Silversea, the cruiseline that’s most at home in the Mediterranean

What makes sailing the Mediterranean with Silversea so unique? Three words. Unparalleled destination knowledge. This coast is our heritage; no one understands the Mediterranean Sea better than us. Our small ships access both the tiny ports and the big hitters that make the region so unique, perfect for those who want to experience the authenticity of the Mediterranean.

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When we imagine the Mediterranean Sea, we think of glittering water, rocky coves with sunworshippers stretched out under striped umbrellas, colourful hillside villages, fascinating historic sites, and chic little waterfront bars where a Spritz is obligatory in the afternoons.

The Mediterranean stretches through 22 countries and along 46,000km of coastline but at the height of summer it’s a slow crawl between villages and towns as Europe flocks to the beaches and cool breezes.

The perfect way to avoid the crowds, savour the beauty of the coastline, and feast on the famed local cuisine, is to explore the Mediterranean with ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea, which operates a fleet of stylish, small ships that can navigate the tiny ports that give the region its unforgettable charm.

Founded in Monaco and sailing with a distinctly Italian flavour, Silversea’s heritage is Mediterranean, which means it has a unique understanding of the region, its landscapes and rich culture. Recognising the eternal appeal of this fabled part of the world, in 2024 Silversea is visiting an impressive 111 Mediterranean destinations, across 20 countries, offering several iconic itineraries, including the Greek Isles and Turkey, voyages to the Holy Land and a much-awaited return to Ibiza and the gorgeous Balearic Islands.

In the summer of 2025, Silversea will further increase its presence in the Mediterranean with 84 voyages on six ships, including the fleet’s newest addition, Silver Ray, which launches in summer 2024. Silver Ray, like the ground-breaking Silver Nova, is a new class of ship that is designed to be more immersive in its surroundings, with increased outdoor space for warm-weather sailing.

And of course, all voyages on Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit, Silver Dawn, Silver Nova, Silver Ray and Silver Moon feature Silversea’s all-inclusive luxury, legendary butler service, authentic culinary experiences, and the highest staff to guest ratio at sea.

Silversea’s sizzling summer of 2024

Reflecting its commitment to the destination, Silversea has introduced new ports, new itineraries, and a program of immersive culinary adventures through its highly regarded S.A.L.T program. A classic Civitavecchia (Rome) to Barcelona voyage includes sun-soaked beach ports such as Livorno in Tuscany, known as ‘Little Venice ’, for its canals and bridges, charming Sicilian beachside town Trapani, and Giardini Naxos, which accesses new Set Jetter favourite Taormina, the location of the latest White Lotus series.

Especially exciting for guests travelling on this itinerary on Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit in May is the opportunity to experience the iconic Monaco Grand Prix 2024 in style, with exclusive events tailored just for Silversea guests.

Exploring new shores in 2025

Expect expanded and diversified experiences in 2025, with brand new itineraries for Silver Spirit and Silver Whisper that take guests off the beaten track in the Greek Islands, adding ports Silversea hasn’t visited before and other cruise lines often ignore, such as the rarely visited Milos.

Meanwhile, Silver Muse complements these voyages by exploring the iconic islands of Greece, such as Mykonos, Patmos and Santorini, in a new series of 7-day journeys, where guests can enjoy a true immersion in Greek culture, history, literary traditions, architecture and culinary heritage. Extended stays in Kusadasi, Mykonos or Souda Bay, Crete, give the opportunity to further explore this magical part of the world. Shore excursions include a scenic tour of Patmos and its sensational natural landscapes, and a garden-to-table experience in Souda, Crete which includes a visit to the lively Agora market in Chania’s Old Town followed by a trip to the artisanal Anoskli winery for a tasting.

Silver Ray’s destinations will include Monaco, Syracuse and Palma de Mallorca, where the ship will stop overnight to experience more of this stunningly beautiful, historic city. Silver Spirit and Silver Whisper will visit the World Heritage sites along the Adriatic coast, beginning in Venice Fusina.

A series of signature voyages aboard Silver Whisper are positioned at the beginning and end of the season, calling into some of the smallest ports in the region, such as Amorgos, Vlore and Seville, allowing guests the opportunity to visit popular destinations at a quieter time of the year and discover some hidden gems along the way.

The hero is the 2025 Grand Mediterranean cruise on Silver Spirit which will visit 44 destinations and 12 countries in 54 days, starting in Venice and concluding in Lisbon, and is designed for guests wishing to take a deeper dive into Mediterranean culture, history and food. Enriching guests’ understanding of the region, the itinerary includes a call to exotic Tangier, Morocco, where guests can take a shore excursion to blue city of Chefchaouen and learn more about the history that binds North Africa to southern Europe.

A culinary adventure like no other

Silversea believes the soul of a destination can be discovered through its food and culinary traditions. In 2020 it launched its lauded S.A.L.T (Sea and Land Taste) culinary program on Silver Moon, rolling it out since on Silver Dawn, Silver Nova and the forthcoming Silver Ray. S.A.L.T is not merely the occasional cooking class or chef’s market tour, but a fully immersive dive into the flavours, tastes and traditions of the destinations the Silversea ships visit.

Overseen by former Saveur Editor-in-Chief Adam Sachs, it’s unique in luxury cruising for taking a holistic approach, bringing together different elements of food culture, from workshops and tastings to collaborations and with famous chefs and excursions to local restaurants, wineries and farms.

Guests can take part in cooking classes at the lavishly equipped S.A.L.T Lab and join an extensive programme of chef’s tours on each voyage, tailored to each location, which prioritise intimate conversations with local food experts, home cooks and renowned chefs. One exceptional addition is a guided market tour of lovely French Riviera town Menton, hosted by the chefs of 3-Michelin-starred restaurant Mirazur, which held the number 1 spot on the World’s Best Restaurants list from 2019-2021. It marks chef Mauro Colagreco’s new and unique collaboration with Silversea, his only with a cruise line.

S.A.L.T Lab also offers an immersive culinary experience for 20 guests, who dine in the open kitchen on a choreographed menu of small plates, reflecting the chef’s creative expression. The restaurant S.A.L.T Kitchen serves an ever-changing menu according to the destination, devoted to the flavours of the region and to regional wines, spirits and brews. The fabulous S.A.L.T Bar is mixology heaven, with the clever bar tenders drawing on local plants and herbs to concoct their cocktails.

Book your ultra-luxury cruise today and embark on a journey to discover this storied region’s charming seaside villages and ancient archaeological treasures. Let your Mediterranean dreams take flight with Silversea.

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