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Silversea Cruises: Silver Cloud

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Jan 7, 2011

carribean

I have just returned from my 9th cruise on Silverseas.... we have been on The Cloud, Whisper, Wind and Spirit. I just love every aspect of Silverseas. It is a six star experience but so relaxed and I feel at home as soon as Im on board. I had my first experience on Silversea when i turned 40 and now being 54 and a bit of a trooper. We have just done a back to back cruise..... two 7 day cruises around the Carribean. We loved every minute of it.

The staff make it so extra special, they are an absolute delight and the food as ever, divine. When we were on board a few customers complained about the most miniscule things but they still were making bookings again for the next cruise. Cant wait to go back on board...... just have to loose the half stone i put on but it was all so worth it!!! excellent.....how can you complain about having fillet steaks, lobster, cavier whenever you so wish. Silver Cloud is the oldest ship and she is a delightful lady. The bathrooms are a little bit tired but we understand she is going have a bit of spit and polish soon. The suite was lovely Just feel Silverseas could cater a little more for people in the range of 40 - 55 who are really still young at heart. A wonderful holiday around the smaller islands of the Carribean ....

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Nov 30, -0001

Port Said Egypt to Barcelona

Away on a Silversea Cloud Alluring Libya: Before you begin reading past the first two sentences – close your eyes, and what can you imagine about Libya? In fact what do you imagine about North Africa? In one's greatest imagination would you equate Libya with tourism? Would you envision Libya with lush green rolling lowland hills, valleys, and verdant croplands rising to mountains covered in tall evergreens? In our two days in

