Silversea Luxury Cruises A St Helena

Although primarily known as the island where Napoleon was exiled after his defeat at Waterloo, the fascination with St. Helena goes back many more centuries. Its main attraction may very well be its remoteness, which enabled the Portuguese to keep their discovery of the island in 1502 a secret for the next 80 years. It was this isolated location that the British thought perfect to keep the defeated Napoleon. St. View more

Helena, a "green gem set in a ring of bronze", as a poet once called it, is surrounded by a magnificent coastline, with 1,000-foot-high cliffs dropping down to rocks pounded by the Atlantic surf. The countryside offers astonishing contrasts, ranging from wind-eroded desert with multicolored ridges and valleys to flax and tree covered hillsides, soft pastures and vegetation-filled valleys. Jamestown is the island's tiny capital and only town, boasting a number of 18th- and 19th-century buildings. Other attractions include Jacob's Ladder, 699 steps leading from the valley floor to the top of Ladder Hill. Exploring Jamestown is like a delightful treasure hunt. The garden of Plantation House, the governor's residence, is a favorite with visitors because of the giant tortoises that live on the grounds (one of which is reputedly 200 years old). Equally popular is Longwood House, where Napoleon spent the final six years of his life in exile. Because of the island's remoteness, even in today's jet age the only way to get there is by sea. Visiting St. Helena is rather like going back in time. Despite electricity, paved roads and cars, the island has retained a way of life reminiscent of bygone days. The 5,500 islanders are British and proud of it. Tuna and wahoo fishing add much to the island's economy and serves as a recreational sport to the resident. Soccer is the most popular game followed by cricket and tennis. The golf course at Longwood is pleasant, but not championship material. The island is visited approximately six times a year by a shipping service en route from England to South Africa. On these calls and the occasional call of a cruise vessel, the old wharf and tiny Jamestown come to life and both residents and visitors thoroughly enjoy this exciting event.

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.

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.