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Silver Muse, the high-end ship from Silversea, offers sailings to Alaska during the summer months.

Silversea resumes ultra-luxury cruising

June 19, 2021

Silversea Cruises, the world’s premier ultra-luxury cruise line, on Friday marked its return to global operations with the maiden voyage of its new flagship, Silver Moon, from Athens (Piraeus). The launch of Silver Moon also represents the unveiling of S.A.L.T., the cruise line’s new culinary program.

The inaugural sailing of Silversea’s new expeditionary vessel, Silver Origin, departs from San Cristobal in the Galapagos today. Silversea’s first destination-specific ship will sail with all-new itineraries in the archipelago.

Silversea said its return to service under safe, healthy conditions, its fleet expansion and enhanced cultural offerings reflect the company’s commitment to international market growth, while meeting rising consumer demand for ultra-luxury travel, following a year-long travel pause.


Oceania's Marina in port.

Oceania to resume cruise sailings in August 2021

April 28, 2021

Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, announced today that it will resume cruise operations with the 1,250-guest Marina (one of our favorite ships) in August, beginning with sailings to Scandinavia and Western Europe. Marina will resume its originally published voyage schedule starting Aug. 29 in Copenhagen.

“The entire Oceania Cruises team is excited to now shift our focus to safely restarting operations and ultimately welcoming back our guests to begin exploring the world once again,” Bob Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Cruises, said in a statement.

Phased restart dates for the balance of the Oceania Cruises fleet will be forthcoming and itineraries will be evaluated for port availability and adjusted as needed closer to the sailing dates.

Robust new SailSAFE protocols

Oceania Cruises said it is undertaking a phased restart with its science-backed plan for a healthy return to service that protects guests, crew and communities visited. The robust SailSAFE Health and Safety Program creates multiple layers of protection against COVID-19 and was developed with guidance from its team of public health and scientific experts including the Healthy Sail Panel and the SailSAFE Global Health and Wellness Council.

“At Oceania Cruises, we value health, well-being and safety above all else. Our guests, our crew, and, of course, the many amazing, dedicated people who work with us in the destinations we travel to are the very lifeblood of our business and we’ll do everything in our power to safeguard their health and safety,” Binder said.

Full details on the SailSAFE protocols can be found on the Oceania site. These protocols will be continuously evolved and refined using the best available science and technology.

New OceaniaNEXT enhancements

When the line’s ships start sailing again, beginning with Marina in August 2021, guests should be impressed with the array of enhancements awaiting them. 

“Our guests have been waiting a long time for this moment," Binder said. "We know that when our guests return, we want to not just welcome them back to the Oceania Cruises they remember and cherish, but also to exceed their expectations by elevating the dining experiences and service levels. We’ll be sharing more information about these exciting developments in the coming weeks.”

For additional information on Oceania Cruises’ small ship luxury product, exquisitely crafted cuisine, and expertly curated travel experiences, contact a Cruiseable travel consultant at [email protected] or 1-877-322-3773.

More on OceaniaNEXT

OceaniaNEXT is a sweeping array of dramatic enhancements so the cruise line's fleet. From thoughtfully crafted new dining experiences and reimagined menus to the dramatic re-inspiration of the brand’s six ships, guests can indulge in the Finest Cuisine at Sea, be pampered aboard small and luxurious ships, and be enriched through in-depth destination exploration.

— Cruiseable news services


The opulent Regent Suite on Seven Seas Splendor features the world's most expensive bed.

Sleep in a $200,000 bed on Regent's upcoming Seven Seas Splendor

November 4, 2019

Looking for the sleep of a lifetime? If you can afford to shell out $11,000 per passenger per night, I've got just the bed for you. It's called the Vividus, and it's coming to Regent Seven Seas' new luxury ship Splendor when it debuts in February 2020.

The handcrafted bed from Hästens retails for $200,000 and is filled with horsetail hair, cushioning flax, slow-growing pine, superior wool and long-fiber cotton. It's said to help your muscles naturally relax into a deep, undisturbed sleep that offers a floating sensation.

Of course, a bed that pricey must be covered with equally decadent bed linens. And it is. The linens are  made from batiste makò cotton and 100 percent virgin white down from Alaskan geese that keeps bodies at the correct temperature.