Libya we did not once see the vast Sahara desert. Would you expect to see multitudes of families caravanning by car, truck, and even buses out to wondrous azure coastal areas for day-long family picnics and camp-outs in this often misunderstood land still steeped in mystery? Would you expect throngs of school children waving to a tour bus? In my recent visit Libya exuded warmth with a welcoming gentle ambience. Libya is "In from the cold" as the expression goes, and the doors are now open for tourism. But this alone is not a reason to go there … There are impressive historical preserves from bygone eras that you must see in this pristine, unspoiled setting before any commercialistic tourism with all its neon trappings inevitably develops. Libya today is a world of wonderful smiling innocent faces, so welcoming, and I know you would love it! Libya is so new to tourism that souvenir hunters find it somewhat difficult to find any typical tourist wares and vendors for their must-do souvenir shopping! We found Libya on an outstanding cruising adventure sailing on the Silver Cloud, a luxury Silversea cruise ship. The line is making a record 8 stops in Libya this season and is pleased with consumer comments and ratings. Going to Libya: Self-drive and individual touring is not the best option for Libya at this time, however. Lodging and mechanical assistance for car issues is limited, and although highways are good, signs are not in dual languages. Plus, the Arabic alphabet is not conducive to easy interpretation. There are some land tour organizers operating, but for now I recommend the rather newly-opened cruise itineraries like Silversea's that stop at ports like Benghazi, Darna, and the modern capital of Tripoli. We boarded the Silver Cloud in Port Said, Egypt recently, after spending 5 nights in Cairo to view its ancient wonders. This was a sold out cruise, and the passengers were quite pleased with this relatively new tourism destination. Today's discriminating well-traveled vacationers want new and more, and Libya fits this perfectly, offering a wide range of fresh experiences. Ruins at Cyrene and Liptis Magna, Libya Are Quite Well Preserved Cyrene: This wonderful Greek/Roman site was founded in 630 BC. It is vast, and still in the process of being excavated. Tourists can wander around today in this newly opened archeological site and may see artifacts poking from the sands or randomly scattered ornate mosaic tiles while viewing some of the best-preserved ruins anywhere. The views from Cyrene of the nearby Mediterranean are magnificent, and we can easily imagine an ancient city with perhaps 100,000 inhabitants over hundreds of acres, from the lowland hills with a view to the sea. Visiting Libya by Silversea Cruises schedule and itinerary is ideal, since the line is making 8 stops in Libya this year and then 18 stops in the nine 2006 upcoming season. Cyrene was built on a series of levels, thus the spectacular ruins include the Sanctuary and Temple of Apollo, the Acropolis, the Agora, the Forum, the Stoa of Hermes and Heracles, the House of Jason Magnus, the Nine Muses and the not-to-be-missed Temple of Zeus, which looks like a more preserved Parthenon of the Acropolis in Athens. The Structure is the Centerpiece for Liptis Magna's Roman Ruins, It is a focal Point of Two Intersecting Avenues in the Ancient City. Leptis Magna: Leptis Magna is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the best preserved and most significant Roman cities in the world. Founded by the Phoenicians in the 10th Century BC, it survived the attention of Spartan colonists, becoming a Punic city and eventually part of the new Roman province of Africa around 23 BC. As a Roman city it prospered, boasting Emperor Lucius Septimius Severus as one of its sons and benefactors. Leptis Magna was defeated by a Berber tribe in 523 AD. The city was abandoned and quickly reclaimed by sea winds and desert sands. Unknown and hidden until the 1920's, it had been preserved like a time capsule. With improved political relations with Libya and now her budding tourism, you will be among the fortunate and honored to visit this little-known and sparsely visited, but immense and impressive archeological site. Rome's Forum seems to pale in comparison to both Cyrene and Leptis Magna, and these sites compare well with Turkey's Roman wonder, Ephesus, home of one of the original seven wonders of the world. Trip & Travel Overview Travel best exemplifies and showcases our commonality and gives us a world-view that reveals the ties that bind us all – that being the common threads of our humanity. Many scholars feel politics, religion, and greed and not the world of communities cause much of the world's conflicts. We all want shelter, food, love, friendship and enough prosperity to enjoy our lives as best we can. These basic fundamentals vary little from culture to culture, and in our Middle-East adventure we found new friendships and a warm welcome. Our fascinating trek was not only to the Middle East, but onward into Western Europe – starting in Egypt and ending in Barcelona, Spain. Here is how we planned the extensive exploration: We flew in a full five days early to Cairo, Egypt, before boarding Silversea's Silver Cloud, docked three hours to the north at Port Said, Egypt. We had waited a lifetime to see what television, books, and classrooms had tempted us with – King Tut at the National Museum, Pyramids and much more. We did not have time to get to southern Egypt to explore the beautiful temples of Luxor and Aswan, destinations we hope to visit someday. After our arrival into Cairo, checking into the elegant Four Season's Residence Hotel, and wearily glaring out of our window, there they were – the most wonderful sight to a history buff's imagination. The great pyramids of Giza were ahead in the dusty glaze on the horizon; we could see them from our hotel window! We were in a land that presents wonders of our world that cannot be explained even today. The construction of the pyramids is still a mystery these thousands of years later. We were in their midst and quite excited! We felt that private touring was the best and most practical way to visit this vast city of 23 million. With the help of the Four Season's Concierge we had arranged a car, and a well-informed guide and driver, fluent in English, for three consecutive days. We did this by e-mail in advance of the trip. For a modest $65/day we arranged for the two of up to eight hours of touring each day. This was a superb bargain. We enjoyed a history-packed and engaging touring agenda daily, tailored to our individual interests, and with the ease of door-to-door service from the Four Seasons Residence. We visited the Giza pyramid plateau, and in the Mid-South the Step Pyramid of Saggara and the museum and gardens of Memphis, Egypt. Then it was down to the Bent Pyramid of Dashur and its replacement, the Red Pyramid. These early pyramids were architectural prototypes for the later Great Pyramids of Giza that stunned the world, and remain as one of the last of the Great Wonders of the World. Cairo had its own special magic, from hectic though functional traffic masses to the friendly smiles along our daily outings. It was nearing the time to leave the pampering ambience of the Four Seasons Residence Hotel and take our bus north to Port Said to enjoy the epitome of cruising's finest – Silversea's Silver Cloud. The Silver Cloud: Silversea's cruise line has long been a part of the prestige realm of six-star rated cruise lines in a world where five stars is the norm for excellence. Silver Cloud lives up to this rating by delivering world-class cuisine in three elegant dining options nightly. And the Silver Cloud team offers sterling service from every staff member, subtly and without a feeling of being over-served. The Pool on Silver Cloud is a Favorite Place for Fun and Sun At maximum Silver Cloud carries 296 passengers in an all-suite environment, an intimate number for finding life-long friends, without feeling crowded or inconvenienced by waiting in lines. There is a feeling on-board of elegance without pretense, and this special chemistry prevails ship-wide to offer a welcoming at-home feeling aboard. The Silver Cloud offers world-wide varied itineraries for those seeking new frontiers, as well as many well-known and loved vacation stops. Ample deck space, a pool, whirlpools, a generous workout room, and movies to borrow for your suite ... the list seems endless, and near perfection. Fascinating lectures and a variety of nightly entertainment helped make our visit to the Middle East and onward to Barcelona one of those special memories of a lifetime. I recall walking about Silver Cloud's eighth deck one evening, gazing above at the endless blackness of the heavens above winking with those diamond-like stars downward toward us. I was wondering - what ancient civilizations had come and had gone in these waters of adventure, what battles were fought, what loves and passions tenderly experience ... and now faded. Silver Cloud was etching her own voyages into the chronicles of sailing history – she had come, visited, and now would go onward – but these silver-lined and cherished memories are ones Carol and I can take with us and we can savor whenever we like – and often. I know somewhere she beckons our return – on some distant sea to some yet-to-be-visited land ... Horizons yet to be Discovered: Silversea Cruises www.silversea.com (877) 760-9052 Four Seasons Resorts www.fourseasons.com (800) 819-5053

