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Silversea's Expanded Mediterranean Season Offers More Romance, Adventure, And A Touch Of The Exotic

Sailings from March to November Feature New Flightseeing Adventures, Exclusive Land Programs, and Cruise Savings of up to 50%

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL - January 17, 2006) This year ultra-luxury Silversea is pulling out the stops with an extended season in the Mediterranean offering a diverse collection of nearly 40 cruises sailing from March to mid-November.For those sophisticated travelers looking to avoid the crowds and extreme temperatures of summer, there's no better way to explore the Mediterranean than aboard one of Silversea's elite, intimate ships.The award-winning line's elegant 296-guest Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, and 382-guest Silver Whisper, will call in 90 distinctive destinations in over 20 countries.

Imagine strolling the fragrant gardens of the Alhambra in the coolness of a gentle spring breeze, or exploring Lebanon's ancient Baalbeck acropolis on a warm, sunny October afternoon, long after the summer tourist crowds have departed.Now imagine enjoying those adventures from the comfort and pampering luxury of your intimate, six-star ship as you sail from one intriguing port to the next -- this is the Mediterranean at its most exclusive.

"The Mediterranean is no longer just a summertime destination," said David Morris, Silversea's senior vice president of sales for North America. "Travelers are getting more savvy and sophisticated.We're seeing a growing segment of our guests who prefer to plan their trips for the spring and fall just to avoid the heat and crowds of the summer tourist season."

"But it's not just about extending the time our ships spend in the Mediterranean," Morris added."We're committed to providing a diverse selection of itineraries and programs.This year we're featuring new shore excursions, exclusive land extensions, and increased calls to exotic destinations like Lebanon, Syria and Libya."

In addition to savings of up to 50%, guests will enjoy spacious, all-suite, ocean-view accommodations, most with private veranda, award-winning gourmet cuisine, personalized service, warm Italian hospitality, and Silversea's unmatched selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, 24-hour room service, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet and all gratuities.Plus, complimentary Butler Service is now available in the Grand, Royal, Rossellini and Owner's Suites.


The untapped travel regions of Lebanon, Libya and Syria are Silversea's newest must-see destinations. Sophisticated and affluent travelers are always looking for bragging rights for being among the first and the privileged few to visit some of the world's more exotic destinations, and the company is catering to this market by offering nine cruises to Libya and six cruises to Lebanon and Syria during its extended Mediterranean season.From the ancient Greek outpost of Palmyra in the Syrian Desert, to the Roman ruins at Libya's Leptis Magna and the ancient Baalbeck acropolis in Lebanon, these new and unconventional destinations offer exceptional opportunities for guests to discover great historical treasures and a rich cultural diversity.


A trio of exclusive new flightseeing adventures, offered as optional shore excursions, highlight Italy's romantic countryside and scenic coastline on 16 voyages:

-- From Livorno:Tour Italy's famed Chianti wine region by private car, then explore ancient wine cellars and partake in a superb luncheon of regional specialties and wine tasting.Your journey continues with a relaxing hot-air balloon ride over romantic Tuscan hillsides dotted with medieval castles and country villas.

-- From Venice:Board your private helicopter and set off on a breathtaking journey to the mighty Dolomites, Northern Italy's spectacular mountain range. Experience its beautiful peaks and valleys with a birds-eye view.Soar above the picturesque town of Treviso, the Piave River (site of one of the most important battles of World War I), and the renowned ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, setting of the 1956 Winter Olympics.

-- From Sorrento:Journey by helicopter to discover the natural beauty of the Gulf of Naples, Sorrento and Amalfi Coast.Fly over the ancient and still-active volcano of Mount Vesuvius for a close-up view of its fascinating river of lava. Glimpse the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, devastated by the volcano in 79 A.D.Cap off your adventure with a boat ride to the Blue Grotto and a guided tour of the Isle of Capri.


