Silversea’s ‘The Curious and the Sea’ Frames Its Unprecedented 2026 World Cruise

The oceans are always calling and looking to see who answers. On Silversea’s World Cruise 2026, called “The Curious and the Sea: Discover How the World Was Discovered,” that may be you, especially if you’re intrigued by becoming intimately acquainted with the primordial waters of the modern world and the history behind each destination.

Divided into nine segments, or chapters, the 2026 World Cruise visits minute islands, bustling harbors and major metropolises on six continents. Beyond the destinations, the sailing routes have their own tales to tell, taking you along for crossings and canal transits worthy of the diary pages of an old-world explorer. 

Here is a look at story of Silversea’s 2026 World Cruise, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Lisbon, as told in nine compelling chapters.

Chapter 1: Fort Lauderdale to Lima, Peru: A Tale of Two Oceans

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Native Americans inhabited the land that is now Florida long as 12,000 years ago, but the written history of Florida began in 1513 with Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon.

Depart from the sunny Atlantic shores of the States to begin your in-depth world exploration. Kicking off the first segment: a transit of the Panama Canal, nicknamed the “eighth wonder of the world” because of the magnificence of its feats of engineering in the early 20th century.

First, though, the ship will wend its way through Mexico and Central America, stopping in Cozumel; Puerto Limón on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica; and Colón, Panama, on the Atlantic side of the canal.

Colorful Callao, the port for Lima, Peru/Shutterstock

After sailing through the canal and into the Pacific Ocean, the tale continues with a call on Manta, one of the largest seaports in Ecuador. This chapter wraps up in Callao, Peru, the seaport for Lima, the capital. In Lima, the Museo Larco houses an impressive collection of pre-Columbian art, and Museo de la Nación traces Peru’s rich history of ancient civilizations.

Chapter 2: Lima to Papeete, Tahiti: An Explorer’s Paradise

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The second chapter of this tale lands first  on Easter Island (classic moai, or stone figure, in top-of-page photos), based on the day Dutch landed there. Its original inhabitants called it Rapa Nui. It is a Chilean dependency.

This segment is all about Polynesia and the islands of the South Pacific, are clustered around Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia. (The swaying palms and crystal waters of Bora Bora, part of the Society Islands, are pictured in the photo collage at top.)

In the Marquesas, stops in Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa feel lush but and are tinged with a taste of the prehistoric because of the pair of volcanic archipelagos supporting sandalwood forests and fruit trees. Don’t mistake the islands’ remoteness as lacking in mainstream culture; before “Moby Dick,” author Herman Melville visited Nuku Hiva and used as the setting for “Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life,” his first novel.

The graves of Belgian singer/composer Jacques Brel and French painter Paul Gauguin, both buried on Hiva Oa in the Marquesas./Shutterstock

Hiva Oa is the final resting place of artist Paul Gauguin (died May 8, 1903) and Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel (died Oct. 9,1978, in Belgium, but who had sought out Hiva Oa as a place to escape the rigors of writing and performing).

The Tuamotu archipelago forms the largest chain of atolls on Earth. Its warm, clear water and pink sand makes it a haven for divers and lovers of natural beauty. A call in Bora Bora caps off this paradisical chapter before the ship docks in humming Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia.

Chapter 3: Papeete to Auckland, New Zealand: Treasure Islands

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Guests round out Part 1 of this voyage with a treasure-trove of islands to explore. The real treasure may well be experiencing one of the world’s lesser-known places. Eight islands form a path of discovery between Tahiti and New Zealand, beginning in the Cook Islands on Aitutaki, with its stunning, abundant lagoon.

Norfolk Island, an Australiana territory, is home to some descendants of the mutineers on the HMS Bounty in 1789,/Shutterstock

Norfolk Island, an overseas territory of Australia, immediately draws you in with its jagged cliffs and endemic pines, but its backstory keeps you engaged as you learn about the descendants of the Bounty Mutineers and first penal colonies who have made the island home for generations.

The Bay of Islands is a dazzling precursor to New Zealand proper, a subtropical micro-region with 144 islands replete with scenic overlooks and wildlife as varied as penguins and whales. This awe-inspiring chapter finishes in Auckland, the most populous city in New Zealand, which straddles big-city offerings between two large harbors. 

