Silversea World Cruise 2019
THE TALE OF TALES
From 6 Jan 2019 – 19 May 2019
You are about to enter a tale that will take you on a compelling journey.
Where each page is full of outstanding encounters, experiences and adventures. Where you are the protagonist and every page is your narrative.
Step aboard Silversea’s Silver Whisper to discover, or re-discover, the beauty of Indonesia, the extremes of Japan and China and the subcultures of Africa. Like all great literature you will always find something new to experience within these pages; the coasts of Australia, the treasures of the Indian Ocean, the untamed splendour of the wildernesses of Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar. Welcome to Silversea’s World Cruise 2019.
From the golden gates of San Francisco to the iconic chimes of Big Ben, be the inspiration to become the author of your dreams. Tell your own tale in this 132-day exceptional world cruise sailing. 52 captivating ports, 31 exceptional countries and 17 overnights will be the setting for this, your greatest journey to date.
San Francisco, California to Papeete, Tahiti
CHAPTER 1 – INTO THE BLUE
6 – 19 January 2019
The first page of your journey turns your tale blue. With the spectacular beauty of the French Polynesian islands as your backdrop, explore these sapphire paradises. Feel the warmth of the sand between your toes or the cool of the spray from the waterfalls and valleys. Gorge on the heady scent of the Tiaré, so emblematic of this heaven on earth.
Papeete will be your gateway to the tropical paradise of French Polynesia, where islands fringed with gorgeous beaches and turquoise ocean await to soothe the soul. This spirited city is the capital of French Polynesia, and serves as a superb base for onward exploration of Tahiti – an island of breathtaking landscapes and oceanic vistas.
Wonderful lagoons of crisp, clear water beg to be snorkelled, stunning black beaches and blowholes pay tribute to the island’s volcanic heritage, and lush green mountains beckon you inland on adventures, as you explore extraordinary Tahiti
Papeete, Tahiti to Sydney
CHAPTER 2 – PASSAGE TO THE NEW WORLD
18 January – 2 February 2019
Lose yourself in the exotic world of the South Pacific. Punctuated by tiny islands of awe, this chapter sees you luxuriate in the endless ocean. Thus, as the New World hoves into view, spoil yourself with the spectacular scenery and thoughts of the lush antipodean adventures that lie ahead.
Simply saying the name Bora Bora is usually enough to induce gasps of jealousy, as images of milky blue water, sparkling white beaches and casually leaning palm trees immediately spring to mind. The imagination doesn’t lie, either, and if you visit, you’ll soon realise this island is every bit as gorgeous as you ever imagined. Thatched wooden huts stand out over shallow, sparkling seawater, with vivid fish swirling just below. Soak up the sun, scuba dive, or simply revel in the opulent luxury of one of the island’s many magnificent resorts. If blissful inactivity doesn’t appeal, then get active, and hike the greenery of the sharp Mount Pahia.
Sydney to Bali
CHAPTER 3 – THE WIZARD OF OZ
2 – 16 February 2019
No sooner than we have closed one chapter a new one begins, revealing two further tales. The kaleidoscopic fusion of colour that is the Great Barrier Reef imbibes you with its wonder while cosmopolitan Sydney promises sophisticated urban evenings ahead.
Sydney belongs to the exclusive club of cities that generate excitement. At the end of a marathon flight there’s renewed vitality in the cabin as the plane circles the city, where thousands of yachts are suspended on the dark water and the sails of the Opera House glisten in the distance. Blessed with dazzling beaches and a sunny climate, Sydney is among the most beautiful cities on the planet.