What’s more, suite residents can be further pampered with a Serene Spa & Wellness restorative sleep ritual treatment. This is a luxurious bath scented with lavender and chamomile and preceded by a massage on request.

The bathing begins with a transcendent, nourishing milk bath — a light and gentle milky formula rich in vitamins, amino acids and natural plant collagen from Japanese Camellia oil that leaves behind satin-soft skin.

Seven Seas Splendor debuts in February as the world's most luxurious cruise ship. It's now open for bookings.
Courtesy of Regent Seven SeasSeven Seas Splendor debuts in February as the world's most luxurious cruise ship. It's now open for bookings.

Mattress matters  

In case you were curious, the Hästens Vividus Mattress wooden frame is made from slow-growing northern Swedish pine. On top sits a box spring that has pure steel springs and multiple layers of flax for soundproofing. Above that is the mattress, which holds more springs, layers of superior cotton and wool batting, and horsetail hair lining.

The mattress pad, or “topper,” has its own layers of cotton, wool, and horsetail hair. The Vividus is constructed in Swedish style, with dovetail joints instead of screws or nails, and the springs are connected to the mattress interior using a step-stitching process, accomplished by hand with an 18-inch long needle. 

The horsetail hair is braided by hand, then unwound to give it even more bounce. Every curled strand acts like a tiny spring, providing support and pliability. Unlike human hair, each horsetail hair is a hollow tube, enabling it to function as an airway to wick moisture away.

The reason behind all these layers is so Regent Suite guests can feel as if they are floating while sleeping with zero gravity, with legs slightly raised, helping circulation and overall heart health.  If that doesn’t induce a good night’s sleep, nothing can.

To add even more panache, passengers can select their bed linens and pillows from two categories of prestigious Italian bedding. One is  Bellino Fine Italian Linens and the other Med1994 Aria line.

 The Bellino Samurai Collection, made from 100 percent pure, crisp, breathable linen, offers  600 thread-count sateen and 100 percent long staple cotton. Bellino’s Adriana Collection has a 500 thread count percale and 100 percent long staple cotton for an indulgent, sumptuous feel. 

Pillow talk

From the pillow menu
Courtesy of Regent Seven SeasFrom the pillow menu.

Of course, there is a pillow menu. Suite sleepers can pick a gel, water, memory foam, buckwheat hull or tri-side anatomic pillow to rest their precious heads.

The Regent Suite on Seven Seas Splendor offers unobstructed 270-degree views over the bow from the 1,300 square-foot wraparound veranda, and a glass-enclosed solarium sitting area on top of the bridge that offers a captain’s view  of the sea and destinations.

Guests staying in the Regent Suite aboard sister ship Seven Seas Explorer also enjoy a renowned sleep experience, complete with the Serene Spa & Wellness sleep ritual and the enveloping comfort of a $150,000 Savoir No 1 bed, handmade over 120 hours in London. Guests also choose from four exquisite bedding selections.

The 750-passenger, all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Splendor is being built in Ancona, Italy.  The ship is about as extravagant as it gets with more than acre of marble and all 375 suites spanning almost 52,000 square feet of balcony space.

Seven Seas Splendor will be the first newly built cruise ship to be helmed by a female captain, Captain Serena Melani.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ offers the most all-inclusive fares in the industry on its four-ship fleet — Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator® and Seven Seas Voyager, with Splendor on the way. 

Interested in a cruise on Seven Seas Splendor?

If you're interested in booking a cruise on Seven Seas Splendor — $200,000 bed or not — contact the cruise experts in the business department of Cruiseable. Call 1-877-322-3773 or email [email protected].


Silver Cloud passes under London's Tower Bridge at dusk.

Silversea to launch two expedition world cruises in 2021

January 31, 2019

Innovative cruise line Silversea Cruises is once again raising the nautical bar by launching a pair of Expedition World Cruises in 2021. The luxury line describes each sailing as “an uncharted world tour where passengers can immerse themselves in the most exciting experiences on the planet.”

The first one will be a 167-day voyage on Silver Cloud from Ushuaia, Argentina, on Jan. 30, 2021, that will stop at 107 destinations in 30 countries. It will include six new ports for the line that include Naxos, Folegandros and Nafpaktos, Greece; Ksamil, Albania; Bejaïa, Algeria, and Fort William, Scotland. And if you got a few million bucks hanging around, it’s offering accommodations in the two-bedroom Owner’s Suite for just short of a million dollars.

