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25th Oct 2024 | 11 nights | Silversea | Silver Spirit

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The all-suite Silver Spirit made a splashy entry into the luxury cruise world when Silversea introduced the vessel as its flagship back in 2009. However, when Silversea introduced Silver Muse as its newest flagship in 2017, the Muse won greater praise from critics and passengers for its larger size, better suite layout, greater choice of amenities, and chic modern style. Inspired by Muse's success, Silversea gave Silver Spirit a £70-million-plus refurbishment, including adding a new midsection in March 2018, to better match Silver Muse's allure.

For the refurbishment, the ship was cut in half, and a 49-foot-long prebuilt midsection was inserted. The ship benefits from its greater length with a larger pool, additional outdoor space and seating by the pool and on the sun deck, and an increase in suites from 270 to 304.

Silver Spirit also elevated its dining experiences to echo Silver Muse. The ship replaced its primary restaurant with four new dining choices: Atlantide, Indochine, Spaccanapoli, and Silver Note. Dining opportunities now total eight. In every dining venue, new and old, the quality of cuisine -- from ingredients to preparation -- soared dramatically in mid-2018.

You'll find many lounges onboard -- from Decks 5 to 11 -- including the newest additions, Dolce Vita and Arts Cafe. Passengers who enjoy reading or borrowing books will treasure Tor's Observation Library, which features an evening-only bar. Art and fashion books fill shelves in the Arts Cafe, a chill all-day hangout with outdoor seating.

With its 2018 renovation, Silver Spirit flaunts a modern Italian design with Art-Deco accents, vibing more like a high-priced boutique Milano hotel than a staid cruise ship. Cream and beige rule the colour scheme, and hints of red and blue pop beautifully against the neutral palette. Textural furnishings emphasize velvety and tweed fabrics and buttery leather. New, brighter lighting (particularly in suites) lends a cheeriness throughout the ship.

Silver Spirit's best calling card may well be its service. Passengers rarely receive a request denial; the staff -- from suite attendants and reception desk personnel to maitre d's -- are trained to satisfy every passenger whim.

A happy crew usually translates to happy passengers, and on this ship, the saying holds true. The camaraderie shared between officers and other staff is evident, and all crew -- from housekeeping and engineers up to the captain -- warmly smile and greet passing passengers. Over the length of a cruise (particularly a longer one), it's easy to feel as if you are family.

White-gloved and tux-clad butlers up the passenger pampering. Each is generally assigned about 10 to 12 suites per voyage, and every suite enjoys butler service. Butlers can act as if you're their sole passenger, fussing over your room service table and asking about your day when delivering canapes or laundry. A good butler quickly becomes indispensable and many passengers disembark Silver Spirit wishing they could take theirs home. (Count this writer as one of them.)

Expect a high-energy vibe similar to Silver Muse -- no matter the age group -- unlike on the more low-key sister ships. The ship's enlargement doesn't diminish any sense of intimacy; it's subtle and makes Spirit feel more spacious, which passengers enjoy. That said, not every second of any luxury cruise is perfect. But close to flawless? Silver Spirit scores an emphatic yes.

Daytime attire is casual both onboard and ashore. Passengers usually wear jeans or trousers with a collared shirt or T-shirt. Trainers, sandals, and other comfortable flat or low-heeled shoes are typical daytime footwear.

In the evening, the dress code varies between casual, informal, and formal. Your cruise documents include a dress code schedule, and a reminder is included in the Silversea Chronicles bulletin that's delivered nightly to suites for the following day.

Embarkation and disembarkation nights are always casual dress, and although jeans and shorts are not allowed in the dining rooms in the evenings, many passengers wear both these two nights. On other casual nights, women wear sundresses or low-key trousers outfits, and men wear trousers and open-neck collared shirts. "Informal" evenings translate to women wearing dresses or silk or linen tops and trousers, and men wearing dressier trousers and a jacket (tie optional).

On formal nights, men are expected to don tuxedos or dark suits, while women wear evening gowns or cocktail dresses. That said, tuxedos and evening gowns are rarely seen. Generally, women wear cocktail dresses or dressy trousers outfits, and men wear dark suits with ties.

If you want to skip the formal dress code, La Terrazza and Seishin both allow informal attire on formal nights. Dining at The Grill (aka Hot Rocks) is always casual. However, if you want to visit the bars and lounges later that evening, you must wear an outfit adhering to the night's dress code.

Expect one formal night for voyages of nine nights or less; 14-night cruises have three formal nights. (On seven-night sailings in the Baltic, Mediterranean, and Alaska, formal night is always optional and passengers may instead dress according to the "informal" code.)

Silver Spirit Inclusions

Like all Silversea ships, Silver Spirit is all-inclusive, including complimentary wines and spirits, speciality coffees, bottled water, an in-suite bar stocked with passengers' favourite beverages, 24-hour room service, laundry room use, unlimited Wi-Fi and gratuities. All dining is included except for dinner in La Dame and Seishin.

Shore excursions, cigars, high-end wines and liquors on a premium list, and spa and beauty treatments (prices includes gratuities) are the only additional costs you can incur. The onboard currency is the U.S. dollar.

Shore Excursions

You can find a wide variety of shore excursions in most ports, including private cars with drivers. Activity levels range from minimal (such as panoramic coach tours) to extensive (like hiking). Shore excursion details are clearly spelt out, making it easy to choose which activity best suits your interests and physical abilities.

Cars, vans and coaches are always top-notch, and local guides are highly qualified and personable. Tips for guides and drivers are not included in your cruise fare, so come prepared. A bus is rarely more than half-full, to ensure passengers' comfort.

A Silversea employee accompanies every tour to ensure all goes smoothly. Crew offers amenities, such as water, towels and umbrellas -- whatever is appropriate to the destination -- before passengers disembark the ship. Onboard coaches and buses, passengers are usually given water and wet wipes. Upon arrival back at the ship, the crew stands ready, offering fruit punch or other cooling beverages, water and cooling towels.

