Dreaming of the Med? So Is Silversea

The Trevi Fountain on the evening of August 9, 2013. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Rome’s Trevi Fountain. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

If you’re contemplating sailing the Mediterranean this year, ultra-luxury line Silversea keeps sweetening the pot with some great offers and specials on their full lineup of 2016 voyages through the region.

Most recently, Silversea made some modifications to some of its existing lineup of Mediterranean cruises. Select itineraries will feature exclusive onboard experiences and activities that can range from full-blown operatic performances created in conjunction with the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, featuring acclaimed soloists from the famous Bolshoi Theatre of Russia.

Culinary-themed voyages will host guest chefs from Relais & Chateaux, of which Silversea has been a long-standing partner.

Outdoor dining at Silversea's Grill featuring Hot Rocks. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Outdoor dining at Silversea’s Grill featuring Hot Rocks aboard the Silver Spirit. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Featured Mediterranean itineraries will also keep offering what Silversea is calling their Most Exclusive All-inclusive™ packages, which include a two-night pre-cruise stay at a deluxe hotel, all transfers between the airport, the hotel and the ship, and roundtrip international airfare from over 50 gateways in the United States and Canada. The line continues to offer free shore excursion options in each and every port of call.

This is also a good time to mention that we’ll be sailing aboard Silversea’s current flagship, Silver Spirit, on her April 26, 2016 six-day voyage from Barcelona, Spain to Rome, Italy and will be reporting with a daily Live Voyage Report from the Mediterranean.

Our Silver Spirit voyage will take us through the heart of the Mediterranean. Illustration courtesy of Silversea

Our Silver Spirit voyage will take us through the heart of the Mediterranean. Illustration courtesy of Silversea

The Silver Spirit is one of my all-time favorite ships. Over the course of three voyages, she’s taken me to the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and even whisked me across the Atlantic Ocean back in 2012 on a spectacular journey from Barbados to Lisbon.

Carrying just 540 guests, the Silver Spirit is the largest ship that Silversea has built to-date (the forthcoming Silver Muse will be slightly larger). The one thing I appreciate about her, though, is that she’s not too big: she still offers the same spaciousness as her smaller fleetmates, along with the same dedicated service and amenities.

Lazy days at sea made it easy to fall into the Silversea Lull. After all, would you want to leave this gorgeous Silver Suite? Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Lazy days at sea make it easy to fall into the Silversea Lull. After all, would you want to leave this gorgeous Silver Suite? Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

It’s not difficult to get hooked on sailing with the line either. Suites, even at the low end, are large and inviting, and every single category of suite is treated to the services of a professional butler who will take care of any of your daily needs, from specialty dining reservations to laundry services or even just restocking your private mini-bar.

Silver Spirit was also highly influential on the Silversea product. Launched in December of 2009, she set the tone for the décor of public areas like The Bar, Silversea’s social watering hole; and Le Champagne, Silversea’s very own Relais & Chateaux restaurant at sea.

Of course, part of the luxury experience is not having to queue up in lines, or fight for deck space or that favourite seat in the lounge.

Welcome Aboard! Silver Spirit's Reception area and Bar are decorated in beautiful Art Deco. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Welcome Aboard! Silver Spirit’s Reception area and Bar are decorated in beautiful Art Deco. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

It’s been four years since I’ve sailed on the Silver Spirit, and I’m looking forward to sailing aboard her in the same way I’d look forward to seeing an old friend. There have been many changes in the world since 2012, and indeed, many changes in the Silversea product: excursions in the Mediterranean are now offered on a complimentary basis, and Wi-Fi internet access is now provided without an additional fee.

But everything that I’ve grown to love about Silversea with my repeat voyages with the line is still there, from the friendly, personable staff to the complimentary premium spirits to the excellent food and the nine different pillow options. To-date, I’ve tried all of two. I swear I’ll get to the other seven someday.

So join us in April as we sail aboard the elegant Silver Spirit and cover some truly spectacular ports of call, including Sete, France; Sanary, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Livorno, Italy; and Olbia, Italy. Not to mention the beautiful cities of Barcelona and Rome.

Grill with a View: the spectacular vista from our table at The Grill featuring Black Rock Dining aboard the Silver Spirit. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Night falls on deck on Silversea’s elegant Silver Spirit. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Our Live Voyage Report aboard Silversea’s Silver Spirit will begin April 23, 2016. Follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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