Spa Reception, Otium, Silver Dawn.The time has come for travellers to reserve their place on an extraordinary voyage exploring the world ‘controtempo’ – off-season and off the beaten path on Silversea’s newest ship, Silver Dawn.

Guests should expect the unexpected as they encounter iconic destinations differently – including 19 places never sailed to before and with 33 overnight stays. See through the eyes of locals as Silversea reveals their authentic stories and fascinating secrets and takes a unique look at each land, each culture, and time.

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 travelling 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 travelling deeper because we’re offering a different perspective, a different view, of the places you may think you know.”

Salt Kitchen, Silver Moon.

Salt Kitchen, Silver Moon.

Controtempo World Cruise 2025 departs from Tokyo on January 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. Martinoli notes that this world cruise will have the highest space ratio onboard for Silversea, 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.

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 differently, 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.”

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, travellers 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 travelled 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. On a two-night overland tour available to all guests in Cairo, 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 you off Silver Dawn and into less-visited places, starting with a five-day, pre-cruise exploration of some of Japan’s most iconic landmarks. You’ll 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 naturally heated mineral baths. On 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 Newfoundland’s St. John’s, you can take a three-day trip to Canada’s bewitching Prince Edward Island, home of the famous fictional character Anne of Green Gables; it’s full of other surprises too.
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 occur in Istanbul, Sicily’s Siracusa, Naples, and Málaga. Moving north, overnights include Rouen, three days in the magnificent Bordeaux; Hamburg, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Helsinki; Tallinn, Estonia; and Stockholm. More Northern Europe awaits as Oslo, Norway; Reykjavik, Iceland; Greenland’s capital of Nuuk, Newfoundland’s St. John’s, and Boston.
World Cruise Map 2025_Silver Dawn (1) (2) (1)-01.jpgWatch the short Controtempo video here
The exclusive soundtrack that was produced especially for the virtual premiere: Composed by Giacomo Gianneta exclusively for Silversea, the Controtempo virtual premiere incorporated an exceptional music library:

1.    Controtempo Main Theme – Tokyo to New York  –  5.00
2.    Sounds of the Far East – Japan to Thailand – 3.00
3.    Fast Cities, Slow Times – Singapore to the Indian Sea – 3.00
4.    The Sands of Time – Jedda to the Holy Land – 3.00
5.    Where the Past Dances – Istanbul to Sicily – 2.30
6.    Themes of the Mediterranean –  Napoli to Lisbon – 2.30
7.    A Coastal Motif – Bordeaux to Versailles – 2.30
8.    Rhythms of the North – Paris to Stockholm – 2.30
9.    A Melody of Fire and Ice – Scandinavia to Greenland – 2.30
10.  The Grand Finale – Canada to New York – 4.30

An exceptional flagship
Be immersed in Silver Dawn’s spacious all-inclusive, all-suite lifestyle with enhanced dining options, S.A.L.T. and blissful Otium wellness.
World Cruise 2025 at a glance
  • Discover Japan off tempo in winter
  • Savour more time in India, returning to Mumbai
  • Marvel at Petra and the ancient sites of Egypt
  • Explore north European highlights such as Paris
  • Experience Greenland tradition and culture

Bespoke World Cruise events
Travellers will go deeper into the essence of destinations with our curated collection of eight enriching overland programmes and events unique to this cruise.

Door-to-door journey
We take care of the details so guests can travel in comfort. Private airport transfers, VIP meet and greets, business class lounge access and more.
Find out more information about Silversea’s Controtempo World Cruise 2025: 
Prices from AUD$108,000 per guest
Bucket-list trip of a lifetime? Our choice of the suite is the best-selling Silver Suite, door-to-door from AUD$270,000 per guest.
A Silversea favourite and by far our best-selling suite! The Silver Suite is one of the foundations of ultra-luxury cruising. Take travelling to a new level with the Silver Suite’s unparalleled service, comfort and, of course, style! Available in either a one-bedroom, a two-bedroom or wheelchair-accessible configuration, Silver Suites are fully equipped for the discerning traveller. Whether enjoying the spectacular views from the veranda or relaxing in the large sitting room, Silver Suites offer a comfortable haven on the high seas.
One bedroom: 73 sq.m. including veranda or two bedrooms: 104 sq.m. including veranda.
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Edited by: Matthew Thomas