You can make shore excursion reservations online from 120 days before a voyage until up to seven days before the cruise departure date. You can also reserve shore excursions onboard, but note that some popular excursions fill early. Once onboard, you can request to join a waitlist if a tour is full. Prerecorded shore excursion information appears on the ship's closed-circuit television. The shore concierge desk is helpful and patient.

In port, a local tourism representative comes onboard in the morning to answer additional questions. Maps are available, too. Silver Spirit offers free shuttle bus service from the cruise terminal to the town centre whenever possible.

Daytime and Evening Entertainment

Silver Spirit features a range of daytime activities, including bridge, language lessons, sudoku, bingo, and team trivia. Many passengers sign up for bridge classes and tournaments and play daily. Special events, such as cooking demonstrations and a British pub lunch in Dolce Vita (replete with fish 'n' chips and sheet music for sing-alongs), also unfold throughout the voyage.

In the evening, gentlemen hosts hold get-togethers with single passengers. Passengers also enjoy live entertainment nightly in Dolce Vita and in the Panorama Lounge. A cool DJ hosts late-night dance parties and/or karaoke, also in the Panorama Lounge. Post-dinner, a jazz singer in Silver Note can knock your Ferragamos off. Passengers explore all the lounges, often making the rounds.

The Deck 5 Venetian Lounge can accommodate all passengers for welcome and farewell captain's parties and musical acts most evenings. All seats have good views of the stage.

The Voices of Silversea, a group of three women and three men, perform here together, and sometimes individually. On our cruise, it was a tenor singing opera from this sextet who drew the best response. Impressive guest entertainers, such as a virtuoso concert pianist or violinist, lure the biggest audiences.

When the ship is out to sea, a small casino on Deck 7 is open. Passengers come to play blackjack, roulette, and slots, or join tournaments.


There are usually two lecturers onboard with distinguished backgrounds. For instance, we sailed with one professor who graduated from Oxford and wrote six books. Speakers talk about topical subjects or offer historical facts and stories relating to the region in which the ship is sailing. For example, when cruising Norway, one lecturer spoke about World War II events in the North Sea. The speakers who are good -- and word passes around quickly -- draw crowds.

Silver Spirit Bars and Lounges

With a variety of bars on multiple decks, you can always find a corner to belly up. With the cruise fare including wines, beers and spirits, you know that these lounges are social hubs. Some passengers pick a favourite, say Dolce Vita predinner and Panorama Lounge post, and make it a nightly routine.

During the day, the busy Pool Bar always ensures a schmooze-fest. Bartenders know the latest cocktails and offer many variations of martinis. Most premium brands are complimentary. You only pay extra for wine and spirits off an ultra-premium list.

Dolce Vita (Deck 5): This new central lobby lounge is quite large, although it doesn't feel cavernous as it gets rather busy as the day progresses. It's a beautiful space, with Art-Deco accents, a stunning crystal chandelier and crystal lamps. Expect many intimate seating areas with buttery-soft leather and velvety chairs, and couches that beckon. The inviting colour scheme is blue and brown.

During the day, a few passengers come to read books and relax. In the evening, Dolce Vita draws both a pre- and post-dinner crowd. On our cruise, a classically trained pianist played predinner, and many passengers gathered for cocktails. Later, a singer and guitarist performed country-ish pop songs, with good renditions of John Legend, Sam Smith and Janis Joplin tunes, too. In this lounge, the Voices of Silversea often stop by to chat with passengers. Predinner canapes are served here.

Connoisseurs Corner (Deck 8): A smoker's haven, the Connoisseurs Corner lures cigar and pipe-smokers, along with those puffing on cigarettes. It's a handsome small space, with leather seating. You can order fine spirits or wines by the glass or one of several types of cigars. Post-bridge late-afternoon, or after-dinner, some passengers venture here to smoke and sip. Earlier in the day, it's rather empty.

Panorama Lounge (Deck 9): Remodeled in 2018, this lounge features a neutral-tone colour scheme with comfy couches, marble tables and sweeping ocean views. This lounge is a hangout both day and night. During daylight hours, passengers come to read and relax, both inside or on the expansive balcony outside. Canapes are served predinner. In the evening, passengers enjoy a post-dinner cocktail, slow-dancing to the Silver Spirit Trio and, later, rocking out with the DJ who spins your favourite tunes.

Pool Bar (Deck 9): Easily the most popular bar on balmy days, the Pool Bar always has the cheeriest bartenders, who are happy to prepare whatever you fancy. Expect popular beverages, such as Skyy vodka and Maker's Mark, to be complimentary. This convivial bar is a great spot to meet fellow passengers.

Tor's Observation Library (Deck 11): The Observation Lounge was renamed Tor's Observation Library. It's a great haunt to curl up with a book or just exhale and enjoy the sweeping views. It's a very quiet room; passengers seem intent on reading and glance at you if you talk or bang away at a laptop.

The design is pretty, mostly navy blue with pops of red. Chairs and sofas are particularly comfy. Many books are available to borrow, including assorted travel guides, Clive Cussler novels and the works of Shakespeare.

At 6 p.m., the bar opens for cocktails. Chatting starts then, but the room still stays fairly subdued. Note that some passengers bring in beer or wine from other lounges -- there are four other venues to find alcohol during the day -- to enjoy before the bartender shows up.

Silver Spirit Outside Recreation

With the expansion of the Deck 9 pool area and the sun deck on Deck 10 during the 2018 lengthening process, it's easy to find a chaise around, or overlooking, the large, rectangular pool with three hot tubs. Plexiglas partitions line the railing on both decks, buffering the wind. Servers often swing by for drink orders.

The jogging track on Deck 10 includes a trunk filled with cold water bottles and signage saying eight or 10 laps equal 1 mile, depending upon whether you run the entire deck or cut short a portion. You may briefly jog through the pizza eatery, but passengers don't seem to mind.

There's also table tennis and shuffleboard for devotees.

Silver Spirit Services

Expect a 24-hour staffed reception desk, an excursion desk and a cruise consultant's office on Deck 5. There's also a card room that doubles as a conference room on the same deck.