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Nov 30, -0001

Western Europe

The "Silver Cloud" is ideal for cruisers seeking the finest in amenities, service, food, and colossal treatment. With a maximum of 298 passengers we never felt crowded, either on board or on ship tours. Our mid-ship veranda suite was excellent and spacious. Normandy beaches were our main touring target and it was truly a thrill of a lifetime visiting the landing beaches and Colleville Cemetery where almost 10,000 American heroes are buried.

The outstanding beauty and solitude of the burial grounds overlooking Omaha beach will never be forgotten. We finally had our opportunity to honor those heroic young men who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. We were deeply touched and proud to be there to honor them. Our cruise was 9-days filled with a multitude of new and interesting experiences in France, Spain, and Portugal. Santiago de Compestela in La Coruna, Spain is where pilgrims travel to worship at the huge cathedral, and it feels comparable to St. Peter's in Rome, but on a smaller scale. We visited the Port wine cellars in Oporto, Portugal. Lisbon and the remarkable bridges suspended over their beautiful bay are sights to behold. This was the starting place for many Portugese explorers who helped find the pathways to the New World. We passed "Rocco" at midnight - the Rock of Gibraltar - enroute to Malaga, the lovely resort city in southwest Spain. We saw so much in 9-days that much of it seems like a blur - the itinerary was outstanding and extremely interesting. The "Silver Cloud" is a beautifully designed ship accompanied by an outstanding crew that makes every effort to insure that your cruise is most memorable. Every meal on board was superb and beautifully presented. This was our second Silversea cruise, and once again we were truly delighted with the experience. The only negative I can recall is leaving the ship - the stark reality of the "real life" hits you immediately. And, oh yes, before I neglect to mention another outstanding experience - my very first pedicure at the Mandara Spa was so wonderful and relaxing - it took all the persuasion my wife could muster to get me there before I reluctantly agreed. Most men don't feel comfortable being in such a place, but all I can say is this - gentlemen, do yourself a great big favor and go for the treatment. I guarantee that you will never regret getting it done. It was a most memorable experience.

