Silversea’s Summer 2025 Itineraries Soar: More Med, New Ports, Optimal Adventure
Remote islands, wildlife encounters, unique dining experiences and more than two dozen new ports highlight Silversea’s 2025 summer itineraries, announced today.
The Summer 2025 Voyage Collection, spanning voyages from March 31 to Nov, 26, 2025, features 206 voyages to 409 destinations in 60 countries.
Silversea’s newest ports are scattered from around the world., including Greece, Italy, England, Scotland and Canada.
For summer 2025, Silversea has increased the number of cruises in the popular Mediterranean, says Justin Poulsen, Silversea Cruises Vice President of Itinerary Planning and Destination Development. Silversea will boast 84 voyages to the Mediterranean, up from 69. Silversea will also take guests to Mediterranean destinations new to the line, such as Porto Carras and Mt. Athos in Greece, the entrance to which is pictured in photo at top, Crotone and Pantelleria in Italy, and Vlore in Albania.
“With an increased deployment, we are able to dedicate more time to exploring regions in ways we’ve never been able to before with a smaller Med program,” Poulsen says.
“The Med is in huge demand, and strategically for Silversea, is a dynamic destination where we have deep, intimate knowledge, can develop many different itinerary narratives and create experiences that profoundly connect our guests with the destination and the culture.”
These include new “connoisseur” itineraries on the Silver Whisper. With a capacity of 392 passengers, the Whisper can dock at some of the Mediterranean’s smallest ports. That will include Spain’s historic Sevilla, where Silversea guests can disembark directly into the city center, compared to other cruises, which must stop at Cádiz, 60 miles south.
Smaller ports, huge attraction
Smaller ports tend to offer cruise guests a more satisfying experience, says Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of Frommer’s Guidebooks. “Overtourism has become a huge problem, one that’s especially concentrated in the major port cities,” she says. “In response, many [cruise] companies are branching out to include smaller ports and destinations.”
This has coincided, Frommer says, with a recent trend of cruises visiting locations far removed from the tourist trail. “Expedition cruises to places that used to be open only to scientists and a few lucky travelers are becoming far more common,” she says.
Making itinerary magic
To create the summer 2025 itinerary, Poulsen says, a huge team of destination experts collaborated for about 12 months. They identified the stories from each port that would “bring the destination to life for our guests and create transformational experiences,” Poulsen adds.
“The challenge is finding the right intersection between this artistic, creative process and the science of operational ability and efficiency,” he says of this balancing act that can “develop cohesive itineraries that can take a guest on a journey of personal discovery through beautiful destinations, via carefully sequenced collection of ports and curated shore excursions.”
Foodies will daydream about the new S.A.L.T. activities in the 2025 itinerary. From neighboring ports of Piran (Slovenia) or Trieste (Italy), both Silversea ports, passengers will be driven about 30 minutes inland to Belajevi Farm, amid the forested hills of Slovenia’s Karst area. Adrejka Cerkvenik will explain how her family’s herbal farm uses ancient, sustainable techniques, after which a brunch will feature such local specialties as Saturej pâté, Karst prosciutto and spiced cookies.
Such seamless, memorable experiences are the result of hard work by Silversea staff. Crafting an itinerary that’s alluring, memorable and illuminating is one thing. But making it a reality requires vast knowledge of each destination, Poulsen explains.
“We are deployed across…many different geographies, regulation schemes and jurisdictions,” he says. “We have to stay knowledgeable and informed about various compliance matters so that we operate responsibly and continue to be good partners with the destinations we visit.”
Beyond adhering to a port’s rules, Silversea also confers with officials at each destination to find a way to manage the environmental and social impact of their cruise service. “We put the welfare and success of destinations first,” Poulsen says.
“The challenge is that no two destinations are similar, and as such, no two approaches to community-first tourism development can be the same. While challenging, this presents a tremendous opportunity to learn about destinations, form close relationships and develop a product that is unique, experiential and also a lever for good.”
In the summer of 2025, then, Silversea’s new itineraries will attempt to blend neatly into dozens of far-flung settings. From old favorites, such as Monte Carlo, to Silversea’s new ports, passengers will enjoy onboard luxuries, savor unique culinary experiences, explore remote wilderness or even meet unique animals, All thanks to the craft and inspiration of an army of behind-the-scenes Silversea experts who create something extraordinary.