Also on Deck 5, the Boutiques provide upscale retail therapy when the ship is at sea, with lots of fine jewellery, handbags and perfume on display. Sales personnel are gregarious, not pushy, and it's fun to browse here and chat them up. Sundries, such as aspirin or sunscreen, are kept in the stockroom, out of passenger sight. Ask your butler for a list or ask at the shops.

On Deck 9 port side, a craftsman awaits passengers who wish to have Preludio Capri sandals, handmade in Italy, custom-designed. You choose the style and size, and then pick from a variety of straps and embellishments.

The medical centre is on Deck 3 with clinic hours. Medical assistance is also available by appointment, or as needed, 24 hours.

Self-service launderettes are located on all passenger decks and feature complimentary Miele washing machines and dryers with soap, an iron, ironing board and laundry baskets. (You can also request laundry, pressing or wet cleaning via your butler for a fee.)

The Zagara Spa (standard fleetwide) on Deck 6 takes a New Age-y mind-body-spirit connection approach to treatments. Pick a treatment to suit your mood -- do you need to relax, restore, revitalise or rebalance?

The Deeper than Deep Hot Stone Massage, designed to relax and rebalance, definitely delivers. Other treatments include a warming bamboo muscle melt, nourishing coconut poultice massage and reflexology. There's even an amethyst crystal sound bath healing treatment.

And, yes, you can get polished, wrapped or detoxed, and even try acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine consultations. You can also undergo medi-spa procedures, such as Restylane dermal filler and DYSPORT wrinkle treatments.

Many facials are offered, from cellular-boosting treatments to BIOTEC Firm-a-Lift, meant to do exactly as it's titled. Therapists use Elemis products, which are also for sale. On busy port days or in the early mornings, the spa often offers special reduced pricing.

Adjacent to the spa, the small beauty salon, awash in marble, offers several services. The salon staff use some high-end products, such as Phyto, for hair conditioning treatments. Manis, pedis, nail shellac, waxing, teeth-whitening and mud foot therapy are among the multiple offerings. Treatments are not limited to women; gentlemen's grooming includes mini-facials and shaves and beard trims.

The next-door Fitness Centre is divided into three areas; two indoors and one out. The main moderate-sized gym features all-new Technogym equipment, from treadmills and bicycles to lat and rowing machines. In the separate weight room, expect all new weights, both in kilos and pounds.

Complimentary classes in yoga, stretching and more are led by a fitness instructor who also offers private lessons. Fitness classes take place in the weight room; be sure to note the schedule as there's no weightlifting allowed if a class is in session. (You can use some weights in the treadmill area, however, but space is limited if the gym is crowded.)

The third workout area is outdoors, just outside the Fitness Centre. Here you find four spinning bikes and a wooden case that holds mats (both for yoga and stretching) and weighted balls. This small outdoor area is a lovely spot to stretch or spin during nice weather.

Silver Spirit passengers definitely work out -- no doubt, inspired by culinary indulgence. The busiest times are in the morning and late afternoon and all day on sea days. You may have to wait to use a treadmill or other cardio machine at the busiest times, depending upon the crowd onboard. Midday, and long tour days, are the best times to have the gym to yourself.

The sauna and steam rooms are coed.

Eight dining choices (including room service) ensure great diversity. Don shorts and cook your own dinner over lava rocks by the pool, dress up for a multicourse French gourmet extravaganza at La Dame, or choose a style in-between.

Silver Spirit's chefs use great ingredients. Every day, passengers can indulge in lobster and three varieties of world-heralded beef. Even the cheeses are amazing; the daily multi-country list often includes Epoisses, a pricy French cheese. D.O.C. 26-month aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, making every Italian dish a knockout, is lavishly used.

With an on-trend decor, the restaurants feel more like buzzy eateries ashore than traditional cruise ship dining rooms. Tables for two abound -- you never need dine with other passengers unless you choose. Many passengers take advantage of the two-tops, yet convivially converse with other duos dining nearby.

Passengers are happy with the multiple dining choices, many require no reservation and there's ease of obtaining reservations when necessary, providing you book online or join waitlists aboard. Waitlists for the smaller venues, like Silver Note and La Dame, often open up during a cruise.

A full-out afternoon tea is no longer offered, but you can find elements in the Arts Cafe, or your butler can bring tea, finger sandwiches and sweets to your suite. We never heard anyone grumble about the lack of a proper afternoon tea on our two-week sail.

Wines and Champagne poured match the quality of those served on other luxury lines. Usually one red and one white are offered each evening; pours are generous and refills abound. If you don't like the nightly selection, ask the sommelier to open another bottle. We've dined with passengers who have requested just that (sometimes up to three or four times for that perfect red), and sommeliers just smile and bring new wines until they're happy.

Atlantide (Deck 4): Atlantide (pronounced Atlanteed) is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, no reservations required. It's wildly popular. The upscale beef- and fish-heavy menu is consistently excellent, service is attentive and the elegantly designed room is stunning. Think gorgeous marble columns and floors and velvety burnt orange chairs. There's lots of Art Deco curvature in the decor, from chair handles and teak rails to chandeliers.

One side of the room offers lovely window views framed by thick drapery. The opposing wall is decorated with intricate mirrors and crystal sconces. You'll find a small eight-seat bar tucked inside Atlantide with a cool vibe and welcoming bartender. You may even find new dinner companions over drinks.

Tables are stylishly set with Villeroy & Boch china, Mepra flatware from Italy and Zassenhaus stainless steel salt and pepper grinders from Germany. In the morning, you'll find five kinds of delicious alain milliat preserves from France (don't miss the wild blueberry); by midday, they're replaced by extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar cruets.

The breakfast menu, similar to room service, stays constant. (The buckwheat pancakes and omelettes are excellent.) However, the menu changes daily for lunch and weekly for dinner (although we're sure they go into rotation; they're not brand-new each day or week).

Midday menu choices are lighter and more interesting than in Silver Spirit's former main dining room, including more salads (perhaps a spicy Asian beef) and seafood (such as shrimp in tamarind sauce).