Komodo, the volcanic island of giant lizards, lies 320 miles (515 kilometres) east of Bali. Komodo is 25 miles (40 kilometres) long and 12 miles (19 kilometres) wide; its parched hills ascend to a height of 2,410 feet (734 metres). Komodo is home to a small community of some 500 people who make their living primarily from fishing. The island’s centrepiece is Komodo National Park, where you will find the most tangible legacy left behind from the Jurassic Era. Komodo Island was little-known and the Komodo dragons were only a myth until pearl fishermen discovered the giant lizards in the early-1900s
Bali to Tokyo
CHAPTER 4 – TEMPLES OF BEAUTY
16 February – 2 March 2019
If beauty were a goddess, this is where she would be worshipped. The fourth chapter of your journey winds through the stone temples and pervading jade landscapes of Bali, the natural poetry of Malaysia and the pristine shores and emerald ledges of the Philippines.
Bali really is as alluring as everyone says. This island, slightly bigger than Delaware, has it all: beaches, volcanoes, terraced rice fields, forests, renowned resorts, surfing, golf, and world-class dive sites. But what sets Bali apart from other nearby tropical destinations is Balinese tradition, and villagers dedicated to celebrating it. The hundreds of temples, dances, rituals, and crafts linked to their ancient Hindu faith aren’t a show for tourists, but a living, breathing culture in which visitors are warmly received by the Balinese, who cherish their own identities.
From Minami’s neon-lighted Dotombori and historic Tenno-ji to the high-rise class and underground shopping labyrinths of Kita, Osaka is a city that pulses with its own unique rhythm. Though Osaka has no shortage of tourist sites, it is the city itself that is the greatest attraction. Home to some of Japan’s best food, most unique fashions, and warmest locals, Osaka does not beg to be explored—it demands it. More than anywhere else in Japan, it rewards the impulsive turn down an interesting side street or the chat with a random stranger. People do not come here to see the city, they come to experience it
Tokyo to Singapore
CHAPTER 5 – TIME TRAVEL
2 -17 March 2019
Is it possible to live several centuries in one day? As your story gathers momentum, we disappear into cultures as old as time. This fifth chapter of your tale plunges you into the history of ancient dynasties, Taoist philosophy and post-modern contradiction.
Lights, sushi, manga! Sprawling, frenetic, and endlessly fascinating, Japan’s capital is a city of contrasts. Shrines and gardens are pockets of calm between famously crowded streets and soaring office buildings. Mom-and-pop noodle houses share street space with Western-style chain restaurants and exquisite fine dining. Shopping yields lovely folk arts as well as the newest electronics. And nightlife kicks off with karaoke or sake and continues with techno clubs and more. Whether you seek the traditional or the cutting edge, Tokyo will provide it.
Shanghai is a city of two faces. It is home to some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, miles of luxury goods shops, and scores of trendy bars and restaurants. But look just beyond the main streets and you’ll find narrow alleyways packed with traditional lane houses, where laundry billows from bamboo poles, and local communities are alive and well.
Shanghai has always been China’s most Westernized city. In its heyday, Shanghai had the best nightlife, the greatest architecture, and the strongest business in Asia. Nearly a century later, after extreme tumult and political upheaval, it’s back on top
Singapore to Mombassa
CHAPTER 6 – OCEAN TREASURES
18 March – 3 April 2019
As time glides forward, delve deeper into the mysteries of the Indian Ocean. If chapter one was painted blue, this chapter is alive with the bright green of island vegetation. Vibrant flashes of psychedelic sea life are flanked by fairy-tale bays and crystal coasts, making this contemplative chapter a time for rejuvenation.
Trincomalee has one of the largest natural harbors in the world. Because of this several European nations fought over Trincomalee, which was already one of the most visited places of Hindu worship. Close to Trincomalee are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One is the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the former capital of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa dating back to the 12th century with its impressive ruins and statues. The second site is Sirigiya; the city of the Rock Fortress. Sirigiya is Asia’s best-preserved city center dating back to the first millennium.
