia

Where once miners toiled in the hopes of striking it rich, vintners are creating liquid gold in the Barossa Valley with its old world charm and world-famous Shiraz. Spend the day sipping and savouring the fruits of the vine, or interact with a koala at the famous wildlife park.

Fremantle (Perth), Australia

Closer to Singapore than Sydney, Western Australia’s capital is one of the most isolated in the world. Yet with near-perpetual sunshine, Perth also rates as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Experience its easy-going lifestyle on a leisurely Swan Valley wine cruise.

Bali, Indonesia

It is a vision of ethereal beauty, where ribbons of white unravel along an azure sea. Stone carved temples and misty volcanoes pierce a jade landscape; and Hindu gods inspire the highest form of human creativity. Bali is rightly known as the “Island of the Gods.”

Semarang, Indonesia (Borobudur)

Journey across the lush Javanese landscape to one of Asia’s reatest sites of antiquity. Buried by volcanic eruptions and jungle growth, the orld’s largest Buddhist complex was discovered by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1814, but restoration was complete only a few ecades ago

Muara, Brunei

The golden dome of the Sultan’s 1,788-room palace hints at the normous wealth of this tiny, oil-rich sultanate. Reluctant to give up traditional lifestyles, many still live in houses on stilts in water villages where little has changed for centuries save for the speed boats and flatpanel TVs.

Kota Kinabalu, Indonesia

Primeval beauty contrasts with the modern towers of the Malay capital of Sabah. Rising above the city, Southeast Asia’s highest mountain is a natural  wonderland, home to some of the world’s richest flora and fauna from carnivorous nepenthes to hundreds of species of exotic birds.

Hong Kong

One of Asia’s most exciting cities in one of the world’s most exquisite settings, Hong Kong never ceases to amaze. Admire its jewel-like harbour from Victoria Peak, ride a sampan to a floating village, and shop the posh emporiums and bazaars.

Chan May, Vietnam

A cache of World Heritage Sites are within easy reach of this modern port — the “Old Asia” charm of Hoi An; My Son, ancient capital of the Cham people; the imperial monuments of the Nguyen Dynasty in Hue.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Two days in Ho Chi Minh City gives you time to see the Reunification Palace and Cu Chi tunnels. Then head across the countryside for a boat ride through the breadbasket of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta with its visions and vistas of everyday life.

Bangkok, Thailand

The silent grandeur of over 400 wats form one of Asia’s great pectacles in Thailand’s capital. Take a tuk-tuk to the magnificent Grand Palace. Cruise Bangkok’s colourful klongs. Or join a land adventure to Chiang Mai, Burma or beyond.

Singapore

From celebrated cuisines, and ethnic neighbourhoods to the high-end shops of Orchard Road, the attractions are endless. Walk the Civic District Trail through the colonial heart of this garden city. Then sip a Singapore Sling at the legendary Raffles Hotel.

Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia

In spite of its towers and soaring prosperity, the Malaysian capital has not relinquished all ties to its colonial past. Walk around Merdeka Square where British architectural sensibilities are peppered with Moorish spice. Then take in the views atop the Petronas Towers.

Penang, Malaysia

Temples shrouded in incense smoke and palmfringed beaches have been attracting visitors to Penang for centuries. Walk along the Heritage Trail in George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage City.

Colombo, Sri Lanka

A landscape draped in greenery, stunning beaches, great wildlife refuges and the ruins of an ancient civilization beckon. Don’t miss Kandy, home of the tooth relic of Gautama Buddha, and visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, one of the largest in the world.

Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles

Ringed by steep mountains, few capitals can claim a lovelier backdrop than Victoria. But beaches are the big draw in gorgeous, romantic Mahé. You can snorkel for buried treasure at St. Anne Marine Park, or spend the day swimming and relaxing on the white sands of Beau Vallon.

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Once known as the Spice Island for its export of cloves, this Tanzanian archipelago has become one of the most exotic flavours in Africa. Wander the labyrinth of ancient, tangled streets in Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its historic buildings and elaborately carved doors.

Nosy Be, Madagascar

Cut off from the African mainland for millions of years, the world’s fourth largest island is one of the ecologically richest countries on the planet. The heady fragrance of ylang-ylang blossoms fill the air in Nosy Be, while nearby Nosy Komba is known as the “lemur island.”

Durban, South Africa

Durban is the gateway to some of South Africa’s greatest attractions. Discover the scenic Valley of a Thousand Hills, the Kingdom of the Zulu. Search for the “big five” in one of the great reserves in Natal. Or set out along the famous Garden Route, an explorer’s dream.

Cape Town, South Africa

Ride the cable car atop massive Table Mountain for a bird’s eye view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With your overnight stay, you’ll have time to explore the gorgeous Cape Winelands and its historic towns.

Walvis Bay, Namibia

Take a 4x4 through the Namib desert, a landscape of epic beauty with some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Then gaze upon the flamingos, pelicans and hundreds of thousands of migratory birds wading in the huge natural lagoon at Walvis Bay.

Luanda, Angola

The climate is tropical, the beaches spectacular and the economy is flourishing in Angola’s bustling capital thanks to the nation’s booming diamond and oil trade. Explore the 1575 Fortress of San Miguel de Luanda and the Anthropology Museum with its impressive array of traditional masks.

São Tomé, São Tomé & Principe

These ancient volcanic islands are home to some of the world’s most spectacular rock formations, both above and below the waterline. Marvel at the birds and bursts of orchids as you hike through the rainforest of Sao Tome, an ornithologist’s paradise.

Takoradi, Ghana

Welcome to Ghana, the Land of Sunshine. Visit the Cape Coast Castle, known for its role in the ancient slave trade. Take a canopy walk at Kakum National Park to glimpse rare butterflies, birds and perhaps the elusive bongo antelope.

Suites

Silver Whisper’s oceanview suites are some of the most spacious at sea. All include the services of a personal butler, thanks to the highest service ratio at sea. And almost all have a private teak veranda so that you can breathe in the fresh sea air by merely stepping outside your door.

Veranda Suite

A Silversea signature suite. Spacious and welcoming. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a furnished private teak veranda. Each spectacular sunset feels like it is yours alone. Some Veranda Suites on the Silver Whisper accommodate three guests. Veranda 3 and 4 offer preferred central location with identical accommodation to Veranda 1 and 2.

345 sq ft / 32m2 including veranda (60 sq ft / 6m2)
Up to 3 US$73,750
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Features
  • Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized bathtub
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • Radio/alarm clock with iPod docking station
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down
    duvet covers
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies)
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Terrace Suite

With a shared veranda, this accommodation on the Silver Whisper provides an easy transition from peace and privacy of your suite to the energy and excitement of the onboard social scene.

287 sq ft / 27m2
Up to 3 US$64,850
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  • Shared teak veranda and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized bathtub
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • Radio/alarm with iPod docking station
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down
    duvet covers
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies)
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Vista Suite

A quiet sanctuary. The sitting area of the Vista suite has plenty of room to relax. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed during the cruise.

287 sq ft / 27m2
Up to 3 US$58,950
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  • Large picture window providing panoramic ocean views
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized bathtub
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • Radio/alarm with iPod docking station
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down
    duvet covers
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies)
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Medallion Suite

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. An extravagant suite for an extravagant cruise.

521 sq ft / 49m2 including veranda (81 sq ft / 8m2)
Up to 2 US$121,650
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  • Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room with sitting area and dining area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool bathtub
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • Radio/alarm with iPod docking station
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down
    duvet covers
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies)
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Silver Suite

Stylish and sophisticated is the Silver Suite of the Silver Whisper. Separate dining and living rooms. Larger verandas. Situated midship. Perfection in design for comfortable living. Silver Suites accommodate three guests.

653–701 sq ft / 61–65m2 including veranda (110–123 sq ft / 10–11m2)
Up to 3 US$129,950
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  • Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest)
  • Sitting area
  • Separate dining area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with double vanity, full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Radio/alarm with iPod docking system
  • Illy Espresso machine
  • Direct-dial telephone(s)
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down
    duvet covers
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies)
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Laundry service throughout the voyage
  • Special chocolate welcome
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer’s table
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Grand Suite

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends on your luxury cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”. Whatever you wish. Available as a one-bedroom suite configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Veranda Suite.

One Bedroom: 941–1,090 sq ft / 87–101m2 including veranda (103–116 sq ft / 10–11m2)

Two Bedroom: 1,286–1,435 sq ft / 119–133m2 including veranda (163–176 sq ft / 16–17m2)
Up to 4 US$148,950
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Features
  • Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; Two-bedroom has additional veranda
  • Living room with sitting area; Two-bedroom has additional sitting area
  • Separate dining area and bar
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed; Two-bedroom has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathrooms with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool tub, plus a powder room; Two-bedroom has additional marbled bathroom with full-sized bath
  • Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe
  • Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Radio/alarm with iPod docking station
  • Illy Espresso machine
  • Direct-dial telephone(s
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down
    duvet covers
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Laundry service throughout the voyage
  • Dry cleaning and pressing throughout the voyage
  • Special chocolate welcome
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer’s table
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Royal Suite

Stately describes the Royal suite. Commanding and majestic. Perfect for entertaining while you cruise. Enough living space to roam. The pinnacle of good living. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Veranda Suite.

One Bedroom: 967–1,007 sq ft / 90–94m2 including veranda (110–116 sq ft / 10–11m2)

Two Bedroom: 1,312–1,352 sq ft / 122–126m2 including veranda (170–176 sq ft / 16–17m2)
Up to 4 US$141,550
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Features
  • Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; Two-bedroom has additional veranda
  • Living room with sitting area; Two-bedroom has additional sitting area
  • Separate dining area and bar
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed; Two-bedroom has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool tub, plus a powder room; Two-bedroom has additional marbled bathroom with full-sized bath
  • Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe
  • Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Radio/alarm with iPod docking station
  • Illy Espresso machine
  • Direct-dial telephone(s)
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies)
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Laundry service throughout the voyage
  • Dry cleaning and pressing throughout the voyage
  • Special chocolate welcome
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer’s table
  • Dinner for two in Le Champagne, one evening per voyage
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Owner Suite

The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic, as is the Silver Whisper itself. For those whose standards are higher than most on a luxury cruise ship. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Vista Suite.

One Bedroom: 919 sq ft / 85m2 including veranda (220 sq ft / 20m2)

Two Bedroom: 1,264 sq ft/ 117m2 including veranda (220 sq ft / 20m2)
Up to 4 US$173,250
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Features
  • Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; Two-bedroom has additional large picture window
  • Living room with sitting area; Two-bedroom has additional sitting area
  • Separate dining area and bar
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed; Two-bedroom has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathrooms with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool tub, plus a powder room; two-bedroom has additional marbled bathroom with full-sized bath
  • Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe
  • Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Radio/alarm with iPod docking station
  • Illy Espresso machine
  • Direct-dial telephone(s)
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies)
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Laundry service throughout the voyage
  • Dry cleaning and pressing throughout the voyage
  • Special chocolate welcome
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer’s table
  • Dinner for two in Le Champagne, one evening per voyage
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Ports

Learn all about the places you’ll visit on World Cruise 2015. All 52 fascinating ports are at your fingertips.