At night, expect many fancy dishes such as foie gras (excellent), generous portions of primo lobster and meats. Steaks are definitely a thing here -- from Argentinean grass-fed beef and American prime Black Angus corn-fed to the world-heralded French Limousin. (We tried every one and couldn't pick a favourite, but be sure to order the veal jus as a sauce side.) The veal chop is enormous and fork-tender.

Entrees come with potatoes, such as a delicate gratin, and fresh al dente vegetables, like Brussels sprouts and carrots. Each seafood entree lists the fish's origin, such as turbot from Galicia, Spain, and are beautifully prepared. Vegetarians can choose between three starters and three entrees.

Wines poured can include a Chilean 2017 Morande Pionero sauvignon blanc and a 2017 Gouguenheim Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. Desserts seem a lot better than in years past -- far more choice beyond gelato -- and are sophisticated and tastier.

Indochine (Deck 4): Indochine is open for dinner only, no reservations required. Its decor evokes an Asian slant. Woven fish sculptures are mounted on shimmery brown walls and contemporary takes on Japanese screens (think artsy metal “screens” with squares of light boxes) serve as both design elements and room dividers. The colour scheme is a calming brown and robin-egg blue.

One wall is lined with windows, trimmed with fancy brown shades. Pearly black granite tables are set with beige woven placemats and teensy bonsai plants. The sleek bar offers both counter and table seating. The menu hopscotches Asia -- think Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and Indian dishes, mostly -- with a modern twist. Onboard for two weeks, we noted two menus in rotation.

Servers bring out crispy papadum, mango chutney and pickled mango to nibble while you peruse the menu. A server also presents a mini cocktail of the day, perhaps passion fruit and rum. Asian-spiced short ribs are usually noteworthy, though on one evening, they lacked tenderness.

Soups, like pho, come in big bowls. Chinese egg drop soup is excellent, as is a fiery hot-and-sour soup. Lobster pad Thai is light on noodles (a good thing) but big on shellfish and flavour.

Indian plates -- such as a spicy lamb curry, and a potato and cauliflower medley -- are uniformly outstanding. A Goan chef delivers the most authentically flavoured Indian dishes we've tried at sea. (We asked if he could prepare us a special Indian menu of his choice and he did, with 48-hour notice.) Desserts include a must-order coconut rice pudding and lovely caramelised bananas.

Passengers are more tentative about trying Indochine than Atlantide with its more universally appealing menu; but once they do, most are hooked.

Seishin (Deck 4): Seishin is a small, softly lit sushi restaurant, open for lunch and dinner. Daytime dining is open seating and complimentary, but at night, there's a £40 charge per passenger and reservations are required. You'll marvel over the knife skills of the Asian chef. He stands at a sushi counter in the room's centre, deftly slicing fish before your eyes.

The lunchtime menu is less inspired than the dinner version, limited to a variety of sushi and sashimi similar to options on the La Terrazza midday buffet, such as avocado or shrimp rolls.

In the evening, the menu is more elaborate and tastier. You can order the Chef's Omakase, a six-course feast including tuna tartare with Calvisius caviar, and Maine lobster tail with wagyu beef for a posh surf and turf. If ordering a la carte, temptations include king crab tempura, Asian seafood consomme with lobster, miso-glazed black cod and passion fruit brulee.

Passengers like trying Seishin, but unless they're hooked on Japanese cuisine, dining at Indochine is more convenient; plus, there are no reservations needed and no extra fee.

La Dame (Deck 4): La Dame, open only for dinner by reservation, stays busy despite the £60 per passenger charge. Book as far in advance as possible. With but 11 tables, this restaurant is romantic and intimate in a way no other venue onboard can be. Service is extremely attentive and personalised.

The wines presented are a notch above the complimentary wines poured in other dining rooms. Meals begin with Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Champagne Brut and may include 2016 Domaine du Petit Clocher Anjou and 2016 Joseph Drouhin Macon-Bussieres Les Clos, all from France.

Dinner unfolds in five courses that you choose from a menu. The stellar lobster bisque, with its intense shellfish stock, is swoon-worthy. A generous portion of caviar with blinis -- not offered in any complimentary restaurant -- proves most popular. (Good choice; caviar begins at £40 on the room service menu.)

Also, you can indulge in generous portions of foie gras more intricately prepared than where it's offered complimentarily. Savour it chilled as pate, or warm and seared. La Dame's lamb chops are thicker and meatier than those served in Atlantide. The chef comes out around dessert time (Grand Marnier souffle is a must) for a meet-and-greet at each table.

If you consider yourself a foodie, don't miss this dining experience.

La Terrazza (Deck 7): La Terrazza is open for a buffet breakfast and lunch, and sit-down dinner by reservation only. The lovely decor includes beautiful racks of serious wine bottles from the premium list, from Super Tuscans like Sassicaia to boutique Napa vintners such as Far Niente and 1st Cru French Sauternes from Chateau Climens. Complimentary wines may include 2017 Vigneti del Vulture Greco-Fiano Basilicata Pipoli from Italy. Etched glass, brown and beige columns and marble tables and banquettes complete the sleek look. Dining is inside and out, with gorgeous ocean views.

Other than at dinner, La Terrazza features three stations, although servers stand ready to retrieve anything from the buffet. They also insist on carrying your plate to your table -- even if you're only holding a tiny dessert plate. Awkward and pampering, at once.

One station offers omelettes in the morning and switches to pasta and stir-fries midday. At breakfast, the popular stir-fry is a superb egg white frittata with heaps of fresh vegetables and/or egg whites with garlic spinach. The pasta station proves most popular at lunch, with house-made pasta, clams and fish always offered, along with Bolognese and pasta Bolognese, with changing daily toppings.

The central buffet features baked goods and cereals in the morning; with cold cuts, salads, desserts and cheeses at lunch. Servers stand ready to toast bread and bagels and fetch all drinks from mimosas to cappuccinos. The changing cold cuts may include spicy Italian ham or garlicky hard salami, along with roasted vegetables, such as eggplant and portobello mushrooms.

