is a cruise company reflecting generations of maritime and travel experience.
In the early 1990s, the Lefebvre family of Rome, former owners of Sitmar
Cruises, conceived and organised a unique cruise company pledging to build and
operate the highest quality ships in the ultra-luxury segment. The name
"Silversea" was chosen because it connotes quality and luxury as well
as capturing the romance and special sensations of the sea.
Silversea launched its
first ship, Silver Cloud in 1994,
followed by Silver Wind in 1995, Silver Shadow in 2000 and the newest
ship Silver Whisper in 2001. The
fleet was purpose-built for the ultra-luxury market, establishing a new class
of smaller, intimate vessels that could slip into more exotic ports off the
beaten path. These elite vessels were specifically designed for fewer guests,
more space and the highest levels of personalised service, delivered by mainly
Italian and other European officers overseeing an international staff.
Today, Silversea is
recognised as the defining elite luxury experience and is regularly lauded by
leading consumer and trade publications. In the US, Silversea has been voted
"World's Best" by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler (nine
times) and Travel & Leisure (seven
times), and awarded "Best Cruise Line for Luxury Small Ships" by
Luxury Travel Advisor (2011).
Additionally, the line
has won numerous international awards, including "Best Innovation in
Products and Services" from the Italian Innovazione Marketing Oggi Awards
(2009); "World's Leading Small Ships Cruise Line" from World
Travel Awards (2010); "Five Star
Diamond Award" from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2011);
"Number One" small-ship line in the Readers' Choice" survey
conducted by Britain's Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2010); "Best Luxury Cruise Line" Excellence
Award by Spain's Cruise News Media Group (2009); "Best Luxury Cruise
Line" by Australia's Luxury Travel
& Style Magazine (2011); and "Best Luxury Cruise Operator"
according to Asia's Travel Weekly (2010).
The company's first
expedition ship, Prince Albert II,
debuted in June 2008, heralding the beginning of a new mode in exploration
cruising -- where an ultra-luxurious ambience is just as important as an exotic
and enriching itinerary.
In December 2009, Silversea took delivery of its newest
ultra-luxury vessel, Silver Spirit. At 36,000 tons, and accommodating just 540 guests, this intimate
ship has the largest suites in the Silversea fleet -- with 95% featuring a
private veranda -- and one of the highest space-to-guest ratios at sea today.
The onboard decor lends a sophisticated 1930s Art Deco ambience to the public
spaces, highlights of which include an indoor/outdoor spa measuring over 8,300
square feet (770 square metres), a resort-style pool, four whirlpools, and a
choice of six dining venues including Seishin, showcasing Asian-fusion cuisine,
and the innovative Stars Supper Club, offering trendsetting menus and all-night
2011, the expedition ship name was changed to Silver Explorer to better reflect the fleetwide luxury and more
clearly describe the adventurous style of cruising unique to this vessel.
Silversea caters to the cosmopolitan world
traveller and maintains branch offices in the United States, United Kingdom,
Australia and Singapore. The company's headquarters are based in Monaco.