Reporting live from Silver Spirit in the Gulf of Trieste.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with regard to my accommodations for the sea trials on Silversea Cruises’ new Silver Spirit. The ship is only about 65 percent complete, and with more than three months to go before the ship’s inaugural voyages, staterooms and public areas are in an unfinished state. The photo above is of stateroom 725. This is my home for the next two nights. The carpet is covered with plastic, televisions are yet to be installed, and bedding is, well, camp-like. The lights and electrical outlets work – most of the time.
Thankfully, the marble bathroom, with its full-sized bath and separate shower, is fully functional and complete.
Measuring 376 square feet, with a 65-square-foot veranda, when finished, suite 725 will feature two flat-screen televisions. One of those will hide behind a mirror when not in use, a nice touch.
There is one other reporter on board as well as Silversea’s director of public relations, and about 400 others, some employed by Silversea and some employed by the shipyard that is building the ship. We dined together for breakfast – on pizza, focaccia, juice and coffee. For lunch today, we dined with the executive team in Le Champagne restaurant, also in an unfinished state.
Sea trials are designed to test the maneuverability of ships, and though we’ve only been at sea for a few hours, so far, so good. Captain Angelo Corsaro and his relief captain, Marco Sangiacomo, say they are pleased with the ship’s performance. The “Force 8” winds and choppy seas this morning conspired to provide a perfect testing environment for Silver Spirit, the captains say.
My initial impressions: Silver Spirit elevates Silversea Cruises into an entirely new league. Though Silversea is already one of the top luxury contenders, Silver Spirit ratchets up the line’s status. With its new ship, Silversea certainly shows innovation, confidence, and above all, spirit.
For a comprehensive look at Silver Spirit, click on Silver Spirit cruise review.