Iconic cruise line Silversea Cruises is celebrating the historic rendezvous of two of its ultra-luxury vessels Silver Muse and Silver Whisper in Sydney Harbour on Saturday, 2nd February 2019; the first time in 20 years that two of its ships have met in the harbour city. The magnificent sight was reminiscent of the arrival of sister ships Silver Cloud and Silver Wind in Sydney in February 1999, which was the last time that two ships from this prestigious fleet visited simultaneously.
The weekend’s dual arrival follows the recent maiden arrival of Silversea’s iconic flagship, Silver Muse, into Australian waters in December 2018. Meanwhile the 388-guest Silver Whisper returns to Sydney as part of its annual World Cruise and arrives this year fresh from an extensive “Musification” dry-dock. The two vessels convened at either side of Fort Denison inside Sydney Harbour at 7am and then proceeded past the Opera House and under the Harbour Bridge to dock, bow-to-bow, at the White Bay Cruise Terminal.
Adam Armstrong, Managing Director – Australia and New Zealand, Silversea Cruises, said,
“We are delighted to welcome Silver Muse and Silver Whisper to Sydney on this historic ‘double ship’ day. It was a stunning sight to see our beautiful boutique vessels meet in one of the world’s most iconic harbours.
“In the twenty years that have passed since we last welcomed two Silversea vessels into Sydney Harbour we have witnessed many changes to the city and to the country; amongst which seven changes of Prime Minister and the relocation of our cruise terminal from Barangaroo to White Bay; but the core hallmarks of a Silversea cruise still remain unchanged: indulgent all-inclusive luxury, the finest gourmet cuisine, spacious ocean-view suites with butler service, and one of the highest space-to-guest ratios at sea.”
With two ships currently deployed in the region and a third, Silver Discoverer, soon to commence her annual Kimberley cruising season, Silversea is strengthening its commitment to the local market, offering guests a variety of thrilling itineraries throughout the region.
“We are absolutely committed to the growth of the Australia & New Zealand market, which we expect to soon become our second biggest market globally. The deployment of three of our vessels here demonstrates our dedication to this region, led by Silver Muse which will be based here every summer, with an expanded 4-month season in 2019/20.”
In what was a bumper weekend for cruise ship calls from the Royal Caribbean group, Silversea’s Silver Muse and Silver Whisper sailed past Royal Caribbean International’s Ovation of the Seas which had earlier docked at the Overseas Passenger Terminal – the first time the harbour has accommodated three RCL vessels in one day – whilst Explorer of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas also called in Sydney on Friday and Sunday respectively.
Silver Muse is currently sailing a series of local itineraries between Sydney and Auckland. With just one month left to go in the region, Silver Muse will return to Sydney once more before heading northwards to Asia on her Grand Asia Pacific Voyage (Sydney to Tokyo – 74 days).
Silver Whisper is midway through her ‘Tale of Tales’ World Cruise: an epic 132-day global circumnavigation from San Francisco to London, designed to spark the imagination of avid travellers and crafted to tell a fascinating story about our planet. After an overnight stay in Sydney where world cruisers enjoyed a night at the Opera House, Silver Whisper set sail on Sunday evening for the third leg of her epic voyage: a 14-day sector to Bali during which guests will discover the different aromas and tastes of regional Australian wines, including lecturers from Silversea’s wine ambassador.
To commemorate the arrival of Silver Muse to Australian waters, Silversea recently announced a campaign to support Australia’s drought-stricken farmers and their families via Rural Aid. To donate and be in with the chance of winning a Silversea cruise, plus a copy of a selected image of Steve McCurry photograph from his new Australian collection, click here.
For more information on Silversea, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand) or visit www.silversea.com.
SOURCE: Silversea Cruises