The evening before the 121-day voyage began, passengers were serenaded with live orchestral music during a gala bon voyage dinner at the glamorous Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. The dinner is one of several included benefits for world cruisers, including seven special cultural events that await them in Tahiti, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Mumbai and Sorrento.
For example, an exclusive evening of performance and conversation with Kate Ceberano, one of Australia's most popular singers, awaits in Melbourne. In Hong Kong, an evening of good fortune will be celebrated with sumptuous local delicacies at the iconic Verandah Restaurant at The Repulse Bay, topped off with a presentation of traditional Chinese arts.
And in Sorrento, as a grand finale event, a gala dinner with musical entertainment will be held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, where dessert will be savored alfresco, under a canopy of fireworks.
Prior to the voyage an array of interior design upgrades and technical enhancements were completed aboard Silver Whisper in December as part of the Silversea's fleetwide renovation program launched at the end of 2016. Among the highlights are public spaces redesigned to echo the decor the new Silver Muse. These refreshed venues include the Observation Lounge, Panorama Lounge and La Terrazza.
Next year's world cruise, also aboard Silver Whisper, is titled 'The Tales of Tales,' a 132-day journey from San Francisco to London. Travelers will visit 52 ports in 31 countries across five continents. The itinerary features 16 overnight calls and numerous late-night stays in port.
Silversea is inviting nine writers aboard. Each will create a short story inspired by the journey, resulting in exclusive anthology of the voyage. Already confirmed are Paul Theroux, travel writer, novelist and winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction; and Pico Iyer, novelist, travel writer and essayist since 1986 for Time magazine, Harper's, The New York Times and The New York Review of Books.