Singapore to Hong Kong

January 7–21, 2025

Join the Purdue President’s Council on a 14-night cruise through Southeast Asia and experience its treasure trove of rich cultural experiences. Visit futuristic cities, sacred temples, and blissful island beaches as you travel through Thailand and Vietnam aboard the ultra-luxury and all-inclusive, 392-guest Silversea Silver Whisper.

Your participation supports the
President’s Council Enrichment Fund
Your travel-package registration fee includes support for ongoing adventures, events, and lifelong educational opportunities with the President’s Council family. As a part of your overall price, a $500-per-person, tax-deductible donation to the President’s Council Enrichment Fund helps underwrite the involvement of Purdue educators and administrators to enhance your personal travel experiences—a benefit exclusive to Purdue President’s Council members.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Begin our cruise in Singapore, a futuristic utopia with an abundance of beautiful green spaces
  • Koh Samui offers golden pagodas among a paradise of turquoise beaches and rushing waterfalls
  • Spend two nights in Ho Chi Minh City and visit its incense-filled temples, Vietnam War Museum, and markets
  • Explore Chan May, surrounded by rolling rice paddies, idyllic beaches, and the Marble Mountains
  • Overnight in Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular natural landscapes on the planet
  • Overnight in vibrant Hong Kong, renowned for its rich culture, soaring towers, and neon lights

President’s Council Package Includes:

  • 14-night ultra-luxury Southeast Asia cruise aboard the all-suite, all-inclusive, 392-guest Silversea Silver Whisper
  • President’s Council Welcome & Farewell Receptions
  • Door-to-Door Service with private executive transfers to and from your home airport, international economy flights, with an option to purchase business class at a reduced fare, and transfers to and from the ship. Click here for more details.
  • President’s Council group dining in the main dining room plus options of al fresco dining at La Terrazza or The Grill, La Dame French specialty restaurant ($), and 24-hour room service.
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship including select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees, and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • Butler service in every category with included gratuities for butler, housekeeping, bar, and dining staff
  • Sophisticated entertainment including full-scale-production shows, soloists, cultural entertainment, and enrichment lectures
  • A choice of select complimentary shore excursions in every port
  • $500-per-person, tax-deductible donation to the President’s Council Enrichment Fund
  • Purdue President’s Council and Global Tracks staff
  • $300 shipboard credit per suite

Optional Pre-Cruise Package: Singapore
January 4–7 // 2025

Join us for three nights at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach hotel. From its towering skyscrapers to its green spaces and bustling street markets, Singapore seamlessly blends modernity with tradition.

Cruise Itinerary:

From the Singapore Changi Airport (SIN), transfer to the port and embark the Silversea Silver Whisper in Singapore.

Advanced, airy, and elevated, Singapore is a spectacular, futuristic vision of utopian city life. A healthy population of almost six million call it home, but this is a city designed with space to breathe with gorgeous outdoor parks, massive indoor greenhouses, and beautiful recreational spaces spread between the City of Gardens’ skyscrapers and soaring structures.

During our leisurely day at sea, enjoy the luxurious amenities of the Silversea Silver Whisper.

Refreshing coconut juices, blissful beaches, and bountiful culture, Koh Samui is Thailand’s second-largest island. While visiting, sink into indulgent wellness spas, lounge on pristine beaches, or head out on enriching explorations among golden pagodas, elephant sanctuaries, and rushing waterfalls. A ramp of 73 steps leads up to The Big Buddha statue, sitting in a contemplative, peaceful pose. Buddhist worshipers come here to give their offerings of fruit and flowers. With its many palm trees rustling in the gentle breeze, it’s no surprise that Koh Samui is said to have the best coconuts in Thailand – so this is a perfect place to try the exotic refreshment of sweet coconut water or a cocktail. Seafood is also particularly revered here, try tom yum, a spicy soup of shrimps, lemongrass, and a hearty squeeze of lime juice.

During our leisurely day at sea, enjoy the luxurious amenities of the Silversea Silver Whisper.