The second global odyssey takes place on Silver Whisper, which will sail from Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 7, 2021, and cover 34 countries until its final destination in New York on June 6, 2021. Naturally, you could can book part of the voyage if you don't have six months to kill.


Mareel's redesigned hydro-pool on the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth.

Cunard launches luxurious new spa concept

December 5, 2018

There's nothing like spoiling yourself during a cruise with massages, facials and other special treatments. Just about every ship worth its sea salt now boasts a spa offering head to toe services and more. 

So to up the ante, Cunard Line has developed a new, luxurious spa called Mareel Wellness & Beauty. It will debut at the end of December on the newly redone Queen Elizabeth and then on Queen Victoria followed by Queen Mary 2 in November 2020.


Save up to $2,000 per suite on 2018-19 voyages aboard the lavishly redesigned Crystal Serenity (in Venice, above) or Crystal Symphony.

Black Friday cruise sales on Crystal Cruises

November 21, 2018

Tempted by a luxury cruise but think you can't afford it? Check out Crystal Cruises’s Black Friday sale specials. 

Swank de la swanky Crystal, the top purveyor of high-end experiences on riverboats, ships and even air, is carving out exceptional deals to book after the turkey and trimmings are all gone. And remember, Crystal is all-inclusive, so all fares include tips, wine, spirits and other potables, fine food, seamless service, activities galore and even butlers to enhance the experience.


Silver Muse, the high-end ship from Silversea, offers sailings to Alaska during the summer months.

Royal Caribbean takes over Silversea

June 14, 2018

The cruise industry woke up to some pretty big news today. It was a shocker for many. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has agreed to buy a 66.7 percent stake in Silversea Cruises, the tony independent cruise line that operates intimate luxury and expedition ships designed for discerning travelers.

While the news surprised many, some industry insiders were anticipating this would happen. The family owned and operated Silversea was ripe for a takeover, especially with two new ship builds on the horizon.

For Royal Caribbean, Silversea adds a crown jewel in the luxury market, going up against Norwegian Cruise Line's Regent Seven Seas and the smaller Seabourn, owned by Carnival Corp.


Small ship, big visual treats: Pacific Princess gives guests an exotic experience through the lavish isles of Bora Bora.

Princess Cruises offers awesome world cruise for 2020

April 25, 2018

This is definitely designed for folks who enjoy long cruises that visit many ports. On Jan. 5, 2020, Pacific Princess will set out on a 111-day voyage from Ft. Lauderdale, stopping in Los Angeles to pick up more guests on Jan. 20. 

The 670-passenger Pacific Princess is the perfect size if you are not a fan of mega-ships. Short segments will be offered for those who don’t have the time, money or inclination to do the whole enchilada.


Luminae, the 92-passenger restaurant reserved for Celebrity's Suite Class.

Celebrity Edge: 29 options for ‘dining wow’

April 17, 2018

Wow! I just got an update from Celebrity Cruises about Celebrity Edge, the cutting-edge ship set to debut in November. The update was all about dining options, one of my favorite topics, and all the cuisines, spices and tools under the direction of Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher.

They even sent heady cooking spices, a spoon, a denim apron, cake tester, palette knife and Swiss peeler to show how the chef works. Only wish they’d sent along the chef to cook for us.


Silver Spirit alights in pretty St. Lucia.

Silversea rolls out free Wi-Fi for all

March 29, 2018

Finally! A cruise line has come to its cyber senses and is providing all passengers with unlimited Wi-Fi. Super luxe Silversea just made the announcement that will bring cheers from just about everybody booked on one of its spiffy ships.

Beginning in April, all passengers on Silversea's nine luxury ships will be hooked up with Internet access at no extra charge.


Silver Spirit lights up at dusk in St. Kitts.

Silversea to upgrade its award-winning Silver Spirit

February 22, 2018

When the now 540-passenger Silver Spirit (see JD's review) sails again on May 6, 2018, she will be 49 feet longer and even more attractive. Small luxury ship operator Silversea is making over the ship adding 34 new luxury suites, as well as a Balsorano suite.

