This week, Silversea’s elegant 382-guest Silver Whisper is setting out on her 2017 World Cruise. Over the course of 116 days, she’ll sail from San Francisco to Monte Carlo, where she’ll arrive on May 3, 2017 – in time for guests to hang around for the Monaco Grand Prix, if they wish to.

Silver Whisper isn’t Silversea’s newest ship, but she is one of the line’s most well-loved. It is perhaps because of her stellar following that Silversea has placed her in charge of the company’s most prestigious journey year after year.

Silversea’s Silver Whisper docked in Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale), Florida on December 20, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

In December, I caught up with Silver Whisper in Port Everglades, Florida just after her drydock at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas. Hopping onboard for a quick tour in the afternoon, I was impressed with what I saw: a classic ship that has been given a smart-looking refresh that has touched nearly every corner of the ship.

Unlike many refits these days, the details aboard Silver Whisper are subtle. You’ve got to really look for them to notice the work that was done over seven frantic days – or, as Silversea’s President of the Americas Mark Conroy told me, “twelve days of work crammed into seven.”

Welcome aboard! Silver Whisper’s dual central staircases provide access to every corner of the ship. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

What’s nice about this refit is that it has kept the warm look and feel of the Silver Whisper and modified it with modest changes. Sweeping refits are great, but they can sometimes change the look and feel of a ship – and not always for the better. With this latest “refresher” of the Silver Whisper’s décor, the areas of focus have been on taking the ship’s best features and accentuating them.

“Our goal with this refurbishment was to refresh Silver Whisper‘s signature style and honor her superb legacy of hosting our iconic world cruises by revitalizing the onboard experience for our guests,” said Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s CEO. “Silver Whisper’s enhancements are a perfect complement to the superior level of personalized service and warm hospitality that our guests receive on every voyage, whether it’s a seven-day Mediterranean sailing or an around-the-world adventure.”

The Bar on Deck 5, all “decked” out for Christmas. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

The refit is part of Silversea’s US$170-million commitment to refurbishing its existing fleet of classic and luxury expedition ships. The largest such undertaking in the history of the line, both Silver Discoverer and Silver Wind have already received their own makeovers, while Silver Cloud is slated for the most dramatic makeover of all this fall, when she is converted into an ice-strengthened luxury expedition ship capable of carrying between just 200 and 260 guests.

Aboard Silver Whisper, one of the most immediately noticeable enhancements was the removal of the synthetic green astroturf decking and replacing it with new, ocean-blue decking.

Little touches are all about the Silversea experience, like the choice of Bulgari, Ferragamo or hypoallergenic toiletries. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Other enhancements found throughout the ship include new carpeting in all suites and rejuvenated flooring in the ship’s Restaurant, La Terrazza, the Panorama Lounge, Connoisseur’s Corner, and the Spa at Silversea. La Terrazza and The Restaurant all benefitted from newly-upholstered chairs, done in a new soft rose-coloured fabric that lightens up the room.

Arguably the most noticeable aspect of the refit can be seen in the Observation Lounge, which sports new wood display cases, wall panelling, and a brand-new bar topped with classy marble.

Take a look at the newly-refurbished Silver Whisper and see for yourself why this ship, built in 2000, is still as classy as the day she entered service 17 years ago:

In the main Restaurant, guests will find new reconditioned flooring…Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…along with new upholstery for chairs and soft furnishings. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

The same applies up in La Terrazza, Silver Whisper’s casual dining venue by day…Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…and classic Italian restaurant by night. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

New lighting and flooring is also featured in La Terrazza’s buffet area. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Next door, Le Champagne looks as good as ever. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

The Relais and Chateaux-venue is open nightly for dinner reservations. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Next door is The Connoisseur’s Club…Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…which features fine cigars, cognacs…Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…and reconditioned floorind. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Up on Deck 8, the Panorama Lounge was given a new dance floor…Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…and still sparkles inside…Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…and out. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

You might pass by these brand-new sliding glass doors on your way out of the Panorama Lounge to the Pool Deck. They’re a great new feature. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

You might also notice that Silver Whisper sports some great-looking new blue astroturf decking on Decks 8, 9 and 10. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

On Deck 10 forward, the Spa at Silversea received reconditioned flooring…Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…and is still an oasis of relaxation. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

The Observation Lounge at the bow of Deck 10…Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…benefits from completely new wall treatments, display cases, and even a new bar with marble counter top. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Silver Whisper Owner’s Suite: luxury that spares no expense. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

New carpeting graces most suites onboard. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Most suites also benefit from new flat-panel televisions…Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…which are a tremendous improvement. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Silver Whisper’s Reception Desk, Deck 5. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

From stem-to-stern, the Silver Whisper is in great condition – and she’s ready for her 2017 World Cruise! Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Click here to read our Voyage Report aboard Silver Whisper’s sister, Silver Shadow, in Southeast Asia; or our journey to Alaska in 2014.


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