Guest Lecturers

As a traveller we seek to gain more knowledge, more tolerance and more understanding of the worlds we sail to. That is why a stimulating program of enrichment is a fundamental component of World Cruise 2015. Your days at sea will be filled with a cast of guest hosts from eminent lecturers and wine experts to renowned chefs, certified ACBL instructors, and our ever-popular L’École des Chefs by Relais & Châteaux.

Henry and Monica Bradsher

Journalists, Intelligence ExpertsHenry has won American national prizes in two different careers,
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Land Adventures

Want to go glimpse gorillas in Uganda? Experience the gamelands of the Maasai Mara, or embark on a magical journey to Jaipur and the Taj Mahal? World Cruise 23015 includes an exciting array of mid-cruise overland journeys to further your explorations ashore.

Land Programmes

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa and inoculation requirements for Kenya and Tanzania.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas before your cruise.


DAY 1 - ARRIVE NAIROBI

On arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport, the local Silversea representative is on hand to greet you and assist with your transfer to the hotel.   Dinner this evening is under your own arrangement.


Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel.


DAY 2: NAIROBI / SERENGETI

After breakfast , check out and store your excess baggage that cannot accompany you at the hotel.   The local representative is on hand to assist with your transfer to Wilson Airport and check in for your flight to Serengeti (via Kilimanjaro).   As you change planes in Kilimanjaro, you are provided with a packed picnic lunch and assisted toward your onward flight to Serengeti.   Please note that you will not likely see Mount Kilimanjaro from the airport, however you may see it during landing or takeoff.


On arrival at Seronera airstrip, you are met and transferred through the renowned Serengeti National Park en route to the Four Seasons Lodge, enjoying a game-viewing drive en-route.


The Serengeti is arguably the most famous national park in the world; it perhaps defines the safari experience as surely as the wildlife that inhabit it. The famous short and long grass plains of the south slowly unfurl into the Acacia savannah of the central area, the hilly, more densely wooded areas of the north, and the extensive woodland in the western corridor, each with its own resident variations of African wildlife. The principal attraction of the Serengeti is the passing of the wildebeest migration: 1½ million wildebeest, and a retinue comprised of hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelle and other plains game that follow close behind, stalked by the inevitable predators who make the most of the 'feast' close at hand.

The Four Seasons Lodge perfectly combines the intimacy of a lodge and the indulgence expected of a luxury hotel. Nestled within the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, in the vicinity of the great annual migration, the Four Seasons Lodge is a dream African hideaway offering spectacular views of wildlife, an active watering hole and superior accommodations.  


Note: The precise timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration is entirely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year.  

Dinner is enjoyed at the lodge.  Overnight at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.


DAY 3: SERENGETI

After breakfast, depart on a full day game viewing outing, accompanied by an experienced driver who also serves as your guide, thanks to his or her knowledge of the local area and its wildlife. Lunch boxes are available for a Four Seasons dining experience in the heart of the Serengeti, which is home to millions of stunning wildebeests during the migration period, as well as numerous species of birds and mammals, especially the big cats: leopards, cheetahs and lions.


Dinner is served again this evening at the lodge.  Overnight at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.


DAY 4: SERENGETI / NAIROBI

Following an early breakfast , check out and transfer to Seronera airstrip for your return flights to Nairobi.  You will once again fly via the airport at Kilimanjaro.  A Silversea representative is on hand to assist and provide packed picnic lunches.


Upon arrival at Nairobi airport, you are met again by the local representative and directed to your waiting vehicles.   Check in once again at the Norfolk Hotel. After you have had time to freshen up, enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the hotel.  Dinner this evening is on your own arrangements.

Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi

DAY 5:  NAIROBI  / MOMBASA

Following breakfast, check out and enjoy a half day city tour, before continuing to the Carnivore Restaurant for lunch.  Afterwards, transfer to the airport for the flight to Mombasa.


On arrival at Moi International Airport, you are met by the local representative and transferred to the ship with a brief  orientation tour provided en-route.


Bon Voyage!


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        2 nights at Four  Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti  

·        2 nights at Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

·        Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

·        2 drinks per person with lunches & dinners (choice of local beer, house wine and soft drinks)

·        Game drives as stated above in open 4x4 vehicles safari vehicles

·        Park entrances fees to Serengeti

·        English-speaking driver guide on transfers

·        Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 1 suitcase per person

·        Mineral water during game viewing drives (2 x 500 ml bottles per person per day)

·        Professional Safari Guide


Not Included:

·        Personal expenses such as tips for meals, gratuities for drivers, guides and game rangers, all other alcoholic beverages (i.e. champagne, cognac, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, cigars and cigarettes), gift shop purchases and telephone calls

·        Entry Visa Fees in Kenya (currently US$ 50.00 per person)

·        Entry Visa Fees in Tanzania (currently US$ 50.00 for UK citizens; and US$ 100.00 for USA citizens)

·        Personal Health Insurance Coverage

·        International flights

·        Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

·        Any other services not mentioned above


Flight Information:  All flights are in economy-class

Day 2 - Nairobi (Wilson) Airport / Kilimanjaro - approximately 50 minutes

Day 2 - Kilimanjaro / Serengeti - approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 4 - Serengeti / Kilimanjaro - approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Day 4 - Kilimanjaro / Nairobi (Wilson) Airport - approximately 1 hour 20 minutes

Day 5 - Nairobi / Mombasa - approximately 1 hour


Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules.  Rest assured that Silversea's local representative will make the best possible reservations for our guests.


Luggage Information:

On all safari flights (i.e. Nairobi / Serengeti / Nairobi), luggage should be packed in a soft-sided bag, and should not exceed 15kg (33 lbs).  Additional pieces can be stored at the hotel in Nairobi during your time in the bush.  For the flight from Nairobi to Mombasa on Day 5, economy-class passengers are allowed two pieces of 23kg (50Ibs) each whose total dimensions shall not exceed 158cms (62 inches) (L+W+H) for each bag.  Any charges by the airline for additional/overweight luggage are the responsibility of the guest.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Kenya & Tanzania.  Currently, U.S. & UK citizens may secure their Kenyan and Tanzanian visas upon arrival.  This service is subject to change and may result in a longer wait at your arrival airports.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all other appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Accommodations can be made for guests who have limited mobility or are confined to a wheelchair.  In these cases, guests will travel on a private itinerary that varies from the program outlined above.  

Please note:

Please note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.



All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa and inoculation requirements for Kenya and Tanzania.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas before your cruise.


DAY 1 - ARRIVE NAIROBI

On arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport, the local Silversea representative is on hand to greet you and assist with your transfer to the hotel.   Dinner this evening is under your own arrangement.


Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel  


DAY 2: NAIROBI / NGORONGORO

After breakfast, check out and store the excess baggage that cannot accompany you with the hotel.   The local representative is on hand to assist with your transfer to Wilson Airport and check in for your flight to Manyara (via Kilimanjaro).   As you change planes in Kilimanjaro, you are provided with a packed picnic lunch and assisted toward your onward flight to Manyara.  Please note that you will not likely see Mount Kilimanjaro from the airport, however you may see it during landing or takeoff.


On arrival in Manyara airstrip, you will be met and transferred to the renowned Ngorongoro Crater area. Once there, proceed to the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge for check in, and then time at leisure to experience this unforgettable property.

Perched above cool, swirling mists on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, the sumptuous safari suites at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offer breath-taking views. Inspired in design by the Maasai mud and stick manyatta, or homestead, this is without doubt one of the most spectacular lodges in Africa.

Three separate and intimate camps totalling just 30 suites are reminiscent of a bygone era.

Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and elegant African treasures. The bedroom, sitting room and en-suite bathroom boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the magnificent Crater below. Beaded chandeliers hang above large gilt mirrors, while antiques, billowing raw silk curtains and leather-backed chairs blend harmoniously with African art elements. En-suite bathrooms with a dramatic centrepiece of red roses feature spacious showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs. Personal butler discretely cater for each guest's every need, bringing tea in bed, stoking fireplaces and drawing luxurious bubble baths. Frequently described as Maasai meets Versailles, each camp has its own guest sitting and dining areas, as well as viewing decks. The domed dining room, with its fireplace, crystal, silver and massive wooden platters, turns every meal into a special occasion.


Dinner is served at the Lodge.  Overnight at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge



DAY 3: NGORONGORO CRATER

After breakfast, depart for a full day in the crater, with picnic lunch provided.


The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 2286 square kilometres (892 square miles) and encompasses the volcanic area around the Ngorongoro Crater - including the still active volcano of Oldonyo Lengai and the famous Olduvai Gorge. Its centrepiece, the Ngorongoro Crater, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and the first sight of it is breathtaking. The floor of the crater is only 100 square miles but is home to around 30,000 animals, with a high concentration of predators.

After spending most of the day in the crater, proceed to a visit of a local Maasai Village. Thereafter return to the Lodge and take some time to relax before meeting the rest of the guests for sundowners, followed by dinner.


Overnight at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge


DAY 4: NGORONGORO / NAIROBI

Following an early breakfast, check out and transfer to Manyara airstrip for your return flights to Nairobi.  You will once again fly via the airport at Kilimanjaro.  A Silversea representative is on hand to assist and provide packed picnic lunches.


Upon arrival at Nairobi airport, you are met again by the local representative and directed to your waiting vehicles.   Check in once again at the Norfolk Hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure.  Dinner this evening is on your own arrangements.

Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi

DAY 5:  NAIROBI / MOMBASA

Following breakfast, check out and enjoy a half day city tour, before continuing to the Carnivore Restaurant for lunch.  Afterwards, transfer to the airport for the flight to Mombasa.  Your seats are in business-class for this segment.


On arrival at Moi International Airport, you are met by the local representative and transferred to the ship with a brief orientation tour provided en-route.


Bon Voyage!