Doughnut fans can savour 10 mini versions at breakfast; New York bagel fans won't be impressed. For lunch, expect excellent fish, from prawns to tuna and swordfish, along with foie gras and a separate seafood table brimming with prawns, lobsters, snow crab claws and smoked salmon. Plus, there's great cheese.

Lunches end with a serious dessert buffet, offering, perhaps, six different cakes and pies, as well as chilled chocolate truffles. On our two-week sailing, we were also tempted by napoleons, cheesecake, apple tart, Italian cream cake and lemon squares.

By dinner, the menu features regional Italian cuisine and serious Italian wines, including limoncello as a digestif. The menu includes five appetisers, five pastas, six entrees and five desserts. The chef suggests the optimal wine for each entree. The osso buco melts in your mouth, and don't miss the fresh burrata cheese on the nightly Caprese salad. Veal saltimbocca and homemade gnocchi with truffle sauce are musts.

Deck seating offers breathtaking sea views. If you're not the first at the door, put your name on the list. The maitre d' will ring your suite when a table is ready.

The Grill (Deck 9): The Grill offers alfresco lunches and dinners, no reservations required. By day, it's a casual spot featuring excellent salads, fresh fruit and Mediterranean plates like fresh burrata, crispy focaccia and grilled fish and meats. At lunch, you can sample wines before ordering a glass.

The lunchtime menu changes daily, with choices such as barbecue brisket sandwiches, pork ribs, roast chicken and house-made guacamole and chips. For sides, choose from fresh greens, grilled vegetables or a changing array of interesting potato salads. You'll usually find two soups, one hot and one chilled. On our sailing, a cold carrot bisque was outstanding. Don't miss The Grill's signature burger, with toppings such as bacon, blue cheese and caramelised onions. We also liked the falafel burger, a vegetarian option. And the house-made bread is excellent.

By night, The Grill transforms into an interactive dining experience called Hot Rocks. You grill your own steaks, veal chops, shrimp and fish on 400-degree lava stones at your table. This proves most popular among couples and groups of friends. Diners wear cloth bibs to protect from splatter.

Choices are vast, from veal chops and lamb kebabs to prawn skewers and a mixed seafood grill. We ordered tiger prawns, marinated swordfish and lobster tails, and they were succulent. Steaks from the U.S. and France were deliciously tender. Hot Rocks provides salad, soup or potatoes on the side. Servers help if needed. There's no extra charge, although some find it gimmicky.

Spaccanapoli (Deck 10): Spaccanapoli, open for lunch and dinner, is a pizza bar on the pool deck. It offers Silversea's trademark margherita pizza, made with 72-hour fermented dough for a delightfully crisp crust. You can enjoy it at the restaurant or take it to go.

Pizza toppings include the classic margherita and white truffle oil with prosciutto, among others. The restaurant also offers salads, desserts, and gelato. Service is quick and friendly, and the view of the sea is spectacular.

Arts Cafe (Deck 8): The Arts Cafe is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., offering pastries, light sandwiches, salads, and desserts. You can also enjoy an excellent selection of teas, coffee, and wine. The decor is stylish and the atmosphere is relaxed, making it a great spot for a quiet break.

Room Service: Available 24/7, room service on Silver Spirit offers a wide variety of options, from breakfast to full dinners. The menu includes many items from the ship's restaurants, such as lobster, steak, and caviar. You can also order from the daily special menu, which changes regularly.

Overall, Silver Spirit offers a diverse and high-quality dining experience, with a variety of options to suit all tastes and preferences.

All accommodations on Silver Spirit are suites. The room layout, which some passengers find unique, didn't change during the remodel; Silver Spirit cabins have a narrower entryway and less room between the foot of the bed and the opposing wall than on Silver Muse. However, suites do feature a spacious living area.

The new design is lighter and Italian modern sleek -- all creamy-beige furnishings with blue and silver accents. Expect plush leather headboards, thick carpeting, and light cabinetry with contemporary metal pulls.

Each suite is furnished with a bed that can convert from twin to queen; beds are king-sized in larger suites, beginning with Silver Suites. The luxe beds are made with silky Pratesi linens and duvets. Suitcases fit easily under all beds. Choose from nine pillow selections, including firm, down-alternative, body pillow, and buckwheat. Standard pillows are 25 to 30 percent down and 70 to 75 percent feather.

Additional furniture includes a love seat with a small, dining-height table, easy chair, and desk/vanity with a stool. Personalised stationery awaits on the desk. All televisions are Samsung flat-screen with live television such as CNN, and are interactive, with media libraries. Silversea keyrings/flashlights are placed bedside. Delicious turn-down Domori (Italian) chocolate squares are delivered nightly. Multiple outlets (110 and 220 volt) and USB ports are on desks and by bedside tables. iHome Radios double as charging stations.

Walk-in closets feature both padded and wooden hangers and a safe. Slippers, sewing kit, umbrella, and a hairdryer are in all suites.

Bathrooms possess one sink in all suites except the largest (Silver Suites and up), but the room is awash in marble and granite and stocked with soft thick towels. Showers possess two heads (rain and handheld) and a clothesline. The bathroom door has robe hooks. Two plush Etro robes are provided, with slippers. Shelves, on both sides of the vanity mirror, include a jar of cotton swabs and cotton balls.

In the larger suites (Silver Suites and up), bathrooms feature separate showers and tubs and two vanities.

Each suite enjoys butler service; white-gloved butlers wear morning suits in the daytime and tuxedos at night. They introduce themselves on embarkation day and offer Bvlgari toiletries, including soap (facial and shower), shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion. Hypoallergenic Sebamed and Sicilian brand Ortigia are alternatives.

Butlers stock bars with preferred bottles of wine or spirits, sodas, and filtered water. If you want bubbly waiting in a chilled bucket on embarkation day, request it in advance. Butlers also fetch sundries for sale (request a list), including toothbrushes and aspirin.