Like jade-coloured jewels in the Indian Ocean, the more than 100 Seychelles Islands are often regarded as the Garden of Eden. Lying just four degrees south of the equator, the Seychelles are some 1,000 miles (1,610 km) from the nearest mainland Africa. Little more than 200 years ago, all 115 islands were uninhabited. Then in 1742 a French ship dispatched from Mauritius sailed into one of the small bays. Captain Lazare Picault was the first to explore these unnamed islands. He encountered breathtaking vistas of rugged mountains, lagoons, coral atolls, splendid beaches and secluded coves. After Picault sailed away, the islands remained untouched for the next 14 years
Mombassa to Cape Town
CHAPTER 7 – THE WILDERNESS
4 – 16 April 2019
The pages continue to turn as we leave behind paradisiac beaches and accelerate towards the Motherland. This is where the baked red earth sings the song of children’s chatter, where the big five roam, unperturbed, where spectacular flora and fauna dazzle you in startling contrast.
Nosy Bé, meaning Big Island in the Malagasy language, lies just a stone’s throw off Madagascar’s northwest coast. It is a remote and exotic destination. With its deserted beaches, rustic hotels and unhurried pace, it attracts travellers looking for a laid-back vacation. The fertile island is the centre for the production of perfume essence from the ylang-ylang trees. The heady scent of their flowers gave Nosy Bé the name “Perfumed Isle.” Other local products include sugar cane, coffee, vanilla and pepper; they are grown for export in large plantations. Hellville, the island’s main town and port, is situated in a sheltered bay. It is named after a former French governor, Admiral de Hell
Maputo, formerly Portuguese-ruled Lourenço Marques, is the laid-back capital, an incongruous mix of palm-lined streets, an elegant promenade with ritzy villas, and once-grand colonial buildings—which often sit side-by-side with shanties and concrete, Soviet-style buildings dating back to the 1950s, when Russia and Cuba had a finger in the political pie here. An economic upturn since the end of the civil war in the late ’90s has brought new investment in infrastructure, and buildings are rising at a fast pace, especially near the port. From night markets and busy bars to informal eateries and classy restaurants, Maputo is known for its vibrant nightlife
Cape Town to Lisbon
CHAPTER 8 – SLICES OF COLOUR
17 April – 10 May 2019
Stunning from sea to sky, the story continues as your journey takes you to the some of the world’s most beautiful countries. Prepare for magical things to happen as you weave scent and colour into the heat-infused days and starry nights and you fall hopelessly under the charm of Africa’s spell.
One of Southern Africa’s most important harbor towns, the once industrial Walvis Bay has recently developed into a seaside holiday destination with a number of pleasant lagoonfront guesthouses and several good restaurants—including one of Namibia’s best, Lyon des Sables. The majority of water activities advertised in Swakopmund actually depart from Walvis’s small waterfront area, and there’s an amazing flamingo colony residing in the Bay’s 3,000-year-old lagoon.
Casablanca is Morocco’s most modern city, and various groups of people call it home: hardworking Berbers who came north from the Souss Valley to make their fortune; older folks raised on French customs during the protectorate; devoted Muslims; wealthy business executives in the prestigious neighborhoods of California and Anfa; new and poor arrivals from the countryside, living in conspicuous shantytowns; and thousands of others from all over the kingdom who have found jobs here. There is also a fair-size expat population, including many French people. The city has its own stock exchange, and working hours tend to transcend the relaxed pace kept by the rest of Morocco
Whether you pronounce it Seville or Sevilla, this gorgeous Spanish town is most certainly the stuff of dreams. Over 2,200 years old, Seville has a mutli-layered personality; home to Flamenco, high temperatures and three UNESCO-World Heritage Sites, there is a noble ancestry to the southern Spanish town. Not forgetting that it is the birthplace of painter Diego Velazquez, the resting place of Christopher Columbus, the inspiration for Bizet’s Carmen and a location for Game of Thrones filming, Seville is truly more than just a sum of its parts
Lisbon to London
CHAPTER 9 – OLD WORLD ALCHEMY
11 – 19 May 2019
The culmination of the Tales of Tales ends with a wander back to the old world for a prosaic finale. Shrouded in clandestine streets, sprinkled with exceptional architecture and underlined with history, myth and tradition, your unique story reaches its thrilling climax in England’s iconic capital.
