In a first, Silversea sailing world cruise on expedition ship

The Silver Cloud in Svalbard, Norway.
The Silver Cloud in Svalbard, Norway. Photo Credit: Bruno Cazarini

Silversea Cruises will sail the first world cruise on one of its expedition ships. The voyage will span 167 days, 107 destinations and 30 countries in the first half of 2021.

The cruise aboard the Silver Cloud will start in Ushuaia, Argentina, in January and end in Tromso, Norway, in July. 

In between, the ship will visit Antarctica, then head west toward Tahiti and a number of other stops in Oceania, before reaching Australia, Indonesia and Singapore. Next, the cruise will head across the Indian Ocean toward Sri Lanka, and go through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean before working its way around Spain and Great Britain to Iceland and Svalbard before reaching Tromso on July 16, 2021.

Silversea said it has two new experiences that will debut on the expedition world cruise.

"Dine Around Town" will enable guests to dine at a fine restaurant in their choice of two of four cities. "Your Day Your Way" will let guests travel on an in-depth shore excursion on their own or with friends, accompanied by English-speaking guides and transported in private sedans or minivans.

Lecturers on the cruise will include Felicity Aston -- a recipient of the Polar Medal and the first and only woman to cross Antarctica alone -- and Tim Severin -- a world-renowned explorer who has retraced the storied journeys of legendary explorers in history.

Silversea will also operate a conventional world cruise in 2021 on the Silver Whisper, which will sail from Fort Lauderdale to New York in 54 days.

"By operating two world cruises in 2021, we are increasing the offering for our guests, pushing boundaries in the world of travel," says Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, Silversea's executive chairman.

Sales of the 2021 world cruises are open to guests booked on Silversea world cruises in 2019 and 2020. Sales will open to the general public in March.

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