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        2 nights at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - Standard room category  

·        2 nights at Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel - Deluxe room category

·        Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

·        2 drinks per person with lunches & dinners (choice of local beer, house wine and soft drinks)

·        Game drives as stated above in open 4x4 vehicles safari vehicles

·        Park entrances fees to Ngorongoro

·        English-speaking driver guide on transfers

·        Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 1 suitcase per person

·        Mineral water during game viewing drives (2 x 500 ml bottles per person per day)

·        Professional Safari Guide


Not Included:

·        Personal expenses such as tips for meals, gratuities for drivers, guides and game rangers, all other alcoholic beverages (i.e. champagne, cognac, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, cigars and cigarettes), gift shop purchases and telephone calls

·        Entry Visa Fees in Kenya (currently US$ 50.00 per person)

·        Entry Visa Fees in Tanzania (currently US$ 50.00 for UK citizens; and US$ 100.00 for USA citizens)

·        Personal Health Insurance Coverage

·        International flights

·        Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

·        Any other services not mentioned above


Flight Information:  Flight on Day 5 is in business-class, all other flights are in economy-class

Day 2 - Nairobi (Wilson) Airport / Kilimanjaro - approximately 50 minutes

Day 2 - Kilimanjaro / Manyara - approximately 45 minutes

Day 4 - Manyara / Kilimanjaro - approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with stop in Arusha

Day 4 - Kilimanjaro / Nairobi (Wilson) Airport - approximately 50 minutes

Day 5 - Nairobi / Mombasa - approximately 1 hour


Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules.  Rest assured that Silversea's local representative will make the best possible reservations for our guests.


Luggage Information:

On all safari flights (i.e. Nairobi / Manyara / Nairobi), luggage should be packed in a soft-sided bag, and should not exceed 15kg (33 lbs).  Additional pieces can be stored at the hotel in Nairobi during your time in the bush.  For the flight from Mombasa to Nairobi on Day 1, business-class passengers are allowed two pieces of 32kgs (70lbs) each whose three dimensions shall not exceed a total of 158cms (62 inches) (L+W+H)  for each bag.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Kenya & Tanzania.  Currently, U.S. & UK citizens may secure their Kenyan and Tanzanian visas upon arrival.  This service is subject to change and may result in a longer wait at your arrival airports.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all other appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Accommodations can be made for guests who have limited mobility or are confined to a wheelchair.  In these cases, guests will travel on a private itinerary that varies from the program outlined above.  


Please note:

Please note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.



All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa and inoculation requirements for Kenya and Tanzania.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas before your cruise.


DAY 1 - ARRIVE NAIROBI

On arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport, the local Silversea representative is on hand to greet you and assist with your transfer to the hotel.   Dinner this evening is under your own arrangement.


Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel.


DAY 2: NAIROBI / NGORONGORO

After breakfast , check out and store the excess baggage that cannot accompany you with the hotel.   The local representative is on hand to assist with your transfer to Wilson Airport and check in for your flight to Manyara (via Kilimanjaro).   As you change planes in Kilimanjaro, you are provided with a packed picnic lunch and assisted toward your onward flight to Manyara.   Please note that you will not likely see Mount Kilimanjaro from the airport, however you may see it during landing or takeoff.


On arrival at Manyara airstrip, you are met and transferred through the renowned Ngorongoro Crater area en route to the charming Manor at Ngorongoro.  


The Manor at Ngorongoro is reminiscent of an elegant, up country farm home in the Cape Dutch style of architecture. With its 20 luxurious guest cottage suites, guests enjoy a luxury safari experience fusing East African safari hospitality with old world Afro-European architecture, and decor. Each suite has a private courtyard and deck, indoor and out door fireplaces, en suite bathrooms with traditional bath tubs and showers.

Dinner is enjoyed at the Manor.  Overnight at The Manor at Ngorongoro


DAY 3: NGORONGORO CRATER

After breakfast, depart for a full day in the crater, with picnic lunch provided.


The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 2286 square kilometres (892 square miles) and encompasses the volcanic area around the Ngorongoro Crater - including the still active volcano of Oldonyo Lengai and the famous Olduvai Gorge. Its centrepiece, the Ngorongoro Crater, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and the first sight of it is breathtaking. The floor of the crater is only 100 square miles but is home to around 30,000 animals, with a high concentration of predators.

After spending most of the day in the crater , proceed to a visit of a local Maasai Village. Thereafter return to the Manor and take some time to relax before meeting the rest of the guests for sundowners, followed by dinner.


Overnight at The Manor at Ngorongoro


DAY 4: NGORONGORO / NAIROBI

Following an early breakfast , check out and transfer to Manyara airstrip for your return flights to Nairobi.  You will once again fly via the airport at Kilimanjaro.  A Silversea representative is on hand to assist and provide packed picnic lunches.


Upon arrival at Nairobi airport, you are met again by the local representative and directed to your waiting vehicles.   Check in once again at the Norfolk Hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure.  Dinner this evening is on your own arrangements.

Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi

DAY 5:  NAIROBI  / MOMBASA

Following breakfast, check out and enjoy a half day city tour, before continuing to the Carnivore Restaurant for lunch.  Afterwards, transfer to the airport for the flight to Mombasa.


On arrival at Moi International Airport, you are met by the local representative and transferred to the ship with a brief  orientation tour provided en-route.


Bon Voyage!


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        2 nights at The Manor at Ngorongoro - Standard room category  

·        2 nights at Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel - Deluxe room category

·        Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

·        2 drinks per person with lunches & dinners (choice of local beer, house wine and soft drinks)

·        Game drives as stated above in open 4x4 vehicles safari vehicles

·        Park entrances fees to Ngorongoro

·        English-speaking driver guide on transfers

·        Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 1 suitcase per person

·        Mineral water during game viewing drives (2 x 500 ml bottles per person per day)

·        Professional Safari Guide


Not Included:

·        Personal expenses such as tips for meals, gratuities for drivers, guides and game rangers, all other alcoholic beverages (i.e. champagne, cognac, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, cigars and cigarettes), gift shop purchases and telephone calls

·        Entry Visa Fees in Kenya (currently US$ 50.00 per person)

·        Entry Visa Fees in Tanzania (currently US$ 50.00 for UK citizens; and US$ 100.00 for USA citizens)

·        Personal Health Insurance Coverage

·        International flights

·        Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

·        Any other services not mentioned above


Flight Information:  All flights are in economy-class

Day 2 - Nairobi (Wilson) Airport / Kilimanjaro - approximately 50 minutes

Day 2 - Kilimanjaro / Manyara - approximately 45 minutes

Day 4 - Manyara / Kilimanjaro - approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with stop in Arusha

Day 4 - Kilimanjaro / Nairobi (Wilson) Airport - approximately 50 minutes

Day 5 - Nairobi / Mombasa - approximately 1 hour


Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules.  Rest assured that Silversea's local representative will make the best possible reservations for our guests.


Upgrade to Ngorongoro Grande Explorer for only USD $870 per person/double occupancy*.

Comparison of Ngorongoro Explorer vs Ngorogoro Grande Explorer


The following are the highlights of the features for each level of service:

Ngorongoro Explorer:

  • Nairobi - Deluxe Room at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
  • Accommodations at The Manor at Ngorogoro - located on the edge of the conservation area, a 20 - 30 minute drive to the edge of the crater
  • Economy-class air from Nairobi to Mombasa

Ngorongoro Grande Explorer:

  • Nairobi - Deluxe Room at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
  • Accommodations at the Ngorogoro Crater Lodge - located right on the edge of the crater with panoramic views of the crater floor
  • Business-class air from Nairobi to Mombasa

*in Sterling:  £500 ;  in Euro:  €630;  in Australian Dollars: A$930 -  based on per person/double occupancy


Luggage Information:

On all safari flights (i.e. Nairobi / Manyara / Nairobi), luggage should be packed in a soft-sided bag, and should not exceed 15kg (33 lbs).  Additional pieces can be stored at the hotel in Nairobi during your time in the bush.  For the flight from Nairobi to Mombasa on Day 5, economy-class passengers are allowed two pieces of 23kg (50Ibs) each whose total dimensions shall not exceed 158cms (62 inches) (L+W+H) for each bag.  Any charges by the airline for additional/overweight luggage are the responsibility of the guest.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Kenya & Tanzania.  Currently, U.S. & UK citizens may secure their Kenyan and Tanzanian visas upon arrival.  This service is subject to change and may result in a longer wait at your arrival airports.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all other appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Accommodations can be made for guests who have limited mobility or are confined to a wheelchair.  In these cases, guests will travel on a private itinerary that varies from the program outlined above.  


Please note:

Please note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.



All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

More than an authentic, tented-camp experience, more than a dream safari destination, more than an African escape, Thanda Private Game Reserve offers a genuine South African wildlife adventure.  Matched with sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment, Thanda is known for meaningful safari experiences and exclusive close-up encounters with Africa's magnificent Big Five. Overnight in a tented camp and participate on two game drives during this traditional safari Land Adventure.


01MIDRCB-L Thanda Tented Camp Safari & Zulu Culture

Offered on Voyage 4507

Duration:  1.5 Days / 1 Night

Depart: March 31, 2015 in Richards Bay

Re-join Ship: April 1, 2015 in Durban

Reserve by: December 23, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 23, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.


Silversea invites you to a tented-safari experience with world-class service. Considered ruggedly elegant and utterly romantic is the Thanda Tented Camp. From the décor to the cuisine, guests truly learn to appreciate the rich, and still very much alive, traditions of the Zulu people.  Two game drives give you the possibility to see each of the 'Big Five' residing at this private game reserve.


DAY ONE - Richards Bay/Thanda Private Game Reserve

Enjoy a leisurely but hearty breakfast on-board before disembarking mid-morning.  Your Mid-voyage Land Adventure begins with an approximate two-hour drive to Thanda Private Game Reserve. On arrival at the main entrance gate, you will be met by rangers who will transfer you to Thanda Tented Camp in four-wheel drive open vehicles.


On arrival at the camp, a welcome drink is served, while registration cards and indemnity forms are handed out to be signed. Afterwards, proceed to your tent to freshen up before high tea is served.


Within Thanda Tented Camp you will encounter minimal lighting, with beautiful nature and jaw-dropping scenery enhanced by flickering firelight from the boma and warm paraffin lanterns to guide your feet along the walkway.  This is the bush as nature intended: open, inviting, unconstrained. You will encounter unparalleled closeness to the bush and its sounds; unspoilt views of the night's millions of stars; and absolute authenticity.


Thanda Tented Camp offers a relaxed and real safari experience. It comprises 14 spacious tents, each with a private sun deck and en-suite canvas bathroom.  To add to the genuine bush atmosphere, the camp is non-electrified. However, it does have limited solar and battery power with a back-up generator to power the tents for a few hours each day. To deter wild animals, there is a partial electrified fence along the perimeter of Thanda Tented Camp.


The camp's shared areas include a reception area, a curio shop, a recently refurbished Hemingway-style lounge area, a dining area featuring authentic African curios, a large rim-flow pool surrounded by loungers and umbrellas, a new waterhole to entice large and small game, and a new boma - all decorated in rustic natural shades and complemented by the rich, warm hues of the African sunset.


Enjoy a traditional High Tea and then depart on an afternoon/early evening game drive in an open 4X4 vehicle. Head out in search of the animals that begin to arise after the heat of the day has passed.  The philosophy 'For the love of nature, wildlife and dear ones' embraces Thanda's vision of creating harmony between man and nature. 'Thanda', meaning 'love' in Zulu, is truly a game reserve centred on love.


