May/June 2006  




The comprehensive fitness regimen, which includes popular workout programs such as aerobics (including aqua and step), Pilates, circuit training, and yoga, is paired with a daily collection of light and low-carb menu selections.

Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is catering to today's health-conscious travelers with a new "Wellness Program" that fully integrates classes in nutrition and exercise, fitness activities, spa therapies and healthy dining options to create the opportunity for a complete rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit while at sea. Every day of every voyage, Silversea guests receive a schedule in their suite of the day's Wellness Program - activities and seminars developed by the fitness experts of its Mandara Spa, which is again ranked among the ‘Top 50 Spas’ in Condé Nast Travelers' latest readers' poll. The comprehensive fitness regimen, which includes popular workout programs such as aerobics (including aqua and step), Pilates, circuit training, and yoga, is paired with a daily collection of light and low-carb menu selections.

"More and more, today's affluent travelers are looking for a personal journey to wellness to complement their global adventures," said David Morris, Silversea's senior vice president of sales for North America. "We're taking steps to ensure our guests have access to a well-balanced program of fitness education, exercise and healthy dining choices, with the option to further pamper themselves with luxurious spa treatments. We want our guests to have a chance to focus on their well-being and enjoy a truly restorative cruise experience."

silversea-1Silversea is also expanding the fitness centers aboard Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper, adding nearly 300 additional square feet for new cardiovascular training equipment. Silver Shadow had the work done in drydock in March and Silver Whisper will receive the same treatment during a scheduled drydock next year.

A typical day on the Wellness Program might include a sunrise morning walk and yoga class followed by a late-morning seminar on nutrition, exploring the pros and cons of popular diets. The afternoon might offer a seminar on healthy backs and abs, followed by a workout with circuit weights. Guests could wind down their day with exercises to stretch and relax their bodies, under the careful guidance of their professional fitness instructor.

Whether the goal is better health or weight control, the Wellness Program guide offers a daily sampling of lunch and dinner selections to complement the roster of fitness activities and seminars. And creating healthy dining alternatives does not mean sacrificing taste or creativity when placed in the capable hands of Silversea's master chefs. Many of the light and low-carb options are from the line's "Collection du Monde" signature dishes, created in collaboration with Relais & Châteaux chef Jacques Thorel, owner of Michelin two-star L'Auberge Bretonne, a "Relais Gourmand" restaurant in La Roche-Bernard, Brittany.

A typical low-calorie lunch might start with a spicy salmon ceviche, followed by an entrée of grilled fresh fish, and topped off with an apple and pear pavé for dessert. To achieve a moderate daily intake of calories, the line's light menu selections feature fresh fish, lean meats, seasonal fruits and vegetables, olive oil and sugar substitutes, and vary between 100 and 300 calories. Sugar-free desserts are less than 200 calories.

Low-carb dining options feature appetizers, soups and salads containing no more than five grams of carbohydrates and main courses that vary between ten and fifteen grams. For dinner, carb-counting guests can enjoy smoked salmon and caviar as an appetizer, or fillet of veal with creamy morel sauce as an entrée, or a sumptuous key lime cheesecake soufflé for dessert -- all without any guilt.

A broad range of gourmet vegetarian and vegan selections is also available, including such delicacies as grilled teriyaki-glazed tofu steak with stir-fried vegetables, honey and sesame sauce, a bamboo basket with steamed Chinese greens and vegetable dumplings, and oven-roasted Mediterranean vegetable mille-feuille with homemade tomato sauce, to name a few.

Silversea guests can now get their day off to a healthy start with a refreshing Carrot and Tangerine Cooler, a Mango, Peach and Apricot Fizz, or a Thyme-Scented Plum Crush -- just a few of several new ‘vitamin booster’ juice blends served at breakfast that meld together only the freshest raw fruits and vegetables. Also available for breakfast are new low-fat yogurt smoothies with tantalizing names like Mango and Banana Tango, Cucumber and Mint Reviver, and Fragrant Fusion (made with fresh mango, papaya and passion fruit).

For more information, or to see a schedule of voyages that are part of the Relais & Châteaux Culinary Series, visit Silversea Cruises at




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