On Thursday, shortly before noon, Silver Spirit docked at San Basilio in Venice, Italy. For the two hours preceding, nearly everyone on the vessel was out on deck — or on their balconies — to watch the spectacle of sailing past iconic landmarks such as St. Mark’s Square and the Ducal Palace. It seemed an appropriate way to end such a beautiful voyage.
But Venice was not the end of our voyage — not yet. We still had one night on board Silver Spirit to enjoy the city known as La Serenissima, “the most serene.” We were docked as close to the city center as you can get, and San Basilio was within easy walking distance of some of the city’s best-known sites.
After lunch, we joined a “Hidden Venice” tour, offered by Silversea. The informative walking tour took us behind the scenes and away from the heavily touristed areas where we’d discover wonderful Old World architecture and scenic landmarks not typically encountered by visitors to Venice. I’ve included a few photos in the slideshow below, but pictures don’t do justice. You have to experience Venice to fully appreciate it.
The “Hidden Venice” tour would complement what we intended to do on Friday after disembarking and that was to visit the major attractions, including St. Mark’s Square.
Tonight, however, we wanted to enjoy one last night on Silver Spirit. We still had one restaurant that we’d not yet tried. And there was a bottle of champagne in our suite that we’d not yet opened. Tonight was the night.
We started with a glass of champagne served by our butler Rodolfo, outside, one deck above the Observation Lounge. We were fortunate that our floating luxury hotel had one of the best vantage points to appreciate Venice, and the evening light seemed to bathe the city in an almost holy glow. Perhaps it was the champagne.
Our toast to Venice and to Silver Spirit was followed by a wonderful dinner in Stars, a Supper Club with great entertainment by the soulful vocalist Mickki and her pianist, Michelle. This is surely one of the best rooms on Silver Spirit, and the only Stars Supper Club in the fleet. I’ll be writing more about Stars in our review of Silver Spirit next week.
e disembark on Friday with more to explore in this lovely city — after bidding a reluctant farewell to a vessel that is not easy to leave.
|Day 1||Athens, Greece|
|Day 2||Kusadasi, Turkey|
|Day 3||Olympia, Greece|
|Day 4||Corfu, Greece|
|Day 5||Kotor, Montenegro|
|Day 6||Dubrovnik, Croatia|
|Day 7||Hvar, Croatia|
|Day 8||Venice, Italy