The ultra-luxe Silver Muse, flagship of the Silversea fleet, will spend four months Down Under in 2019 – her longest season ever.

The line has announced an array of stunning cruise destinations to celebrate the visit – including the Great Barrier Reef, South Pacific Islands and New Zealand’s majestic fjords.

Silver Muse will kick off the season with a 14-day itinerary departing Sydney on December 6 and visiting Melbourne, Tasmania, Dunedin, Christchurch, Picton and Tauranga. Highlights of her voyage will include sailing the Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park.

The Muse will also make a 13-day voyage departing Sydney on January 3 calling at South Pacific islands including New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu. Guests will visit pristine beaches, colourful coral gardens and cascading waterfalls.

She will spend sometime in Asia visiting Japan and China. On October 21, the Silver Muse will spend 14 days soaking up the unique cultures and dynamic cities of China and Japan including Tokyo, Hong Kong and make an inaugural call at Hiroshima with overnight stays in Osaka, Beijing and Shanghai.

Silversea Cruises will roll out a total of 89 voyages to Australasia, Asia, South America and Caribbean in its 2019-2020 itineraries.

Highlights of the itineraries will be a World Cruise 2020 when the Silver Whisper will depart Fort Lauderdale for Amsterdam on January 6 visiting seven continents for the first time. The pioneering 140-day journey will call at 32 countries and 62 destinations. Heading south, Silver Whisper will sail through sunny California to South America before reaching the amazing Antarctic Peninsula. She will head north to Valparaiso, then mystical Easter Island, South Pacific Islands before calling at Australia. She will then head for Asia visiting exotic gems such as Bali, Sri Lanka and Mumbai before continuing her journey to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.

Next year’s itinerary will include 10 inaugural visits including Fiji’s volcanic Dravuni Island, the lushly forested Cayman Brac in the Cayman Islands and the picturesque city of Timaru in New Zealand.