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Silversea to Offer Expanded Collection of 'Bridge Sailings' in 2012

Ship6443(24 October 2011) In 2012, ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises will offer its most expansive collection of Bridge Sailings ever. Spanning the world from Auckland and Shanghai to Rio and Monte Carlo, 56 voyages will feature a bridge enrichment programme.

Though guests are welcome to play bridge on any Silversea cruise, a Bridge Sailing features a formal programme of contract and duplicate bridge, which is supervised by instructors who are certified ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) Life Masters. All Bridge Sailing activities are completely complimentary and guests can enjoy daily bridge sessions (twice daily on sea days), bridge lectures for both beginning and intermediate-level players, and even opportunities to earn ACBL Master Points. Silversea supplies all bridge materials and hosts the programme in a dedicated Card Room on board.

Steve Tucker, Silversea's vice president of field sales for North America, said: "Our Bridge Sailings are a great way for players to hone their skills and meet other bridge enthusiasts from around the world -- all while enjoying a luxury cruise holiday."

Following below is a small selection of the Bridge Sailings offered in 2012:

AFRICA & ARABIA

Voyage 2203: Silver Wind departs 24 January on a 10-day roundtrip journey from Cape Town with calls in Port Elizabeth, Maputo, Richards Bay, Durban and East London. Silver Savings fares start at USD$5,558.

Voyage 2237: Silver Wind departs Dubai 5 December on a 17-day sailing to Port Louis, Mauritius, with calls in Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Mumbai, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, and Male. Silver Savings fares start at $7,118.

ASIA

Voyage 4208: Silver Whisper departs Bangkok 26 March on an 18-day sailing to Dubai (a segment of World Cruise 2012) with calls in Ko Samui, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Cochin, Mormugao, Mumbai and Fujairah. Silver Savings fares start at $9,598.

Voyage 3211: Silver Shadow departs Tokyo 25 April on an 11-day sailing to Shanghai with calls in Hiroshima, Busan, Jeju, Dalian and Tianjin (Beijing). Silver Savings fares start at $7,238.

MEDITERRANEAN

Voyage 4210: Silver Whisper departs Monte Carlo 1 May on a 12-day sailing to Southampton with calls in Palma de Mallorca, Cadiz, Portimao, La Coruña, Bilbao, Bordeaux and Le Verdon. Silver Savings fares start at $6,088.

Voyage 5211A: Silver Spirit departs 5 May on a 12-day roundtrip journey from Monte Carlo with calls in Valletta, Crete, Rhodes, Bodrum, Santorini, Taormina, Sorrento and Portoferraio (Elba). Silver Savings fares start at $6,479.

Voyage 1213: Silver Cloud departs Monte Carlo 8 May on a 12-day sailing to Rouen with calls in Cartagena, Malaga, Portimao, Lisbon, Santander, Bordeaux and Guernsey. Silver Savings fares start at $6,088.

SOUTH AMERICA

Voyage 5204: Silver Spirit departs Buenos Aires 12 February on a 7-day sailing to Rio de Janeiro with calls in Punta del Este, Rio Grande do Sul, Santos (Sao Paulo), Parati and Buzios. Silver Savings fares start at $4,838.

Voyage 5205: Silver Spirit departs Rio de Janeiro 19 February on a 15-day sailing to Barbados with calls in Salvador de Bahia, Recife, Fortaleza, Belém, Tobago and Grenada. Silver Savings fares start at $7,598.

TRANSOCEANIC

Voyage 3227: Silver Shadow departs Vancouver 6 September on a 16-day sailing to Tokyo with calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Kodiak, Kamchatka, Hakodate and Sendai. Silver Savings fares start at $7,798.

With its expanded schedule of Bridge Sailings in 2012, the company's website now features a section dedicated to these special voyages. Click here to access the web page or visit www.silversea.com/life-onboard/enrichment/bridge-sailings.

Fares listed above are per person, based on double occupancy for a Vista Suite. Silver Savings is a capacity-controlled programme and subject to availability.

About Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises is recognised as an innovator in the luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver CloudSilver WindSilver ShadowSilver Whisper and Silver Spirit -- all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of Silver Explorer, Silversea Cruises' itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and over 400 fascinating destinations in between.

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 "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 (2009); "Five Star Diamond Award" from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2010); "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 Travel Weekly China (2010).

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For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent. 
For a complimentary brochure, please call toll-free (US) 877.215.9986 or visit www.silversea.com.

This press release was accurate at the date of issuance. It is the reader's responsibility to verify its continued accuracy, as information contained in the release may have changed.

Media Relations Contacts:

Americas 
Brad Ball
Email: BradB@Silversea.com
Phone: (954) 713.4030 (USA)

Gina Finocchiaro 
Email: GinaF@Silversea.com
Phone: (954) 713-4029 (USA) 

Asia Pacific
Cait Gargett
Email: CaitS@Silversea.com
Phone: +61 2 9255 0600 (Australia)

Continental Europe, Russia, Ukraine
and CIS Countries, Israel, Africa

Jerome Danglidis
Email: jeromed@Silversea.com
Phone: +377 97 70 22 54 (Monaco)

UK, Ireland and Middle East
Sara Larmer
Email: SaraL@Silversea.com
Phone: +44 (0) 844 770 9050 (UK)