The Silversea World Cruise sets sail from Los Angeles on January 5, 2013. The 382-guest Silver Whisper - intimate by cruising standards - will circumnavigate the globe over 115 days, visiting 52 ports in 28 countries, including Hong Kong from February 24-25. Founded in the early 1990s by the Italian Lefebvre family, Silversea promises discerning travellers a luxurious cruise experience. No expense has been spared in design and outfitting. The décor is warm and inviting, and the service and cuisine, presented on tables set with Christofle silver and Schott Zwiesel crystal, supreme.

Free-flowing Drappier champagne, a choice of Bulgari or Ferragamo products in the bathroom, and even the option of personalised stationary, ensure you feel a little bit special. Italian heritage is much in evidence. The ship has speciality Italian restaurants with ingredients from its homeland, and its luxury designer brands adorn the boutiques.

The dress code is elegant, be it chic resort wear or formal finery. Gentlemen should pack tuxedos. A hallmark of the Silversea experience is its all-inclusiveness, even down to the port shuttles, which make for an effortless vacation. All suites include the services of a butler who takes care of your needs. Want to host an in-suite cocktail party? He will organise it for you. On-board activities cater to all. As well as aerobics classes and card tournaments, Silversea focuses on more intellectual pursuits.

Prominent guest speakers share insights to enrich your port experiences; wine-tasting seminars are popular, so too are culinary classes. The spa indulges those seeking deeper relaxation, while the casino, bars and nightclubs buzz for night flies. And as bed time approaches there's one last choice to make: Which pillow? A 'pillow menu' offers nine options, to ensure you're well rested under the finest Pratesi bed linen for another day of high-seas luxury. Prices from US$48,114 to US$151,133 per person.