Our next Live Voyage Reports will take us to Alaska and the Danube
Now that I’m back from my Australian adventure aboard Silversea’s newest luxury expedition vessel, Silver Discoverer,I’ve been spending an enormous amount of time sifting through all the emails and reader comments that have backed up in my absence. And there’s a single question that keeps cropping up:
Where (and when) are you going next?
Here’s what adventures are coming up in just a few short weeks:
Gliding through Glaciers in Alaska with Silversea and the Silver Shadow
The full itinerary, both here and onboard:
|Thursday, June 19, 2014||Vancouver, British Columbia||Embark Silver Shadow||18:00|
|Friday, June 20||Cruising the Inside Passage|
|Saturday, June 21||Ketchikan, Alaska||08:00||14:00|
|Sunday, June 22||Juneau, Alaska||09:30||23:00|
|Monday, June 23||Skagway, Alaska||08:00||17:00|
|Tuesday, June 24||Sitka, Alaska||09:00||18:00|
|Wednesday, June 25||Cruising Tracy Arm / Sawyer Glacier|
|Thursday, June 26||Wrangell, Alaska||07:00||16:00|
|Friday, June 27||Prince Rupert, British Columbia||08:00||17:00|
|Saturday, June 28||Cruising the Inside Passage|
|Sunday, June 29||Victoria, British Columbia||08:00||23:59|
|Monday, June 30||Vancouver, British Columbia||07:00||Disembark|
The itinerary alone is exciting in its own right. The vast majority of Alaskan cruises are only seven days in length, and tend to visit the same repository of Alaskan ports. But Voyage 3417 is one of only three voyages that will operate roundtrip from Vancouver this year, and one of only two voyages to span 11 days in length.
On this luxurious journey, we’ll visit popular Alaskan stapes like Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.But Silver ShadowVoyage 3417 also throws some of Alaska’s most picturesque and off-the-beaten path ports into the mix as well.
Finally, Silver Shadowwill call on a port I’ve been trying to get back to ever since I first visited back in 2005: Wrangell, Alaska. Home to the ancient Petroglyph Beach and just over 2,000 inhabitants, Wrangell looked like it would be the next up-and-coming port of call a decade ago. But the town grew weary of the megaliners that called between 2004 and 2006, and this year, Silver Shadow makes her only call on Wrangell on this voyage. In fact, only a total of three ships – including Silver Shadow – will make 10 calls on the secluded port.
Perhaps more importantly, this Silver Shadowsailing gives me the unique opportunity to do two Silversea Live Voyage Reports back-to-back. Last time, we highlighted the company’s newest luxury expediton ship. This time, we get to experience what most Silversea cruisers refer to as their “favorite” ship – the 382-guest Silver Shadow.
Built in 2000 at the T. Mariotti Shipyards in Genoa, Silver Shadowand her sister Silver Whisper are the “middle” ships in terms of size in Silversea’s classic luxury fleet. Smaller than the 2009 Silver Spiritbut larger and more amenity-laden than the smaller Silver Cloudand Silver Wind, they are the only class of Silversea ship that I have toured, but never sailed aboard, and I am looking forward to learning what makes Silver Shadowtick over the course of 11 days.