A Transatlantic Voyage
Cruise from New York to Southampton with port calls in Canada, Ireland, and England aboard the six-star, all-suite small ship M.V. Silver Whisper
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Join us to discover the romantic allure of the “Golden Age of Travel” on our 13-day transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton. Be on deck of the all-suite luxury ship Silversea M.V. Silver Whisper as it cruises past the iconic Statue of Liberty and Manhattan’s magnificent skyline for a classic journey across the Atlantic. You’ll sail to the evocative Canadian Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland to learn about their fascinating colonial and maritime histories. Then trace the routes of North America’s discoverers, generations of immigrants, and grand ocean liners across the magnificent expanse of the Atlantic. Throughout your voyage you’ll enjoy lectures by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert and an array of other activities onboard our six-star ship. Experience the charms of Ireland’s villages and the unsurpassed beauty of its countryside during stops in Foynes, Limerick, Cobh, and Cork, and explore the English maritime heritage of Fowey and Southampton. An optional extension to London is also offered.
May 4 — New York City, New York, U.S.
Arrive in New York and embark the M.V. SILVER WHISPER. The energy and excitement of New York, one of the most culturally rich cities on earth, emanates from the bright lights of Manhattan, colorful neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and the Upper West Side and the legendary Central Park. Experience the exciting tradition of boarding a vessel from the docks of lower Manhattan where illustrious steamships and floating palaces began classic journeys across the Atlantic. Cruise past the iconic Statue of Liberty as you pull away from the city’s magnificent skyline. (B,L,D)
May 5 — Day at Sea
Enjoy the day at leisure cruising aboard the ship. (B,L,R,D)
May 6 — Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Visit Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, and the largest city in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada which boasts the second largest natural harbor in the world. Native Mi’kmaq people have been fishing for cod off the spectacular coast for millennia. These once teeming waters led to an infusion of European fishing settlements. Remnants of this rich maritime history, a heritage of having been a British military outpost and the entry point for European immigration to Canada combine to give this charming city a diverse and fascinating cultural heritage. (B,L,D)
May 7 — Day at Sea
Enjoy the day at leisure cruising aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
May 8 — St. John's, Newfoundland
The oldest English-founded city in North America, St. John’s, has served as a British base for operations during the Seven Years’ War in North America, the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. More recently, it served Allied needs in World War II for the U.S. Army Air Corps and a harbor for anti-submarine warfare ships. Once the largest supplier of salt cod in the world, it was the center of Newfoundland’s lucrative fishing industry. Spanish, French and Portuguese fisherman have trolled these waters for centuries and have left an indelible mark on the culture of this spectacular coastal city. English and Irish influences can be seen along the harbor where old Victorian merchant shops and colorful row houses line the wharf. (B,L,D)
May 9 - 12 — Transatlantic Crossing
Rediscover the luxury of the Golden Age of Travel aboard the Six-Star M.V. SILVER WHISPER. Though it is a hearty 30,000 tons, it remains a low passenger density vessel with only 382 guests. The ship offers the opportunity to do as much or as little as you want, including fitness classes, lectures, onboard spa treatments, fine cuisine, stargazing, live entertainment or bridge tournaments. Or simply wrap up in a blanket and relax on deck with a complimentary beverage of your choice while watching the Atlantic horizon. (B,L,D)
May 13 — Foynes, Ireland for Limerick
In 1933, Charles Lindbergh landed in Foynes on a surveying flight in search of a stopover for planes crossing the Atlantic.
Subsequently, through the early 1940s, the charming “one street” Irish village of Foynes located on the southern bank of the Shannon Estuary became a booming hub for planes capable of water landings growing to one of the largest civilian airports in Europe during World War II. Today, the Flying Boat Museum commemorates the town’s heyday. Nearby, Limerick is situated on the picturesque River Shannon. Limerick’s ancient streets lead to the well-preserved medieval precinct and the 800-year-old King John’s Castle. (B,L,D)
May 14 — Cobh for Cork or Killarney
Many of the people who left Ireland on immigrant ships for North America departed from Cobh, a beautiful fishing port and seaside resort. Outside the town, the rolling countryside gives way to rugged coastline hosting tiny villages, each with their own piece of history. Inland are some of Ireland’s most spectacular cultural and natural highlights. Cork’s massive, fifth-century Blarney Castle is famous for its legendary Blarney Stone, said to bestow the gift of eloquence on anyone who kisses it. Killarney, a region of unique and unsurpassed beauty with a lush landscape of lakes, wooded vales, rolling sandstone hills and rich green pastures, offers the best of the Irish countryside. (B,L,D)
May 15 — Fowey, Cornwall, UK
Visit Fowey, a working china-clay port with a long maritime history, dating back to before the Domesday Book (1066). Fowey celebrates its connections with many famous authors, writers and poets including Daphne du Maurier and Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and our visit corresponds with the Daphne du Maurier Festival, when the town hosts events highlighting its literary and cultural heritage. This Cornish village also still maintains the history and traditions of Britain, including traditional Cornish cream tea, an institution in the British Isles. Custom dictates that tea should actually be an event, one that relaxes and soothes the senses. Inland, near Bodmin Moor, Arthurian legend states that King Arthur’s legendary magic sword, Excalibur, was returned to the Lady of the Lake after Arthur’s final battle. (B,L,R,D)
May 16 — Southampton, Return to the U.S.
This morning, arrive in Southampton, England’s leading passenger port, and the former home port of countless great ocean liners of the 19th and 20th century. Disembark the ship and transfer to London Heathrow Airport for a return flight to the U.S, or continue on the post-cruise extension to London. (B)