Silversea’s Controtempo World Cruise 2025 Introduces Beautifully Off-Tempo Rhythms
How do you create a world cruise for travelers who have pretty much been everywhere? For Controtempo, Silversea Cruises’ 136-day World Cruise 2025, Silversea has created an innovative itinerary that will visit offbeat places – in offbeat seasons.
The inspiration behind Controtempo, says Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s president and chief executive officer, “is to take guests closer to the authentic heartbeat of iconic and off-the-beaten-path destinations. We will be traveling to an unusual rhythm, from East to West, with more time ashore in unconventional seasons.”
In the cruise industry, world cruises typically begin in winter and end in spring and focus primarily on destinations where warmer weather prevails. That’s what’s different about Controtempo.
“We’re going at the time of year when you’re not going to find millions of tourists at both marquee and less-discovered destinations,” says Andrea Tonet, Silversea’s vice president of product strategy. “We’re traveling deeper because we’re offering a different perspective, a different view, of the places you may think you know.”
Controtempo World Cruise 2025 departs from Tokyo on Jan. 13, 2025, and arrives in New York, its final port of call, on May 29, 2025. The 136-day voyage visits 30 countries and 59 ports on four continents. There are 33 overnight calls, seven exclusive-to-full-world-cruise-guests bespoke events, three optional overland tours and 23 world cruise maiden calls.
The 596-passenger Silver Dawn, which made its debut in 2022, will host Controtempo, and Martinoli notes that for Silversea this world cruise will have the highest space ratio onboard, including the largest selection of restaurants, bars and lounges. The world cruise will also feature S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste), Silversea’s culinary immersion program, and OTIVM, its indulgent wellness initiative.
“This,” Martinoli says, “is an invitation to gain a different perspective on the world in true Silversea style.”
Let’s travel the world in search of stories
If you were to ask Fernando Barroso de Oliveira, who, as the President’s Ambassador to the Venetian Society has hosted 20 world cruises in his 27 years with the company, about the most intriguing aspect of Controtempo, he’ll tell you it’s that the world cruise will be full of stories.
“We’re visiting iconic places in a different way, experiencing them through our network of locals,” he says. “Our guests will have access to stories that are not normally told, via experiences that offer knowledge and, just as importantly, a strong emotional connection.”
And he’s looking forward to more immersive events and experiences, he says (access Controtempo’s complete itinerary here). Such as?
● Silversea’s Exclusive Experiences, available to full world cruise guests only, are a hallmark of its world cruises,” he says. “On Controtempo, events in the works include a trip to the famous onsen town of Kannawa, in Japan, where an expert therapist will accompany guests to a famous hot spring. While visiting Vietnam’s Da Nang travelers will learn about the influence the Champa civilization has had on Southeast Asia – and enjoy live performances and a gourmet Vietnamese dinner, all set with a backdrop of illuminated temples. Anyone who’s traveled often to Singapore will find a new experience in a curated event that blends new and old atop the 57-story Marina Bay Sands hotel. In Cairo on a two-night overland tour – available to all guests – imagine a private tour of the 500-room Abdeen Presidential Palace, and a VIP after-hours visit to the new Grand Egyptian Museum. From the port of France’s Rouen, guests visit Versailles for a Marie Antoinette-inspired evening of indulgence, complete with dancing, court jesters and Champagne.
● Three optional overland events — and one optional pre-cruise trek — will take guests off Silver Dawn and into less-visited places, starting with a five-day, pre-cruise exploration of some of Japan’s most iconic landmarks. Visit the famous Japanese snow monkeys of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, ride Japan’s bullet train in first class, meet a Bonsai Master and relax in natural heated mineral baths. On the Singapore to Mumbai leg, an optional three-day tour on the iconic Eastern & Oriental Express explores rural Malaysia, and Kanchanaburi, Thailand, for a River Kwai Bridge cruise. In Egypt, travel overland from Ain Sukhna in the footsteps of the pharaohs. And from St. John’s, Newfoundland take a three-day trip to Prince Edward Island.
● Overnight calls, which allow multi day in-port experiences, will occur in destinations such as Osaka, Japan; Xiamen, China; Hong Kong; and Vietnam’s Halong Bay and Ho Chi Minh City. Other overnight calls feature Singapore; Phuket, Thailand; Chennai and Mumbai, India; and Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee. On Controtempo’s Mumbai-to-Istanbul segment, calls include Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah and Egypt’s Luxor. As Silver Dawn reaches European shores, overnights take place in Istanbul, Sicily’s Siracusa and Naples; and Málaga. Moving north, overnights include Rouen, three days in the magnificent Bordeaux; Hamburg, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Helsinki; Tallinn, Estonia; and Stockholm. More of Northern Europe awaits as Oslo, Norway; Reykjavik, Iceland; Greenland’s capital of Nuuk, and Newfoundland’s St. John’s, as well as Boston.
● There are 19 entirely new-to-Silversea-world-cruise ports on Controtempo including Japan’s Kagashima, Naha, and Beppu. Greece’s Thessaloniki and Volos, the gateway to Sesklo, its oldest acropolis, dating to the Neolithic era, are maiden calls as well. You may have traveled to Italy’s Naples, another new port for a Silversea world cruise itinerary but did you know that, besides its famed pizza, the southern city is home to some of Christianity’s oldest frescoes? Also on tap: Spain’s Cadiz, Guernsey’s darling St. Peter Port; Greenland’s Qaqortoq; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Boston.
As Fernando reminds us, “World cruise travelers are among the most well-traveled people in the world,” the biggest challenge to creating this unique 136-day itinerary is this: “How can we surprise them? For Controtempo, we believe there is value in going to the most beautiful places around the planet in a different time, outside of the peak season. By going to these places in a different moment, you can access experiences, sites, and specific moments that are quite unique and not visible at any time of the year.”
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First published at Travel Industry Today