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Friday, 3 October 2008

SILVERSEA'S 2009 "SILVER LINKS" THEME CRUISES TAKE IN GOLF'S MOST ENTICING FAIRWAYS

 
Silversea's 2009 Silver Links programme offers golfers the chance to combine passion for the game with their love of adventure on 13 golf theme cruises aboard Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper. Guests will enjoy instruction and hosted excursions to some of world's most outstanding golf courses with PGA-classed golf professionals.
The Silver Links voyages offer escorted golf excursions in multiple ports, at extra cost. From the breathtaking Pacific scenery of the Cape Kidnappers Golf Club in Napier and the narrow fairways and mountain terrain of the Monte Carlo Golf Club, to the rolling hills of the St. Lucia Golf and Country Club, guests will have a chance to perfect their game at some of the world's most renowned championship courses in 30 countries and island destinations throughout the South Pacific, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Mexico.
The optional golf excursions vary in price from course to course and include transfers, pull or power-drive carts where available, green and any applicable caddy fees. The finest Nike Golf clubs and golf essentials are available for rental or purchase, should guests choose to leave their clubs at home.  
 
The Silver Links voyages and golf courses for 2009 include:
 
- Silver Whisper departs 4 January on a 14 day South Pacific sailing from Auckland to Sydney calling in Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hobart, Burnie and Melbourne. Optional golf excursions visit Titirangi Golf Club (Auckland); Cape Kidnappers Golf Course (Napier); Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club (Wellington); Royal Hobart Golf Club; Royal Melbourne Golf Club and Sydney's Camden Lakeside Country Club.   Early Booking Incentive cruise fares start at US$9,005* per person.
 
- Silver Shadow departs 4 January on a 9 day Caribbean sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Barbados calling in Tortola, Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada and Bequia.  Golf excursions visit Cedar Valley Golf Club (St. John's); St. Lucia Golf and Country Club (Castries); and Sandy Lane Country Club (Bridgetown).  Silver Sailing cruise fares start at US$3,537* per person.
- Silver Shadow departs 18 February on a 17 day Panama Canal crossing from Antigua to Los Angeles calling in Cartagena, San Blas Island, Costa Rica, Puerto Quetzal, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada.  Golf excursions visit La Iguana at Los Sueños (Puntarenas); Fairmont Pierre Marquis Golf Club (Acapulco); and Puerto Vallarta's El Tigre Golf Club.  Early Booking Incentive cruise fares start at US$7,906* per person.
- Silver Whisper departs 19 May on a 9 day Mediterranean sailing from Athens to Barcelona calling in Santorini, Malta, Sicily, Sorrento, Rome, Monte Carlo and Porquerolles.  Golf excursions visit Il Picciolo Golf Club (Catania); Le Querce Golf Club (Rome); and the Monte Carlo Golf Club.   Advance Payment Bonus cruise fares start at US$6,236* per person.
On each voyage guests will be able to advance their game aboard ship with a certified PGA-classed golf professional, available to organise personalised instruction, specialty group clinics, demonstrations and even putting contests. There is a fee for private lessons.
 
Golfers will also have the option to further hone their skills aboard with sophisticated split-screen swing analysis utilising the most advanced V1 digital coaching system, the same software selected by PGA.com as their preferred instructional technology.  The cost for private swing analysis starts at just US$30.
 
Guests aboard Silver Links voyages will also enjoy spacious, ocean-view accommodation, most with private veranda, award-winning gourmet cuisine, personalised service, warm Italian hospitality, and Silversea's unmatched selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, 24-hour room service, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet and all gratuities.
 
For a complete list of Silver Links voyages, visit www.silversea.com.
 
*Port and fuel charges, government fees and taxes are additional. All costs are based on per person, double occupancy. Subject to availability.
 
For more information please contact Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or toll free 1300 306 872 (Australia) or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand), or visit www.silversea.com
 
Silversea Cruises is recognised as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard four intimate vessels, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, and Silver Whisper, all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance.  With the addition of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II in 2008, the company's itineraries encompass all seven continents.  Silversea has for the past four consecutive years been named Best Cruise Line by readers of Australia's Luxury Travel and Style magazine and for two consecutive years, 'Best Luxury Cruise Line' in the TravelWeekly Asia Awards. For nine consecutive years, Silversea has been named "Number One Small Ship Line" in the Readers' Choice survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler magazine in the USA and in 2007 was the only cruise line named in the UK edition of Condé Nast Traveller's "Top 100 Luxury Travel Experiences", at the same time topping the Small Cruise Line award for the eighth time. Silversea has been selected as "World's Best Small-Ship Cruise Line" seven times in the Travel + Leisure (USA) readers' poll and was rated Number-One luxury cruise line by high-net-worth consumers in the 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index.  
 

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