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Silversea Welcomes New Sales Directors

Kevin SmithWeb Rachel WoodwardWeb Saul FonsecaWeb(17 January 2013) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is pleased to welcome three new area sales directors with responsibility for key regions in the United States. Kevin Smith has joined to cover the Northeast, Rachel Woodward has the Northwest, and Saul Fonseca is responsible for southern Florida. John Wilson continues as acting area sales director for northern Florida.

Kristian C Anderson, Silversea's vice president of sales for North America, said: "We're very excited to welcome Kevin, Rachel and Saul to our sales team. The addition of these results-driven, talented sales professionals reinforces our commitment to providing an enhanced and highly personalised level of service to our travel agent partners."

Kevin Smith joined Silversea last month as area sales director for the Northeast, reporting to Kris Emery, regional sales director for the eastern region. Smith is based in New York City and his territory includes New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware, Vermont, and Maine. Smith, a graduate of Central Connecticut State University, was formerly the manager of national accounts for Star Clippers.

Rachel Woodward has been appointed area sales director for the Northwest, effective January 12. She reports to Nancy Gonzales, regional sales director for the western region. Woodward is based in San Francisco with responsibility for northern California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Wyoming, and Colorado. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Woodward comes to Silversea from Crystal Cruises, where she worked for more than seven years, most recently as the manager of national accounts.

Saul Fonseca has been appointed area sales director for southern Florida, as of January 21, reporting to Kris Emery. Based in Silversea's Fort Lauderdale office, Fonseca is responsible for a territory that encompasses Naples, Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and the Florida Keys. He joins Silversea from Hilton Worldwide, where he was the sales manager for business travel and corporate travel accounts for two of their properties. His background also includes more than seven years with Royal Caribbean International, where he developed account management expertise as an account executive for national accounts.

About Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, is recognised as an innovator in the luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its 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 inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer and Silver Galapagos (debuting late 2013), Silversea Cruises' itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and over 500 fascinating destinations in between.

In the US, Silversea has been voted "World's Best" by the readers of Condé NastTraveler (nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and awarded "Best Cruise Line for Luxury Small Ships" by Luxury Travel Advisor (2011). International awards include "World's Leading Small Ships Cruise Line" from World Travel Awards (2010); "Five Star Diamond Award" from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2013); "Favourite Cruise Line - Small Ships" in the Readers' Choice survey conducted by Britain's Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2012); "Best Luxury Cruise Line" by Australia's Cruise Passenger magazine (2012); and "Best Small Luxury Cruise Line" according to China's Travel & Leisure magazine (2011).

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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.

Pictured above from left are Kevin Smith, Rachel Woodward and Raul Fonseca.

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:

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

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

Asia Pacific
Carla Oscuro
Email: CarlaO@Silversea.com
Phone: +61 2 9255 0600 (Australia)

Continental Europe, Russia, Ukraine
and CIS Countries, Israel, Africa
Jerome Danglidis
Email: jeromed@Silversea.com
Phone: +49 69 133 83 637 (Germany)

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