Through Silversea's exclusive partnership with FAI -- Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano (the National Trust for Italy), guests can extend their voyage on 19 itineraries with optional four-night, pre- and post-cruise land extensions to Milan, Lombardy and Lake Como, featuring deluxe accommodations, all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals.Prices start from $1,745 per guest.Highlights include:

** Italy's Romantic Landscape:With the Alps as backdrop, cruise Lake Como to FAI's magnificent 18th century Villa del Balbianello, acclaimed as the most beautiful and striking property on the lake.In the lovely town of Cernobbio, stay at the magnificent Villa d'Este hotel, one of Europe's most luxurious properties.Sail by private boat to explore the picturesque village of Bellagio.(Program departs from Monte Carlo, Nice and Villafranche-sur-Mer.)

** Italian Treasures:In Milan stay at the elegant Hotel Principe di Savoia and explore Italy's fashion capital.Travel through breathtaking scenery to the charming lakeside town of Como.The highlight of your tour will be a picturesque boat ride to FAI's romantic 18th-century Villa del Balbianello.You'll also visit Villa Carlotta, renowned for the beauty of its gardens, blazing with the colors of acres of flowers.(Program departs from Venice.)

A colorful self-mailer describing Silversea's Mediterranean cruises and land programs is available to travel agents and can be ordered online at Silversea's Web site in late January.

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. For the ninth year, Silversea was named "Number One" small-ship line in the 2005 "Readers' Choice" survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler magazine.For the sixth time, Silversea was selected "World's Best" small-ship line in the 2004 Travel + Leisure readers' poll.

Note to Editors:A small sampling of Silversea's Mediterranean voyages is attached for your easy reference.

A Sampling of Silversea Mediterranean Voyages - 2006

-- Silver Wind departs March 21, 2006 on a 9-day "Atlantic Isles Sojourn", Voyage 2608, from Lisbon to Las Palmas with calls in Porto Santo and Funchal, Madeira; Casablanca, Morocco; and Arrecife and Tenerife, Canary Islands.Silver Sailing fares start at $3,347 per person (50% savings).

-- Silver Whisper departs May 4, 2006 on a 10-day "From the Canaries to the Casbah" voyage (4616), from Las Palmas to Barcelona with calls in Arrecife, Canary Islands; Agadir and Casablanca, Morocco; Lisbon, Portugal; and Cadiz and Malaga, Spain.Silver Sailing fares start at $4,407 per person (40% savings).

-- Silver Wind departs May 15, 2006 on a 10-day "Riviera Plus" voyage (2615), from Monte Carlo to Villefranche with calls in Genoa, Rome and Livorno, Italy; Palma de Mallorca, Valencia and Barcelona, Spain; Marseille and Cannes, France.Silver Sailing fares start at $4,407 per person (40% savings).

-- Silver Wind departs June 21, 2006 on a 10-day "Images of Libya and Spain" voyage (2619), from Athens to Barcelona with calls in Derna and Tripoli, Libya; La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia; and Valencia and Palma De Mallorca, Spain.Silver Sailing fares start at $4,527 per person (40% savings).

-- Silver Wind departs August 15, 2006 on a 7-day "Focus on Mediterranean Isles" voyage (2625), from Barcelona to Genoa with calls in Ibiza and Mahon (Minorca), Spain; Poltu Quatu (Sardinia), Italy; Monte Carlo; and Calvi (Corsica), France.Silver Sailing fares start at $3,387 per person (40% savings).

-- Silver Cloud departs October 3, 2006 on a 10-day "Accent on Spain" voyage (1628), from Lisbon to Monte Carlo with calls in Cadiz, Malaga, Valencia, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; and St. Tropez, France.Silver Sailing fares start at $4,527 per person (40% savings).

-- Silver Wind departs October 17, 2006 on a 7-day "Mediterranean Moments" voyage (2632), from Rome to Monte Carlo with calls in Naples and Palermo, Italy; Bastia, Marseille and Cannes, France.Silver Sailing fares start at $3,006 per person (30% savings).

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