Touring Silversea’s Silver Whisper

Welcome aboard Silversea's Silver Whisper in Quebec City, Canada! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Welcome aboard Silversea’s Silver Whisper in Quebec City, Canada! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Friday, October 16, 2015

It was pouring rain early this morning as I ate my breakfast at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and gazed out at the misty expanse of the St. Lawrence River and Quebec City. But not even the chilly weather could dampen my spirits; with a vibrant backdrop of fire-red trees, Silverseas elegant Silver Whisper was berthed at the Quebec City Cruise Terminal – and she was my ultimate destination today.

It's easy to find your ship at the fantastic Quebec City Cruise Terminal. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

It’s easy to find your ship at the fantastic Quebec City Cruise Terminal. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Built in 2001, the Silver Whisper is the sister-ship to the similarly-designed Silver Shadow, which typically makes her home in the Pacific Ocean for much of the year. I sailed aboard Silver Shadow to Alaska last summer and found the experience to be unlike any other Alaskan cruise I had experienced to that point. If there’s a quantifier about Silversea, it’s that they deliver more than you’d expect – and they do it consistently.

The Silver Whisper tied up today in Quebec City. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The Silver Whisper tied up today in Quebec City. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Carrying just 382 guests in accommodations that nearly all feature their own private verandas, the 610-foot long (186 metre) Silver Whisper is like the stretch limo equivalent of Silversea’s two launch vessels, Silver Cloud and Silver Wind. While I don’t believe in saying that any one ship is better than another (because “better” is highly subjective), I feel comfortable in saying that Silver Whisper and her sister Silver Shadow are two vessels that past Silversea guests have consistently counted as their favorites in the fleet.

Welcome aboard! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Welcome aboard! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Of course, it’s hard to not fall in love with these elegant yet understated ships, as I once again learned when I stepped aboard shortly before eleven this morning. Almost immediately, I began recognizing crew members from previous trips aboard Silver Wind and Silver Shadow. That’s the great thing about sailing multiple times with Silversea; you get to know and recognize the wonderful crews that they employ; crews that really are second-to-none.

The main elevator bank on Deck 5. Public rooms are clustered aft, while suites are all located forward. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The main elevator bank on Deck 5. Public rooms are clustered aft, while suites are all located forward. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

There’s also an excellent degree of familiarity built-in to every Silversea ship. Though they differ in size and shape, their basic general arrangement plans are the same. That means that all guest accommodations are located forward of the funnel on each deck, while public rooms occupy the after portion of each deck.

The tour started off with an unexpected highlight: the chance to tour Vista Suite 421. Vista Suites are Silversea’s oceanview accommodations. There are only a handful of these suites aboard each Silversea vessel, and I’ve always wanted to see one, as they’re some of the first suites to be booked on each voyage thanks to their price-conscious nature.

Vista Suite 421 is one of a handful of oceanview suites aboard the Silver Whisper. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Vista Suite 421 is one of a handful of oceanview suites aboard the Silver Whisper. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Clocking in at 287 square feet, Vista Suites aboard the Silver Whisper are nearly as large as their Veranda Suite counterparts, yet they include all the amenities that are afforded to every other guests onboard. These suites still feature full butler service, Bulgari toiletries (or Ferragamo, if that is your preference.) You can choose nine (nine!) different types of pillow, two kinds of mattresses, indulge in Pratesi linens from Italy, and even enjoy room service from the evening’s dining room menu – served course-by-course in your suite, if that is your wish.

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Our Live Report from Silversea’s Silver Whisper will continue tomorrow as spend some time doing what her guests would do: exploring Vieux Quebec! Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

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