Silversea's Grand Voyage 2018 unveils the wonders of South America

Rio de Janeiro
Highlights include an exciting three-day stopover in Rio de Janeiro in time for Carnival
Guests will fall under the magical spell of South America when Silversea's new flagship Silver Muse sails roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on 3rd January 2018.  Aboard this immersive 69-day Grand Voyage, guests can explore some of the most remarkable and culturally enriching places in the Southern Hemisphere. Guests will completely circumnavigate South America, visiting 34 ports in 14 countries, while experiencing the mystery and rhythm of this vast continent on an intimate, ultra-luxury voyage that is Simply Divine™.

Designed for travellers who prefer a more immersive experience, Grand Voyage 2018 combines the luxury of sailing aboard an intimate, elegant ship with the excitement of discovering fascinating destinations. Highlights include a crossing of the Panama Canal, cruising Chile's majestic fjords, a three-day stopover in Rio de Janeiro in time for Carnival, plus overnight calls in Valparaiso, Punta Arenas, Buenos Aires, and Manaus, nestled in the heart of the Amazon.

"Grand Voyage 2018 is perfectly tailored to travellers who have the time and passion to indulge in travel on a grand scale. It combines adventure and immersive cultural experiences with leisurely days wrapped in the exquisite luxury and impeccable service of our beautiful new Silver Muse," said Lisa McAuley, Managing Director UK & Ireland, Silversea.

Guests will enjoy an exceptional onboard enrichment programme featuring distinguished destination experts, academics, journalists, diplomats and other specialists. Local entertainment, guest chefs, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and regional specialities — many featured poolside at the new Chef's Table interactive experience — will provide further immersion in each destination.  

Ark of Taste
Through Silversea's association with Slow Food Italy, a selection of Ark of Taste products, such as Ecuador's nacional cacao, Peru's native potatoes, Chile's Merkén chilli peppers, and sugarcane products from Santa Rita, Brazil, will be sourced locally by Silversea chefs to introduce guests to the remarkable flavours of these cultural treasures, which are being catalogued by the Ark of Taste to help ensure their preservation.
Aboard Silver Muse, guests will enjoy spacious ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine at eight dining venues, the personalised service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including a complimentary selection of wines, premium spirits, speciality coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks; in-suite bar stocked to guests' preferences; in-suite 24-hour dining service; lecture and enrichment programmes; roundtrip transportation into town (in most ports); and onboard gratuities (exclusive of spa treatments).  

Exclusive added-value benefits
In addition to a gala Bon Voyage dinner and overnight stay at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Fort Lauderdale on 2nd January, guests can attend a unique "Panama Hat Party" event at the Montecristi Golf Club in Manta, Ecuador on 12th January, showcasing the talents of local artisans. They can experience the Carnival Winners’ Parade from a box seat at the Sambadrome in Rio on 17th February and Full-voyage guests will also enjoy a generous array of benefits, including:
• $2,000 onboard spending credit (per suite)
• Unlimited Wi-Fi
• Baggage valet service
• Visa service (UK and select markets)
• Commemorative gifts  

Fares for Grand Voyage 2018 start at £30,210 per guest, based on double occupancy of the classic veranda suite.

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