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Silver Whisper at Venice San Basilio cruise terminal

ABOVE: Silver Whisper at the San Basilio pier in Venice, Italy. INSET: A Champagne welcome, Silver Cloud, passengers at the railing in Menorca, and Silver Spirit in Ajaccio, Corsica.

Silversea ChampagneSilversea Cruises is a small-ship luxury line with five mainstream cruise ships: The 540-passenger Silver Spirit, the 382-passenger Silver Whisper and Silver Shadow, and the 296-passenger Silver Cloud and Silver Wind.

Silver Cloud in VeniceFrom spring through fall, at least three of Silversea's ships are cruising in Northern and Southern Europe, with visits to ports that range from the familiar (Amsterdam, Barcelona) to the offbeat (Aalborg, Mahon, Napflion, and St Malo). Fares include wines and other drinks, and tipping is neither expected nor encouraged.

HSH Prince Albert IISilversea also operates Silversea Expeditions, with three small "soft adventure" ships: Silver  Explorer, Silver Discover, and Silver Galapagos. Silver Expeditions cruises combine onboard luxury with visits to remote areas of the world such as the Arctic and Antarctic, the Galapagos Islands, the South Pacific, and the Russian Far East.

Silversea silver suiteAlthough Silversea is based in Florida and Monaco, its owners are Italian, and it attracts many passengers from Europe and other parts of the world. The line consistently ranks high in Condé Nast Travel and Travel + Leisure reader polls, making it an appealing choice for well-heeled cruisers with a taste for luxurious accommodations, fine food, and attentive service from a warm, friendly, and professional staff.

We've cruised with Silversea three times. For in-depth coverage of our voyages aboard Silver Whisper and (more recently) Silver Spirit, see the review links below.

Cruise line's Web site:

Silversea Cruises

Cruise reviews:

Silver Spirit Cruise: Lisbon to Monte Carlo (2012)

Silver Whisper Mediterranean Cruise

Silver Whisper "Scotland's Tattoo" Cruise

Cruise video:

Silver Wind in Venice, Italy

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1st and 2nd inset photos courtesy of Silversea Cruises.

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