Search for the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo): the animals that inspire a long-lasting connection with the continent. Then, go looking for Africa's other famous five - the Little Five (elephant shrew, rhino beetle, leopard tortoise, ant lion and buffalo weaver).  Your guide and tracker offer wildlife lessons from their own cultures and knowledge. Listen as they share their knowledge and tell stories of the land and its wondrous animals.  With 35,000 acres (14,000 hectares) to explore, your tracker will attempt to seek out wildlife that also includes cheetah, hyena, warthog and the occasional wild dog, as well as abundant bird and plant life.  Stop for sundowners and light snacks in the bush.  As you make your way back to camp in the early evening, spotlights may be used.


Return to the lodge for dinner skilfully prepared by a dedicated team of professional chefs. The menu includes a variety of Western and traditional Zulu cuisine. Relax in the evening as you prepare for tomorrow's early morning game drive.


DAY TWO - Thanda Private Game Reserve/Durban

An early morning wake-up call begins the day, with tea, coffee and biscuits waiting at the lodge.  This morning's game drive takes you by open 4X4 back into the bush in search of wildlife out enjoying the cool morning breezes.


Return to the lodge for a full breakfast, after which you have time to freshen up and to pack your belongings. Depart the lodge by safari vehicle to the main entrance, where you re-board the coach.  Silver Whisper awaits in the port of Durban.  A 3.5-hour coach ride returns you to the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended only to guests who are physically fit.  It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility unable to get in and out of the game drive vehicle with ease or those who utilise a wheelchair. The game drive traverses over uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. Accommodations are in a non-electrified tented camp with some battery power. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions and movement of wildlife on the reserve. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and will bring you close to nature. Guests should anticipate exposure to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bringing a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. Thanda is in a low-risk malaria area and medical precautions are not a requirement for participation; however, guests should check with their physician for their recommendation regarding malaria medication. Animal sightings are frequent but cannot be guaranteed.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night at Tented Camp (or similar) - Thanda Private Game Reserve

·        One breakfast, High Tea and one dinner (all beverages are included with meals, except champagne, cognac), and snacks as described

·        Two games drives in open 4X4 vehicles

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

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Discover Africa's wildlife in four-wheel drive open vehicles whilst enjoying a touch of luxury during your bush experience. Situated in the lush northern KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve comprises 56,800 acres (23,000 hectares) of prime conservation land. Seven diverse habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and black and white rhino.


01MIDRCB-A Phinda Private Game Reserve  

Departure: Richards Bay, March 31, 2015

Duration: 2 Days/1 Nights

Re-join ship: Durban, April 1, 2015

Reserve by: December 23, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 23, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  


Discover Africa's wildlife whilst enjoying a touch of luxury during your bush experience. Situated in the lush region of northern KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve comprises 43,240 acres (17,500 hectares) of prime conservation land. Seven diverse habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and black and white rhino. Exciting game drives in 4-wheel drive open vehicles allow freedom of movement and the ability to leave the road and track down the reserve's incredible diversity of mammals. Phinda is the proud winner of prestigious ecotourism awards.  


DAY ONE - Richards Bay/Phinda Private Game Reserve

Depart the ship in Richards Bay and travel by luxury coach the 1.5 hours to Phinda Private Game Reserve. On arrival at the Reserve's main gate, you are met and transferred in open 4x4 vehicles to the deluxe Forest Lodge. A welcome drink is served whilst registration cards and indemnity forms are handed out to be signed. Then, enjoy a light lunch, after which you will be shown to your rooms. (Rooms are not usually available before 2:00 p.m.) There is time to freshen up and enjoy the amenities of your deluxe accommodation, complete with sitting area, personal bar, private veranda with plunge pool and romantic al fresco shower.


Guest areas include a spacious u-shaped building with a central courtyard incorporating sitting and dining areas. A shaded terrace offers spectacular views of the Lebombo Mountains and bushveld.


Gather for afternoon tea on the patio before departing on a late afternoon game drive in 4-wheel drive open vehicles. These provide off-road tracking for Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo. After dark, spotlights are used which may reveal nocturnal creatures and carnivores out hunting.


Sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, followed by the drive back to the lodge and a sumptuous dinner.  


Overnight in Forest Lodge Suites - Phinda Private Game Reserve.


DAY TWO - Phinda/Durban

After an early wake-up call, gather in the living area for tea/coffee and biscuits. Thereafter, depart on a game drive at sunrise, a time that is particularly exciting when the bush comes to life. After approximately two hours of tracking wildlife, return to the lodge and enjoy a full breakfast. After breakfast, prepare to check out and depart Phinda by open safari vehicle taking you back to the exit gate of the private reserve. Here switch to the coach for the 2.5-hour journey to Durban. Before heading to the port, a brief orientation drive will acquaint you with the highlights of Durban. Your return to the ship concludes your Phinda Safari experience.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit.  It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The game drive traverses over uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions and movement of wildlife on the reserve. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bringing a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. Phinda is in a low-risk malaria area and medical precautions are not a requirement for participation; however, guests should check with their physician for their recommendation regarding malaria medication. Animal sightings are frequent but cannot be guaranteed.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night at Forest Lodge (or similar) - Phinda Private Game Reserve

·        One breakfast, one lunch and one dinner (all beverages are included with meals, except champagne, cognac)

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Shamwari is an African dream. Embark on a safari adventure to a game reserve that unfolds the very soul of an untamed continent, along with the most luxurious means of accommodations. Experience a multitude of plant, animal and birdlife at the southern most private, big game reserve in Africa, stretching along the Bushman's River, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown. In keeping with its conservation policy, Shamwari has a complete wildlife research team as well as its own anti-poaching unit, ensuring an ecological balance prevails on this reclaimed piece of wilderness.  


02MIDCPT-S Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Offered on Voyage 4507  

Departure: April 2, 2015 from East London

Duration: 2.5 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: April 4, 2015 in Cape Town

Reserve by: December 23, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 23, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.


Embark on a safari adventure that will take you to Shamwari, one of the biggest private game reserves in the Eastern Cape. Steeped in settler history, the reserve dates from the time when game roamed freely in the Eastern Cape region. Home to Africa's 'Big Five', Shamwari has been rewarded with a number of international awards for its efforts to conserve a vanishing way of life. Immerse yourself in an African dream and experience the very soul of an untamed continent whilst luxuriating in Shamwari's elegant facilities.


Your home for two nights is the Shamwari Long Lee Manor. This gracious Edwardian Manor House echoes traditions of the past offering colonial style accommodation, manicured gardens, pools and ponds, terraces and verandas - all overlooking the magnificent plains teaming with wildlife. Guests at Shamwari can enjoy superb, malaria-free, 'big five' game viewing.


DAY ONE - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - East London/Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Enjoy a hearty lunch onboard and upon the ship's arrival to East London, disembark and meet your guide for the three-hour overland transfer to Shamwari. Upon arrival, check-in at the luxury Long Lee Manor Safari Lodge, Shamwari's flagship and a reminder of an era of gracious living. Its skilled staff and highly trained rangers will ensure that you have a comfortable stay and a memorable safari experience. Then, embark on a "teaser" evening game drive. Enjoy drinks and snacks in the bush at sundown, before returning to the lodge for dinner.  The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy, mindful of the early wake-up call that awaits your dawn game drive.


Overnight at the Long Lee Manor - Shamwari Private Game Reserve


DAY TWO - Friday, April 3, 2015 - Shamwari Private Game Reserve  

Just before sunrise, you will be woken for an early morning open vehicle game drive. Meet for hot beverages, before departing with the rising sun. For the next three hours, journey in your open 4X4 game vehicle both on tracks and off-road, in search of the free-roaming 'Big Five'. Afterward, return to the lodge for breakfast and the remainder of the day at leisure. You can participate in guided walks, visit the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary or at your option, visit the luxurious spa offering massage therapies and beauty and facial treatments. Lunch is served at the Lodge at about 1:00pm.


Later, gather for Afternoon Tea followed by a game drive with professional and experienced rangers. For the next 3-4 hours, search for the free-roaming 'Big Five'. Stop for drinks and snacks in the bush at sundown before returning to the lodge for dinner.   Return times to the lodge are dependent upon game sightings on the reserve


Overnight at the Long Lee Manor - Shamwari Private Game Reserve


DAY THREE - Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Shamwari/Cape Town  

Head out for yet another game drive before sunrise in search of the 'Big five'. Return to the lodge for a sumptuous breakfast, before packing your belongings and check out.  Depart the lodge together with your local English-speaking tour guide, who will accompany you on your transfer to Port Elizabeth airport.  A boxed lunch prepared by the lodge if offered during your 1.5-hour transfer.


Upon arrival at the airport, check-in and board the scheduled flight for the two-hour flight to Cape Town.  Here you are met and taken to your awaiting ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit.  It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The game drive vehicles traverse uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. Getting in and out of safari vehicles requires a certain amount of agility and may be a problem for guests with limited mobility.  The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions and movement of wildlife on the reserve. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bring a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. Shamwari is in a malaria-free area and medical precautions are not a requirement for participation; however, guests should check with their physician for their recommendation regarding malaria medication.  Changes to flight schedule can alter programmes content and/or itinerary. Domestic luggage restrictions apply; guest may take one piece of luggage (44 pounds or 20 kg) only.  The lodge management reserves the right to change the programme without prior notice.


Programme Includes:

·        Two-night stay at Long Lee Manor (or similar) - Shamwari Private Game Reserve

·        Scheduled flight (economy-class): Port Elizabeth/Cape Town

·        Two breakfasts, two lunches (one is pre-prepared), an Afternoon Tea, two dinners (all soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers are included with meals, except champagne, cognac, cellar wines)

·        Registered local English-speaking guide to accompany guests on all road transfers

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary.


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, excess luggage fees assessed by the airline, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, private game reserves, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Embark on a safari to Pumba Game Reserve - a malaria free game reserve situated in the heart of the Eastern Cape and home to the Big Five, as well as giraffe and the elusive leopard. The unique vegetation of the Eastern Cape and dense bushveld environment is favoured by elephants. The five-star game lodge offers the ultimate essence of Africa's luxury and style.



02MIDELS-P  Pumba Private Game Reserve & Safari Lodge  

Offered on Voyage 4507

Departure: East London, April 2, 2015

Duration: 2.5 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: Cape Town, April 4, 2015

Reserve by: December 23, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 23, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  


Indulge in a two-night stay at Pumba Private Game Reserve & Safari Lodge as you escape to this privately owned property in the Eastern Cape. Nestled in the midst of a malaria-free reserve of 6,500 hectares, Pumba, with its five star game lodge luxury, offers guests every opportunity to enjoy the essence of an African safari experience. Explore bush and grasslands, looking for the formidable Big Five, plus the endangered and elusive white lion. The reserve covers four of the seven South African vegetation biomes, resulting in an amazing diversity of flora and fauna.  Luxury accommodation and fine dining add to the magic of your safari experience.


