SILVERSEA Cruises has confirmed it continues to work on deploying its flagship Silver Muse and expedition vessel Silver Explorer in Australasian waters at the end of the year, in expectation that current restrictions on local cruising will have been eased by then.

Speaking to travelBulletin late last month, the company’s local Managing Director Adam Armstrong said “they’re ideally sized ships to get into all the ports of call around Australia and New Zealand, so if the bubble is expanded to include cruise…we’ve got two ships ready and waiting, ready to go”. Armstrong also confirmed the impact of concerted local negative coverage of the cruise sector in mainstream media, saying the company’s Australasian booking curve was behind other markets in Europe and the USA which are showing some signs of recovery.

Armstrong takes up his new role as Global CEO of Contiki this month, with Silversea announcing he would be replaced by former Qatar Airways country manager Adam Radwanski to lead the local team.

Silver Muse in Sydney