Silver Spirit offers sophisticated charm, elegance
Ship Review by Michael Coleman, January 2010
It’s been almost nine years since ultra-luxury cruise operator Silversea unveiled a new ship but guests will soon agree that the wait has been worth it.
The 12-deck, 540-passenger, all-suite ship is Silversea’s first newly-constructed vessel since 2001.
The 36,000-ton Spirit, unveiled in Fort Lauderdale this week, offers a sophisticated 1930s Art Deco ambiance in public spaces and 270 suites that range in size from 312 to 1,668 square feet, 95 per cent of which feature private balconies.
She boasts six restaurants, the brand’s largest spa, expanded deck space plus new dining and entertainment options. In addition, cutting edge technology is at the fore as two large, flat-panel televisions are actually hidden behind mirrors in each suite.
Although bigger than its Silversea sisters — Silver Wind, Silver Cloud, Silver Whisper, Silver Shadow and the line’s expedition ship Prince Albert II – Spirit offers a familiar layout, something the line was mindful of during the design process.
The interiors are both visually appealing and comfortable. Onboard deck space is expansive, with numerous, comfortable lounge areas that afford shade and sun.
The Spirit also offers four production shows ranging from the musical “Aquarius” to the Elton John-themed “Rocketman.”
At 8,300 square feet, look for the ship’s spa to provide an outdoor relaxation area for pre- and post-treatment complete with expansive aft sea views, plush loungers and a large hot tub. Among the new treatments and services is the medi-spa, which offers a selection of physician-administered facial treatments using wrinkle-reducing agents as Botox Cosmetic.
The culinary choices, however, may be the ship’s greatest feature.
The Spirit has the line’s staple eateries such as the Restaurant, offering a range of 21 menus and La Terrazza, an homage to Silversea’s Italian heritage, serving freshly made pasta and ingredients flown in from Italy.
Look for the Pool Grille to serve spa cuisine and quick fare and it also features an informal dinner concept that lets guests grill their meal on heated lava rocks.
Le Champagne is the highlight of the line’s association with Relais & Chateaux, where guests can indulge in a six-course menu for $30 per person; for an additional $200 they can sample the wine pairing offerings.
New dining venues include Stars Supper Club, which is modeled after the Rainbow Room in New York. Look for menus to feature all-encompassing flavors from around the world.
Look also for the intimate, 24-seat, Japanese-inspired Seishin, featuring a large, round chef’s table as its centerpiece. Seated guests can watch the chef sculpt sushi and sashimi. There is a $40 cover charge here for the 11-course menu, which includes Beluga caviar and Kobe beef. Guests can enjoy a sake tasting for an additional $40 or a wine tasting for $200.
The ship is in the midst of a 91-day Grand Inaugural Voyage exploring over 20 countries and 45 ports throughout the Americas. Spirit will then spend the summer in the Mediterranean before repositioning to the Caribbean for fall and winter cruises.
Silversea itineraries encompass all seven continents.
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