DAY ONE - East London/Pumba Private Game Reserve

After the ship has arrived in East London and clearance is given to go ashore, meet your guide who will accompany you on the three-hour journey to Pumba Private Game Reserve & Safari Lodge.  Standing by awaiting your arrival is your experienced ranger.  Climb into the open Land Rover and begin your afternoon game drive. Your luggage will be taken directly to your room while you explore the property and you can complete the check-in formalities upon your return.


Be on the lookout for the 'Big Five', as well as white lion, hippo, hyena, cheetah, giraffe, antelopes and various bird species.  The unique vegetation of the Eastern Cape and the dense bushveld environment is also favoured by elephants.  Cap your game drive experience with drinks and snacks in the bush at sundown before returning to the lodge for dinner.  Five-star chefs will tempt your palate with an array of gourmet safari cuisine served in the restaurant overlooking the water hole.


After dinner, enjoy a night cap around the central fire, recalling the excitement of the earlier game drive.


Overnight accommodation at Pumba Water Lodge.  


DAY TWO - Full Day Pumba Game Experience

Just before sunrise you are woken to take part in an early morning game drive. Nothing quite compares awaking to the sounds of the African bush as the sun rises from the morning mist. It is an ideal time to venture out on a game drive and observe a large variety of wildlife.  Return to the lodge for breakfast, after which you have the remainder of the day at leisure. Lunch will be served at the lodge.


In the late afternoon you are taken on another game drive, including drinks and snacks in the bush. Dinner this evening is served at the lodge, once again offering the ideal setting to share in your day's highlights.


Overnight accommodation at Pumba Water Lodge.  


DAY THREE - Pumba Private Game Reserve/Cape Town  

Don't miss the opportunity for another early morning game drive. Meet for hot beverages before heading out with the rising sun.  End your last game drive with a sumptuous breakfast back at the lodge followed by check out.  At mid-day, depart Pumba together with your local English-speaking guide who will accompany you on your two-hour drive to the airport in Port Elizabeth.  A packed lunch is provided during the transfer.  


Check-in for the 80-minute scheduled flight to Cape Town, where upon arrival you are met and assisted to the vehicle for the hour's drive to the port.  Re-join the ship with fond memories of an intimate and thrilling African safari experience.  



Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit.  It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Getting in and out of safari vehicles requires a certain amount of agility and may be a problem for guests with limited mobility.  The game drive vehicles traverse uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions and movement of wildlife on the reserve. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bring a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. Pumba is in a malaria-free area and medical precautions are not a requirement for participation; however, guests should check with their physician for their recommendation regarding malaria medication.  Changes to flight schedule can alter programmes content and/or itinerary. Domestic luggage restrictions apply; guest may take one piece of luggage (44 pounds or 20 kg) only.  The programme at Pumba Private Game reserve is solely handled by the camp management and arrangements are at their discretion. Pumba Private Game Reserve's Curio Shop does not accept foreign currency and guests need to bring local Rand currency.


    

Programme Includes:

·        Two-night stay at Pumba Water Lodge (or similar) - Pumba Private Game Reserve & Safari Lodge

·        Two breakfasts, one lunch, one packed lunch and two dinners (lunch and dinner include coffee, tea, water and local alcoholic drinks, except champagne, cognac, cellar wines)

·        Scheduled flight (economy-class): Port Elizabeth/ Cape Town

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

·        Professional local guides will accompany guests on all transfers but will not stay at the Game Reserve.


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, excess luggage fees assessed by the airline, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Ngala Game Reserve shares an unfenced boundary with the world renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary and one of the biggest game reserves in the world.  As one of the first concessions to be officially incorporated into the exclusive greater Kruger National Park, it enjoys otherwise unheard of traversing rights to this spectacular area. With luxury facilities, and a genuine sense of the adventure native to the Kruger, Ngala is a stunning safari getaway.


Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their flights to depart from  Johannesburg, South Africa


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding a South African visa. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1 - CAPE TOWN / HOEDSPRUIT / NGALA

Following disembarkation in Cape Town, proceed directly to the airport with all of your luggage (safari luggage as well as the balance of your baggage) for the flight to Johannesburg.  At Johannesburg Airport you are met and your excess luggage pieces can be stored there. A maximum of 1 piece of luggage per person may be stored at the storage facilities at Johannesburg Airport, and only 1 bag weighing no more than 44 lbs (20 kg) can travel with you on safari.  Once finished with this task, you are directed to your connecting flight onward to Hoedspruit.    


On arrival at Hoedspruit Airport, a Ngala Tented Camp representative is waiting to meet and transfer you by road to your camp (approx. 50 minute transfer time).

Ngala Tented Camp is situated in Ngala Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary and one of the biggest game reserves in the world. A spectacular diversity of wildlife moves through this immense wilderness, including breeding herds of elephant, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, large buffalo herds and white rhino. With its name meaning lion in Shangaan, the local language, Ngala lives up to its promise, supporting several large prides of these powerful cats. African wild dog can also be spotted moving through the reserve.

Ngala Tented Camp is renowned for sophisticated tented accommodation set within the tranquil bush.  It comprises nine luxurious tented suites set on raised platforms with outdoor showers, baths mounted on rough-hewn wooden bases, overhead fans, air conditioning and private wooden decks.


After some time to freshen up in your room, embark on an afternoon sunset game drive in the company of a qualified Game Ranger and Tracker.

Return to camp for a delicious dinner.


Overnight at Ngala Tented Camp



DAY 2 - NGALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Spend the day at Ngala Tented Camp, enjoying delicious cuisine and embarking on early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall as well as the option of interpretive bush walks.

Ngala was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and has exclusive traversing rights over 14 700 hectares of game-rich wilderness. The reserve offers an intimate African wildlife experience, with game drives led by expert ranger and tracker teams. Sensitive off-roading practices allow close-up game sightings, while walking safaris and bush walks are also offered.

The camp is also home to a contoured lap pool as well as a massage sala overlooking the river (treatments at an additional cost).


Overnight at Ngala Tented Camp


DAY 3 - NGALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE / JOHANNESBURG

Enjoy one last morning game drive followed by a leisurely breakfast and time to gather your belongings and complete check-out formalities.

Depart the camp and transfer to Hoedspruit Airport.  Check in and board your onward flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, the local representative is on hand to greet you and assist with collecting  your stored luggage.   An  air-conditioned vehicle transfers you directly to Michelangelo Hotel.


The remainder of the day is at your leisure.  Dinner tonight  is on your own account.


Overnight at the Michelangelo Hotel


DAY 4 - DEPART JOHANNESBURG

Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning.  The local Silversea representative will be on hand when it's time to transfer to the airport for your international flight.   The hotel's check-out time is 11:00 am.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        Two night's stay in a Luxury Tent at the Ngala Tented Camp

·        One night stay in a Superior Luxury Room at the Michelangelo Hotel - Sandton, S. Africa

·        Economy-Class flights: Cape Town / Johannesburg / Hoedspruit / Johannesburg - upgrades to Business Class are not available on flights to or from the bush

·        Meals:  Three breakfasts; two lunches and two dinners

·        Escorted game drives / tours as described

·        Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles


Flight Details:

Day 1 - Cape Town / Johannesburg - approximately 2 hours

Day 1 - Johannesburg / Hoedspruit - approximately 1 hour

Day 3 - Hoedspruit / Johannesburg - approximately 1 hour

Please note we allow 2 hours for check-in on regional/international flights and at least 1 hour for domestic flights.


Luggage Information:

Due to limited luggage space on flights to safari camps, guests are limited to one bag (44 lbs. / 20 kg.) for the safari portion of this tour.  Please note that weight restrictions are imposed for your safety and are strictly enforced.  The balance of your cruise luggage will be stored in Johannesburg and returned to you when you return to Johannesburg Airport at the end of your safari.  Excess baggage fees are charged by the airline, and are the responsibility of the guest.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding a South African visa. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.


Health:

Emergency first aid is available at the safari camp.  We advise all guests to travel with a comprehensive insurance policy.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

The Cape Peninsula on the tip of the African continent is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places in the world. Travel down to the Cape of Good Hope. Discover the penguins of Boulders Beach. Then sip and savour your way through the vineyards, cellars and breathtaking scenery of Cape Wine lands, South Africa's largest wine region, and admire the oak-lined streetscapes and Dutch architecture of historic Stellenbosch.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa. Proper travel documentation is the sole responsibility of the guest.  


Please note that departure flights should be scheduled to depart after 4:00 PM.


DAY 1 - CAPE TOWN

After disembarking the ship, a local Silversea representative meets and guides you to your waiting vehicle to embark on a brief orientation tour en route to the Table Bay Hotel.


The Table Bay Hotel, located on Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, straddles the antique breakwater and is an architectural masterpiece, capturing the essence of the enchanting Cape, the Victorian elegance of yesterday, combined with the contemporary design of today. It is in perfect harmony with the backdrop of Table Mountain, the historic working harbour and the yacht bay. Lunch and dinner today are on your own account.


Overnight at the Table Bay Hotel


DAY 2 -CAPE TOWN

After breakfast travel on one of South Africa's most scenic routes to Cape Point, the most south westerly tip of Africa.   Drive through the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay, behind which are the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles.


From Hout Bay continue via the scenic Chapman's Peak en route to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Cape Point with its dramatic sea cliffs is the main attraction in the Reserve. A funicular railway takes you to the top of the point from where you can enjoy breathtaking views. Continue to a scenically situated restaurant for lunch.


After lunch pay a visit to the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, and continue to the colourful fishing harbor of Kalk Bay. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon, the remainder of the day and evening are at leisure.


Overnight at the Table Bay Hotel


DAY 03 - CAPE TOWN/CAPE WINELANDS

After breakfast and checkout of the hotel, depart for the Cape Wine lands. Travel to Stellenbosch, a major university town, characterized by Cape Dutch-style architecture and streets lined with oak trees. After an orientation tour you will have time to explore the town and have lunch on your own.  Continue to one of Stellenbosch's wine estates where you will enjoy a wine tasting and a glimpse of the wine cellar.


Leave Stellenbosch and proceed back to Cape Town.  Please note:  departure flights should be scheduled to depart after 4:00PM.



For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

Two nights at the Table Bay, Cape Town, South Africa - Luxury Room

Included Meals:  breakfast daily, 1 lunch

Tours as described

Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (when available)


Luggage Information:

Luggage will travel with you throughout the tour.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program require a fair amount of walking, so are not recommended for mobility-impaired guests. However, guests in wheelchairs can manage this tour if accompanied by an assistant.  The tour guide is not able to assist guests who require a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.  

