Silver Spirit readies for first world cruise

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Silversea Cruises' 540-guest Silver Spirit will embark on its first 119-day world cruise in January, taking in two hemispheres and 25 countries.

A range of shorter 10- to 21-day segments are available to guests, all with complimentary excursions highlighting the culture, history and scenery of the regions visited.

The route, which departs Jan. 20 from Los Angeles, includes French Polynesia; New Zealand and the Society and Cook islands; Australia; Hong Kong; Malaysia; Vietnam; Thailand; Sri Lanka; and Oman, before reaching the journey's end in Southampton, England.

A sample segment, on the first leg of the cruise, is the 11-night itinerary from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti, which spends six days at sea before reaching the most remote archipelago in French Polynesia, the Marquesas Islands.

The first call is the main island of Nuku Hiva, followed by the seahorse-shaped island of Hiva Oa, resting place of artist Paul Gauguin. The vessel will then move to Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago, followed by sister islands Moorea and Tahiti. All-inclusive cruise-only fares start from $5,448 per person, double occupancy.

Fares for the full cruise start at $65,149. All fares include butler service in suites; dining in a choice of restaurants; complimentary wines, spirits and champagnes; and an enrichment program featuring onboard speakers, from marine biologists and archaeologists to art historians.

Details are at www.silversea.com.

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