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October 7, 2019

Silversea Announces Onboard Team For Its World Cruise 2020 Plus An Unprecedented Collection Of Exclusive Experiences

In addition to announcing the Executive Officers for the Legends of Cruising 2020,
Silversea unveils 33 new shore experiences that are exclusive to world-cruising guests.

(Miami, FL -- October 7, 2019) Silversea announces the Executive Officers who will host the cruise line’s World Cruise 2020, the Legends of Cruising—the first world cruise ever to visit all seven continents. The remarkable 140-day voyage aboard Silver Whisper will take guests deeper into the world's authentic beauty, unlocking amazing experiences and destinations between Fort Lauderdale and Amsterdam, from January 6 to May 25, 2020.

A skilled team of maritime, hospitality and entertainment professionals will host the pioneering 62-port journey, which will feature bespoke events, immersive shore experiences, and an array of other enhancements:

Captain (until April 7): Vincent Taillard
French-born Captain Taillard started his seagoing service as a deck and engine cadet aboard ferries between France and England in 1996. He attended the French Maritime School in Marseille and has sailed on various ships. He became a captain in 2008 and has sailed to many destinations in his time at the helm. Captain Taillard, an experienced expedition captain, joined Silversea at the end of 2015.

Captain (from April 7): Michele Macarone Palmieri
Michele was born in Sorrento, South Italy. In 1987, he joined a passenger ship for the first time with the rank of Second Officer until 1989. Two years later he moved to the position of Chief Officer until 1994 when Silversea Cruises offered him the position of First Officer on Silver Wind. For his second contract, on Silver Cloud, he was promoted to Chief Officer Navigator and since 1998 in the position of Staff Captain. Captain Macarone Palmieri was appointed Master of Silver Cloud in the early 2002.

Hotel Director: Norman Rafelson
Norman Rafelson built his career in the hospitality industry and has developed a wealth of experience working around the world. In January 2009 - over a decade ago - Rafelson joined Silversea and has since held the position of Hotel Director on many ships in the ultra-luxury cruise line's fleet. Alongside his responsibilities as Hotel Director, Rafelson was recently appointed as Silversea’s Delegate to the Venetian Society.

Cruise Director: Fernando Barroso de Oliveira
Fernando Barroso de Oliveira joined Silversea in 1994 – the same year the cruise line launched – and today holds the invaluable role of Chairman's Ambassador to the Venetian Society, having developed strong relationships with many of the company's guests over the last 25 years. He regularly hosts Silversea's world cruises as Cruise Director.

Expedition Leader (until February 15): Stefan Kredel
Stefan Kredel grew up in the south of Germany. After training as a paramedic, he embarked upon several lone cycling trips through India, Nepal, New Zealand and South America. He studied Geology and Palaeontology at the Ludwig Maximillians University in Munich, receiving his Masters degree in 1999. He has been a lecturer aboard expedition cruises since 1998; his first voyage was to Antarctica and since then he has visited the region on several occasions each year.

Expedition Leader (from February 15): Brad Siviour
Growing up in South Australia, Brad developed a love for the natural world. He studied at Flinders University, where he gained degrees in both Marine Biology and Ecotourism. Brad has been working on expedition ships for the past two years. He also works as a naturalist, guiding people across Northern Australia and through regions of Southeast Asia. Since then he has developed a keen interest in wildlife photography and is always willing to share hints and tips.

All staff members who will sail aboard Silver Whisper for the Legends of Cruising World Cruise 2020 have been hand-selected to ensure an extraordinary cruise experience for guests. Though not all will be serving the full voyage, those key team members who will be aboard the ship when guests embark on January 6 include:

• Financial Officer: Gabriela Zekan
• Staff Captain: Oleksandr Dynega (until February 15), then Dion Notman
• Chief Engineer: Konstantin Kolpakov (until February 15), then Giovanni Santafemia
• Guest Relations Manager: Marcus Wittman
• Onboard Cruise Consultant and Venetian Society Representative: Barrie Dodgson
• Shore Concierge: Leandro Ponte
• Executive Chef: Jeremic Ratko
• Food and Beverage Manager: Oliver D'Souza
• Restaurant Manager: Gilbert Lanza
• Rooms Division Manager: Royden Pereira

"Silversea’s Legends of Cruising 2020 will be the first ever world cruise to take guests to all seven continents,” says Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Such an incredible journey necessitates the presence of an extraordinary team of experienced professionals. Fostering a family-like atmosphere among guests while on board, our industry-leading team will work to ensure an enriching travel experience for our guests, as they travel closer to the authentic beauty of the world."

