Silversea’s Insight On 2022/23 Travel Trends

While 2020 posed unique challenges to those with a passion for traveling, the encouraging response to Silversea Cruises’ new 2022-2023 itineraries has affirmed the willingness of guests to discover the world once more. Based on guest interest and predictions from Silversea’s destination experts, the cruise line has identified popular travel trends for 2022-2023, highlighting those destinations that are attracting travelers with the recommencement of sailing. Popular sailing regions include the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Alaska, Antarctica, the Galápagos Islands, and Australia’s Kimberley region.

Listed below are those experiences from the 2022-2023 itinerary collection that are trending among Silversea guests, accompanied by highlight itineraries—as identified by the cruise line’s destination experts.

1. Cultural immersion into the old-world charm of the Mediterranean

Silversea’s Silver Wind at her berth in Kusadasi, Turkey. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Recent booking data affirms that Silversea cruisers worldwide are attracted to the Mediterranean. The region offers small ports and iconic cities, as well as world-renowned food and UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites. Travelers will stroll the streets of Pompeii, or explore cathedrals, from Michelangelo’s basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican City to Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Athens to Athens: Sailing round-trip from Athens from September 20, 2022, Silver Spirit will spend 15 days discovering the treasures of the Black Sea coast, Turkish ruins, and the sapphire waters of the Aegean Sea with an overnight in Istanbul. Calls include Trabzon, Batumi, Sochi, Odessa, Constanta, Bourgas, Kusadasi, and Santorini. Early Booking Bonus fares start from US$10,890 per person, based on double occupancy.

2. Exploration of Northern Europe & the British Isles

Stockholm Sweden
Stockholm Sweden

Northern Europe offers something for every curious traveler. The British Isles are home to castles, cathedrals, and gardens, while the Baltic Sea is awash with charming towns, museums, and fjords. Guests will relive the sixties with a stroll down Liverpool’s Penny Lane; sail along the same coastlines as the Vikings did almost a thousand years ago; and discover the imperial heritage of St. Petersburg with its iconic Hermitage Museum, gilded palaces, and ornate churches.

Copenhagen to Stockholm: On June 21, 2022, Silver Moon departs Copenhagen for Stockholm on a 7-day journey through the Baltic Sea as part of her first season in Northern Europe. Guests will stroll the streets of Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, spend three days in St. Petersburg, then cap off the experience by enjoying Helsinki’s diverse architecture and Nordic cuisine. Silversea’s new S.A.L.T. culinary program will enrich the journey for guests, unlocking culinary experiences on board and ashore. Early Booking Bonus fares start from US$5,670 per person, based on double occupancy.

3. Back to Mother Nature in Alaska

Dutch Harbor, officially known as “Unalaska.” Photo courtesy of Wikipedia / Creative Commons

Head to Alaska if you’ve been dreaming of a vacation steeped in natural beauty. Beyond the rustic frontier towns, totem poles, and onion-domed Russian churches, America’s 49th state is home to a dramatic landscape of mountains, forests, glaciers, and fjords. Hike along Tongass National Park’s Mendenhall Glacier, climb the granite walls of the White Pass for views of Skagway River or take in the Misty Fjords from above during a floatplane tour.

Yokohama to Seward: Over the course of 17 days, Silver Shadow’s May 24, 2022, voyage from Yokohama to Seward will showcase some of Japan’s most enchanting ports and Russia’s wonderland of Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky  before calling in Dutch Harbor, Kodiak Island and Homer in Alaska. Early Booking Bonus fares start from US$5,940 per person, based on double occupancy.

4. Polar exploration to Antarctica

© 2018 Ralph Grizzle

The White Continent is a must-visit destination if you consider yourself an adventure seeker or nature lover. Antarctica beckons with icebergs, glaciers and abundant wildlife. Penguins, seals, whales, and seabirds reign supreme in this frozen paradise. Here, you can hike volcanic shores dotted with snow and penguins, or paddle through mazes of floating ice in a kayak. And if you’re feeling adventurous, take a dip in the chilly waters of Deception Island, a volcanic caldera near the Antarctic Peninsula.

Ushuaia to Ushuaia: Silver Cloud departs Ushuaia on January 28, 2023, on an 18-day, round-trip expedition voyage to discover the wildlife and scenery of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Elephant Island, the Antarctic Sound, the Antarctic Peninsula, and the South Shetland Islands. Early Booking Bonus fares start from US$20,070 per person, based on double occupancy.

5. A wildlife-rich expedition in the Galápagos aboard new ship Silver Origin

Blue-Footed Booby Galapagos. © 2019 Ralph Grizzle
Blue-Footed Booby seen during our hike in the Galapagos. © 2019 Ralph Grizzle

Few places on Earth rival the Galápagos Islands for their ecological diversity. From lizards, iguanas, and tortoises to sea lions and the only penguin species found north of the equator, the archipelago is a treasure trove of unique creatures. If you’re seeking transformative adventure, look no farther.

Baltra to San Cristóbal: On June 11, 2022, Silver Origin departs Baltra on a 7-day expedition sailing to San Cristóbal – a new itinerary for Silversea, which incorporates islands Isabela and Fernandina. The journey encompasses the islands of Daphne Major, Genovesa, North Seymour, Santiago, Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz, Santa Fé, and Española. Highlights include a visit to the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for giant tortoises and land iguanas, among other experiences. Early Booking Bonus fares start from US$11,250 per person, based on double occupancy.

6. Experiencing a truly remote wilderness in the Kimberley, Australia

Silver Discoverer off Australia’s Kimberley Coast. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

One of the world’s last remaining authentic wildernesses, the Kimberley is tucked in the northern region of Western Australia. This frontier is home to wildlife, canyons, and ancient rock art. Take a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungle Range, speed through the waters of the Horizontal Falls by Zodiac, and explore the Hunter River region.

Darwin to Fremantle: On August 3, 2022, Silver Explorer departs Darwin on a brand new 17-day expedition voyage to Fremantle, taking guests deeper south than ever before. UNESCO-listed Ningaloo Reef – teeming with turtles, manta rays and tropical fish – is among the highlights on this itinerary that includes calls in Matakus Island, Wyndham, the King George River, the Hunter River Region, the Buccaneer Archipelago, the Lacepede Islands, the Dampier Archipelago, the Montebello Islands, Exmouth, Dirk Hartog Island, and the Abrolhos Islands. Early Booking Bonus fares start from US$13,860 per person, based on double occupancy.

Also see Conrad Combrink’s video on a new Silversea itinerary exploring the Indian Ocean.

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