Chapter 4: Auckland to Perth, Australia: New Worlds of the Ancients

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Beginning with a partial circumnavigation of the Australia, Chapter 4 in your 2026 World Cruise takes you to offbeat ports in southwestern Australia — the down and under of Down Under — anchored by Melbourne. The first call is Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, which has a vibrant farm-to-table scene worth sampling.

After a long day of fishing, the fairy, or blue, penguins return to their burrows on Phillip Island./Photo by Wildvik/Wikimedia Commons

Guests then depart for Phillip Island, a nature park that Aussies often use as a day trip. Each day it hosts a Penguin Parade at sunset, which is exactly what it sounds like: Penguins dashing ashore in groups, a full-on dose of adorable.

After a stop in Melbourne,  the trip heads to a Penneshaw on the Dudley Peninsula of Kangaroo Island. Idyllic beaches are joined by a sculpture trail and even a winery during this port call. It’s about 70 miles north to Adelaide, the charismatic capital city of South Australia. Seafood-lovers will embrace the stop in Port Lincoln, one of the country’s fresh seafood capitals and a maritime hub.

Esperance, a coastal town in Western Australia, “hope and expectations,” and it delivers. (The kangaroo in the collage at the top of page is on Esperance.) Visually captivating, this port of call is a contrast of cerulean seas, white sand and bubblegum-pink lakes. Wildflowers poke through its craggy coastline as kangaroos hop along the shore.

A miniature railway runs about 1 1/4 miles on the Busselton Jetty at Busselton, Western Australia, carrying visitors to an Underwater Observatory./Wikimedia Commons/Photo by David Stanley

Edging into the Margaret River region, the ship will dock in Busselton. Its retro timber jetty stretches more than a mile and invites you into the family-friendly fray of this Western Australia vacation destination. You’ll end this dynamic leg of your voyage in Fremantle, the port for Perth.

Chapter 5: Perth to Singapore: The Call of the Wild

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Chapter 5 signals that you are halfway through your global expedition story. This segment continues the navigation of Australia and begins to get a little…wild.

Visit Exmouth on the eye-popping Coral Coast before landing in Broome, an otherworldly destination in the Kimberley Region

An Australian Pinctada Maxima may reveal a trove of pearls. Broome is known for the special gem./Shutterstock

Along the Indian Ocean, Broome is a blend of First Nations as well as Asian and European cultures attracted to work on its pearl farms. Visit a farm or ride a camel on the beach; whatever you do, it’s hard not to be blown away by the untapped wilderness of the Kimberley surrounding you.

Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, is the final stop before heading into the Timor and Java seas toward Indonesia. Sail into Benoa, considered the gateway port of Bali, before passing farther into Indonesia with a call in Lembar, a lesser-known destination touting equally desirable beaches and temples.

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Singapore never fails to dazzle./Shutterstock

You’ll want to spend plenty of time attempting to understand the multitudes of Singapore, during this final stop on this segment. (The Merlion spouting water in the collage at the top of the page is the city’s mythical mascot: part fish, part lion.) The Southeast Asian city-state has Chinese, Malay, Indian and many other global influences, and it is a burgeoning destination at the top of nearly every trending list.

Chapter 6: Singapore to Mumbai, India: Routes of Silk and Spice

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As the name suggests, this cruise chapter is about following the ancient trade routes. You’ll travel seven Asian ports on this leg as you sail to Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and more.

The transport of spice traces back to as early as 2000 B.C. Cinnamon, for instance, came from Sri Lanka and headed toward the Middle East. Many important traditional and medicinal spices grew only in the tropical regions of Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, as well as the south of China, which makes their long journeys more understandable. Silk Roads originated in China, but the value of these fine materials made itself known as far as India.

Kathakali dance in southwestern India, especially in Kerala. It lasts all night./Shutterstock

From Port Klang, the largest port in Malaysia, your ship will sail along a route of discovery to Phuket, Thailand; the resort city of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka; Colombo, Sri Lanka’s most populous city; and Kochi (Cochin) in India’s coastal state of Kerala.

