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SILVER SPIRIT cruise The Silver Spirit offers an 8,300-sq.-ft. spa. I vivian holley onboard review july 2011 It has always been easy to become enamored of Silversea’s all-suite ships long before setting foot in their ultra-luxurious environs. How could an anticipated cruise promise anything less than palpable romance via vessels bearing such beckoning, seductive names as Silver Whisper, Silver Shadow, Silver Wind, Silver Cloud? Now comes the line’s newest and largest-ever entry, christened Silver Spirit. Which seems similarly apt because Spirit is more, well, spirited than its smaller siblings. Rest assured there’s no loss of the line’s famously intimate atmosphere, distinctive Italian-accented design and airy stairways, or celebrated space ratio. With one of the highest space-to-guest ratios in the industry, Silversea claims a signature attribute that allows for abundant breathing room and a singular serenity, either of which can be hard to come by on board your average bustling cruise ship. What’s particularly newsy about the 540-passenger beauty, sailing its second year after a maiden voyage on Dec. 23, 2009: the ship’s expanded passenger-pleasing dining options, and the additional en- tertainment venues that add up to noticeably livelier evenings. As in, more music flowing from more inviting doorways, more brio from stem to stern. Among the six dining settings, it’s hard to top the main dining room called The Restaurant on Deck 4, where the cuisine and service are both excellent and the breakfast, lunch and dinner pace is relaxed. Passengers can arrive when they’re ready and sit where they wish (tables for two are plentiful). But the daily popularity award goes to Deck 7’s La Terrazza and its bountiful breakfast and lunch buffets—quite possibly because its expansive windows serve up sweeping sea vistas, and cruisers may choose to take their meals either inside or on the sunny deck. Come evening, La Terrazza morphs into a deliciously themed, table-service Italian restaurant. There’s no charge, but do advise clients to make reservations early. Then there’s Seishin and Le Champagne—both small, both elegant, 34 october 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend October 2011

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk: Coworth Park, London
Tour Talk: Cox & Kings
Paws Up Ups "Glamping" to New Heights
"Alpine" Adventure at Four Seasons Resort Vail
Hotel Beaux Arts Miami
Out & About in New York City
Adventures on Hayman Island
It's the Good Life at The Leela Kovalam Beach
Peninsula Shanghai & Hong Kong
Silversea's Silver Spirit
Thailand Travel Planner
Luxury in the Wilderness, by Best of Patagonia
Savoring St. Vincent & the Grenadines
CuisinArt Resort & Spa, Anguilla
Luxurious Egypt
A Good Turn for Bern, Switzerland
Mexico's Luxury Trail

Recommend October 2011