AT SEA, Eastern Caribbean, Sunday April 1, 2012 – Island hopping under sunny skies may have been the norm for cruise passengers here in the Caribbean this past winter but guests presently aboard Silver Spirit have been in the midst of a 10-night journey not commonly enjoyed in these parts.
Silversea Cruises’ flagship, the 540-guest Spirit, oozes unpretentious luxury and features a warm, sophisticated décor in its public spaces where the overriding onboard ambience has clearly been created by its 1930s Art Deco feel.
The Suite Life
Guests are living comfortably, too. There are 270 ocean view suites in seven categories ranging in size from 312 to 1,668 square feet, 95 percent of which feature private teak balconies plus all suites enjoy the services of a butler.
Food is never far from reach and choices aboard the intimate vessel abound. Guests have been enjoying six restaurants – The Grill, a casual, outdoor steak and seafood venue under the stars; La Terrazza (Italian); Seishin (Asian); and Le Champagne (fine dining) are among the runaway favorites – plus there’s an 8,300-square-foot spa, fitness center and resort-style pool to keep the calories in check.
Spirit shore excursion opportunities have made the most of this sun-drenched region – sailing and snorkeling to beach breaks and horse back riding were big hits – as guests enjoyed port calls on Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; Gustavia, St. Bart’s, St. John’s, Antigua; Basseterre, St. Kitts; and Road Town, British Virgin Islands.
Today, however, is where Spirit and its cosmopolitan clientele shine brightest. It’s the first of two lazy, back-to-back sea days where shipboard ambience and memorable port tales collide for enlightening banter around the pool deck.
Later this week – We’ll take a closer look at Silver Spirit.
Silversea Cruises unveiled the ultra-luxurious, 540-guest Silver Spirit just two years ago amidst much praise and fanfare. It was, after all, the line’s first newly-constructed vessel since 2001. This week, ship guests like this gentleman outside the vessel’s Observation Lounge, are in the midst of a 10-night Eastern Caribbean voyage and Cruise News Weekly Editor Michael Coleman is onboard. Look for Coleman’s ship dispatches here later this week.
We’re back and headed to two different ships this next week. This weekend we’ll be previewing Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy. And over the next week we’ll be posting updates from SilverSea’s Silver Spirit.
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL., Jan. 21, 2010 — Silver Spirit, Silversea Cruises’ elegant new vessel, was formally christened here today before 450 guests and dignitaries at Port Everglades.
The ship’s godmother, Silvia Lefebvre, sister of Silversea chairman Manfredi Lefebvre, presided over the festivities. â€¨â€¨
“Today is a proud day for Silversea as we celebrate the christening of our new ship and what is the culmination of much effort and planning,” said Amerigo Perasso, Silversea’s president and chief executive officer.
“From her sophisticated Art Deco interior design and extra-spacious suites to a host of new amenities and services, Silver Spirit embodies the innovative spirit of our company and is a dramatic step forward for our award-winning concept of ultra-luxury cruising.” â€¨â€¨
Silversea’s chief operating officer, Kenneth W. Watson, acknowledged the recent earthquake tragedy in Haiti, and announced that the company had made a charitable donation to the American Red Cross on behalf of guests departing on tonight’s Grand Inaugural Voyage.
Godmother Lefebvre christened the ship with a bottle of MoÃ«t & Chandon champagne. A replica of the champagne bottle will be auctioned off as a memento during Silver Spirit’s Grand Inaugural Voyage to benefit the Maruzza Lefebvre d’Ovidio Foundation, a non-profit organization spearheaded by Ms. Lefebvre. A major part of its energy and resources is dedicated to the diffusion of palliative care for children, babies and adolescents affected by incurable disease.
At 36,000 tons, and accommodating 540 guests, Silver Spirit features the largest suites in the Silversea fleet, 95 percent of which feature a private veranda. The onboard decor lends a sophisticated 1930s Art Deco ambiance to the public spaces, highlights of which include an indoor/outdoor spa measuring more than 8,300 square feet, a resort-style pool and a choice of six dining venues including Seishin, showcasing Asian-fusion cuisine, and the innovative Stars Supper Club, offering trendsetting menus and all-night entertainment. â€¨
Tonight, the ship departs on her 91-day Grand Inaugural Voyage exploring over 20 countries and 45 ports throughout the Americas. Silver Spirit will then spend the summer in the Mediterranean before repositioning to the Caribbean for fall and winter cruises. â€¨â€¨
One of cruise travel’s leading luxury operators, the line offers many large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and now Silver Spirit. With the inclusion of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, launched in 2008, the company’s itineraries encompass all seven continents.
Tomorrow: We’ll take a closer look at this new, luxurious vessel.
Cruise News Weekly Editor Michael Coleman is aboard Silver Spirit and will be reporting on Silversea Cruises’ new flagship this week including tomorrow’s christening ceremony at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.
Cruise News Weekly Editor Michael Coleman will be reporting on Silversea Cruises’ new flagship, Silver Spirit, during christening ceremonies in Fort Lauderdale this week. Here’s his latest dispatch.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., Jan. 19, 2010 – Silversea Cruises’ new flagship, Silver Spirit, arrived here this morning at Port Everglades completing a maiden voyage across the Atlantic which began 16-days ago in Lisbon.
As the first new cruise ship in 2010 to make her way to this busy port, Silver Spirit’s arrival was celebrated in grand style with escorting fireboats providing a water salute while a plane circled overhead towing a large banner that read “Welcome Silver Spirit.”
