Adventures Abound As Silversea Heads Down Under

The Silver Shadow heads Down Under in early 2011

As Silver Shadow circumnavigates Australia during a 30-day cruise in early 2011, the luxury line has adventures on the menu.

Outback, koalas, wombats and wallabies: The continent’s wildlife will be in focus during Silversea’s first-ever cruise around Australia.

Underlining the ambition to allow guests to experience the unique aspects of Australia close-up, Silversea’s guests will enjoy an enrichment program headlined by speakers who know the ins and outs of the continent.

Among them are Craig Franklin, professor of zoology at the University of Queensland, and Noel Miller, an artist renowned for his landscapes of the Australian outback.

Guests will also have the opportunity to experience the outback themselves during a mid-voyage excursion called “Australian Frontiers & Train Journeys.”

Aboard the glamorous Indian Pacific train, Silversea guests can watch unique landscapes unfold as they discover the heart of the Australian outback. The six-day excursion includes visits to the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy and the Barossa Valley, well-known for its quality wines.

A second mid-voyage excursion visits “Australia’s Galapagos”: Kangaroo Island, brimming with diverse wildlife and natural beauty.

A wide range of speakers from the worlds of film, academia, winemaking and cuisine will also be on board.

“It’s not often you have the chance to explore an entire continent on one voyage,” said Steve Tucker, Silversea’s vice president of field sales for North America. “This itinerary will hold great appeal for those who seek unique travel experiences off the beaten path.”

From January 19 to February 18, 2011, the 382-guest, ultra-luxury Silver Shadow will follow a counterclockwise course around Australia, calling in Brisbane, Whitsunday Islands, Port Douglas, Cooktown, Darwin, Broome, Exmouth, Perth, Albany, Port Lincoln, Adelaide, Geelong, Melbourne and Hobart (Tasmania). The cruise starts and ends in Sydney.

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