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Nov 30, -0001

Baltic Sea

Journalist & Associate Editor STAR LUXURY Filtering through all the brightly-colored and smartly-marketed brochures, and investigating the where to go and what to do on a cruise vacation is quite a lot of fun. I always envision destinations afar, and most times we choose the destination first, and hope for the best on the ship facility part to fill that destination agenda. The ordinary was not the case this year when reaching out for

excellence – There would be no compromises, no excuses, just the finest service and amenities. Every itinerary Silversea Cruises offered seemed embraced by a lavish layer of distinction. In our case, the final Silversea choice was to an area we had longed to visit. This fulfilled our vacation wish-list, blending both our dream itinerary with extraordinary service and elegance. My wife Carol and I received a shipment some weeks later with our packet of reservation documents and we knew that our cruise on the Silversea ship Silver Cloud would be an exceptional experience. From the moment we opened the elegant leather voucher-case, which was packed with personal and distinctive luggage tags, and a new vacation expectation level ensued. From that moment on we sensed the welcome mat of elegance offered by Silver Cloud – we could hardly wait! ITINERARY: I envisioned writing and recounting of our captivating itinerary aboard the distinctive Silver Cloud in the Baltic Sea. I could go on at length about the enticing ports in Northern Europe. However, it was the allure of this top quality vessel that must first be emphasized as I briefly describe this voyage. We embarked in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Flying in early is a comfort with today's busy pace with airlines, and Silversea's staff can help your travel agent arrange lodging and transfers. By arriving early, we enjoyed an engaging but leisurely day in Amsterdam, a city to be savored for its world famous museums and the special charms of her canals. This also allowed time to decompress from traveling before boarding Silver Cloud – We did not want to board bleary-eyed and jet-lagged. Our first cruise stop was Tallinn, Estonia. Its old town of medieval architecture is as wonderful as those in Germany or the South of France. Estonia is a country quite proud to be out of the Soviet domain. Then we were on to St. Petersburg, Russia for two glorious days of exploring the Hermitage Museum, the opulent gilded Peterhof Palace, Catherine's Palace and others. From Russia we sailed onward to historic Helsinki, Finland. A special city came next, Stockholm, Sweden where beautiful tiny islands link together to form one of the loveliest cities on earth. Last and not least was Hans Christian Anderson's enchanting and immaculate Copenhagen, Denmark. But, I won't go on and on, for on this cruise we found that our ship was to be a destination in and of itself. Does it seem possible that a ship, its crew, and services could account for such feelings of vacation completeness? But, though this was a most remarkable itinerary, the ships of Silversea generally do not stay fixed on one itinerary. They move on to new and wondrous places around the globe visiting peoples and places on nearly every continent. I want to convey that what came to be our most loved destination of choice each day was the Silver Cloud herself. The ship was a haven that we were eager to return to and share stories of the day with our many new friends. SILVER CLOUD: The sleek white ship is 16,800 tons at 514 feet in length, and can carry 296 passengers. This is a comfortable number even when dinner time arrives. You get to know fellow passengers in a relaxed, open-seating atmosphere in one of the two available dining locations. Open seating affords the freedom to dine with the people you meet for the first time or prior friends – how delightful! CABINS: The striking differences between a Silversea cruise vacation experience and the larger more typical ships are many, but they start with the amount of personal cabin space that is standard on this all-suite, all-outside cabin luxury ship. Differences begin with the suite arrangement at a generous 250 sq. feet, and goes up to the impressive multi-roomed Silver Suite at 541 sq. ft., an Owner's Suite. with two bedrooms at 827 sq. ft, the Royal Suite at 1031 sq. ft. with two bedrooms, and finally, the palatial Grand Suite, a 1300 sq. ft., two bedroom, lavish accommodation with all the amenities that a ship's captain or a captain of industry might require. Our cabin was the introductory size suite. We did have a balcony, and most of the suites aboard Silver Cloud do. If you are in a climate and itinerary that would avail the use of a balcony, why not enjoy this pleasure for a modest additional charge? The suite was essentially two rooms, one a sitting and dining area, the other a bedroom. Draperies may be utilized to separate the two areas if you desire. Appointments in fine wood and attractive art gave the suite a sense of refinement. We enjoyed breakfast in the suite four of our nine days aboard the Silver Cloud, and we dined elegantly with fine linens in our suite three special romantic evenings. No effort was spared by the room service staff to extend that feeling of gracious attention to detail. Both the main