Provide your butler with laundry by 9 a.m. for same-day service. Neatly folded undergarments are returned wrapped in tissue paper. Clothes on hangers come bundled in a plastic bag and are returned to your closet.

Beginning with Silver Suites, all larger suites receive illy espresso makers, complimentary laundry, wet cleaning (which doesn't use dry cleaning chemical solvents), and pressing. They also receive pre-dinner canapés, served by their butler, on request. Feel free to ask for fancier complimentary hors d'oeuvres like baby blinis with caviar, if not offered. All larger suites can also be configured as a two-bedroom.

Vista Suite: Vista Suites are on Deck 4 and measure 312 square feet with a large picture window. The bed can be curtained off from the living area. There's one 46-inch flat-screen television.

Panorama Suite: The four ocean-view Panorama Suites are on Deck 8 and measure 334 square feet. They have one 42-inch flat-screen television and two chairs, instead of a sofa, in the living area. These suites sit on either side of the two Owner's Suites and are often utilised as a second bedroom.

Veranda Suite: All Veranda Suites are identical to Vista Suites, except they include a 64-square-foot veranda with two rattan-like chairs and a small table. Classic Veranda Suites are on Decks 5 and 6, and are positioned forward. Superior Veranda Suites are on higher decks (7, 8, and 9), but are also forward. Deluxe Veranda Suites possess a more central location on Decks 6, 7, and 8.

Silver Suite: With 746 square feet, including a 129-square-foot veranda, the 32 Silver Suites come with additional amenities. There is a separate bedroom, divided from the living area with sliding wood doors. There are two televisions; one mounted in the living area and the other opposite the king-sized bed.

The bathroom has a double vanity and both a large shower and a tub. The toilet is separate from the main bathroom, has its own sink, and can be entered via the bathroom or the hallway, doubling as a powder room. The dining area features a wood table with four leather chairs and a spacious bar setup with an illy espresso machine. Passengers also receive a beautiful box of divine chocolates from Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini. There's a roomy walk-in closet off the bedroom and lots of cabinets and shelves for storage. Verandas include two chairs, a table, and a chaise lounge.

An evening dining with a ship officer, laundry service, wet cleaning, and pressing are complimentary. Unlimited premium Wi-Fi (faster than the complimentary standard Wi-Fi passengers in smaller suites receive) begins at this suite level.

Royal Suite: The two Royal Suites are on Deck 7 and measure 990 square feet, including a 129-square-foot veranda. Since the veranda is smaller, and not a wraparound like in Grand and Owner's Suites, the furnishings are customised to the passengers' needs. Request a dining table with chairs, or two chaise lounges with a small table, as desired.

Royal Suites possess all the amenities of a Silver Suite but are all the way forward. Expect more of a posh apartment feel, with a large built-in credenza with shelving and a larger bar than in a Silver Suite. Everything is more spacious than a Silver Suite, including the longer entryway, bigger bathroom, larger living area plus a dining table that can seat up to six.

The separate bedroom offers a comfy chair and ottoman. The high-end mattress, with a horsehair topper, is handmade by Savoir. Royal Suite passengers receive all the amenities of the Silver Suites, plus dinner for two in La Dame (one evening per voyage), one evening dining with an officer and two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment.

Grand Suite: The four Grand Suites are on Decks 8 and 9, and measure between 1,425 and 1,532 square feet, including a wraparound veranda measuring between 560 to 667 square feet. Expect three seating areas outdoors: Two chaise lounges and a small table, a dining table with two chairs, and two chairs with a small table.

Grand Suites feel even more like a luxury apartment, as every area is bigger than in a Royal Suite. The walk-in closet is particularly large, with much storage space, especially handy for long, multi-segment cruises. Passengers receive all the amenities of a Royal Suite.

Owner's Suite: The two Owner's Suites are on Deck 8 and measure 1,292 square feet, including a 190-square-foot veranda. Add an adjacent second bedroom, and you enjoy 1,688 square feet of luxurious space. The Owner's Suite veranda is smaller than that of a Grand Suite; passengers can customise furnishings, such as two chaises lounges and a small table, or a dining table with two chairs.

Owner's Suites are coveted for their central location and, let's face it, the name's cachet. Expect a large, oval-shaped dining table with six chairs, a spacious bathroom with additional shelving and a bidet, and a living room featuring a couch, a marble table, and two leather chairs. Off the living space, you'll find a little office area, with a desk, chair, and floor-to-ceiling window views. Owner's Suite passengers receive all the amenities of a Royal Suite and Grand Suite.

Best for...

Sophisticated international travellers who enjoy unusual destinations yet want a hint of traditional formality, complete with butler service

Not the best for...

Young families and American-centric cruisers who like to be casual all the time

Who goes on Silversea cruise ships?

Silversea caters to Baby Boomers, affluent and often retired, with the leisure and the resources to make Silversea their cruise line of choice. Silversea Expeditions also appeals to that demographic, as well as younger professionals with a desire for active cruising that includes posh cabins and stellar service alongside Zodiac expeditions, snorkelling excursions and in-port hikes. Shorter classic voyages also tend to draw younger passengers. About 60 percent of passengers onboard come from the Americas, the rest from international markets.

Do I have to dress up on a Silversea cruise?

Yes, if you are going on a classic cruise ship; no if you're sailing on a luxury expedition cruise. The classic ships divide evenings among casual resort wear, informal attire (for men, this means a jacket, tie optional, and women wear dresses or pantsuits) and formal nights when eveningwear for women is an evening gown or cocktail dress and men wear tuxedos, dinner jackets or dark suits, and a tie is required. The dress code is more casual on the expedition vessels, and there are no formal nights.

Is everything free on Silversea cruises?

Silversea cruises are fairly inclusive, with the only extras being shore excursions (except on Silversea's expedition cruises on which they're included in the cruise price), shop purchases, spa and beauty treatments, and send-out laundry. Some speciality restaurants also cost extra (and caviar on the room service menu). Cruise fares include gratuities, unlimited beverages (soft and alcoholic), internet access and round trip transportation into town in most ports. Most itineraries also include transfers to/from the ship, and some even include complimentary round trip economy airfare.

