Iconic photographer Steve McCurry stars as the commercial’s protagonist, channelling the curiosity of Silversea’s guests
(Miami, FL -- September 27, 2021) Leading ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea Cruises has launched its first international television commercial, inspiring curious travellers to rediscover the world. Part of an integrated, multi-channel advertising campaign that includes print, digital, and social media, the 30-second television spot will appear on major national television networks and streaming platforms in the U.S. and the U.K. from September 27, 2021, before rolling out in markets around the world.
The TV commercial, conceived by Silversea’s Global Creative Director José M. Vuolo, Vuolo and created by ACNE Milan -the creative, communication and marketing agency, which is part of Deloitte - invites curious travellers to rediscover the world with a renewed passion. Silversea collaborator and world-renowned photographer Steve McCurry, whose photographic storytelling embodies guests’ spirit of curiosity, features as the commercial’s protagonist, appealing to viewers to embrace their desire to reconnect with the world’s authentic beauty. From his suite aboard the ultra-luxury Silver Spirit, McCurry pens an open invitation, addressed "To the Curious," in which he writes: "To all of you who have been yearning to travel: It's time. The world is reopening. Open up to the world."
The television commercial focuses on journeys to discover the Earth's "most precious things," which “aren’t things at all.” Captivating photography expresses the beauty that can be found at "the edges of the world"—from mystical mountaintops in Bhutan and the frozen wonderlands of Antarctica to graceful wildlife and untouched ancient cultures. These are the types of places and natural treasures that curious travellers are eager to rediscover as the world reopens, and which Silversea unlocks with its celebrated blend of service excellence and luxurious comfort.
“Silversea is facing its greatest expansion ever,” says Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s Chief Commercial Officer. “But this growth coincides with a very peculiar moment in the history of travel. The doors of the world were shut on us; now they’re reopening and it’s our responsibility as the leading ultra-luxury cruise line to reignite our guests’ passion for discovery and let them know it’s time to start exploring again safely, which is perhaps the greatest luxury of all right now. ‘To the curious’ is our mantra and our first international television campaign will appeal to curious travellers around the world. After all, our guests are travellers, not tourists; they collect interactions with people and experiences, not monuments. Curiosity is their common denominator, their driving force. Our television commercial enforces this concept with beautiful insights into the most remarkable destinations around the world. This is complemented by our print campaign, which showcases an especially breathtaking selection of images shot by Steve while he was travelling with us. These images are an invitation, almost, though there is hardly a need for one. People are ready to go.”
José M. Vuolo, Silversea’s Creative Director, says: “Our new ‘To the Curious’ campaign was designed to empower travellers to indulge their passion for travel with new eyes. A born storyteller with the soul of an explorer,Steve McCurry was the perfect subject for the commercial: Steve is a passionate traveller who is encouraged to seek out the world’s most enriching moments – much the same as our guests. Steve’s unique take on the world builds feelings of excitement and hope, marking a new beginning in travel. Steve’s images are honest, captivating, and inspiring, but most importantly they convey the world in its most authentic form. In the same spirit, our new television commercial showcases the near-endless range of enriching experiences that our voyages unlock. With the reopening of the world, our guests have a renewed hunger to travel to new places, immerse themselves into new cultures, and experience new things.”
Steve McCurry is a valued, long-term ambassador of Silversea Cruises. Since the launch of his creative collaboration with the cruise line in 2017, the award-winning photographer has undertaken more than 25 immersive journeys with Silversea, capturing more than 500 images of intriguing cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and unique moments around the globe.
“It felt great to be back on board a Silversea ship again, to film this commercial and to continue our close collaboration as the world reopens,” says Steve McCurry. “My curiosity as a traveller encourages me to journey on; my travels with Silversea offer the chance to dive deep into the world, into the heart of fascinating cultures, wild landscapes, and warm-hearted communities. Silversea’s television commercial will resonate with those who share my passion for discovery.”
The winner of over 40 international awards, celebrated documentary maker Denis Delestrac directed and—in collaboration with ZETA SRL—co-produced Silversea’s television commercial. In 2001, after having worked as a writer and a photographer in France and the U.S., Delestrac switched his career to documentary filmmaking in India, where he first met Steve McCurry – with whom he made his first short documentary.Delestrac has previously worked with Silversea and Steve McCurry on a variety of projects.
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Barbara Muckermann discusses Silversea’s new television commercial, as well as the cruise line’s ‘To the Curious’ campaign, in a new interview for Discover:
For their roles played in the production of the ‘To the Curious’ creative campaign, Silversea would like to extend thanks to Steve McCurry for his special contribution; Jose Vuolo, Creative Director; Denis Delestrac, Director; ACNE Milan for creativity; TheMonk for creative coordination; and Gisella Biondani, Calligrapher.
Part of the Royal Caribbean Group, Silversea Cruises is recognised as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit, Silver Muse and Silver Moon – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Origin, Silver Wind, Silver Explorer, and Silver Cloud, Silversea's itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Galapagos, both Polar Regions, and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of three new ultra-luxury ships: Silver Dawn and two Evolution-class ships. Browse Silversea's blog, Discover, and subscribe to receive the latest content directly into your inbox.
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