Touring Europe by Ship:
|LEFT: Most Silversea passengers can afford to dress well, but not all are this glamorous or good-looking.|
|Silversea is for you if...||Silversea isn't for you if...|
|Your favorite movies are Merchant-Ivory films, which you watch for decorating ideas.||Your favorite movie is Animal House, which you watch for party ideas.|
|You adore Cole Porter.||You prefer Smashing Pumpkins.|
|You wear a tuxedo as a guest at charity events.||You wear a tuxedo as a bartender at charity events.|
|You shop for Bvlgari jewelry at expensive boutiques.||You don't know how to pronounce "Bvlgari," or you think it's a type of wheat at the organic food co-op.|
|You enjoy caviar wherever you can find it.||You enjoy canned tuna whenever you can afford it.|
|Your cousin was arrested for insider trading.||Your cousin was arrested for petty theft.|
But seriously, folks:
Silversea is billed as a "six-star" cruise line, and it caters to travelers who value quality and comfort over price.
Assuming that you can afford a luxury cruise, is a voyage on the Silver Whisper worth the cost? Yes, if your tastes run to a suite at the Gritti Palace or dinner at Taillevent. And there are several factors that can make a Silversea cruise less expensive than the published fares might suggest:
Silversea's fares are all-inclusive. When comparing Silversea's fares with those of other luxury cruise lines--or with the cost of land-based travel, for that matter--you should calculate what you'd pay elsewhere for beverages and tips.
Like many cruise lines, Silversea offers discounts for early booking and advance payment. Discounts vary by itinerary; in Europe, the maximum is usually 10% to 20%, or 25% on transatlantic sailings. Silversea also offers capacity-controlled "Silver Sailings" discounts on some voyages that can be as high as 50%.
After your first cruise, you're entitled to "Venetian Society" discounts on many voyages. You can combine these with early-booking and advance-payment discounts. The total discount can be as high as 25% on selected European cruises, or 30% on transatlantic voyages.
Silversea also has a refer-a-friend program for Venetian Society members. If you talk your next-door neighbors into cruising on Silversea, you'll get a 5% credit toward a future cruise and your friends will get a discount of $500 per person. That won't help you now, but it could save you money in the future.
Bottom line: A Silversea cruise is expensive, but it can be a good value if you're a well-heeled traveler who's used to paying for luxury hotels, restaurants, and transportation--or yacht charters, if you're the type of person who can afford Silversea's highest-priced suites.
|In this article:|
|Cruise itinerary||Shore excursions|
|The Silver Whisper||Memorable moments|
|Accommodations||Is Silversea for you?|
|Food and drink||Web links|
|More about the Silver Whisper and Silversea Cruises:|
|Silversea Cruises: "Scotland's Tattoo"|
|Silver Whisper Photos 2002|
|Silver Whisper Photos 2003|
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