What are Silversea's most popular activities?

Onboard, each Silversea cruise ship has a pool and hot tubs that see a lot of action, and the spa gets a lot of use, as well. Silversea cruisers also enjoy attending lectures on the culture and history of the destinations they visit, and like to spend time in the library. Evening shows, which range from opera-themed to swing-era classics, also draw a crowd. When in port, most Silversea cruisers opt for one of the line's many shore excursion offerings. Expedition cruises bring cruisers together with experts to lead hiking, Zodiac, snorkelling, diving and other small group excursions.

  • Private executive transfers
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Food and beverages
  • Butler service
  • Shore excursions

Ultra-Luxury Cruises

Every detail taken care of...

Butler Service in Every Suite. All guests are pampered equally aboard our ships. We are the only cruise line in the world to include butler service in every suite, in every category. A staff-to-guest ratio of nearly one to one ensures that your every wish is fulfilled with earnest precision, from the concierge who can customise your voyage to the butler who serves your breakfast in suite.

Beverages in-Suite and throughout the Ship. Select wines, premium spirits, speciality coffees, as well as bottled water, juices and soft drinks are complimentary in all bars and lounges. Your suite’s mini-bar is also stocked with your preferred beverages including wines and spirits. Your butler will replenish them upon request.

Gourmet Dining. Delicious meals created with thought and panache, discerningly elaborated menus with perfectly balanced wine choices and a relaxed atmosphere with erudite friends – dining aboard any Silversea ship is the ultimate experience for people who only want superlatives. It just doesn’t get any better than this. Why not ask the couple you just met to join you? With our open-seating policy, arrive at your leisure and dine with whomever you please.

Gratuities. Our unwavering commitment to flawless service requires an attitude that is totally focused on the part of every member of the staff. Their professional training is readily apparent from the waiter who keeps your water glass filled to the chef who prepares your favourite soufflé à la minute. Yet surprisingly gratuities are not expected. They’re included in your fare. *Please note: Beauty salon and spa treatment gratuities not included.

Ashore Activities and Onboard Lectures. Enjoy included shore excursions – already available with Silversea Expeditions - in all ports and itineraries starting Summer 2022! Whether you travel on an expedition voyage to far flung places or on the ocean going fleet to iconic ports, rest assured the very best of the destination is included in your voyage. What’s more, our experienced and enthusiastic experts and expedition staff will share their knowledge in friendly onboard lectures, meaning you only have to listen to immerse yourself in the authentic beauty of the world!

NEW: Private executive transfer*: Silversea, in partnership with Blacklane, offers chauffeured transportation from guests’ home to their departure airport and home again at the end of their vacation. Silversea covers the cost up to 50 miles. Should the distance of the trip be longer than the covered mileage, guests can pay for the additional miles to Blacklane directly.


  • Air credit
  • Private executive transfer to and from your home
  • Shore excursions (Available on all Expedition voyages and will be available on Classic voyages starting March, April or May 2022 depending on ship and voyage. One per port/per day.)
  • Transfers and luggage handling
  • Complimentary city centre shuttle when applicable
  • Butler service in every suite category
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Multiple open-seated restaurants, serving diverse cuisine and an in-suite 24-hour dining service
  • Sustainable caviar on demand 24 hours per day
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne and selected wines, premium spirits, soft drinks, and more
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi


  • In-country flights on selected itineraries
  • Highly-qualified Expedition Team, comprising experts in their field
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shore-side activities
  • Enrichment lectures by our Expedition Team
  • Complimentary expedition parka in cold water regions
  • Complimentary backpack and water bottle
  • Complimentary use of wetsuits and snorkelling equipment on selected voyages

While Silversea strives to serve guests all listed items, some items may be excluded in certain destinations, such as the Galapagos.

Terms & conditions

Executive transfers: This service will be available for bookings confirmed on or after 22 July, 2021 on voyages starting with the following departure dates in 2022: Silver Moon 30-Mar; Silver Cloud on 1 April; Silver Dawn on 1 April; Silver Origin on 2 April; Silver Wind on 4 April; Silver Explorer on 16 April; Silver Muse on 19 May; Silver Whisper on 22 May; Silver Shadow on 24 May and Silver Spirit on 31 May.

What's included in the Silversea Drinks Package?

What's included in the Silversea Drinks Package?

Complimentary beverages everywhere

Enjoy a glass or bottle of champagne, wine, beer, or premium spirits on the house. They’ll also ensure you’re well stocked with water, juices and soft drinks in the public bars and your suite. The Silversea promise is to keep your mini-bar full of your favourite drinks – alcoholic beverages (including wine, spirits and mixers) or cold bottles of water for hot, sunny days! Your butler will replenish daily, but if you want a little extra, ask, and they’ll ensure you get exactly what you want. No wish is too big or too small. Yes, really!

Prices based on:

Panorama Suite
Panorama Suite

The Panorama Suite provides generous living space for voyagers. Located on deck 9, the Panorama offers all the comfort and attention to detail that you can expect aboard. A generous expanse of interior comforts — elegant décor, stunning marble bathroom and ample seating area, make this a cosy home away from home. The seating area of the Panorama Suite has plenty of room to relax, while large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views.

  • Queen size bed, sitting area, and floor-to-ceiling window
  • Standard vanity, separate shower, and full-size bath or walk-in rain shower
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • Writing desk and luxury bed mattresses
  • Unlimited Standard Wi-Fi, flat screen TV with Interactive Media Library, and direct dial telephone
  • Butler service, champagne on arrival, pillow menu, refrigerator/bar setup, plush bathrobe, luxury bath amenities, umbrella, hair dryer, and slippers
  • Located on Deck 8

Classic Veranda Suite
Classic Veranda Suite

The Classic Veranda Suite provides generous living space for voyagers. Located lower bow, the Classic Veranda Suite offers all the comfort and attention to detail that you can expect aboard — both inside and out. A generous expanse of interior comforts — elegant décor, stunning marble bathroom and ample seating area, make this a cosy home away from home. But perhaps this suite’s finest asset lies just outside, as floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a private veranda, making every sunset feel as if it is yours alone.

