Silversea continues its comeback.
After confirming its return for later this month, the ultra-luxury cruise line has announced new summer voyages in Alaska and Iceland, starting in July 2021, joining its lineup of sailings in Greece and the Galápagos this month.
President and CEO Roberto Martinoli said the return to service is fast gaining momentum, and there has been “exceptional demand” for travel in Alaska and Iceland.
With the passage of the U.S. Alaska Tourism Restoration Act, which enables cruises to Alaska without required stops in Canada, Silver Muse will resume round-trip sailings from Seattle starting July 29.
Following a series of 10- and 11-day itineraries, these extended voyages include visits to the Sawyer Glacier and the Mendenhall Glacier. Guests will experience the state’s landscapes, wildlife, and remote communities, such as Ketchikan, Juneau, Wrangell, Skagway, and Sitka.
There are also excursions available for an additional fee at each destination in Alaska. From Juneau, Silversea guests can board a helicopter to experience the world-famous Mendenhall Glacier from the air, before touching down in special glacier boots to walk across this immense ice structure, accompanied by a tour guide who will impart their knowledge on glaciers.
Offering an alternative experience of the Mendenhall Glacier, travelers can also participate in a three-hour whale quest from Auke Bay, admiring the vast glacier from the comfort of a catamaran while looking out for marine animals. An onboard naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of the wildlife guests may encounter – from humpback and killer whales to Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, and Bald Eagles.
From Skagway, guests can board a vintage train for an exclusive adventure through Skagway's White Pass and Yukon Route, learning about Alaska’s gold rush past while taking in the state’s natural beauty.
Silver Shadow will circumnavigate Iceland with the launch of new all-Icelandic itineraries with three 10-day voyages from Reykjavik, beginning July 30, with calls in Grundarfjordur, Isafjordur, Siglufjordur, Akureyri, Husavik, Seydisfjordur, and the island of Heimaey.
During these sailings, guests will have the opportunity to take a half-day tour from Akureyri, during which travelers will discover Iceland’s vast lava fields, hot pools, fumaroles, and waterfalls; a Puffin Tour from Grundarfjordur, during which guests will board a small boat before sailing to an island renowned for its large colony of nesting Atlantic Puffins; an all-terrain vehicle adventure from Heimaey, where travelers will see the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago and the Eldfell Volcano.
As with all Silversea cruises, all guests and crew are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before embarking Silver Muse in Alaska and Silver Shadow in Iceland.
Guests who book before August 31, 2021, will be able to cancel their cruise up to 30 days prior to departure for most voyages until April 30, 2022, without penalties when selecting a Future Cruise Credit.