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Oggy Boy 10-07-2003 04:56 PM

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - October 7, 2003) Silversea Cruises' has been awarded the International Five Star Diamond Award by the prestigious American Academy of Hospitality Sciences for the sixth consecutive year. The award, which designates Silversea as one of the finest hospitality establishments in the world, was formally presented last Sunday in a ceremony held aboard Silver Whisper.

Founded in 1989, the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences recognizes establishments and organizations worldwide for their outstanding commitment to hospitality that must be reflected in every aspect of operation.

"We are thrilled to receive this honor from such a distinguished organization that recognizes excellence in the hospitality industry on a worldwide basis," said Albert Peter, Silversea's Chief Executive Officer. "This type of recognition validates our total commitment to maintaining the exceptional standards that have helped us pioneer and define ultra-luxury cruising with our distinctive concept of elegant, all-suite accommodations, personalized service and gracious hospitality."=20

The Academy is governed by a board of internationally renowned trustees who oversee a rigorous selection process. Members of international financial institutions, industry professionals and world travelers recommend hotels, cruise lines, airlines, restaurants, and wineries, which are then evaluated for ambiance, gastronomy, cleanliness and hospitality. The evaluations are conducted with anonymous on-site visits and, after a final selection is made, the Academy's trustees vote on nominees in each category and classification to determine the winners of the Five Star Diamond Award.

Other recipients of the award include some of the world's most revered properties and resorts, such as Milan's Four Seasons; H=F4tel de Crillon, Paris; Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong; and the Dorchester, London.

Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard four intimate vessels,

Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, and Silver Whisper, all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. For the seventh consecutive year, Silversea Cruises was named best small-ship line in the 2002 readers' survey conducted by Cond=E9 Nast Traveler magazine. For the fifth time, Silversea was selected "Number One" small-ship line in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2003. 2004 will be an exciting year as Silversea celebrates its 10th anniversary. Look for upcoming announcements about gala events and special programs to celebrate the line's ten years of excellence.

For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent.

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