Minimum Participation:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.  


Please note: Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  The programme described here is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Welcome to Southern Africa!  See amazing wildlife in Botswana's Chobe Chilwero.  View mighty Victoria Falls.  Enjoy a sunset river cruise.  Open vehicle safaris allow unforgettable close-ups of African wildlife and stunning natural landscapes, all while surrounding yourself in luxurious accommodations with fine, gourmet cuisine   Witness some of the most beautiful species in Africa - rhinoceros, elephants and buffalo, leopards, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hippos and impalas, just to name a few.  Whether in the cosmopolitan suburbs, lively cities or tucked away in lodge while on a Safari, your Southern African adventure will be unforgettable.


Guests should schedule their departure flights from Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.  Proper travel documentation is the sole responsibility of the guest.  


DAY 1 - CAPE TOWN

After disembarking the ship, a local Silversea representative meets and guides you to your waiting vehicle to embark on an orientation tour en route to the Cape Grace Hotel.

Set in the iconic Victoria & Alfred waterfront complex, Cape Town's most popular shopping and tourist attractions are all easily within reach. The Cape Grace melds modern luxury with traditional Cape culture, bringing the charm of Cape Town to life.   Dinner this evening is on your own account.


DAY 2 -CAPE TOWN/ JOHANNESBURG / VICTORIA FALLS / CHOBE CHILWERO

After an early breakfast and check-out from the hotel, you will be transferred to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Johannesburg with your entire luggage (safari luggage as well as the balance of your baggage) There you are met and your excess luggage pieces can be stored. A maximum of 1 piece of luggage per person may be stored at the storage facilities at Johannesburg Airport. Once finished with this task, you are directed to your connecting flight onward to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.    


When you arrive in Victoria Falls, the local representative greets you and directs your transfer to the Lodge.  En-route, a guided walking tour of the famous falls is included.  Learn how they were formed and the role they play in local customs and traditions.  With its vast curtain of water, Victoria Falls is one of the most beautiful cascades in the world, and certainly the most accessible.  Gaze at the mighty Zambezi as it flows, broad and placid, to the brink of a basalt lip seventeen hundred metres wide before taking a headlong plunge into the frothy chasm of the gorge below.  


Following your tour, continue with the drive to Kasane, Botswana.  Clear customs and immigration and continue on to Chobe Chilwero Lodge for your two-night stay and safari adventure. The Chobe Chilwero Lodge is named for its panoramic views over the Chobe River, islands and floodplain.  Deep in the heart of the Botswana wilderness, it is an enchanting safari sanctuary with gorgeous vistas and an abundance of creatures of the bush.  You can look forward to the most pleasant of creature comforts - elegantly appointed accommodations, silver service and gourmet meals.

Arriving in the late afternoon, check-in formalities are quickly dispensed with and you can relax with traditional 'sundowners' at the Lodge as evening shadows deepen.  Dinner is served at the Lodge this evening.

Overnight at the Chobe Chilwero Lodge


DAY 03 - CHOBE CHILWERO

An early wakeup call starts your day, along with coffee and tea served at the Lodge.  Sunrise is one of two 'peak' times to see wildlife.  Late night predators who have yet to settle down and daylight grazers who are just awakening.  


Game drives are conducted in 4 x 4 vehicles that bring you to the heart of Africa's largest concentration of elephants, as well as hippos, buffalos, puku, antelope, lions and other creatures that gather on the banks of the Chobe River.


Return to the Lodge for a full, hot breakfast.  Then explore the many pampering amenities and facilities the property has to offer - or simply relax on your private veranda and try to identify the animals that come and go from view.  


Both lunch and afternoon tea are served at the Lodge before it's time to head out for a late afternoon 'sundowner safari cruise' on the Chobe River.  Water is a magnet for wildlife in Africa and the variety of animals drawn to the river will delight you.


Return to the Lodge in time to freshen up before dinner.


DAY 04 - CHOBE CHILWERO/JOHANNESBURG

Your final day starts with a full breakfast at the Lodge.  Bid farewell to your safari guide before you begin the drive back to the Victoria Falls airport for your flights to Johannesburg.  


On arrival to O.R. Tambo International Airport you will reclaim your left luggage and will be given assistance with your onward flight arrangements.   Please do not schedule your onward flights before 7:00PM



For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

One night at the Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa - Luxury Rooms

Two nights at the Chobe Chilwero Lodge, Botswana - Private Suite accommodations

Flights: (all flights are economy class unless otherwise specified):

Cape Town/Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Johannesburg

Included Meals:  breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Escorted game drives / tours as described

Sundowner Cruise on the Chobe River

Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (when available)


Flight Details:

Day Two: Cape Town/Johannesburg Duration approximately 2 hours/ Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - duration approximately 1 hours 45 minutes

Day Four:  Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Johannesburg - duration approximately 1 hour 40 minutes


Please note we allow 2 hours for check-in on regional/international flights and at least 1 hour for domestic flights.


Luggage Information:

Due to limited luggage space on flights to safari camps, guests are limited to one bag (44 lbs. / 20 kg.) for the safari portion of this tour.  Please note that weight restrictions are imposed for your safety and are strictly enforced.  The balance of your cruise luggage will be stored in Johannesburg and returned to you when you claim it in Johannesburg.  Excess baggage fees are charged by the airline, and are the responsibility of the guest.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.  


Citizens of most nationalities will be able to obtain the required double entry visa for Zimbabwe at the Victoria Falls airport (see below).  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas required for participation in this program.  At time of printing, rates for Zimbabwean visas are as follows:


                                        Double Entry                Single Entry

US Citizens:                                 USD$ 45                USD$ 30

UK Citizens:                                 USD$ 70                USD$ 55

Canadian Citizens:                        USD$ 150                USD$ 75



***Please note the visa fees must be paid on the spot and is the responsibility of each guest.  Fees above are provided as a guideline only and are subject to change without notice.  The local consulates would have the most updated requirements available.  Also note that it is necessary to have at least two blank pages in your passport per entry.


BOTSWANA: Currently a visa is not required for U.S. /U.K. citizens - all other nationalities should check with the Botswana Consulate. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain appropriate visa documents before your cruise.  


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore we do not recommend this tour to those who rely upon a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.  Anti-malaria medication is not required but we strongly recommend that you discuss this topic thoroughly with your personal physician.  


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  The programme described here is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in south-western Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this "impenetrable forest" also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas - roughly half of the world's population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.



05MIDCPT-H Gorillas in the Forest

For Guests In-transit V4507/V4508

Departure: April 4, 2015

Duration: 6 Days/5 Nights

Rejoin ship: Luanda April 10, 2015

Reserve by: December 23, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 23, 2014.Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operates this programme.  This programme is offered to guests sailing on both voyages 4507 and 4508 and is not available to guests disembarking in Cape Town.




Guests must obtain an Angolan Visa prior to sailing.

Once confirmed on the program and after receipt of final payment, guests will be provided with the letter of introduction needed for the visa application; however, guests are solely responsible for obtaining their visa and satisfying the Angolan government's requirements.


All guests require proof of yellow fever vaccination.


Ugandan visas are issued upon arrival.



Guests continuing in Cape Town to the next cruise have the opportunity to experience a true adventure of a special kind at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.  Track mountain gorillas at this exclusive, tented camp that is frequently visited by gorilla families due to its unique location.  Interact with the local community through the staff at the camp, with an opportunity to meet the local Batwa Pygmies. Take away memories of a lifetime.


DAY 1: Cape Town - Johannesburg - Entebbe

This morning disembark from the Ship and transfer to the Airport. Fly Cape Town / Johannesburg / Entebbe.  Upon arrival in Entebbe, you will be met by our local representative and driven to Lake Victoria Serena Resort.


Dinner and overnight at the Hotel - Lake Victoria Serena Resort- Entebbe



DAY 2: Entebbe - Bwindi

After an early breakfast, transfer the airport for the scheduled morning flight to Bwindi.


You will be met on arrival at Kihihi airstrip and transferred to Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, a drive of about 1.5 hours.


Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp lies at the edge of the forest within Bwindi National Park. Bwindi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the natural habitat for just over half the world's last surviving population of mountain gorillas, as well as to chimpanzee, and over 300 species of birds and other forest creatures.  


Accommodation at the camp is in eight large 'tents', with two queen-sized beds, en-suite bathrooms and the amazing experience of a bathtub looking out onto the forest. Each tent has a large wooden deck where guests can relax or enjoy private dining. The main building overlooks the rain forest, and has a raised natural platform for dining under the stars.


Overnight at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp- Bwindi National Park



DAY 3 and 4:  Bwindi

The next two days' activities may be amongst the most exciting and challenging of our entire expedition. The Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi are part of a worldwide population of just 600 individuals. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to either one of two habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild.


The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild animals. However, experienced guides will accompany us on our tracking, many of who have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas' habits and information from the previous day to locate the group's whereabouts.


Because of this, the time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 9 hours before one returns to camp. Once the gorillas are located, our group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. This is one of the world's truly memorable experiences - a look into one of these magnificent creatures' eyes brings home the bond that exists between them and us. It also brings home the poignant fact that they are on the edge of extinction, and that our presence here contributes to ensuring their continued survival. The hour is often over all too quickly, and we slowly make our way back to camp to recount the day's adventures.


Overnight at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp- Bwindi National Park



DAY 5:  Bwindi - Entebbe                                 

Enjoy breakfast at the camp. Thereafter transfer to the airstrip for your morning return flight to Entebbe.


On arrival, you will be met and transferred to Lake Victoria Serena Resort.Rest of the day is free for you to spend as you wish, with lunch and dinner at the hotel.


Overnight at Lake Victoria Serena Resort- Entebbe



DAY 6: Entebbe - Luanda                        

After an early breakfast, check out and transfer to Entebbe Airport for your onward flight to Nairobi.

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, our representative will meet you and help you with your check in to your flight to Luanda, Angola.


Upon arrival in Luanda, our representative will assist you to the waiting coach, standing by to take you back to the ship.



Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is only offered to guests arriving into Cape Town on the ship, in-transit to the following cruises.  It is not available to guests embarking the ship in Cape Town. All guests must possess a certificate of yellow fever vaccination and an Angolan visa prior and provide proof of such to Silversea no later than 30 days prior to departure.


