Silversea's New Summer Travel Deal Enhances Experience - Both On Board And Ashore
$1,000 Onboard Spending Credit Complements Launch of New Silver Shore Tour Options
(19 January 2009) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is introducing a US$1,000 per suite "Onboard Spending Credit" promotion on select voyages in Alaska, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean this summer.
The $500 per person (or maximum $1,000 per suite) Onboard Spending Credit is being offered for a limited time on new bookings made on or before 30 April 2009. The special promotion is available on the following:
Silver Shadow cruises departing 28 May through 12 September (Voyages 3912 - 3923).
Silver Cloud cruises departing 30 May through 19 September (Voyages 1911 - 1923).
Silver Wind cruises departing 15 April through 26 June (Voyages 2911 - 2920) and Silver Whisper sailings of 19 May and 20 June (Voyages 4912 and 4916).
To take advantage of the Onboard Spending Credit offer, the guest or travel agent must request promotional code WWSBC500 at the time of booking.
Always willing to go the extra mile in matters of flexibility and choice, the Silversea promotion allows guests to apply the Onboard Spending Credit toward their onboard purchases without limitations; this includes any spa treatments and shore excursions (none are excluded). In addition, the offer can be combined with other available discount promotions, including Early Booking Incentive, Advance Payment Bonus, Silver Sailing, and free or reduced air programmes.
For example, the Onboard Spending Credit is available on Silver Wind's 14 May, 7-day Mediterranean cruise (#2915) sailing from Barcelona to Nice with calls in Valencia, Corsica, Livorno (overnight stay) and Antibes. Promotional cruise fares start at US$3,196 per person -- a savings of 50% -- plus free or significantly reduced roundtrip economy air transportation is also available from select US, Canadian, and UK gateway cities.
"This new summer promotion is designed to reward travellers with an extra perk that provides added value and flexibility," said David Morris, Silversea's executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. "With the Onboard Spending Credit they have the freedom to apply the savings toward a rejuvenating spa treatment, a sumptuous gourmet dinner in our Relais & Châteaux Wine Restaurant or an enriching shore experience -- the choice is theirs."
The Onboard Spending Credit is being launched simultaneously with the introduction of new branding and other enhancements to the line's shore excursions. The changes have been created to emphasise the new flexibility, unique qualities and personalised service that characterise the tours. Under the new umbrella name of "Silver Shore," the optional tour programmes include:
Silver Shore Excursions -- intimate and rewarding small-group touring.
Silver Shore Collection -- unique and exclusive in-depth explorations of local history and culture.
Silver Shore Expedition -- adventurous and educational tours for the active explorer.
Silver Shore Concierge -- during the cruise, the Tour Manager and, on many sailings, the new Destination Specialist (a position created in conjunction with the upgraded Silver Shore programme) are available to assist with knowledgeable suggestions, personalised planning and hassle-free coordination of all private, independent touring, including sightseeing, sporting activities, and securing behind-the-scenes or after-hours access to exclusive designer shops, museums, cathedrals, and more.
Starting in the next few months, the Silver Shore Concierge service will also be available in advance of sailing. The company will announce more details about this enhanced service at a later date.
Silver Shore Privato -- private car service that can be reserved on board or in advance of sailing via Silversea.com/MyVoyage.
Guests might choose to apply their Onboard Spending Credit toward a "Silver Shore Privato" tour of fascinating St. Petersburg. They'll spend the day exploring the city's history, opulent palaces, and museums at their own pace, in a private, air-conditioned car with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide. Or, in Alaska, they might use their credit toward an exhilarating "Silver Shore Collection" air adventure over the spectacular Misty Fjords by private aircraft, or use it to explore Juneau's glacier-carved fjords at their own leisure aboard a private catamaran with personalised itinerary. These are just a few of the exciting optional Silver Shore adventures that await guests this summer.
Silversea Cruises is recognised as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard five intimate, all-suite vessels, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, and Silver Spirit, 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 US, Silversea has been voted "World's Best" by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler (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 (2009); "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 Luxury Cruise Line" by Australia's Luxury Travel & Style Magazine (2009); and "Best Luxury Cruise Operator" according to Asia's Travel Weekly (2008).
For the promotional cruise fare quoted above, port charges and handling fees of US$175 per person are additional and not subject to savings programme.
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(Updated 20 February 2009)
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