Six Days Is All Too Short Aboard This Great Ship

...back to the ship. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Silver Spirit at anchor off Sanary-sur-Mer, France on her maiden call on April 29, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

This time next year, Silversea will have a brand-new flagship in its luxury fleet. But the 596-guest Silver Muse will owe much of its genesis to the line’s current flagship, the 540-guest Silver Spirit. Since entering service in late 2009, she’s earned a deserved reputation as a comfortable, classy ship that offers all the amenities you might expect of a larger ship, but with the intimacy that Silversea’s discerning guests have come to expect.

Guests have little to want for aboard the luxurious Silver Spirit. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Guests have little to want for aboard the luxurious Silver Spirit. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Onboard, I always enjoy talking with guests to discover what Silversea ship is their favorite – because everyone has one. I hear Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper mentioned a lot; indeed, Silversea seemed to get everything right with these twin beauties that debuted in 2000 and 2001. But most guests also readily admit they were reluctant to try the Silver Spirit because of her larger size -and that once they did, they’d come back to her again.

For me, my six-day reunion with the Silver Spirit proved to be all-too-short. To really experience and appreciate this ship, you need at least a week – ideally more – to get to know just how restful, relaxing and luxurious a Silversea cruise can be. Good thing then that the remainder of Silver Spirit’ s Mediterranean season is made up of sailings that exceed one week in length.

My Home Away From Home: One of Silver Spirit's spacious Veranda Suites. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

My Home Away From Home: One of Silver Spirit’s spacious Veranda Suites. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

On my six-day journey from Barcelona to Rome, I found the Silver Spirit to be in great shape. Fabrics aren’t worn, carpeting isn’t frayed, and the ship’s exterior sparkled with a fresh coat of white paint. Hardly any rust was visible; remarkable considering the ship had just spent the two weeks prior to my embarkation crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Fort Lauderdale.

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Our Live Voyage Report from onboard Silversea’s Silver Spirt has sadly come to a close, but more cruise adventures are in the works. Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

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