Acknowledging a rising demand for shorter, yet still quite destination intensive itineraries, Silversea has unveiled a series of eleven short cruise options, sailing between June and October of 2014. These cruises, mainly four and five night itineraries, are predominantly in the Aegean, with a one off Northern Europe option available as well.
The cruises are offered across two of the ultra luxury company’s five banner vessels; Silver Cloud and Silver Spirit.
With the line celebrating it’s twentieth anniversary this year, these short, fully inclusive fares are the ideal opportunity for a real fix of luxury over the course of a few days of total self indulgence. Here’s the skinny on the options available as currently listed;
Five nights Northern Europe, June 16th- 21st. Helsinki, St. Petersburg (two night stay), Tallinn, Stockholm. Fares from £1,650.
Four nights Aegean Cruise, July 11th-15th. Venice, Ravenna, Hvar, Kotor, Corfu. Fares from £,1460
Six nights Aegean Cruises, July 15th-21st. Corfu, Katakolon, Santorini, Kusadasi, Myteline, Istanbul (overnight stay) Fares from £2,190
Four night Aegean Cruise, 11th- 15th August. Venice, Ravenna, Hvar, Kotor, Corfu. Fares from £1.400
Five night Aegean Cruise, 15th- 20th August. Corfu, Katakolon, Santorini, Kusadasi, Istanbul (overnight) Fares from £1,750.
Four night Aegean Cruise, 20th- 24th August. Istanbul, Kavala, Thessaloniki, Volos, Piraeus. Fares from £1,580.
Five night Aegean Cruise, 24th-29th August. Piraeus, Izmir, Sea day, Costanta, Nessebur, Istanbul. Fares from £1,970.
Four night Aegean Cruise, 29th September- October 3rd. Istanbul, Myrina,Thessaloniki, Skiathos, Piraeus. Fares from £1,580.
Five night Aegean Cruise, 3rd-8th October. Piraeus, Izmir, Sea day, Constanta, Nessebur, Istanbul. Fares from £1,970.
Four night Aegean Cruise, 13th-17th October. Istanbul, Kavala, Thessaloniki, Volos, Piraeus. Fares from £1, 360.
Five night Aegean Cruise, 17th -22nd October. Piraeus, Izmir, Sea day, Constanta, Nessebur, Istanbul. Fares from £1,690.
All of these fares are cruise only, apply to entry level window suites, and offer accommodation in all outside luxury suites, some ninety per cent of which have private balconies, fully inclusive fares and gourmet dining (including in suite) at any time.
As the newest ship in the fleet, the 36,000 ton Silver Spirit is offering the great majority of these cruises. With a guest capacity of 540 and a crew of 376, she offers more dining venues than the rest of the fleet, including the hugely atmospheric Stars Supper Club. Her lead in veranda suites come in at a generous 376 square feet, inclusive of the balcony.
Silver Cloud was the original, pioneering start up ship for Silversea. Celebrating her 20th anniversary this year, the recently refurbished ship has become a byword for luxury, style and elegance. At just 16,800 tons, Silver Cloud can accommodate just 296 guests, cared for by a crew of 222. Lead in veranda suites are 295 square feet, inclusive of their balconies.
All things considered, these are indulgent, indolent little slices of glamour and luxury. The Aegean cruises in particular fall at a nice time of the year, when the crowds are largely gone, but the weather is still appealing enough to make alfresco dining hugely enjoyable. Coupled with the indulgent luxury and spatial largesse for which Silversea has always been known, they are ideal, whether as a ‘taster’ cruise for first time passengers, or as a pre winter fillip for regular Silversea devotees.