Each of the accommodations will be adorned with decorative items that are of personal value to Silversea’s chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio di Balsorano de Clunieres. The best existing suites on Silver Spirit will grow in their appeal with the addition of handmade Savoir mattresses, horse hair toppers and new HD screens for guests’ comfort.

The Spirit, which debuted in 2009, goes into dry dock at Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Italy, on March 5, where she will remain until May 1. She will undergo large-scale refurbishment works, which will include the insertion of a prebuilt 15-meter-long (49-feet-long) segment into the ship’s midsection, making her the first luxury ship to be lengthened in this manner.

Aboard Silver Spirit, La Terrazza offers Italian dishes with the freshest ingredients. It's also open for breakfast and lunch with seating indoor or al fresco.
Michel Verdure / Courtesy of Silversea CruisesAboard Silver Spirit, La Terrazza offers Italian dishes with the freshest ingredients. It's one of four existing restaurants on board getting an upgrade.

With the aim of augmenting the onboard experience for Silversea guests, the project will dramatically enhance each of the ship’s public spaces with beautiful interior design, taking inspiration from the cruise line’s flagship vessel, Silver Muse, which was delivered by Fincantieri in April last year.

"Based on the wonderful feedback from guests sailing aboard our beautiful Silver Muse, we believe the comprehensive makeover we have planned for Silver Spirit will enrich the onboard experience and be equally appreciated by guests. They will see many of Silver Muse's innovations and elevated comforts embodied by our reimagined Silver Spirit," says Christian Sauleau, executive vice president of fleet operations for Silversea.

Music to my ears is that Silversea will be enlarging the pool deck and adding a much-needed new health and fitness center (the old one is too small) along with more spa facilities. The casino will also get a transformation. 

They will also be following in the wake of the Silver Muse’s added culinary concepts with more dining options such as  Atlantide, Indochine, Spaccanapoli and Silver Note, which will be installed to complement the existing Seishin, La Dame, The Grill and La Terrazza – each of which will undergo refurbishment. Inspired by guest feedback, menus will be altered and refined across the ship’s prevailing restaurants.

New public spaces inspired by Italian heritage

New public spaces will elevate the overall comfort of the ship such as the Arts Café, an innovative, modern, multi-faceted area on deck 8 that will provide a relaxed setting for readers and tea/coffee lovers. The Arts Café will display exhibitions and performances.

Inspired by Silversea’s Italian heritage, Dolce Vita will occupy pride of place on Silver Spirit. It will be an elegant venue in which sophisticated travelers will gather, interact and make friends. Cool cocktails will provide the perfect accompaniments to the smooth sound of live piano. Guests also stand to benefit from the installation of the Zagara spa — a blissful sanctuary that proved to be extremely popular on Silver Muse — and a fitness center that will boast state-of-the-art facilities.

On May 6, Silver Spirit will go back into service with a seven-day cruise between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Barcelona, calling at Porto-Vecchio, Corsica; Livorno; Portofino; Cannes and Marseilles. Fares start from $4,900 per person with special savings for those bookings made before March 31.

View the full itinerary.

Silversea offers a fleet of small luxury vessels that provide seamless service, fine cuisine, an uptown atmosphere and fares that include gratuities, all beverage from Champagne and beyond and butlers to tend to the needs of its discerning passengers in all staterooms.

Want to sail on Silver Spirit?

As always, if you're interested in a cruise on Silver Spirit, you can't do better than talking with a travel advocate in Cruiseable's Business Department. Send them an email or call toll-free at 1-877-322-3773.


Silver Muse will offer classic ballet recitals on voyages in August 2018 and March 2019.

Silversea brings ballet & opera to high seas

February 8, 2018

While just sailing in the lap of luxury on any Silversea vessel is a trip in itself—with personal butlers, fine food, attractive suite-size accommodations, gratuities, WiFi and wine and spirits all included in the fare—being able to enjoy ballet and opera takes the experience to another level.

Silversea has announced it's offering a superb suite of theme cruises called Enriched Voyages, featuring opera performances by the world-renowned Accademia Teatro alla Scala and classic ballet recitals by soloists from such legendary companies as the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of Russia. Along with lectures and Q&A sessions, guests will have the chance to mingle with the artists at a signature cocktail party.