Exploring Florence with Silversea

Today, guests aboard Silversea's Silver Spirit could choose between visits to Florence and Pisa. Guess which one I picked? Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Today, guests aboard Silversea’s Silver Spirit could choose between visits to Florence and Pisa. Guess which one I picked? Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

Today, Silversea’s ultra-luxury Silver Spirit brought her 540 guests into our first Italian port of this cruise, sailing into Livorno. Except that no one here has really come to see Livorno. In fact, nearly the entire ship is on-tour this Saturday, bound for the sights of Pisa or – in my case – Florence.

Good Morning, Livorno! Livorno is an industrial port, filled primarily with...Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Good Morning, Livorno! Livorno is an industrial port, filled primarily with…Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

...ferries bound for other Mediterranean destinations. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…ferries bound for other Mediterranean destinations. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

I might sound like a broken record, but I want to illustrate how wonderful the crew aboard the Silver Spirit are – and how nice it is to see old friends again. In the past two days, I’ve run into two fabulous crew members that I didn’t realize were onboard. I’ve sailed with both of them on three or four voyages now, and it’s something that I only really encounter on Silversea – despite having sailed a number of times on other lines. On big ships with thousands of crew members, the level of service – and past-guest recognition – just isn’t the same. A Silversea ship feels like family.

This is the part of the blog where I normally blah-blah-blah my way through our day. Today, however, I’d like to do something different: I’d like to show you our day in Florence on our full-day Silver Shore excursion.

It’s a full day of Italian immersion, both onboard and ashore – just as a good cruise through Italy should be.

After a 90-minute drive from Livorno, guests aboard Silver Spirit arrived in Florence (Firenze), Italy. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

After a 90-minute drive from Livorno, guests aboard Silver Spirit arrived in Florence (Firenze), Italy. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Silversea offered two types of Florence tours: a full-day, guided tour for $129 per person, or a full-day, "Florence On Your Own" excursion for $99. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Silversea offered two types of Florence tours: a full-day, guided tour for $129 per person, or a full-day, “Florence On Your Own” excursion for $99. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

The guided tour included all the major sites, like the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

The guided tour included all the major sites, like the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

In addition, we were also given approximately four hours to enjoy Florence on our own. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

In addition, we were also given approximately four hours to enjoy Florence on our own. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

The benefit of taking Silversea's guided tour is that it allowed us to bypass long lines to get inside attractions like...Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

The benefit of taking Silversea’s guided tour is that it allowed us to bypass long lines to get inside attractions like…Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

...Il Duomo. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…Il Duomo. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Of course, stops for Gelato are a must when in Italy! Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Of course, stops for Gelato are a must when in Italy! Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Unfortunately, the weather Gods didn't smile on us for long...Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Unfortunately, the weather Gods didn’t smile on us for long…Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report from onboard Silversea’s Silver Spirt continues tomorrow from Sardinia! Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

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