dining room and the standard and quite comprehensive room service menu were available in our suite. Beverages of choice were always available, and the maid gladly stocked our personal preferences in our suite's mini-fridge. An excellent list of wines and beers was included in your cruise costs for those with a potent-potable palate. It is not customary for us to rave about a ship bathroom, but when you have fine marble, a full tub with shower, and Bvlgari toiletries –a mention is obligatory! A huge walk in closet had thick plush bathrobes and slippers waiting for our in-suite comfort. CUISINE: While Silver Cloud roams about the latitudes and longitudes of the world, guest's gastronomic pleasures are enhanced, as her menu evolves to reflect the culinary delights and specialties of the current region. When Carol and I stepped into The Restaurant we knew we had arrived for a very special dining experience. The Restaurant is elegant, but not stuffy, the staff is attentive and personable, but not hovering, and they are quietly - ever-watchful of your favorite foods, drinks, and habits, with a goal of meeting these personal requirements. Catering to individual taste and preference is what distinguishes the ordinary from the exceptional cruise experience. Then came the main event, which were inspired dishes created by Silversea's Master Chefs. The dishes were complemented by those of La Collection du Monde, and created by the world-class chefs of culinary partner Relais & Châteaux. The menu was marked by innovation and creativity. I feel certain that most patrons will delight in these epicurean creations, and a dining experience that rivals the best restaurants the world over. ABOUT SHIP: You might dress for a workout in the well-equipped gym, or visit the Mandara Spa for that special attentive massage, or the full array of services designed to enhance your vacation relaxation. Mandara is a Sanskrit legend translated to signify, a search for a magical elixir to promote extended life and beauty. The staff caters to Silver Cloud guests in the quest for these ultimate experiences while aboard. Once you have been sufficiently pampered in the Mandara Spa, and you have done your daily gym workout, then perhaps a cool drink of your choice while lazing around the pool is the perfect way to enjoy the passing scenery. Again, all drinks except special or more exotic beverages are included in your cruise rate. Also included are all tips – Guests on the Silver Cloud need not worry of daily issues other than simply enjoying this experience. Silversea Cruises celebrates its 10th anniversary of providing unexcelled service worldwide. We noted on our cruise that many guests were repeat clients - because they appreciated the high level of service and quality. It was their ultimate vacation and they had come to love and enjoy Silversea's superior quality of relaxation and service. ACTIVITIES: There were varied ship activities tailored to suit the clientele, ranging from exercise classes, lectures on various topics, and shore briefings. Trivia, scrabble tournaments, and the ping pong invitational brought out those looking for activity. A good book or movie would get the attention of still others. It is a vacation and the choices are many and varied. The richly decorated and well stocked library always had followers, as did the various lounges, and a favorite spot was, of course, the Internet Café. TO ADJUST: To come up with valid criticisms on the world's premier recognized six star cruise line only makes one think of more positive things…like the gourmet coffee, outstanding room stewardesses, and dining and room service personnel – so this is challenging. If I proposed change from our entire nine days onboard the Silver Cloud it would be that they raise the television position twenty to twenty-four inches in the standard suites, and this could be easily accomplished. It is difficult to view the programming or news from bed – I know, a really picky criticism and minor inconvenience, but I do feel this to be a positive suggestion and improvement to a nearly-perfect ship, suite, and vacation experience. My only other proposal would be to begin the single-seating dining at 7PM rather than at 7:30PM. This would allow entertainment to be scheduled at 9:45PM, a seemingly more inviting time than the usual 10:30PM. I feel that more guests would be inclined to stay up after their busy day of such exhausting luxury and personal attention and would be less likely to miss the fine shows and entertainers. It is impossible to savor all that is available, but a bit of schedule tweaking might be helpful. OVERVIEW: For many Silversea patrons perfection has become a standard for their vacation. Those who are new to the Silversea ambiance are seeking that incomparable way to celebrate an anniversary, wedding, or merely life itself. A Silversea vacation cruise aboard the Silver Cloud may alter your personal expectations and overall concept of vacationing and cruising. We think you will savor the experience and create exceptional memories that will last a lifetime. My guess is that once will not be enough. You will dream of once again standing forward on a dazzling star-lit evening as the prow of a Silversea ship plies distant seas for new adventures and faraway horizons.

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