Spread over a string of seven hills north of the Rio Tejo (Tagus River) estuary, Lisbon presents an intriguing variety of faces to those who negotiate its switchback streets. In the oldest neighborhoods, stepped alleys whose street pattern dates back to Moorish times are lined with pastel-color houses decked with laundry; here and there, miradouros (vantage points) afford spectacular river or city views. In the grand 18th-century center, calçada à portuguesa (black-and-white mosaic cobblestone) sidewalks border wide boulevards. Elétricos (trams) clank through the streets, and blue-and-white azulejos (painted and glazed ceramic tiles) adorn churches, restaurants, and fountains
Thrust out into the sea and bound to the mainland only by tenuous man-made causeways, romantic St-Malo has built a reputation as a breeding ground for phenomenal sailors. Many were fishermen, but others—most notably Jacques Cartier, who claimed Canada for Francis I in 1534—were New World explorers. Still others were corsairs, “sea dogs” paid by the French crown to harass the Limeys across the Channel: legendary ones like Robert Surcouf and Duguay-Trouin helped make St-Malo rich through their pillaging, in the process earning it the nickname “the pirates’ city
Special Guests Along Your Journey
Unique in its kind, The Tale of Tales will host nine authors and creatives during its voyage from San Francisco to London. These talented individuals are tasked with creating a literary journal or artwork inspired by their thoughts whilst on their journey. Some excel at fact, others at fiction; all are classed as being the best in their profession. Known for their unique style and fantastic range, their participation will bring forth the light to illuminate your travel experiences. The result will be an anthology of prose and illustrations full of humour, profundity, and fulfilment; from pilgrims on peregrine paths.
THURSDAY, 17 JANUARY, 2019
Greeting the Tahitian Gods.
The powers of tiki are revered throughout the South Pacific. Tonight our World cruise guests will gather at the only fully restored marae in all of Polynesia. Here you will hear the legend of the battle between two kings that took place here. Local musicians and a dance performance will interpret traditional island entertainment. Surely the Tahitian gods will send you back onboard with their own wishes for ‘fair skies and following seas’.
THURSDAY, 27 FEBRUARY, 2019
Osaka, Japan (3nt overland returning to TYO on 02 March)
The Land of the Rising Sun awaits with a complex and curious blend of history and modernity, exotic foods and peaceful temples. From Osaka to Tokyo, delve deep into this multifaceted country. From attending a tea ceremony, being introduced to Japanese calligraphy, taking an origami lesson or making a step toward enlightenment through meditation to the famed bullet train, revered World Heritage Sites, Buddhist shrines and ultramodern buildings, nothing can prepare you for Japan.
MONDAY, 13 MAY, 2019
World Cruise meets World Class.
Enjoy a private opening of the spectacular Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. When it opened in 1997 Frank Gehry’s innovative architecture and use of titanium, glass and limestone was hailed as the most important building of its time. Enjoy some time to stroll through the galleries and appreciate the daring and cutting-edge pieces on display. Enjoy a truly avant-garde dinner from the Michelin-starred chef Josean Martínez Alija.
TUESDAY, 16 APRIL, 2019
Cape Town, S. Africa
Robben Island, A Walk Through History.
A chartered ferry will bring you to historic Robben Island. Throughout the evening different types of music bring you through the story of South Africa’s long walk to democracy. Tour the infamous prison that housed Nelson Mandela and so many others. Experience the island on a personal level by following the story of a specific prisoner and what became of them in the post-apartheid era. Celebrate the end of this dark period with lively and exuberant music. Cocktails and a dinner of traditional South African food representing the country’s many different ethnic groups will be served accompanied by award-winning South African wines.