Day 7 – Haifa, Israel

Day 7 – Haifa, Israel

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.

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

Check back daily to read our reports from Voyage 2433 as we sail onboard Silversea’s Silver Wind! Be sure to follow along on twitter by using the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport. Coverage runs from Tuesday, October 21 – Friday, October 31, 2014.

Our full journey:

Silver Wind's Voyage 2433 will take us from Rome to Athens. Illustration courtesy of Silversea
Silver Wind’s Voyage 2433 will take us from Rome to Athens. Illustration courtesy of Silversea

Silver Wind - Voyage 2433 - Rome to Athens

October 21, 2014Civitavecchia (Rome), ItalyEmbark Silver Wind6:00 PM
October 22Sorrento, Italy8:00 AM6:00 PM
October 23Messina, Italy8:00 AM6:00 PM
October 24Day at Sea
October 25Aghios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece8:00 AM1:00 PM
October 26Limassol, Cyprus1:30 PM7:00 PM
October 27Haifa, Israel 7:00 AM11:00 PM
October 28Ashdod, Israel7:00 AM7:00 PM
October 29 At Sea
October 30Santorini, Greece8:00 AM6:00 PM
October 31Piraeus (Athens), Greece7:00 AMDisembark
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