Stormy, yes. But this journey from Rome to Malaga had so much more to offer.

Silversea's elegant Silver Wind docked in Trapani, Sicily, on Thursday, November 21, 2013. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Silversea’s elegant Silver Wind docked in Trapani, Sicily, on Thursday, November 21, 2013. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

There’s no getting around it: the seas I experienced last week aboard Silversea’s Silver Wind, on Voyage 2334 from Rome to Malaga were some of the worst I’ve had in the Mediterranean. Roughly seven suites disembarked in Naples following a very bumpy ride from Civitavecchia that saw our port call in Sorrento altered.

They may have escaped the seas, but I think they missed out on a great experience.

Yes, it was rough. I could only get a few forward-facing shots before my lens was entirely covered with ocean spray. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Yes, it was rough. I could only get a few forward-facing shots before my lens was entirely covered with ocean spray. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Sure, everything that wasn’t bolted down clattered around my suite, or fell, or broke entirely. Sure, shaving my face each morning we weren’t docked became a nerve-jangling dance with fate that I could have probably done without.

But I have never seen a crew gel and work so well together as the current crew onboard the Silver Wind. This is particularly impressive when you consider the ship had just come from an intensive, two-week drydock in Palermo. A drydock is far from a walk in the park; it’s so busy that most crew look forward to the guests returning to they can actually take a bit of a breather.

Fresh from drydock, even the non-altered areas of the Silver Wind sparkled. Pictured here is the Deck 6 staircase, facing forward. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Fresh from drydock, even the non-altered areas of the Silver Wind sparkled. Pictured here is the Deck 6 staircase, facing forward. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Roughly half the crew worked day-and-night during the drydock. The other half of the crew had two weeks off to spend with friends and family. So to come back to the first voyage after drydock – which is always demanding – and discover that Mother Nature is going to put you through the wringer as well must have been amazingly stressful.

If it was (and trust me – it was) they never showed it.

Click here to continue reading our Live Voyage Report Recap!

Our Live Voyage Report through the Mediterranean aboard Silversea’s Silver Wind has sadly come to a close, but stay tuned for more Live Voyage Reports – my next journey begins December 9! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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