M/V Prince Albert Ii’S Revised Itineraries For The 2009 Spring And Summer Seasons
Prince Albert II returns to the Arctic…
(Monaco, November 17, 2008) Silversea’s latest addition to the fleet, M/v Prince Albert II, which was originally scheduled to reposition from Antarctica to French Polynesia for the 2009 spring and summer seasons, will now sail back to its inaugural destination – the Arctic – on June 1st.Prince Albert II will operate 9 expeditions in the Arctic before heading south. The 2008-09 (and 2009-10) winter voyages will remain unchanged, exploring the Antarctic Peninsula as well as the remote islands of South Georgia and the Falklands.
In July and August this year, M/v Prince Albert II operated four expedition voyages to the Arctic. “I am confident”, declared Silversea President & CEO Amerigo Perasso, “that her revised 2009 deployment will meet a great success given the overly positive response of our Arctic cruisers and the strong market demand for this type of product. With her ice-strengthened hull, Prince Albert II is quite naturally associated with polar sea ice regions, rather than other attractive, exotic destinations. Operating our vessel in close reach of our three leading markets (United States, United Kingdom and Continental Europe) is all the more justified in the present economic conjuncture.”
The Arctic region, which comprises parts of Canada, Norway, Greenland and Iceland, has become a very sought-after destination with seasoned travellers and first-time cruisers alike. It is the untouched beauty of the terrain, its remoteness and indigenous flora and fauna, which have awakened travelers' sense of wonder.
Guests aboard the Prince Albert II will not only travel to the Arctic, but see, feel and experience up-close all it has to offer. With a veteran expedition team, as well as a panel of lecturers and naturalists, including geologists, ornithologists, biologists and historians, to accompany and guide them on their travels, every day will bring new adventures, such as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spot a polar bear in its natural ice-floe habitat, puffins bathing in the sea, or a family of walruses soaking up the sun.
In fact, with its wide spectrum of Arctic voyages, Silversea should attract all aspiring explorers. 7-day voyages to either Svalbard or Greenland will provide a great overview of their far-off treasures, be it the early ice of the season or the awakening polar bears, whereas a 10 to 16-day exploration may take you to the farthest corners of the world. On its “Far Side of Svalbard” expedition, M/v Prince Albert II will attempt to circumnavigate the archipelago; on its “Frozen Worlds” expedition, it should return to the volcanic island of Jan Mayen, whose access was granted to three vessels alone in 2008, including Silversea’s.
Prior to this Arctic deployment, M/v Prince Albert II will explore British waters with two equally enticing voyages: an exclusive journey across the Channel Islands, with select stopovers in Cornwall, Brittany and Normandy; next onto some remote parts of Scotland and Ireland, taking in the wonderful sights of “Britain in Bloom” and enabling budding botanists and ornithologists to live their passion to the full. Likewise, the Central and South American expeditions scheduled in autumn, some of which may be combined, will provide yet another opportunity to experience first hand jungle-scapes, ancient cultures and indigenous wild- and sealife.
With its revised itinerary, Silversea is extending a-hard-to-resist travel invitation: the destination is one of the world’s most pristine, and the journey with Silversea both enriching and memorable with all the comfort, amenities and fine Relais & Châteaux cuisine one might expect of a truly luxury resort. Complete new itineraries of Prince Albert II will be made available shortly on www.silversea.com.
Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard four intimate vessels, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, and Silver Whisper, all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the addition of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company's itineraries encompass all seven continents.
In the U.S., Silversea has been voted "World's Best" by the readers of Condé NastTraveler (nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and rated Number-One luxury cruise line by high-net-worth consumers in the 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI). International awards include "World's Leading Luxury Cruise Line" from World Travel Awards (2007); "Five Star Diamond Award" from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2007); "Number One" small-ship line in the Readers' Choice" survey conducted by Britain's Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2007); "Best Luxury Cruise Line" by Spain's Cruceros & Destinos magazine (2008); "Best Small Cruise Line" by Australia's Luxury Travel Magazine (2007); and "Best Luxury Cruise Operator" according to Asia's Travel Weekly (2008).
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