Voyage Preview: Silversea’s Silver Spirit in the Med

Reuniting with Silversea’s Silver Spirit on a Mediterranean Adventure

Silversea's Silver Spirit, at anchor off Sorrento, Italy. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders
Silversea’s Silver Spirit, at anchor off Sorrento, Italy. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

It’s no secret that Silversea’s ultra-luxurious Silver Spirit is one of my favorite cruise ships. From the moment I first set foot aboard her back in late 2010, her soothing décor, gracious service and convivial atmosphere made me feel right at home.

Now, four years after my last voyage on her, I’m headed back to Silver Spirit, joining her in Barcelona for a taste of the Silversea I know and love – and for a look at what’s new in advance of the launch of the Silver Muse next spring.

A Winning Itinerary

Silver Spirit Voyage 5609 - Barcelona to Rome. Illustration courtesy of Silversea Cruises
Silver Spirit Voyage 5609 – Barcelona to Rome. Illustration courtesy of Silversea Cruises

Voyage 5609 will take us from the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain on April 26,2016 to Civitavecchia, Italy – the port for Rome – where the elegant Silver Spirit will dock on May 2. In between is a cornucopia of ports that line the French and Italian Riviera.

At just six days in length, Silversea has managed to pack some real gems into this quick voyage. Obscure and off-the-beaten path, these are the ports of call that big ships typically sail right past. But carrying just 540 guests, Silver Spirit is perfectly suited to these types of locales. Still, the itinerary has a mix of “big-name” ports of call, too, ensuring that cities like Monte Carlo and Rome aren’t missed.

Silver Spirit's voyage will end in the beautiful city of Rome, Italy. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
Silver Spirit’s voyage will end in the beautiful city of Rome, Italy. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

From Barcelona, Voyage 5609 takes us first to Sete, France, where we’ll journey on an overland excursion to the ancient, fortified town of Carcassonne. From Sete, it’s off to Sanary, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Livorno, Italy and Olbia, Italy before our final arrival into Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy.

From Monte Carlo, we’ll be touring the seaside town of Eze and the beautiful city of Nice on a half-day excursion with Silversea. In Livorno, we’ll set out on a full-day sightseeing tour of one of my favorite places of all-time: the grand city of Florence, Italy.

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders
Monte Carlo, Monaco. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

As nice as these ports of call are, they’re really only half the story. Selfishly, the real destination for me is the Silver Spirit.

The Silver Spirit

If I ran a cruise line, the ship I’d design would look a heck of a lot like the Silver Spirit. At 642 feet in length, she carries just 540 guests and a crew of 376. Despite the fact that she is by far the largest ship in the Silversea fleet (until the slightly-larger Silver Muse comes out next year), she boasts the same feeling of spaciousness that her smaller fleetmates have.

Silver Spirit's attractive Pool Deck, at night, facing aft. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders
Silver Spirit’s attractive Pool Deck, at night, facing aft. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

To that end, you will never have to fight for a deck chair by the pool aboard Silver Spirit. Nor will you have to duke it out for seating in any of the lounges, the bars, the show room, or the ship’s multiple dining venues. In fact, you’ll spend a lot of time wondering just where the heck everyone is; the ship disperses her guests that well.

Finding a little personal space onboard Silver Spirit is never a problem. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Finding a little personal space onboard Silver Spirit is never a problem. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

When she debuted in 2009, Silver Spirit introduced a number of features that gradually made their way to the rest of the fleet. Some notable Silversea firsts introduced aboard the Silver Spirit:

  • Hot Rock Dining: the poolside dining concept, in which guests are invited to grill a selection of meats and seafood atop a slab of black volcanic rock, was tested first aboard the Silver Spirit. It proved to be so popular that it was quickly expanded to the rest of the fleet – even the line’s expedition vessels have it onboard.
  • The “New” Bar: Silver Spirit introduced an entirely new concept for The Bar, Silversea’s popular pre-and-post-dinner watering hole. With alternating teal and emerald colours accented by dark woods and plenty of polished brass, the Art Deco-themed Bar was a hit with guests. Silversea has since refitted each of its classic luxury vessels with similarly-styled décor.
  • More Silver Suites: Not only were there more of these massive 742-square foot suites than ever before, but they were also larger and more intelligently designed than their predecessors. There are larger suites aboard the Silver Spirit, sure, but few pack the kind of space-value-amenity punch that these Silver Suites, which are located on Decks 10 and 11, do.
  • More Dining Venues: Silver Spirit saw the introduction of Seishin, a Japanese-fusion-themed restaurant; and Stars Supper Club, a small-plate dining venue with an imaginative cocktail list featuring live jazz each evening. The former books up fast; the latter is frequently packed to capacity.
  • A Better Observation Lounge: Observation Lounges are a staple of most Silversea ships, but few executed it as well as the Observation Lounge onboard the Silver Spirit. In the morning, light breakfast is featured here, along with a full-serve coffee and tea station. At night, it turns into a true bar – and a great place for quiet after-dinner cocktails. My personal favorite spot onboard.
Silver Spirit introduced a new decor scheme for The Bar...Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Silver Spirit introduced a new decor scheme for The Bar…Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
...and created one of the best Observation Lounges in the fleet. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders
…and created one of the best Observation Lounges in the fleet. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Throughout the voyage, we’ll be updating our full deck-by-deck Silver Spirit Photo Tour with brand-new images to reflect the ship’s current condition. We’ll also be taking a look at how the forthcoming Silver Muse will differ from her near-sister, Silver Spirit.

Stay tuned – our return to Silversea’s elegant Silver Spirit begins at the end of the month. Have questions about the ship or the trip? Let us know and we’ll do our best to find the answers.

Come sail with us - virtually - aboard the Silver Spirit! Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders
Come sail with us – virtually – aboard the Silver Spirit! Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Our Live Voyage Report from onboard Silversea’s Silver Spirit will begin on April 26, 2016 from Barcelona, Spain! Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.

Silver Spirit V. 5609 - Barcelona to Rome

DAYPORTARRIVEDepart
April 26, 2016Barcelona, SpainEmbark6:00 PM
April 27Sete, France8:00 AM11:00 PM
April 28Sanary, France8:00 AM11:00 PM
April 29Monte Carlo, Monaco8:00 AM11:59 PM
April 30Livorno, Italy9:00 AM7:00 PM
May 1Olbia, Italy8:00 AM7:00 PM
May 2, 2016Civitavecchia (Rome) Italy7:00 AMDisembark

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