(Miami, FL – August 13, 2019) The leader in the ultra-luxury cruise industry, Silversea is bringing distant horizons closer with its enhanced All-Inclusive Polar Package, now available on all luxury expedition voyages to the Arctic and Antarctica. The value-rich package, with its selection of convenient and inclusive travel benefits, provides a seamless travel experience for guests, unlocking deep travel into Polar Regions with ease.Combinable with air promotions for the Arctic and Antarctica, Silversea’s enhanced All-Inclusive Polar Package includes the following:One-night, pre-cruise hotel stay. In-country flight(s) when required by the itinerary. Polar expedition cruise with guided shore experiences and Zodiac excursions. Polar parka. One post-cruise day-use hotel. Transfers and luggage handling between airport, hotel and ship. Enchanting, storied and untamed, the Polar Regions beckon travellers with opportunities to witness endemic wildlife species, unspoiled landscapes and rarely seen cultures. The Arctic’s Clown-faced Puffins and iconic polar bears, as well as its wild coasts and remote villages, can only be matched by Antarctica’s glaciers, geothermal beaches, and ice-dappled waters, which provide a pristine paradise for orca whales, elephant seals, penguins, and so much more. Silversea’s offering in both regions is uniquely luxurious, comprising the cruise line’s characteristic all-inclusive amenities, an industry-leading expedition team, and the most luxurious ships in expedition cruising. Following is a small sample of Silversea’s expedition voyages on which guests can enjoy the All-Inclusive Polar Package benefits, combined with time-limited air promotions: THE ARCTIC – 2020 Reykjavik to Longyearbyen, 11 Days – June 10-21, 2020Dazzling waterfalls, spectacular cliffs that teem with colonies of puffins, guillemots and gulls, and the rarely visited volcanic island of Jan Mayen – a haven for humpback and minke whales who feed in its waters – are among the attractions on this Silver Cloud voyage from Iceland to Svalbard, Norway. Early Booking Bonus fares start from CAD $12,690 per guest, based on double occupancy. Longyearbyen to Reykjavik, 11 Days, July 9 – 20, 2020Silver Cloud voyages from Svalbard to Iceland through jaw-dropping Arctic realms of snow-capped peaks, glaciers and pristine fjords for the chance to marvel at cascading waterfalls, geothermal springs and such wildlife as polar bears, walruses, whales and multitudes of seabirds. Early Booking Bonus fares start at CAD $12,690 per guest, based on double occupancy. Kangerlussuaq to Nome, 24 Days, August 21 – September 14, 2020Following in the path of great explorers, Silver Cloud will venture into the High Canadian Arctic to traverse the iconic Northwest Passage. The itinerary brims with a fascinating mix of majestic scenery, isolated villages, possible wildlife sightings — from polar bears and musk oxen to seals and walruses, and such rare wonders as the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord and the Smoking Hills of Cape Bathurst. Early Booking Bonus fares start at CAD $42,570 per guest, based on double occupancy. ANTARCTICA – 2019 & 2020 Ushuaia to Ushuaia, 12 Days – December 5-17, 2019On this round-trip voyage from Ushuaia, Silver Explorer unlocks Earth’s least visited and most mysterious continent on a journey brimming with spectacular icebergs, calving glaciers and the possibility to spot sunbathing seals, frolicking penguins and breaching humpback and minke whales. Last-Minute Savings fares start from CAD $20,400 per guest, based on double occupancy. Ushuaia to Ushuaia, 18 Days – December 17, 2019-January 4, 2020Both Christmas and the New Year can be celebrated amid the Earth’s ultimate winter wonderland on Silver Explorer‘s special holiday voyage to Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and more. Last-Minute Savings fares start from CAD $31,000 per guest, based on double occupancy. Ushuaia to Ushuaia, 15 Days, December 20, 2019 – January 4, 2020Celebrate Christmas and the New Year in the ultimate winter paradise as Silver Cloud‘s special holiday expedition to Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, Elephant Island and South Shetland Islands reveals remarkable landscapes and wildlife species. Last-Minute Savings fares start at CAD $22,400 per guest, based on double occupancy. Ushuaia to Ushuaia, 12 Days, February 21 – March 4, 2020Silver Explorer will sail to Antarctic Sound, Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands on a voyage to unlock this pristine white wonder’s treasures, from ancient glaciers and towering mountains to breathtaking colonies of penguins, seals and pods of whales. Early Booking Bonus fares start at CAD $18,090 per guest, based on double occupancy. ARCTIC & ANTARCTICA AIR OFFERSExclusive air promotions for the Arctic and Antarctica are now available on new bookings, until August 30, 2019. The savings program includes free economy round-trip air, or reduced business class air, for flights from select U.S. and Canadian gateways, plus free transfers between airport and ship.“Our new enhanced All-Inclusive Polar Package is designed to provide the highest level of comfort, convenience and value for travellers planning an adventure to the end of the Earth, whether to the Arctic or Antarctica,” says Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Expeditions and Experiences. “With special air offers for the Arctic and Antarctica now available to complement the package, this is the perfect time to travel deeper to unlock the authentic beauty, history and wildlife of the world’s final frontiers. Silversea’s combination of destination expertise and the cruise line’s ultra-luxurious ships make for unique and unforgettable experiences in both Polar Regions.” ALL-INCLUSIVE EXPEDITION EXPERIENCE Each Silversea expedition ship features specialist experts who lead immersive shore excursions for guests. These passionate and knowledgeable professionals offer informative lectures, discussions and recaps on board, in addition to guided Zodiac excursions, hikes, and nature walks ashore — all of which are included in the fare. Aboard Silver Cloud and Silver Explorer, guests enjoy ocean-view suites, gourmet cuisine, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, a stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi (although satellite coverage in Polar Regions may be limited). About Silversea Silversea Cruises, in which Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio serves as Executive Chairman, is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, and Silver Cloud, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of five new ultra-luxury ships: Silver Moon, Silver Dawn, Silver Origin, and two Evolution-class ships. Browse Silversea’s new blogDiscover and subscribe to receive the latest content directly into your inbox.