"I'm honored to be among this fantastic leadership team for this groundbreaking world cruise," says Norman Rafelson, the Hotel Director for the World Cruise 2020. "I'm especially looking forward to reconnecting with my friends in our Venetian Society, and meeting and interacting with new guests to foster a genuine sense of camaraderie on board. This is sure to be a special voyage, indeed!"


To enrich the experience exclusively for world-cruising guests, Silversea Cruises proudly unveils a collection of 33 brand new, bespoke shore experiences, which can now be reserved only by full world-cruising guests ahead of the Legends of Cruising 2020, with a supplementary fee. Whether showcasing far-off cultures or revealing mysterious monuments and landscapes, each experience is carefully designed to take guests deeper into the world’s authentic beauty.

Travelers can embark on a musical and culinary journey in San Juan hosted by an acclaimed artist; attend a private performance of a world-renowned folkloric ballet troupe in Salvador da Bahia; delve into the Polynesian culture with a celebrated anthropologist in Moorea; savor a four-course lunch, prepared by a celebrity chef, in Singapore; indulge in a candlelight dinner under the stars in the Red Sea desert; marvel at Caravaggio's masterpieces in Rome's churches and museums; and tour the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh with the last-serving admiral, among other special experiences.

“Each bespoke shore experience in our new World Cruise Collection is designed to take world cruising guests deeper into the destination,” says Adria Bono, Silversea’s Senior Director of Destination Experiences. “From an exclusive Evening at the Famous Bloody Mary’s in Bora Bora to a candle-lit dinner in the Red Sea Desert, each experience will offer personal enrichment in the form of cultural discovery and will showcase the unique beauty of the world’s most remarkable destinations.”


Two world cruises will set the stage for unforgettable global discoveries in 2021:

The Finest World Tour 2021 - a 150-day voyage that is designed to unlock rare and immersive experiences for guests - will visit 34 countries in six continents. Departing Fort Lauderdale on January 7, 2021, Silver Whisper will host a gala bon voyage reception and dinner on board before circumnavigating the world to reach New York City by way of Central and South America, South Pacific, Australia, the Far East, India, Arabian Peninsula, and the Mediterranean. Among numerous immersive travel experiences are two days on Easter Island to marvel at mysterious Moai, two days to explore sacred temples and colonial treasures in Myanmar, and two days to discover the palazzos and piazzas of Venice.

Silversea's Uncharted World Tour 2021 will be the first ever expedition world cruise. This remarkable voyage promises to unlock an incredible selection of deep travel experiences in 107 of the world's most amazing destinations. On January 30, 2021, Silver Cloud will depart Ushuaia, Argentina, to spend 167 days discovering 30 countries across six continents, finishing in Tromsø, Norway. An unprecedented range of expedition experiences includes exploring Antarctica's natural wonders by Zodiac; meeting the descendants of the famous Bounty mutineers in Pitcairn; going behind the scenes to delve deeper into the temples of Luxor, Egypt; and reflecting on WWII history at Normandy's D-Day landing beaches.

Aboard all voyages, Silversea’s guests enjoy spacious ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including a complimentary selection of wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks; an in-suite bar stocked with guests' preferences; an in-suite 24-hour dining service; and inclusive onboard gratuities (exclusive of spa treatments).

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About Silversea
Silversea Cruises, in which Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio serves as Executive Chairman, is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, and Silver Cloud, Silversea's itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of five new ultra-luxury ships: Silver Moon, Silver Dawn, Silver Origin, and two Evolution-class ships. Browse Silversea's new blog Discover and subscribe to receive the latest content directly into your inbox.

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