  • Veranda with sitting area
  • Standard vanity and separate shower
  • Queen size bed with luxury mattresses
  • Unlimited Standard Wi-Fi and flat screen TV
  • Butler service with champagne on arrival
  • Pillow menu, refrigerator with preferences, bathrobe, amenities, umbrella, hair dryer, and slippers
  • Located on Deck 5 & 6

Superior Veranda Suite
Superior Veranda Suite

Located on the upper deck, and offering spectacular sunset views, the Superior Veranda Suite has all the comforts and luxury that you can expect aboard. A comfortable living space, attention to detail and a generous expanse of amenities, this stunning suite makes for a cosy home while on the seas. But perhaps this suite’s finest asset lies just outside, as floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a private veranda, making every sunset feel as if it is yours alone.

  • Veranda with sitting area
  • Standard vanity and separate shower
  • Queen size bed with luxury mattresses
  • Unlimited Standard Wi-Fi and flat screen TV
  • Butler service with champagne on arrival
  • Pillow menu, refrigerator with preferences, bathrobe, amenities, umbrella, hair dryer, and slippers
  • Located on Deck 7, 8 & 9

Deluxe Veranda Suite
Deluxe Veranda Suite

The Deluxe Veranda Suite offers a comfortable living space, close to the heart of the ship. With its preferred mid-ship location and all the comfort and attention to detail that you can expect aboard, the Deluxe Veranda Suite is the savvy traveller’s paradise— both inside and out. Elegant décor, stunning marble bathroom and ample seating area, make this a cosy home away from home. But perhaps this suite’s finest asset lies just outside, as floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a private veranda, making every sunset feel as if it is yours alone.

  • Veranda with sitting area
  • Standard vanity and separate shower
  • Queen size bed with luxury mattresses
  • Unlimited Standard Wi-Fi and flat screen TV
  • Butler service with champagne on arrival
  • Pillow menu, refrigerator with preferences, bathrobe, amenities, umbrella, hair dryer, and slippers
  • Located on Deck 6, 7 & 8

Silver Suite
Silver Suite

Step onto your terrace and bask in the calm feeling of the ocean breeze. Dissolve into the comfort of your king size bed. Prepare for the evening in the beautiful marble bathroom. The upper deck location gives the most spectacular of sea views, the spacious living area allows for comfortable relaxing where cosy nights in become veritable experiences in themselves. The two-bedroom configuration of this suite makes this it the ideal option for families.

  • Veranda with seating area
  • Separate dining and sitting areas
  • Double vanity with separate shower and whirlpool bath
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • King-size bed, writing desk, and vanity table with luxury bed mattresses
  • Unlimited Premium Wi-Fi, 2 large flat-screen TVs with Interactive Media Library, bluetooth sound system, direct dial telephone, USB-C mobile device chargers, and dual voltage outlets
  • Butler service, complimentary laundry, pressing & wet cleaning, champagne on arrival, espresso machine, pillow menu, stocked refrigerator and bar setup, plush bathrobe, luxury bath amenities, umbrella, hairdryer, and slippers
  • Located on Deck 8, 10 & 11

Royal Suite
Royal Suite

Stately describes the Royal Suite. Commanding and majestic. Perfect for entertaining. Enough living space to roam. The pinnacle of good living. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two bedrooms by adjoining with a Veranda Suite.

  • Veranda with separate dining area and living room featuring sitting area
  • Double vanity in bathroom with separate shower and whirlpool bath
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • King size bed, writing desk, and vanity table with luxury bed mattresses
  • Unlimited Premium Wi-Fi, 2 large flat screen TVs with Interactive Media Library, sound system with Bluetooth connectivity
  • Butler service including complimentary laundry, pressing & wet cleaning, dinner for two in La Dame, one evening per voyage, two hours of worldwide phone use per voyage segment, and champagne on arrival. Plus, amenities like an espresso machine, pillow menu, stocked refrigerator and bar setup, plush bathrobe, luxury bath amenities, umbrella, hairdryer, and slippers
  • Located on Deck 7

Grand Suite
Grand Suite

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends while you cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms by adjoining with a Veranda Suite.

  • Veranda, separate dining area, living room with sitting area, king size bed, writing desk, vanity table, walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • Double vanity, separate shower, whirlpool bath, plush bathrobe, luxury bath amenities, hairdryer, slippers
  • Unlimited premium Wi-Fi, 2 large flat screen TVs with interactive media library, sound system with Bluetooth connectivity, direct dial telephone, wall-mounted USB-C mobile device chargers, dual voltage 110/220 outlets
  • Butler service, complimentary laundry, pressing & wet cleaning, dinner for two in La Dame (one evening per voyage), two hours of worldwide phone use (per voyage segment), champagne on arrival
  • Luxury bed mattresses, pillow menu, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences, plush bathrobe, slippers, umbrella
  • Espresso machine, personalised stationery, multiple outlets, USB ports
  • Located on Deck 8 & 9

Owner's Suite
Owner's Suite

The name Owner's Suite says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those who seek the superlative level of space, comfort and service on board. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms by adjoining with Panorama Suite.

  • King size bed with luxury mattresses, writing desk, vanity table, and living room with sitting area
  • Double vanity, separate shower, whirlpool bath, plush bathrobe, slippers, and luxury bath amenities
  • Unlimited Premium Wi-Fi, 2 large flat screen TVs with Interactive Media Library, sound system with Bluetooth connectivity, direct dial telephone, wall-mounted USB-C mobile device chargers, and dual voltage 110/220 outlets
  • Butler service, complimentary laundry, pressing & wet cleaning, dinner for two in La Dame (one evening per voyage), two hours of worldwide phone use per voyage segment, and champagne on arrival
  • Espresso machine, pillow menu, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences, walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, hairdryer, and umbrella
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, pillow menu, refrigerator and bar setup, hairdryer, umbrella, and slippers
  • Located on Deck 8

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