On Live Voyage Reports: Silver Wind Mediterranean Day 1 – Rome, Italy

An Afternoon in Roma!

There's nothing quite like an afternoon in Roma pre-cruise! Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
There’s nothing quite like an afternoon in Roma pre-cruise. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

When my Lufthansa A321 touched down at Rome’s Fiumicino airport today just after 12:20 p.m. local time, I instantly perked up. I’d been drifting in and out of sleep on the 90-minute flight down from Frankfurt; a side-effect of spending my transatlantic flight watching movies on Lufthansa’s video-on-demand program.

Arrival in Frankfurt with Lufthansa was quick, efficient and on-time. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
Arrival in Frankfurt with Lufthansa was quick, efficient and on-time. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

I’m here for an overnight stay prior to embarking the sleek – and newly refreshed – Silver Wind, one of ultra-luxury line Silversea’s most treasured ships. Together with her sister, Silver Cloud, the 1995 Silver Wind helped put the line on the map in the mid-1990’s, and her basic design and general arrangement would prove to be so successful that it can still be found in the line’s four-year-old flagship, Silver Spirit.

But it’s not my first time aboard the 296-guest Silver Wind. I last saw her in the port of Cape Town, at the tail end of a life-altering 10-day cruise along the coast of South Africa.

This evening, I'm spending an overnight stay at Rome's Hotel Bernini Bristol. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
This evening, I’m spending an overnight stay at Rome’s Hotel Bernini Bristol. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

My home for tonight is the Hotel Bernini Bristol, one of Silversea’s Silver Shore Simply hotels in Rome. It’s an elegant little hotel with a classic, boutique feel to it.

In the lobby, overheight ceilings reflect the kind of grandeur Rome is known for. Floors are a combination of marble and hardwoods; and tapestries adorn the walls. Even with guests milling about the lobby, there’s no mistaking it: this is one soothing property, and it’s situated right at the heart of the action.

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