Embarking the Silver Wind in Civitavecchia, Italy

An uncharacteristically-deserted Piazza Navona. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

An uncharacteristically-deserted Piazza Navona, seen in the early hours of Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Today is the big day: after an overnight stay in the Italian city of Rome at the Hotel Bernini Bristol, I am finally onboard Silversea’s beautiful Silver Wind.

It was almost three years ago that I first sailed with Silversea, on a nine-day Southern Caribbean itinerary aboard the line’s flagship, Silver Spirit. It didn’t take any time for me to realize I’d discovered something truly special, and each successive sailing I’ve taken with the line has only reaffirmed that impression.

Basically, if I was going to create my dream cruise line, it would probably come out very much like Silversea.

The sitting room of my Midship Veranda Suite aboard Silversea's Silver Wind. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The sitting room of my Midship Veranda Suite aboard Silversea’s Silver Wind. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Like a kid at Christmas, I awoke in my room on the 3rd Floor of Rome’s Hotel Bernini Bristol with giddy anticipation of the day to come. Anyone who’s sailed Silversea before can tell you what they look forward to; for me, it’s the Bulgari toiletries, my favorite pool drink, a Chicken Guacamole burger for lunch, and above all else, the friendly crew. Sailing with Silversea is more like a reunion for the lines’ past guests than a vacation, and I always enjoy seeing old friends each time I step aboard.

The gorgeous Trevi Fountain, constructed in 1732, seen without the customary throng of tourists. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The gorgeous Trevi Fountain, constructed in 1732, seen without the customary throng of tourists on my early morning stroll through Rome today. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Like a kid at Christmas, I woke early this morning – 5:30am, to be exact. Darkness still enveloped Roma when I pulled open the curtains to my room. Across the lane, cleaning staff were hard at work putting the finishing touches on flood-lit offices before workers arrived for the day. Off in the distance somewhere, the bells of a cathedral rang out, their echoes muffled by the myriad of ancient buildings that make up Rome’s “inner city.”

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Our Live Voyage Report through the Mediterranean aboard Silversea’s Silver Wind will continue tomorrow as we make a bit of a detour to Naples, Italy. Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

One Response to Silver Wind Mediterranean Live Voyage Report – Day 2

  1. Kim says:

    I really love the post! Just wish I could read it thru on this site! Color scheme is much nicer 🙂

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