Ho Chi Minh City is a place of incense-infused temples, colonial architecture, warm people, and delicious street food. Formerly known as Saigon, the city was affectionately-labelled the Pearl of the Orient by the French. Afternoons here drift by lazily on the gentle chaos of the River Saigon, as taxi boats and motor canoes flit up and down, and parks fill out with locals playing jianzi, kicking shuttlecocks back and forth. The French colonial imprint is evidenced in the Saigon Notre Dame Basilica, which stands out with its grand double bell towers and red brick hue. Be sure to taste the street food with humble restaurants serving up rich flavors, from the Vietnamese take on the baguette, a banh mi sandwich to the local staple of pho, a delicious noodle soup. Journey out to learn more of the Vietnam War at the Remnants Museum and Cu Chi tunnels.

During our leisurely day at sea, enjoy the luxurious amenities of the Silversea Silver Whisper.

Experience the rich imperial past, stoic resilience, and blissful beaches of central Vietnam in Chan May, surrounded by rolling rice paddies, freely grazing water buffalo, and soaring limestone scenery. Cut in half by the Perfume River and home to a spectacular sprawling citadel, the city of Hue is a true experience for the senses. Vietnam’s timeless beauty outshines the shadows of its past, but Hue still bears the heavy scars of war, whether it’s from American bombs, or harrowing events like those of Hue Jungle Crevice, where the Viet Cong pushed 3,000 civilians to their deaths. Hue’s Old City was once the jewel of Vietnam, standing proudly as its Imperial Capital. Lotus flowers now twirl peacefully in the grand moat around its mighty walls, which encase a spectacular array of charred palaces, temples, and regal residences. Danang’s Marble Mountains rise dramatically close by, and they are scattered with Buddhist shrines and plunging caves.

During our leisurely day at sea, enjoy the luxurious amenities of the Silversea Silver Whisper.

The extraordinary, mossy limestone mountains that rear from the waters of Ha Long Bay form one of the most spectacular natural landscapes on the planet. At least 1,600 green islands rise over a plethora of strung-together fishing boats and floating villages. Emerald-green sea washes around this immense network of islands and limestone outcrops, which you can explore at leisure on junk boats and by sea kayak. The water continues to chip away at the islands, and you can venture into the mouths of caves hollowed out by the relentless wash of the waves. Dau Go Cave and Sung Sot Caves are adorned with rows of spectacular stalactites.

During our leisurely day at sea, enjoy the luxurious amenities of the Silversea Silver Whisper.

A spectacular, serrated skyline of soaring towers and neon lights, Hong Kong is a vibrant, immersive metropolis and cultural hub. Dramatic harbor-front light shows transform the waterfront’s gleaming buildings into a colorful canvas – best seen from the Star Ferry, when the Symphony of Lights blares into life each evening. A city where future and tradition collide, perhaps best illustrated by the skyscrapers that feature gaping holes designed to allow spirit dragons to soar from the hills to the waterfront unimpeded. Wander flowing shopping streets, wade through sprawling markets and soak up the neon glory of this one-of-a-kind city.

Disembark the Silversea Silver Whisper in Hong Kong and transfer to the Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) for your flight home.

President’s Council Door-to-Door All-Inclusive Rates: (Click here for more details)

Category & Deck Double
Per Person
Single
Price
Ocean View Suites | 287 sq. ft.
Vista Suite | Deck 4 & 5 | Forward $8,800 $12,950
Veranda Suites | 345 sq. ft.
Classic Veranda Suite | Deck 5 & 6 | Forward $10,900 $16,100
Superior Veranda Suite | Deck 5, 6, 7 & 8 | Mid-Ship, Forward $11,400 $16,850
Deluxe Veranda Suite | Deck 6, 8 & 9 | Mid-Ship $11,900 $17,600
Premium Suites
Medallion Suite | Deck 7 | Mid-Ship | 521 sq. ft. $15,500 $30,500
Silver Suite | Deck 7 | Mid-Ship | 653-701 sq. ft. $19,100 $37,700
Royal Suite | Deck 6 & 7 | Forward | 967-1,007 sq. ft. waitlisted $23,300 $46,100
Grand Suite | Deck 6, 7 & 8 | Forward | 941-1,090 sq. ft. $25,000 $49,500
Owner's Suite | Deck 7 | Mid-Ship | 919 sq. ft. waitlisted $30,600 $60,700

The opportunity to travel with President’s Council is an exclusive benefit of membership. Read how to become a President’s Council member or contact us to learn more.

International economy airfare is INCLUDED in the price of the cruise from select gateways. If you choose to book your own airfare, an air credit of $1,500 per person is available. Business class rates are available at a reduced cost.

