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Silversea opens sales on new 51-port Grand Voyage Arctic 2021

Appealing to those with a passion for discovery, the remarkable itinerary connects many once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

The industry-leading ultra-luxury cruise line, Silversea Cruises, today opens sales on the Grand Voyage Arctic 2021—a remarkable 51-port itinerary that connects a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Between 16 July and 17 September 2021, Silver Cloud will journey between Tromsø and Nome (Alaska), unlocking unique experiences for guests over 63 nights. Guests will travel deep into seven countries to witness untouched glaciers, captivating wildlife, and remote communities, while also crossing the fabled Northwest Passage and enjoying two maiden calls—Nordfjordholmen (Melfjord, Norway) and Lysebotn (Norway). Silversea’s team of Expedition Experts will enhance the experience with informative lectures, immersive Zodiac tours, and activities ashore, while esteemed guest speakers, bespoke events, and many onboard enrichments complete the offering. Fares for the Grand Voyage Arctic 2021 start from AU$119,000 per person—based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite and including an Early Booking Bonus.

51 ports, seven countries, and two maiden calls

On this remarkable itinerary, travellers will follow in the footsteps of Amundsen, Franklin and Ross by traversing the famous Northwest Passage. This iconic route has long intrigued the most intrepid of travellers and remains a life-defining adventure for many. Historically significant destinations, such as Beechey Island and Gjoa Haven, will enable guests to learn more about the passage’s discovery, as they develop a deep appreciation for this pristine region and all that inhabits it.

For guests participating in the full Grand Voyage, Silversea has curated a selection of once-in-a-lifetime events:

Private charter flights to the Eureka Research Station, crossing the 80th parallel

From Resolute, one of Canada’s northernmost communities, Silversea’s guests will embark upon a bespoke day trip to the seldom visited Eureka Research Station—one of the coldest inhabited places on the planet—located near the legendary 80th parallel in the High Arctic. Joined by celebrated Polar Explorer and lecturer, Tobias Thorleifsson, travellers will fly by private charter flight, crossing into the Arctic Circle. They will fly over the incredible island of Axel Heiberg, with its unique lunar valley landscape and petrified forests, as they visit the northernmost weather station in North America.

Greenland Ice Cap by helicopter, before landing on a glacier with a Glaciologist

Exclusive to guests embarking on the full Grand Voyage, a once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits during a call in Nuuk. Guests will soar high above the breathtaking Greenland Ice Cap in a helicopter, before landing on a glacier in the company of an experienced Glaciologist. Enjoying remarkable panoramic views and expert insight, travellers will learn about these spectacular ice formations from an expert speaker.

Scenic helicopter ride and traditional husky sled ride atop a glacier

After taking an awe-inspiring helicopter flight to a mountain-top glacier in Qeqertarsuaq, guests will experience a fascinating tradition: husky sledding. Reserved only for those completing the full Grand Voyage Arctic 2021 itinerary, the experience showcases a historical local custom at its most authentic.

Internationally acclaimed guest speakers

Enhancing the experience for guests, many internationally acclaimed guest speakers will join the Grand Voyage Arctic 2021, inspiring travellers with enriching lectures and sharing their passion for this magical region.

In addition to Silversea’s multinational, renowned Expedition Staff, Silver Cloud’s epic Grand Voyage will feature the following guest speakers:

Lewis Pugh: A record-breaking swimmer who has pioneered distance swims around the world, an environmentalist, and a United Nations Patron of the Oceans, Pugh has negotiated Marine Protected Area status for over two million square kilometres of ocean.

Ann Daniels: The leader of the first all-female team to ski to both Poles, Daniels has now undertaken a project to measure the thickness of the North Pole Ice Cap, leading her team over 1,000 miles of frozen Arctic Ocean.

Tobias Thorleifsson: An esteemed Polar explorer and lecturer, Thorleifsson holds a master’s degree in Polar history and has worked extensively on climate literacy projects with the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and the Environment. He has conducted many expeditions in Greenland, Franz Josef Land, Antarctica, and the Canadian Arctic.

Dr. Chadden Hunter: A celebrated Director and Producer, Hunter has worked on some of the best-known natural history series ever made. He has dodged armed bandits, survived brain-parasites, and filmed everything from indigenous tribes in Africa to being chased by polar bears in the Arctic.

Thomas Nilsen: Thomas Nilsen is Editor of the Barents Observer, the northernmost English language newspaper in the world. Nilsen reports on stories from northern Scandinavia and the Arctic, covering topics such as security, business development, climate change, geopolitics and cross-border cooperation.

Mike Stevens: An experienced musician with a humanitarian focus, Mike Stevens has long used his musical talents to engage the Indigenous youth in remote Canadian communities. Stevens founded the ArtsCan Circle charity to teach children new skills, promote self-esteem and creative self-expression.

Margaret Bertulli: With 30 years of experience of working in the Canadian Arctic, Margaret Bertulli is the former Arctic Archaeologist with the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and a Senior Archaeologist with Parks Canada.

Silver Cloud: the most luxurious ship in expedition cruising

As the most luxurious ship in expedition cruising, Silver Cloud welcomes guests in superlative comfort, offering ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine that adapts according to the sailed region, and the personalised service of butlers. Enhancing the experience are such all-inclusive amenities as complimentary premium wines and spirits, speciality coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks served throughout the ship; an in-suite bar, stocked with guests’ preferences; a complimentary in-suite 24-hour dining service; and complimentary Wi-Fi. With 18 Zodiacs and 10 kayaks, Silver Cloud also offers guests a range of opportunities for on-water discovery.

What’s included in the fare?

Guests travelling aboard Silver Cloud for the Grand Voyage Arctic 2021 will benefit from the following inclusions:

–      Roundtrip economy-class air*

–      US$1,000 onboard credit (per guest)

–      Exclusive shoreside events

–      Overnight accommodation (pre-voyage)

–      All Zodiac excursions and activities ashore

–      Transfers (between airport/hotel and ship)

–      Luggage service

–      Complimentary laundry service

–      Visa package**

–      Special commemorative expedition gear

–      Medical service***

–      Complimentary Wi-Fi

Find out more information about Silversea’s Grand Voyage Arctic 2021:

https://www.silversea.com/destinations/grand-voyages-cruise/grand-voyage-2021-arctic.html

*Available from selected gateways/countries. Non-use air credit available for other countries.

**For USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia only.

***Medical service includes:

–      Visits to the Ship Medical Centre

–      Medical services typically provided for which a fee is normally charged

–      Any medical tests administered on board

–      Medications prescribed by our onboard doctor to treat an ailment

–      Not included: refills on any prescription drugs, the cost of transferring a guest to land-based facility for treatment, medical evacuations, or any other costs incurred off the ship.

For more information, contact Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com

SOURCE: Silversea