In a world of multi-national conglomerates, Silversea Cruises is owned and operated by one family the Lefebvres of Rome. This means genuine pride in ownership and a true Italian passion for embracing the best of life. And it also means a deep, personal commitment to maintain the high standards of cruise excellence that have been the cornerstone of Silversea from the very beginning.
The cruise line was born of a vision to create a whole new category of ultra-luxury cruising: smaller ships with an unmatched, all-inclusive lifestyle and the ability to slip into smaller, more exotic ports worldwide. Silversea launched Silver Cloud in 1994 and Silver Wind in 1995, followed by the slightly larger sister ships, Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper in 2000 and 2001; and in 2009, Silversea's beautiful flagship Silver Spirit.
In 2008 the company introduced Silversea Expeditions and Silver Explorer, a purpose-built expedition ship that combines adventure cruising with Silversea's signature lifestyle. A second expedition ship, Silver Galapagos, was launched in 2013, and Silver Discoverer in 2014. Today Silversea operates a fleet of eight ships and a cruise programme that encompasses all seven continents and over 800 destinations. With a capacity of just 100 to 540 guests, Silversea ships are small in comparison to mass-market vessels, yet inordinately spacious in feel and appearance thanks to their unexcelled space ratios. Exceptional service is also a distinction. All accommodations are spacious, ocean-view suites and most include butler service and private verandas.
With its Italian heritage and elegant European ambience, Silversea's all inclusive cruises attracts a sophisticated audience of worldly travellers.