Travellers journeying on Silversea’s South Side Story World Cruise 2023 aboard Silver Shadow enjoyed an immersive cultural display on Kalanggaman Island, an island in the Philippines which Silversea Cruises had rented for the bespoke event on February 10.
The event took two years to plan, and showcased the talents of more than 500 residents of the Eastern Visayas region – from performers, hospitality professionals, and event planners to massage therapists, mixologists, and chefs.
Silversea’s guests got to connect with the local culture, enjoying traditional music and dance, cocktails, and Filipino delicacies on the island which is nestled between Cebu and Leyte in the Visayan Sea. They spent the day on the beach, swimming and getting complimentary massages, and indulged in a multi-course dinner while watching a live dance performance.
Silversea’s senior vice president of expeditions, destination and itinerary management Conrad Combrink said: “Not only did our guests gain a deep insight into the local culture here on Kalanggaman Island, but we were able to benefit the local economy, helping to rebuild the island’s pontoon jetty and make other structural renovations that will improve the destination’s tourism infrastructure.”
“We have more in store for our guests on this amazing 139-day voyage, from a bespoke Freddie Mercury tribute show staged at a historic fort in Zanzibar to an exclusive evening performance at the Manaus Opera House in the Amazon, complete with champagne and canapés, among other experiences,” shared Barbara Muckermann, president and CEO, Silversea.
Upcoming cruises include Silversea’s 132-day Far East-West World Cruise 2024 which will sail from San Francisco aboard Silver Shadow on January 15, 2024 before calling in 65 destinations across 14 countries; and Silver Dawn’s 136-day Controtempo World Cruise 2025, which will depart Tokyo for New York on January 13, 2025 and journey to 59 destinations in 30 countries, across four continents.