Adam Tonet isn’t one to procrastinate, so finding out very late that he had won a major academic award from Brock University was somewhat ironic.It wasn’t until he walked into the gowning room Friday, June 14 to pick up his Convocation robe that he was made aware he’d won the Governor General’s Gold Medal Award, given to the graduate student with the highest academic average for 2018-19. He finished his master’s with a 96 per cent average.The 24-year-old Niagara Falls native was pleasantly surprised, as were his parents who didn’t find out until he was called up on stage to receive the award at the end of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science Spring Convocation ceremony.“I’m very proud and I’m sure my parents are proud,” said Tonet, who earned similar grades while taking his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at Brock prior to starting his master’s two years ago. “Instead of just writing code and solving problems, I had to write a lot more reports for my master’s. I guess professors liked my writing.”Tonet said working hard in school has always been a priority.“Some people aren’t as into it, but I was always the type who would start on something early when I was given an assignment,” he said. “If I have problems, I get questions in early and that has served me well so far.”As for what comes next, Tonet hopes to land a job as a design lead for a computer software company.“I thought about a PhD, but I’ve been in school since I was four years old, so I thought it was time for a change. We’ll see how that goes and maybe down the road come back for a PhD,” he said.
The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has been circling around distant timelines among other factors, which have influenced their inability to announce a date for elections. But Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has asserted that Chairperson, retired Justice Claudette Singh will have to rise above these inhibitions and make that very important decision.This was the position he shared on Friday, as he recognised that the GECOM Chair must be in a very difficult position of having to consider every possibility before making an announcement. He stated that she is fixed in a position where Government Commissioners are pushing to stall the process while the technical advisors are presenting protracted timelines.He expressed, “I’m trying to picture the job of the Chairperson…It must be very difficult for her to find an accommodation because I’m sure she doesn’t want to dismiss their concerns just like that….At some point in time, she will have to make the tough decision, which is, we are going to respect the Constitution and stop the prevaricating by the Commissioners to delay things. She has to say to the Secretariat: ‘We’re getting this done by this date. You better go and work now to ensure that the timelines fit in.’”Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe Opposition Leader also indicated that they retracted from protest actions to allow GECOM and its new leader to execute their functions effectively. However, the elections body is still confined by deceptive data and slothfulness.“We ended the protest for a while because we wanted to give the Chairperson an opportunity to familiarise herself with what’s going on but what you have in there is a Commission that has to overcome the legacy of the illegalities and the sloth of the past. Even now, being trapped by that activity and the misinformation,” he said.The decision on an elections date, he noted, can be achieved in a short time if all Commissioners and other staffers work with the intention of upholding the constitutional deadline. The deadline for elections is September 18, three months after the Caribbean Court of Justice’s ruling that the David Granger-led Administration toppled with the valid passing of the No-Confidence Motion.“If they put their minds to it, they can get things done quickly without compromising quality. At some point in time, she has to say that.”When asked for a date which the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is willing to accept, he responded, “We believe way before the end of the year, it is still possible.”MergerSince the announcement to merge the data gathered from the incomplete House-to-House Registration exercise, there have been reservations about the accuracy and extended timeline surrounding this activity.At a recent press conference, the Opposition Leader said that the plans to merge the data with the existing database will push the hosting of early elections to 2020. He argued that there is a much simpler way of ensuring that everyone, including new registrants, gets on the voters’ list.The Opposition Leader explained that of the 285,000 registrations that were obtained during the H2H exercise, only approximately 2000 are new registrants.As such, instead of adding the more than 280,000 registrations to the existing National Register of Registrants database which would have massive repetition, Jagdeo said GECOM should filter out those new registrants and have them re-register at their local divisions.“With this merger, the optimistic scenario is to go to Claims and Objections in November because the merger will make about three months and then elections on the 27th April, next year. So you understand this merger will not improve the database. It’s a delaying tactic once again,” he stated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chair: ‘I have the list, examining the names very critically’- PresidentAugust 31, 2017In “latest news”Five weeks on …President still to decide on third list of GECOM nomineesOctober 4, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: President’s interpretations now invalid in face of court ruling-JagdeoSeptember 27, 2017In “latest news”