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is only suitable for guests who are physically fit, able to get in and out of small planes and safari vehicles without assistance and able to manage a very active program. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, heart or breathing issues, or guests with back/neck problems. The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated. This is an eco-adventure and guests must be flexible to local conditions, as 5-star luxury cannot be guaranteed in forest camps. Guests are advised that their passport must have at least 3 consecutive blank pages for entry into South Africa, Uganda and Luanda. Guests are responsible for ensuring they have the necessary Angolan visa prior to leaving home. Requirements are different for each nationality.  Guests must work with their travel professional to obtain their visa.  Silversea will provide the letter of introduction needed once the program has been paid in full, however, all guests are solely responsible for ensuring they have the visa required to participate. Ugandan visa will be issued on arrival at the airport and must be paid in cash by each individual.  At the time of this printing the cost is USD $50. Baggage allowance is 66 pounds (23 kg) on international flights but only 33 pounds (15kg) within South Africa (excess baggage can be stored at Lake Victoria Serena).  The price of this program includes necessary Gorilla Permits, $1,200 per person.  Anti-malarial medication is recommended by the CDC for all travellers to Uganda.  Your doctor will prescribe the best choice based on your own health history and your specific destination(s) in Africa. In addition to an anti-malarial drug regimen, personal protection measures should be taken to avoid mosquito bites, especially the hours between dusk and dawn when malarial mosquitos are most active.  It is suggested that you keep your arms and legs covered as much as possible, avoid the use of perfume, hairspray, and other scented products that attract mosquitos and using a good insect repellent.  


Programme Includes:

-        2 nights at Lake Victoria Serena Resort(or similar) - Entebbe, with meals and two local drinks served at dinner

-        3 nights at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp on a Full Board Basis

-        Drinks except champagne and premium brands at Gorilla Forest Camp

-        Permits for trek in gorilla territory, $1200 per person

-        Cultural tour in Bwindi

-        All transfers with English -speaking driver guide

-        Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 1 suitcase per person

-        Mineral water during transfers and game-drives (1 bottle per person on transfers / 2 bottles per person on full day)

-        Professional Safari Guide

-        Flying Doctor Service (evacuation to Nairobi)


Not Included:

Visa application fees, Any meals and drinks not specified above, premium alcoholic beverages (i.e. champagne, cognac, cellar wines, premium brand spirits), gratuities to drivers, guides, rangers, and lodge staff, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Ngala Game Reserve shares an unfenced boundary with the world renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary and one of the biggest game reserves in the world.  As one of the first concessions to be officially incorporated into the exclusive greater Kruger National Park, it enjoys otherwise unheard of traversing rights to this spectacular area. With luxury facilities, and a genuine sense of the adventure native to the Kruger, Ngala is a stunning safari getaway.


Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their flights to arrive into Johannesburg, South Africa


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding a South African visa. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1 - ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG

Upon arrival in Johannesburg you are met by the local Silversea representative, and assisted with your transfer to the charming suburb of Sandton.  Check-in to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.  All meals today are on your own account.


Please note that the hotel check-in time is 2:00pm.  If your flight arrives early in the morning, you might consider reserving an additional night to guarantee immediate occupancy upon check-in.


Overnight at the Michelangelo Hotel

  

DAY 2 - JOHANNESBURG / HOEDSPRUIT / NGALA

Following breakfast this morning, return to the airport to begin your safari adventure.  You should be prepared to take all of your luggage (safari luggage as well as the balance of your baggage) for the airport.  At Johannesburg Airport you are met and your excess luggage pieces can be stored there. A maximum of 1 piece of luggage per person may be stored at the storage facilities at Johannesburg Airport, and only 1 bag weighing no more than 44 lbs (20 kg) can travel with you on safari.  Once finished with this task, you are directed to your connecting flight onward to Hoedspruit.    


On arrival at Hoedspruit Airport, a Ngala Tented Camp representative is waiting to meet and transfer you by road to your camp (approx. 50 minute transfer time).

Ngala Tented Camp is situated in Ngala Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary and one of the biggest game reserves in the world. A spectacular diversity of wildlife moves through this immense wilderness, including breeding herds of elephant, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, large buffalo herds and white rhino. With its name meaning lion in Shangaan, the local language, Ngala lives up to its promise, supporting several large prides of these powerful cats. African wild dog can also be spotted moving through the reserve.

Ngala Tented Camp is renowned for sophisticated tented accommodation set within the tranquil bush.  It comprises nine luxurious tented suites set on raised platforms with outdoor showers, baths mounted on rough-hewn wooden bases, overhead fans, air conditioning and private wooden decks.


After some time to freshen up in your room, embark on an afternoon sunset game drive in the company of a qualified Game Ranger and Tracker.

Return to camp for a delicious dinner.


Overnight at Ngala Tented Camp


DAY 3 - NGALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Spend the day at Ngala Tented Camp, enjoying delicious cuisine and embarking on early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall as well as the option of interpretive bush walks.

Ngala was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and has exclusive traversing rights over 14 700 hectares of game-rich wilderness. The reserve offers an intimate African wildlife experience, with game drives led by expert ranger and tracker teams. Sensitive off-roading practices allow close-up game sightings, while walking safaris and bush walks are also offered.

The camp is also home to a contoured lap pool as well as a massage sala overlooking the river (treatments at an additional cost).


Overnight at Ngala Tented Camp


DAY 4 - NGALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE / JOHANNESBURG

Enjoy one last morning game drive followed by a leisurely breakfast and time to gather your belongings and complete check-out formalities.

Depart the camp and transfer to Hoedspruit Airport.  Check in and board your onward flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, the local representative is on hand to greet you and assist with collecting  your stored luggage.  Continue to the main terminal and check-in for your connecting flight to Cape Town.


Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport  a local guide is waiting to transfer you to the hotel.  Dinner this evening is on your own account.


Overnight at Victoria & Alfred Hotel


DAY 5 - CAPE TOWN EMBARKATION

Enjoy  a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.  In the late morning, the local Silversea representative is available to assist with your transfer to the pier.     Bon Voyage!


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        One night stay in a Superior Luxury Room at the Michelangelo Hotel - Johannesburg, S. Africa

·        Two night's stay in a Luxury Tent at the Ngala Tented Camp

·        One night stay in a Mountain Facing room at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel - Cape Town, S. Africa

·        Economy-Class flights: Johannesburg / Hoedspruit / Johannesburg / Cape Town - upgrades to Business Class are not available on flights to or from the bush

·        Meals:  Four breakfasts; two lunches and two dinners

·        Escorted game drives / tours as described

·        Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles


Flight Details:

Day 2 - Johannesburg / Hoedspruit - approximately 1 hour

Day 4 - Hoedspruit / Johannesburg - approximately 1 hour

Day 4 - Johannesburg / Cape Town - approximately 2 hours, 10 minutes

Please note we allow 2 hours for check-in on regional/international flights and at least 1 hour for domestic flights.


Luggage Information:

Due to limited luggage space on flights to safari camps, guests are limited to one bag (44 lbs. / 20 kg.) for the safari portion of this tour.  Please note that weight restrictions are imposed for your safety and are strictly enforced.  The balance of your cruise luggage will be stored in Johannesburg and returned to you when you transit Johannesburg Airport on your way to Cape Town.  Excess baggage fees are charged by the airline, and are the responsibility of the guest.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding a South African visa. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.


Health:

Emergency first aid is available at the safari camp.  We advise all guests to travel with a comprehensive insurance policy.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

The Cape Peninsula on the tip of the African continent is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places in the world. Travel down to the Cape of Good Hope. Discover the penguins of Boulders Beach. Then sip and savour your way through the vineyards, cellars and breathtaking scenery of Cape Wine lands, South Africa's largest wine region, and admire the oak-lined streetscapes and Dutch architecture of historic Stellenbosch.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa. Proper travel documentation is the sole responsibility of the guest.  


DAY 1 - CAPE TOWN

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, a local Silversea representative meets and guides you to your waiting vehicle to embark on a city orientation tour en route to the Table Bay Hotel. Along the way, you have the opportunity to ascend Table Mountain for a bird's eye view of the "Mother City".


The Table Bay Hotel, located on Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, straddles the antique breakwater and is an architectural masterpiece, capturing the essence of the enchanting Cape, the Victorian elegance of yesterday, combined with the contemporary design of today. It is in perfect harmony with the backdrop of Table Mountain, the historic working harbour and the yacht bay.


Lunch & dinner this evening are on your own account.


Overnight at the Table Bay Hotel  


DAY 2 -CAPE TOWN

After breakfast travel on one of South Africa's most scenic routes to Cape Point, the most south westerly tip of Africa.   Drive through the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay, behind which are the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles.


From Hout Bay continue via the scenic Chapman's Peak en route to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Cape Point with its dramatic sea cliffs is the main attraction in the Reserve. A funicular railway takes you to the top of the point from where you can enjoy breathtaking views. Continue to a scenically situated restaurant for lunch.


After lunch pay a visit to the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, and continue to the colourful fishing harbor of Kalk Bay. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon, the remainder of the day and evening are at leisure.


Overnight at the Table Bay Hotel  


DAY 03 - CAPE TOWN/CAPE WINELANDS/EMBARKATION

After breakfast and checkout of the hotel, depart for the Cape Wine lands. Travel to Stellenbosch, a major university town, characterized by Cape Dutch-style architecture and streets lined with Oak Trees. After an orientation tour you will have time to explore the town and have lunch on your own.  Continue to one of Stellenbosch's wine estates where you will enjoy a wine tasting and a glimpse of the wine cellar.


Leave Stellenbosch and proceed back to Cape Town to transfer to the quayside to embark the ship.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

Two nights at the Table Bay, Cape Town, South Africa - Luxury Room

Included Meals:  breakfast daily, 1 lunch

Tours as described

Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (when available)


Luggage Information:

Luggage will travel with you throughout the tour.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program require a fair amount of walking, so are not recommended for mobility-impaired guests. However, guests in wheelchairs can manage this tour if accompanied by an assistant.  The tour guide is not able to assist guests who require a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.  

Minimum Participation:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.  


Please note: Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  The programme described here is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Welcome to Southern Africa!  See amazing wildlife in Botswana's Chobe Chilwero.  View mighty Victoria Falls.  Enjoy a sunset river cruise.  Open vehicle safaris allow unforgettable close-ups of African wildlife and stunning natural landscapes, all while surrounding yourself in luxurious accommodations with fine, gourmet cuisine   Witness some of the most beautiful species in Africa - rhinoceros, elephants and buffalo, leopards, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hippos and impalas, just to name a few.  Whether in the cosmopolitan suburbs, lively cities or tucked away in lodge while on a Safari, your Southern African adventure will be unforgettable.


Guests should schedule their arrival flights into Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain appropriate visa documents before your cruise.  


DAY 1 -JOHANNESBURG

Your Silversea representative meets you at Johannesburg, O.R. Tambo International Airport and assists you with your transfer to The Michelangelo.


The Michelangelo Hotel was strategically positioned to overlook the cosmopolitan piazza of Nelson Mandela Square, providing guests with access to a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, as well as cinemas and theatres in the shopping centre - all within walking distance of the hotel.  Following check-in, the balance of your day is at leisure for independent activities.  Please note that if your flight arrives much earlier than 2:00 pm, you might wish to reserve an additional night to insure immediate check-in upon arrival.


