The Lefebvre family conceived Silversea Cruises in the early ‘90s as a pioneering cruise line offering a personal style of cruising, unrivalled in the world. Silversea launched its first ship, Silver Cloud, in 1994, followed by Silver Wind in 1995, Silver Shadow in 2000 and Silver Whisper in 2001 and the new flagship, the Silver Spirit, in December 2009. An expedition vessel, the Silver Explorer, joined Silversea in 2007 and another one, the Silver Galapagos will further complete the expedition fleet in September 2013. These elite vessels have been specifically designed for fewer guests, more space and the highest levels of personalised service, delivered by Italian officers and European staff. Offering a variety of over 150 different itineraries every year, Silversea fleet reaches the world’s most desirable and exclusive destinations with the highest number of ports per ship of any luxury cruise line.