Silversea recently announced its interactive cooking school series on select 2013 voyages. David Bilsland, a former instructor at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, London, will present a program developed in collaboration with Jacques Thorel, a Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef. Free to onboard guests, the program provides a culinary curriculum that features hands-on instruction and [...]
Silversea’s 296-passenger Silver Cloud is currently sailing along the western coast of South America after an extensive renovation last month during a three-week dry-dock in Palermo, Italy. All of its restaurants, public spaces and suites have benefited from fresh décor and structural enhancements. Le Champagne, the only Relais & Chateaux restaurant at sea, has been [...]
Silversea is attempting to simplify its fare structure. The new “Silver Privilege” program offers passengers a single price for a cabin, separate from additional air, transfer, hotel and land program charges. These new cruise-only fares will also allow guests to choose a specific suite from among available inventory. Guests will still be able to customize [...]
Although I did not have time on this trip to take a river cruise along the Mekong, friends assure me that it is a delightful and rewarding experience. Most of the boats operate either in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam or along the lower reaches of the river as far inland as Siem [...]
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Orient-Express has announced a new river cruiser in Burma, the Orcaella. A smaller vessel than the 82-passenger The Road To Mandalay, the four-deck, 50-passenger Orcaella is set to launch on July 11, 2013. The cruiser will be able to navigate the Irrawaddy and its tributary the Chindwin as far north as Homalin, just [...]
Although many itineraries are sold out, it’s not too late to plan a romantic Mediterranean cruise for this summer or fall. Silversea, for example, has arranged some very tempting packages on five cruises aboard the Silver Spirit, the newest vessel in its fleet. Fares start at $6,299 per person, which includes business class air tickets. [...]
The changes in Burma over the last five years have been nothing short of remarkable. In late 2007, its military junta was widely condemned for a violent crackdown on a series of government protests led by students and Buddhist monks. Then came Cyclone Nargis. The worst natural disaster in Burma’s recorded history destroyed its [...]
In 2007, I had the good fortune to cruise from Rome to Monte Carlo aboard the Silver Cloud, Silversea’s first and smallest vessel. The cruise was extremely enjoyable, and I looked forward to returning for a 2012 Rome to Barcelona itinerary, including exotic-sounding places such as Porto Cervo and Port Mahon. Since I’d heard [...]
Amanresorts has just added a luxurious new vessel to its small Indonesian fleet based on the island of Moyo, a nature reserve east of Bali. Amanikan is a custom-built, 105-foot coastal cruiser that fuses the romance of traditional spice trading vessels with the comfort of modern amenities. Its three expansive, above-deck cabins make it ideal for small groups and families.