Overnight at the Michelangelo Hotel



DAY 2 - JOHANNESBURG / VICTORIA FALLS / CHOBE CHILWERO

Following breakfast this morning transfer with your entire luggage (safari luggage as well as the balance of your baggage) to the airport for the flight to Victoria Falls.  At Johannesburg Airport you are met and your excess luggage pieces can be stored there. A maximum of 1 piece of luggage per person may be stored at the storage facilities at Johannesburg Airport. Once finished with this task, you are directed to your connecting flight onward to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.    


When you arrive in Victoria Falls, the local representative greets you and directs your transfer to the Lodge.  En-route, a guided walking tour of the famous falls is included. Learn how they were formed and the role they play in local customs and traditions.  With its vast curtain of water, Victoria Falls is one of the most beautiful cascades in the world, and certainly the most accessible.  Gaze at the mighty Zambezi as it flows, broad and placid, to the brink of a basalt lip seventeen hundred metres wide before taking a headlong plunge into the frothy chasm of the gorge below.  


Following your tour, continue with the drive to Kasane, Botswana.  Clear customs and immigration and continue on to Chobe Chilwero Lodge for your two-night stay and safari adventure. The Chobe Chilwero Lodge is named for its panoramic views over the Chobe River, islands and floodplain.  Deep in the heart of the Botswana wilderness, it is an enchanting safari sanctuary with gorgeous vistas and an abundance of creatures of the bush.  You can look forward to the most pleasant of creature comforts - elegantly appointed accommodations, silver service and gourmet meals.

Arriving in the late afternoon, check-in formalities are quickly dispensed with and you can relax with traditional 'sundowners' as evening shadows deepen.  Dinner is served at the Lodge this evening.


Overnight at the Chobe Chilwero Lodge


DAY 3 - CHOBE CHILWERO

An early wakeup call starts your day, along with coffee and tea served at the Lodge.  Sunrise is one of two 'peak' times to see wildlife.  Late night predators that have yet to settle down, along with daylight grazers who are just awakening.  


Game drives are conducted in 4 x 4 vehicles that bring you to the heart of Africa's largest concentration of elephants, as well as hippos, buffalos, puku, antelope, lions and other creatures that gather on the banks of the Chobe River.


Return to the Lodge for a full, hot breakfast.  Then explore the many pampering amenities and facilities the property has to offer - or simply relax on your private verandah and try to identify the animals that come and go from view.  


Both lunch and afternoon tea are served at the Lodge before it's time to head out for a late afternoon 'sundowner safari cruise' on the Chobe River.  Water is a magnet for wildlife in Africa and the variety of animals drawn to the river will delight you.


Return to the Lodge in time to freshen up before dinner.


DAY 4 - CHOBE CHILWERO / CAPE TOWN

Start your day with a very early wake-up call.  Coffee and tea are served before setting off for your final early morning game drive with your guide (if time and flight schedules allow).  Return to a hearty breakfast.  Bid farewell to your safari guide before you begin the drive back to the airport for your flights to Cape Town.  


With connection in Johannesburg, total travel time today is approximately 5 hours.  Upon arrival in Cape Town, the local representative meets you and assists with your transfer to the charming Cape Grace Hotel.  Set in the iconic Victoria & Alfred waterfront complex, Cape Town's most popular shopping and tourist attractions are all easily within reach. The Cape Grace melds modern luxury with traditional Cape culture, bringing the charm of Cape Town to life.   Dinner this evening is on your own account.


Overnight at the Cape Grace Hotel.


DAY 5 - CAPE TOWN

After a leisurely breakfast and check-out formalities, embark on a city orientation tour en route to the ship. Sights include the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, Parliament Buildings, Company Gardens and the Cape Malay Quarter also known as the Bo-Kaap. Your tour will end at the quayside to embark the ship.



For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

One night at The Michelangelo, Johannesburg

Two nights at the Chobe Chilwero Lodge, Botswana - Private Suite accommodations

One night at the Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town - Luxury accommodations

Flights: (all flights are economy class unless otherwise specified):

Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Johannesburg / Cape Town

Included Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Escorted game drives / tours as described

Sundowner Cruise on the Chobe River

Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (when available).


Flight Details:

Day Two:  Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - duration approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Day Five:  Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Johannesburg - duration approximately 1 hour 40 minutes

Day Five:  Johannesburg / Cape Town - duration approximately 2 hours 10 minutes

Please note we will allow 2 hours for check-in on regional/international flights and at least 1 hour for domestic flights.


Luggage Information:

Due to limited luggage space on flights to safari camps, guests are limited to one bag (44 lbs. / 20 kg.) for the safari portion of this tour.  Please note that weight restrictions are imposed for your safety and are strictly enforced.  The balance of your cruise luggage will be stored in Johannesburg and returned to you when you transit Johannesburg Airport on your way to Cape Town.  Excess baggage fees are charged by the airline, and are the responsibility of the guest.



Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.  


Citizens of most nationalities will be able to obtain the required double entry visa for Zimbabwe at the Victoria Falls airport (see below).  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas required for participation in this program.  At time of printing, rates for Zimbabwean visas are as follows:


                                        Double Entry                Single Entry

US Citizens:                                 USD$ 45                USD$ 30

UK Citizens:                                 USD$ 70                USD$ 55

Canadian Citizens:                        USD$ 150                USD$ 75



***Please note the visa fees must be paid on the spot and are the responsibility of each guest.  Fees above are provided as a guideline only and are subject to change without notice.  The local consulates would have the most updated requirements available.  Also note that it is necessary to have at least two blank pages in your passport per entry.


BOTSWANA: Currently a visa is not required for U.S. /U.K. citizens - all other nationalities should check with the Botswana Consulate. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain appropriate visa documents before your cruise.  


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore we do not recommend this tour to those who rely upon a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.  Anti-malaria medication is not required but we strongly recommend that you discuss this topic thoroughly with your personal physician.  


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  The programme described here is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Embark on a unique safari adventure at Etosha National Park, one of Namibia's finest and most important Game Reserves. The park is home to more than 100 mammal species, including elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions. The Onguma Lodge is known for luxury and comfortable accommodations. The program involves a scheduled flight to Windhoek and charter flight to/from Etosha.


02MIDCPT-G Escape to Etosha (For Guests In-transit V4507/V4508)

Departure: April 5, 2015

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Rejoin ship: Walvis Bay April 7, 2015

Reserve by: December 23, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 23, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operates this programme.


Guests continuing in Cape Town to the next cruise segment have the opportunity   to experience a safari adventure of a special kind at one of Namibia's finest and most important Game Reserves, Etosha National Park. Covering an area of more than 8.685 square miles (22,750 square kilometers), the park is home to more than 100 mammal species, including elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions.


Your home for two nights is the luxurious Onguma Plains Lodge, also known as The Fort due to its unique architecture, evoking a classical African feel combined with Indian flavours. Onguma is one of several safari camps situated on the eastern side of Etosha and amidst the vast Onguma Game Reserve, arguably one of Namibia's best kept secrets. Here, guests will be able to experience Africa in all her beauty and diversity, whilst enjoying the amenities of a deluxe and most unusual safari 'camp'.


DAY ONE - Cape Town/Walvis Bay/Onguma

Departing the ship in Cape Town, you are met and transferred to the airport for a scheduled flight to Windhoek, from where a 2-hour scenic flight by charter plane will take you to Etosha. On arrival at Mokuti airstrip, 4x4 vehicles stand ready to bring you to the Onguma Plains Lodge. Check-in to your suite and spend time at leisure until afternoon tea is served. Admire the beautifully decorated lounge and large wooden deck with scattered seating spaces allowing full view of the waterhole.  


In the late afternoon, set out on a game drive in the Onguma Reserve and Etosha National Park.  Etosha offers guests the opportunity of viewing various game in the largest national park in Namibia. Several waterholes ensure fantastic photographic opportunities and the thrill of seeing some of the largest mammals in the world.


Return to the lodge and after some time to freshen up, a sumptuous dinner will be served.


Overnight accommodation at Onguma Plains Lodge - Etosha.


DAY TWO - Etosha and Onguma Plains Reserve

Today's programme starts with an early wake-up call and a game drive, followed by breakfast. The remainder of the morning is at leisure. Lunch is served around 1:00 p.m. in the main dining area. There is time to relax until the departure of your sundowner safari, which will return in time for dinner at the lodge.  


Overnight accommodation at the Onguma Plains Lodge - Etosha.


DAY THREE - Onguma/Walvis Bay

After a game drive, enjoy breakfast, followed by check-out and leisure time until the transfer to the airstrip and the charter flight to Walvis Bay. Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to Walvis Bay Harbour where the ship welcomes your return.  


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is only offered to guests arriving into Cape Town on the ship, in-transit to the following cruises.  It is not available to guests embarking the ship in Cape Town. It is suggested to guests who are physically fit, able to get in and out of small planes and safari vehicles without assistance and able to manage a very active program. The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated. The charter flight to and from Etosha takes approximately two hours each way in a five-passenger Cessna plane. Guests are advised that their passport must have at least 2 consecutive blank pages for entry into South Africa and Namibia. Baggage allowance is 44 pounds (20 kg).  


Programme Includes:

·        Two-night stay at Onguma Plains - Etosha

·        Scheduled flight: Cape Town/Windhoek

·        Charter Flight Windhoek/Etosha/Walvis Bay in 5-seater aircraft

·        Two breakfasts, one lunch, afternoon tea, and two dinners (all beverages are included with meals, except champagne, cognac)

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

·        Packed Lunch on Day 3


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, and lodge staff, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Benefits

World Cruise 2015 includes a luxurious array of benefits to ensure you’ll travel in comfort, and to make this voyage-of-a-lifetime an even more extraordinary experience.

In 2015, Silversea’s World Cruise includes more outstanding amenities than ever before with 3 amazing shoreside events and the most luxurious array of benefits.

Sail 115 days, Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale on a world cruise and receive:

  • Business Class Air with Private Car Transfers
  • $4,000 Onboard Spending Credit per double occupancy suite
  • Gala Bon Voyage reception, dinner and overnight accommodation  the evening of January 4 before the luxury cruise at Montage Beverly Hills

 

Three Exclusive World Cruise Events

  • Sydney: An Event at the Opera
  • Colombo: Train to Pinnawala
  • Cape Town: Picnic in the Shadow of Table Mountain

 

Two Silversea Experiences for guests travelling 50+ days:

  • Walvis Bay: Namib Dinner Experience
  • Brunei: Royal Brunei Polo & Riding Club

 

Included Services:

  • Special Commemorative Gifts
  • Silver Shore Baggage Valet between home and the ship in Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale
  • Complimentary Laundry Service
  • Complimentary Internet Package

Restrictions Apply — See World Cruise 2015 Terms & Conditions for full details.