Silversea Luxury Cruises A Alexandria, Virginia

Founded by Scottish merchants in 1749, the new city on the Potomac River quickly became a center of Colonial commerce. Schooners laden with the latest fashions, musical instruments, books, tea and exotic spices brought the accoutrements of civilization to Alexandria; they sailed back to England with hogsheads of fragrant tobacco harvested from Virginia plantations. In America’s early days, Alexandria boasted fine streets, well-appointed inns and sophisticated shops that carried a wealth of goods unavailable elsewhere in the Colonies. View more

Today, streets with names like King, Queen, Prince and Royal are reminders of the days when this bustling, small city was ruled by the Crown of England. History buffs can delve into this past at museums and special events; these recall Alexandria’s Scottish heritage and its role in the Revolution and the Civil War. There is still much to discover in this hospitable port city that captured the hearts and imaginations of its early settlers. Old Town is compact and best seen on foot. Market Square, dominated by a steepled city hall, has served as the city’s focal point since the mid-18th century. Nearby is Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, which provides a glimpse of the social life of George Washington and his contemporaries and contains artifacts of the period. British General Benjamin Braddock summoned colonial governors to a meeting at the elegant Georgian Carlyle House; this meeting helped spark the Revolution. . At Christ Church brass plaques mark the pews where the Lees and Washingtons worshipped. On Alexandria’s outskirts stands the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. The site was originally chosen by Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton for the U.S. Capitol. The idea was vetoed by George Washington and instead it became a monument to his membership in the Masonic Rite. The city’s waterfront is graced with parks. Restaurants and boutiques are found along King and Washington Streets. Of major interest is the Torpedo Factory. Formerly a munitions plant during World Wars I and II, it has undergone a much acclaimed renovation. Today it is home to an extensive art center featuring shops and studios of visual artists on three different levels. Alexandria’s proximity to the nation's capital and the renowned Potomac plantations adds to its appeal as a popular destination. Pier Information The ship will be docked about three blocks from the town center. Taxis can be called to the pier area or picked up in the town center. The fare to Washington, eight miles away, is about $12.00. Metro’s Blue and Yellow Line trains leave from King street, a 20-minute walk or short taxi ride from the pier. Shopping Alexandria’s Old Town boasts over 200 specialty shops and galleries, many in 18th-century townhouses, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Near Alexandria is the Pentagon City Fashion Center, a beautiful four-level mall with hundreds of shops and major department stores such as Macy’s and Nordstrom. In Washington, an endless array of shops can be found in Georgetown and at Union Station, an elegantly restored historic landmark near the Capitol building. The local currency is the dollar. Cuisine Alexandria features more than 100 restaurants, cafés, saloons and clubs. Choices run from colonial or contemporary American menus to international cuisine in a wide range of settings and prices. In Washington, the selection is endless. The food court at Union Station is an ideal place for lunch or a snack. Other Sites Strolling the streets of Old Town Alexandria is a delight in itself. You may want to visit the following historic sites: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum The museum provides a picture of the social life of President Washington and his contemporaries; it contains artifacts of the period. Carlyle House Here British General Benjamin Braddock summoned colonial governors to a meeting that helped spark the Revolutionary War. George Washington Masonic National Memorial This is a monument dedicated to his membership in the Masonic Rite. Its observation deck provides a panoramic view. Washington, D.C. There are scores of museums, art galleries and exhibitions to choose from. A guided tour is the best choice for the first-time visitor, whether it is offered from the ship or independently on the Tourmobile or the Washington Trolley.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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