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Silversea Cruises Continues To Garner Top Awards And Recognition

Silver Whisper's Suites are the Best in the World

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- January 26, 2006) -- Silversea Cruises keeps strengthening its reputation for winning top awards and recognition from leading travel publications.According to Condé Nast Traveler, the line's 382-guest, all-suite Silver Whisper offers the very best accommodations at sea -- of any ship, large, medium or small -- and the line's entire fleet of four ultra-luxury ships is listed among the world's top ten small ships.These achievements are revealed in the magazine's sixth annual readers' survey of "The Best Cruise Ships in the World," appearing in the February 2006 issue.

In addition, Seatrade Cruise Review, a leading maritime trade publication, recently showcased the spacious bathrooms of Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper (which feature a free-standing glass shower stall as well as a full-size bathtub) in its December 2005 cover story "10 of the Best Bathrooms at Sea."

"The fact that our ships continue to receive accolades and praise from our guests and the media is testament to our solid commitment to excellence," said David Morris, Silversea's senior vice president of sales for North America."This is the second consecutive year that Silver Whisper's suites have been voted the best in the world. While it's always gratifying to receive this type of recognition, you can be sure we're not about to rest on our laurels, but will keep looking for new ways to enhance our award-winning experience."


The key to designing for the ultra-luxury market is space.When the deck plans for Silversea's fleet were under development, the company understood the need to design ships that accommodated far fewer guests than most ships of the same size. The space ratios of the four ships in the fleet are about twice as high as most cruise ships and considerably more than most ships claiming to appeal to the ultra-luxury market.Space ratio is derived from taking the size of the ship (the gross registered tonnage) and dividing by the number of guests it accommodates.For example, the line's Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper are the most spacious ships in the world with a space ratio of 74.0; that equates to 7,400 cubic feet of space per guest.

This spaciousness was achieved by enlarging standard shipboard staterooms into suites, ensuring that every guest would have a suite measuring at least 240 square feet with an ocean view.Veranda Suites aboard Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper measure 345 square feet and the largest accommodations range up to 1,435 square feet.Silversea suites are considerably larger than those of earlier ships in the ultra-luxury market and are between two and three times the size of standard cruise ship cabins.Such a high design standard required a rethinking of standard shipboard traffic and provisions flow. Silversea's award-winning suite accommodations were an integral part of the corporate philosophy from the very earliest planning stages.


Over 80% of Silversea's suite accommodations feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private teak veranda, while other suites graciously frame the sea with a five-foot panoramic picture window.


Silversea's spacious, light-filled Veranda and Vista Suites comfortably accommodate guests in an elegant atmosphere of muted tones and rich, honey-spiced maple cabinetry.There's a separate sitting area that includes two chairs and table for in-suite dining, plus a sofa.A refrigerator (stocked with complimentary beverages, wines and spirits, restocked daily upon request), a writing desk and television with a DVD player (plus VCR aboard Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper) complete the living area.

A luxurious queen-size bed features fluffy goose down duvets, sheets made of 100% fine Egyptian cotton (thread count 320) and a choice of pillows.The line's standard pillow is a soft goose down and feather blend.However, guests may opt for a firmer goose down and feather pillow, or a synthetic one that's hypoallergenic, or even a contour pillow of therapeutic foam.

Additional suite amenities include fragrant Acqua di Parma bath products (shampoo, conditioner, shower and bath gel, body lotion and soap), a large walk-in closet and full-length mirror, plush terry cotton robes and slippers, in-suite personal safe, dressing table and hair dryer, a welcoming chilled bottle of award-winning Pommery Brut Royal Champagne, 24-hour room service (with dinners served course by course) -- and all gratuities included.Complimentary butler service is also provided in the Royal, Grand, Rossellini and Owner's Suites.

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.
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