We have to admit - we're not big fans of the cold weather, and it was hard for us to get used to sailing to Alaska, while not being able to take advantage of a warm, sunny pool deck. But we'll say this - on this Alaska sailing, we experienced the very best excursion we ever experienced, anywhere
- the zipline expedition in the Tongass National Rainforest.
We had previously ziplined once in Hawaii, but that was a limited zipline experience, where we actually "rode the rope" just once between two points. On the zipline tour we took in Juneau, the tour had us ziplining a total of nine times, with speeds reached of 35mph, and heights of 180 feet. We were awestruck at how beautiful it was to be in the forest, totally in nature, traveling from tree to tree. If you only take one excursion in your lifetime, this really should be it. For $169pp, it was money very well spent, and a tour that we highly recommend. In fact, we can't wait to do it again.
Venetian Society Specialties
Upon completion of your first cruise with Silversea, you will immediately become a Venetian Society member - this means that you'll automatically begin accruing your Venetian Society cruise days, and become eligible for special 5% and 10% members-only savings on select sailings. Venetian Society members also can enjoy onboard recognition and private parties; milestone rewards; ship visitation privileges; and more.
As a further incentive, if you sail with Silversea more than 100 days, you also get an additional 5% savings and complimentary onboard laundry service. At the 250-day milestone you receive free early embarkation and late disembarkation. At the 350-day milestone, you'll be rewarded with a complimentary 7-day cruise. At the 500-day milestone, you even receive a complimentary 14-day cruise. What's not to love?
Let The Spirit Move You
Silversea is also in the process of welcoming its newest ship, the Silver Spirit
, now under construction. Its Grand Inaugural Voyage is a 91-day voyage that sails from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles, and twists back to New York on a fascinating itinerary highlighted by a visit to Rio de Janeiro in time for Carnival, a journey around the end of the earth at Cape Horn, an in-depth exploration of the Mexican Riviera, a crossing of the Panama Canal, and an unforgettable Statue of Liberty event in New York harbor.
Fares for the full Grand Inaugural Voyage start at $39,187pp and include "Extended Voyage Savings" of 5% plus enhanced Early Booking incentives. This 36,000-ton vessel will indulge her 540 guests with the largest suites in the fleet, and 95% will feature a private verandah. The onboard décor will lend a sophisticated 1930s Art Deco ambience to the public spaces, and the ship will feature a choice of six dining venues including a Japanese restaurant, and a Supper Club featuring live music, dancing and nightclub-style entertainment. From reviewing its pre-launch details, all we can say is "Ciao bella!"
While we haven't yet reviewed the newest in Silversea Cruises- fleet, we were already "moved by the spirit" of this superior, ultra-luxury cruise line. We can confidently write that if you cruise aboard Silversea Cruises on any of their sumptuous ships, you will never be disappointed. Disembarking the ship, your only thought will likely be, "Why didn't we do this sooner?"
For more information, call (800) 722-9955.
By Debbi K. Kickham and William D. Kickham. Esq.