Along the way, Galle, Sri Lanka, is a standout port of call whose 16th-century Portuguese fortifications and Old Town are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (The man in the photo collage at the top of the page is stilt fishing in Galle, a practice that started because of food shortages after World War II.)

Things get hectic in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the world, greeting you with a swirl of sensory overload. The commercial, economic and financial hub of India, Mumbai pulses with activity but also beauty; it’s home to hundreds of temples and the heart of the Bollywood film industry.

Chapter 7: Mumbai to Jerusalem: The Tides of History

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Chapter 7 turns a new page toward a new continent and a new canal. The world cruise takes a turn of biblical proportions as you sail from India and cross the Arabian Sea for the shores of Oman on the Arabian Peninsula. There are four ports of call during this segment and plenty of sea days and a transit of the Suez Canal.

After Salalah, Oman’s largest regional seaport and a surprisingly verdant city with banana plantations and seasonal waterfalls, you will dock in Safaga, Egypt, bound for the world-famous temples and pyramids of Luxor. (Check out the photo of Luxor’s Ramses II to the right in the collage at the top of the page.)

Petra’s Monastery in Jordan. It wasn’t a monastery at all but a tomb that was also used as a church. Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site./Shutterstock

Continue to ride the tides of history toward Aqaba, Jordan’s port city 80 miles across the Wadi Rum desert to Petra, one of the new wonders of the ancient world. Pass from the storied, spare landscapes of the Red Sea into the Mediterranean Sea, docking in Ashdod, Israel’s Port of Jerusalem. Spend time in the Holy City before completing your seventh world cruise chapter.

Chapter 8: Jerusalem to Split, Croatia: Mediterranea

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Thirteen ports of call are included in All Things Mediterranean, and you’ll find enough history, architecture and wine in this region to more than satisfy your thirst for the cultural riches of Israel, Greece, Turkey, Crete, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Italy’s Puglia region.

After Jerusalem, dock in Haifa for another holy pilgrimage site in Nazareth. Delve further into the ancient civilizations of Turkey and Greece with calls in Antalya, Rhodes, Nafplion and the Port of Piraeus for Athens. For more ruins and dramatic seascapes, head to Agios Nikolaos on the island of Crete, a seaside town adjacent to Heraklion and its Minoan archaeological sites.

The Ionian Sea will embrace you in Saranda, Albania (also known as Sarandë), before heading to Bari, in the heel of Italy’s “boot.” Bari, the main city of Puglia, is an absolute feast for any traveler.

Quaint Bari also has lovely views of the Adriatic, but if you’re going to venture into the water, you’ll need water shoes./Shutterstock

Be sure to wake up early for the sail into Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor, considered one of the planet’s most beautiful ports.

Capping off your Mediterranean odyssey, you’ll get to know three regions of popular Croatia in the walled city of Dubrovnik; Hvar, an island off the Dalmatian Coast; and Venetian-inspired Split.

Chapter 9: Split to Lisbon, Portugal: The Origins of Exploration

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As you reach the final chapter in this remarkable journey of curiosity, you will straddle Europe and Africa until coming into safe harbor in Portugal, home to some of the world’s most prolific explorers.

It’s no wonder this ultimate segment is named “Origins of Exploration”: It wraps a neat bow on 20 weeks of discovery with calls on the native countries of history’s best-known seafaring pioneers.

Thanks to the Knights of Malta, Valetta, the capital, has splendid architecture./Shutterstock

Cruise from Italy — birthplace of Marco Polo and Amerigo Vespucci — to Valetta, Malta, and Trapani, Sicily,

Continue on to Spain (Cartagena, Málaga and Cádiz, along the Costa del Sol) with a stop in Gibraltar before the last stretch that takes you to Lisbon. Portugal’s capital, and the end of World Cruise 2026, is, fittingly, the birthplace of explorers Vasco de Gama and Henry the Navigator.

The egg custard pastry goes well with coffee (or just about anything else), especially if it also includes a great view of Lisbon./Shutterstock

It will be hard to absorb all of the things you have seen and done on this curious reacquaintance with the sea but much easier to digest with one of Lisbon’s custardy pasteis de nata (as well as following the trail of azulejos, tiles pictured in the photo collage at top and found all over Lisbon) an excellent way to wrap up an adventure you will savor all your life.