The elegant, all-suite ship will host several days of inaugural activities here, including an exclusive evening event on Jan. 20 for guests sailing on the 91-day Grand Inaugural Voyage that will feature acclaimed singer and pianist Michael Feinstein.
“It’s a great honor for us to welcome our beautiful new Silver Spirit to the Americas,” said Kenneth W. Watson, Silversea’s chief operating officer.
“This ship is the perfect expression of the graceful elegance and comfortable ambiance found aboard our ships fleetwide, plus her 1930s Art Deco-inspired features recall the glamour of ocean travel’s grandest era.”
The 540-passenger, all-suite vessel is Silversea’s first newly-constructed ship since 2001. The line now features a six-ship fleet.
Later this week: We’ll take a closer look at Silver Spirit.
Guests sailing aboard Silver Spirit’s 91-day Grand Inaugural Voyage this month are set to enjoy an exclusive evening of entertainment when multiple Grammy Award-nominee Michael Feinstein takes to the stage. The performance will follow a gala bon voyage dinner to be held aboard Silver Spirit in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, Jan. 20, the day before the ship embarks on an expansive journey exploring over 20 countries and 45 ports throughout the Americas – for the very first time.
“Every detail of Silver Spirit’s Grand Inaugural Voyage has been designed with a highly discerning and experienced traveler in mind, and we want the onboard entertainment experience to be of equally exceptional caliber,” said Christian Sauleau, Silversea’s executive vice president of vessel operations. “We’re delighted to have such an extraordinary performer as Michael Feinstein on hand to help us celebrate the launch of our new flagship and what is sure to be the voyage of a lifetime for our guests.”
An outstanding vocalist and pianist, Michael Feinstein is renowned for finding “lost,” older songs and breathing new life into them. His repertoire includes songs by such great songwriters as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, and Duke Ellington.
The newest addition to Silversea’s ultra-luxury, six-ship fleet, Silver Spirit debuted in Europe in December and will host several days of inaugural activities in Fort Lauderdale when the 540-guest, all-suite ship arrives on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Among the highlights is the Christening Ceremony scheduled to take place on Thursday, Jan. 21.
Silversea Cruises’ quintet of elegant all-suite ships – Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and the new Silver Spirit – will offer 170 diverse itineraries, visiting over 335 ports in more than 100 countries and island destinations in 2011.
Highlights include Silver Spirit’s 119-day inaugural World Cruise and seven new Silversea destinations: Brindisi, Italy; San Sebastian on the Canary Island of La Gomera; Ballycastle, Northern Ireland; St. Helier on the British Isle of Jersey; Matarani, Peru; Cooktown in Queensland, Australia; and South Australia’s Port Lincoln.
“It’s always our goal to provide unique and enriching travel experiences,” said Kenneth Watson, Silversea’s chief operating officer. “Our 2011 schedule has been carefully designed to offer a broad range of travel choices, including multiple-day calls and overnight stays showcasing traditional must-see destinations, as well as myriad opportunities to explore the world’s most exotic regions.”
Among the highlights:
Silver Cloud – The 296-guest Silver Cloud starts the year with a series of Caribbean voyages and two crossings of the Panama Canal before spending a month in the Mediterranean. Silver Cloud then travels northward to summer in Iceland, Scandinavia, Britain and Ireland. An overnight visit to remote Archangel, Russia, is one of the season’s highlights. Autumn in the Mediterranean precedes a stylish return to the warm Caribbean waters and explorations in the Amazon.
Silver Wind – 2011 itineraries aboard the 298-guest Silver Wind begin in Dubai, visit India and exotic Oman, slip into the seductive Seychelles and trace Africa’s coastline from Mombasa to Cape Town to Morocco. Mediterranean destinations, including the Holy Land, and a Black Sea cruise fill the idyllic days of spring and summer, followed by two more cruises to the Holy Land and an encore of Arabian ports and Seychelles islands to close out the year.
Silver Shadow – As the 382-guest Silver Shadow opens the year with explorations of Oceania, spectacular New Zealand fjords and a first-ever, 30-day circumnavigation of Australia are among the season’s highlights followed by Far East voyages during spring. Alaska cruises fill the entire summer season before a return to China, Japan and Vietnam. Popular holiday sailings in Australia and New Zealand are again on the calendar for 2011.
Silver Whisper – Aboard the 382-guest Silver Whisper, 2011 arrives in the majestic Chilean fjords, setting the tone for a year of spectacular experiences in South America, the Caribbean and Northern Europe. Itineraries include three days in St. Petersburg, Norwegian fjord cruising, and fall foliage season in Canada and New England. The year concludes as it began with Caribbean and South America voyages.
Silver Spirit – For the 540-guest Silver Spirit, debuting in December, 2011 features a 119-day inaugural World Cruise spanning from Los Angeles to Southampton. This epic journey takes in the tranquility of French Polynesia, Australia’s untamed landscapes, the unique customs and cultures of Asia, Egyptian wonders and favorite Mediterranean ports from Italy and Monaco to Spain and Portugal. Throughout summer, special Mediterranean sailings focus on the Greek isles or the flavors of Italy. Look also for an overnight in Monte Carlo during the Grand Prix. Late autumn months are celebrated beneath the warmth of a Caribbean sun.
Complete day-by-day itineraries are available at silversea.com. In the next few weeks, itineraries will be unveiled for the line’s expedition ship, Prince Albert II.
Silversea offers guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels. Each ship offers an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. Company itineraries encompass all seven continents.