Rates INCLUDE port taxes of $850 per person.

Double pricing is based on double occupancy or two people per suite.
Single pricing is based on one person per suite and is capacity-controlled by Silversea and subject to change.

Required Deposit: 25% of cruise fare and a non-refundable Global Tracks administration fee of $100 per person

Final Payment: September 9, 2024

Cancellation Schedule: Cancellation penalties apply once deposit is paid, so please review policy below.

Transfers:

  • Your Home to/from Domestic Airport: Private executive transfers to and from your home to the airport (up to 50 miles) are included. A $100 non-use credit will be issued if the service is unavailable or if you choose not to use this service.
  • Airport to/from the Ship: For guests utilizing the included international economy airfare, transfers to and from the ship are included with luggage handling. Transfers to and from the ship are not included for guests taking the $1,500 air credit.

Passports: Passports are required for all guests and must be valid for six months after the end of the cruise, or July 21, 2025.

Vietnam Visa: Silversea Cruises has arranged to obtain visas on arrival for all nationals debarking or transiting Vietnam as a port of call. This visa will be valid for group and independent travel within Vietnam. Your shipboard account will be charged the applicable visa fee imposed by Vietnam. (estimated at approx. $27 per person).

China Visa: US Visitors to Hong Kong are not required to obtain a visa. If you are participating in any pre or post land program going into Mainland China you will be required to secure a visa for China prior to arrival.

Global Tracks offers optional travel insurance. Travel insurance is strongly suggested and will give you the opportunity to recover monies lost through cancellations. We offer Allianz Travel Insurance as an option. Premiums vary depending on your age and the cost of your trip. Purchase within 15 days of deposit for additional benefits.

Shore Excursions open for reservations on July 11, 2024.

Specialty Dining open for reservations on September 9, 2024.

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Cancellation Penalties: All cancellations must be made in writing to Global Tracks. Travel insurance and airfare are non-refundable once purchased. Any payment to Global Tracks constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms. All cancellations are subject to the Global Tracks administration fee of $100 per person paid at deposit in addition to the below schedule:

Cancellation & Penalty Schedule Penalty Applicable
From time of deposit until August 9, 2024 $250 per person penalty
From August 10, 2024 to September 8, 2024 15% of total package penalty
From September 9, 2024 to October 8, 2024 25% of total package penalty
From October 9, 2024 to November 7, 2024 50% of total package penalty
From November 8, 2024 to December 7, 2024 75% of total package penalty
After December 7, 2024 100% of total package penalty

Global Tracks and the Purdue President’s Council are committed to providing you with exceptional cruise and travel experiences. However, there are circumstances beyond our control that may affect the operation of our travel programs.

We strongly recommend that all passengers purchase comprehensive travel insurance. Travel insurance can provide coverage in the event of trip cancellations, delays, or interruptions due to unforeseen circumstances, including those considered force majeure events. “Force Majeure” means any circumstances beyond the reasonable control of Global Tracks and the Purdue President’s Council including, but without limitation, acts of God, war or threat of war declared or undeclared, acts of terrorism, government intervention, riots, strikes, civil disturbance, sickness, pandemics, quarantine, weather conditions, defects in machinery and vehicles, delay, wildlife, or other untoward occurrences.

While we make every effort to adhere to the advertised cruise itinerary, we and our partners reserve the right to modify, postpone, or cancel any part of the cruise without prior notice. Such changes are made with the safety and well-being of our passengers in mind. In the event of a cancellation due to a force majeure event, we will assess the situation on a case-by-case basis.

Silversea Cruises Terms & Conditions:

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO GUESTS: Your cruise booking is governed by the terms and conditions contained in your (i) Passage Contract/Booking Terms (where applicable) and (ii) the Silversea General Terms and Conditions of sale. Your Passage Contract/Booking Conditions and the General Terms and Conditions for the purchase of any products, services, shore excursions, or other activities related to your cruise, contain important limitations on the rights of passengers, including provisions relating to limitation of liability, forum selection, governing law, and the use of alternative dispute resolution to resolve certain types of disputes.

The Passage Contract applicable is available here. To view the purchase terms and conditions, please visit:
https://www.silversea.com/terms-and-conditions

For more information or to book your suite, please contact Sheila!
Direct: 303-729-3543 or Toll-Free 800-989-1204
sheila@globaltracks.com or info@presidentscounciltravel.com