Silversea has announced its first-ever full summer season in French Polynesia, launching an exclusive pre-sale on 17 voyages between April and September 2026 onboard Silver Whisper, the region’s luxurious ship.
Following an extensive scouting mission in the region, Silversea’s destination experts will curate two itineraries in rotation, offering deep immersion into 11 of the world’s most remote destinations in three of the region’s five archipelagos — the Society, Tuamotu, and Marquesas Islands.
“Silversea’s rapid increase in capacity has opened opportunities for even deeper immersion into the world’s most enriching regions, such as French Polynesia,” said Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s SVP Expeditions, Destination, and Itinerary Management. “There is no better way to experience these idyllic islands and atolls than by ship, and no better ship to connect travellers meaningfully with each destination than Silver Whisper, which is set to become the region’s most luxurious ship to sail. “In addition to being the most spacious ship deployed to French Polynesia, she will have the most personalized service, with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1.3 and butler service for every suite. Meanwhile, our all-inclusive door-to-door offering will enable our guests to focus on immersing themselves in the destinations and savouring the experience.”
French Polynesia consists of 118 islands and atolls spread across a territory the size of continental Europe, combining world-renowned natural beauty with famous wildlife experiences and unique cultural encounters. Silver Whisper’s new voyage collection will unlock many of the most enriching experiences available in the South Pacific, enabling travellers to embrace the mana culture and form authentic connections with local communities, appealing to curious travellers eager to journey beyond the region’s idyllic landscapes. Silversea’s 392-guest ship will spend multiple nights in destinations during her seven- and 14-day sailings, offering guests more time to explore ashore than the region’s existing cruise offering.
TWO IMMERSIVE ITINERARIES, 17 SAILINGS, COUNTLESS EXPERIENCES
Silver Whisper will undertake 17 voyages in French Polynesia starting 6 April 2026, with homeports in Papeete, Tahiti. Silversea’s destination experts spent months scouting the region for the best islands and atolls to call and the most engaging experiences for guests, highlighting the brand’s destination leadership. Travellers can choose between seven and fourteen-night itineraries, both of which foster strong connections with the destination:
- SEVEN DAYS: THE SOCIETY ISLANDS
The shorter of the two itineraries sees Silver Whisper journey among the Society Islands’ most iconic destinations and off-the-beaten-path gems. Formed by volcanoes and fringed by beautiful coral reefs, the islands of the Society Archipelago are characterized by towering mountains and white-sanded atolls, offering the quintessential French Polynesian experience. From Papeete, Tahiti, guests will journey to Moorea, Raiatea on an overnight call, Huahine, and Bora Bora overnight. Three late departures maximise guests’ time in Papeete, Moorea, and Huahine, enabling them to connect with the rich Polynesian culture, captivating local traditions, and the region’s 3,000-year history.
Hosted by an expert guide aboard a traditional boat in Bora Bora, guests will learn about the important role of storytelling in local culture and how early navigators used the stars to sail through the Pacific Ocean. In Huahine, travellers can join a cultural nature walk to discover the archaeological sites of the village of Maeva while admiring tropical plants and stunning treetop views of the coastline. In Moorea, Bora Bora, and Huahine, guests can snorkel in crystal-clear waters for the chance to witness hundreds of fish species and corals. Guests can also relax on a private island or motu, enjoying a traditional barbeque and local music.
- 14 DAYS: THE SOCIETY, TUAMOTU, AND MARQUESAS ISLANDS
Guests in search of a longer, more encompassing sailing need only look to Silver Whisper’s 14-day voyage, which combines the very best aspects of the great diversity of French Polynesia. The iconic, mountainous terrain of the Society Islands contrasts with the remote atolls and in-water opportunities of the Tuamotus. At the same time, the cultural offerings and community encounters of the Marquesas Islands, one of the most far-flung archipelagos in the world, offer yet another element of enrichment.
Departing from Papeete, Tahiti, guests will explore Moorea, Raiatea on an overnight call, Fakarava, Nuku Hiva, Fatu Hiva, Atuona, Tahuata, Rangiroa, and Bora Bora, before returning to Papeete. As well as discovering the iconic peaks of the Society Islands and snorkelling to admire the archipelago’s abundant marine life, guests on both itineraries can spot whales (August-November), accompanied by expert guides; learn about local culinary traditions in a test kitchen in Moorea; and discover Raiatea by electric bicycle, among other immersive experiences. As on the seven-day itinerary, guests will also have the chance to relax on a private island as a highlight experience.
Additionally, a 21-day Easter Island sailing, departing Valparaiso on 16 March, and two combination voyages broaden the regional offering for guests.
SILVER WHISPER: THE MOST LUXURIOUS SHIP TO SAIL IN FRENCH POLYNESIA
Silversea’s Silver Whisper is set to become the most luxurious ship to sail in the region. She will be the most spacious ship in French Polynesia, with a space ratio of 72 GRT-per-guest and will welcome travellers in the largest guest accommodations. She will also offer the most personalized service, with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1.3 and butler service for every suite – the only ship in French Polynesia to provide this benefit to every guest.
Four dining options and six bars and lounges enhance the luxury of choice for guests. At the same time, Silversea’s comprehensive all-inclusive offering and door-to-door service will provide a uniquely seamless experience for the entirety of the voyage, enabling guests to focus on immersing themselves in the trip of a lifetime.