On Silver Wind: A Birthday Celebration

In 1957, at a hospital in Danville, Virginia, the 20-year-old wife of a 25-year-old Southern Railway station master, pushed from her womb a baby boy. “Happiest day of my life,” the husband wrote in a nearly empty, small leather journal. The happy couple took their baby boy home and began their new lives as parents. Who could have imagined that from those humble beginnings, 57 years later, I’d be celebrating my birthday on Silver Wind, docked in Haifa, Israel?

Yet, here I am, and what a nice birthday celebration I experienced. I was surprised to be invited to the bridge for a champagne toast and cake. Videographer Chris Stanley caught the surprise on camera.

Birthday Celebration on Silver Wind from Ralph Grizzle on Vimeo.

Next, we had dinner in Le Champagne, the only Relais & Chateaux restaurant at sea. The dinner was absolutely delicious. Le Champagne is a good place to celebrate special occasions. While the service on Silversea is always top-notch, service is notched up a bit in Le Champagne — and so is the cuisine. It’s a meal to remember.

When we returned to our suite, our butler Mustafa had decorated the entire room with electric candles, ribbons — and, of course, more cake. It was a good day. I spoke with my loved ones and spent the day with friends in a country I had never visited on a ship with crew that I appreciate. Thank you Silversea!

@ 2014 Ralph Grizzle
Dinner in Le Champagne began with a glass of champagne. @ 2014 Ralph Grizzle
@ 2014 Ralph Grizzle
Amuse Bouche in Le Champagne. @ 2014 Ralph Grizzle
@ 2014 Ralph Grizzle
Birthday table set up in our suite by our butler Mustafa. @ 2014 Ralph Grizzle
@ 2014 Ralph Grizzle
A delicious birthday cake. @ 2014 Ralph Grizzle

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