An Introduction to: Silversea Cruises
June 8, 2016
Silversea Cruise line are the last word in ultra-luxury cruises. Launched in 1994 by the Lefebvre family in Rome, with the aim of creating the highest quality and most luxurious cruises. They offer cruises to all 7 continents and over 800 destinations, so wherever you fancy, Silversea has got you covered. Read on to discover what to expect from Silversea, and why you should consider an ultra-luxury cruise for your next voyage…
Meet the Fleet
With a huge variety of ships available, including larger ones for big oceans and tiny ones that can visit the most remote locations, your dream cruise is well within your reach! Silversea ships tend to be smaller vessels, offering a more intimate and personal vibe.
There are currently 6 ships in this range, offering the height of luxury for all aboard.
Silver Cloud – Guests: 296. Crew: 222. Tonnage: 16,800
Silver Wind – Guests: 296, Crew: 222, tonnage: 17,400
Silver Shadow – Guests: 382, crew: 302, tonnage: 28,258
Silver Whisper – Guests: 382, crew: 302, tonnage: 28, 258
Silver Spirit – Guests: 540, crew: 376, tonnage: 36,000
Silver Muse – Guests: 596, crew: 411, tonnage: 40,700 – Due to be launched Spring 2017.
In June 2008 Silversea launched its expedition range, the small sizes of the ships means that they can visit the most off the map places.
Silver Explorer – Guests: 130, crew: 117, tonnage: 6,072.
Silver Galapagos – Guests: 100, crew: 75, tonnage: 4,077.
Silver Discoverer – Guests: 120, crew: 96, tonnage: 5,218.
Stay tuned! After an extensive makeover Silver Cloud will be moving on over to the expedition fleet in November 2017.
Is There a Typical Silversea Passenger?
So who can you expect to join you on your quest for luxury? Due to their high quality you’ll usually encounter incredibly classy people, who appreciate fine arts, comfort and gourmet dining. Because of the unique cultural experiences and incredible on shore excursions your fellow passengers will typically be well traveled professional couples that have a taste for adventure.
Did you know? Silversea were named best cruise line for romance by U.S News & World Report!
Decor and Atmosphere
Silversea ships boast one of the highest space to guest ratio at sea, meaning that your chosen ship will have more than enough room to swing a cat. The ships feature a stylish art deco design, inspired by the fashion of the 1930’s, so you’ll genuinely feel like you’re living in the lap of luxury!
While you won’t find all the bells and whistles of a major ocean cruise line, there is no shortage of things to do on board a Silversea ship. However, the experience is much more sophisticated with activities catering for the classier individual, as opposed to the larger lines that offer things for all the family.
For the health conscious not wanting to skip a day of their workout routine, fear not! There’s a fitness center on board most ships. Offering activities such as Pilates, yoga, aerobics and various workout equipment, you’ll be able to keep in shape right up until you hit the beach! There are also saunas and steam rooms available for you to relax after your workout. If you’re wanting to learn more about healthy living there are seminars available to teach you about aromatherapy, nutrition and much more!
Got a hot date and fancy having your hair and nails done? Then you’ll be delighted to know that there’s a salon on board! Offering hair styling, manicures, pedicures and massages, you can ensure that you remain in tip top condition throughout your cruise.
A unique point to Silversea is the enrichment programme on board. Offering lectures from the ships expedition team, as well as guest speakers who are well studied historians, chefs and authors. You’ll be able to discover all about your chosen destination and what makes it so special. There are also specialist destination consultants available to help you select your on-shore adventures.
There are a massive range of excursions available, you can go on safari in India and see the wild elephants, travel by row boat and visit an orang-utan sanctuary in Borneo, or watch a performance at the Sydney opera house. These are just a few options among the life changing experiences you can partake in. Silversea cater to everyone, no matter their tastes – meaning you can tailor make your excursions to suit your wants and needs!
On most ships there are either cinemas, show lounges, casinos, piano bars or libraries, with Silver Cloud and Wind having the most entertainment opportunities available. Love live music? You’ll be excited to know that it is available on most ships including cabaret and sophisticated jazz.
Where there are less dining options than on larger cruise lines, you’re definitely not limited for quality or choice. There are at least four restaurant options on each ship, and the new Flagship Muse will feature the most options, meaning you’ll be spoiled for choice! There’s an open seating policy across all restaurants so you can sit wherever and with whomever you wish.
On each ship there will be at least one bar/grill, offering the most elegantly prepared sea food and classic dishes that will have your mouth watering. For lunch, sample delicious grilled favorites, or try a freshly cooked pizza! In the evening the grill will transform into a casual, but sophisticated dining venue, on select ships guests are able to grill their own seafood on a heated volcanic rock. How cool is that?!
The main dining room is featured on all ships and is quite the elegant affair. The best part is that there are no assigned times so you can eat at any time you want, so you don’t have to worry about rushing to make the designated meal times. Don’t fancy leaving your room? Not to worry! You can have your butler bring you your chosen meal straight from the restaurant kitchen.
Aboard most Silversea ships you’ll find a speciality oriental restaurant, offering a selection of the finest Asian or Japanese cuisines, featuring a chef’s table, you’ll be able to watch your meal being prepared by the deft hands of one of the top chefs.
Due to Silversea’s Italian heritage it should come as no surprise that they have a top of the line Italian restaurant. La Terrazza is available on most ships and boasts an Italian dining experience like no other. All dishes are cooked with the finest ingredients, and you can rest assured that your meal will be cooked to top standards with their Italian staff – they really know their Penne from their Rigatoni!
Stars Supper Club
A truly unique dining experience is found at the Stars Supper Club. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by glamorous 1930’s décor that appears fresh out of a speakeasy. Available on the Silver Spirit ship, you’ll be able to enjoy tapas style dishes from around the world, whilst watching cabaret performances, or listening to smooth jazz. Now that sounds like a good night to us!
Did you know? Stars Supper Club was inspired by The Rainbow Room in New York!
For an extra special dish, pay a visit to Le Champagne, claiming to be the most luxurious dining experience at sea, you’ll feel utterly spoiled for choice with their incredible menu. The menu changes to reflect the destination you’re travelling to, so you’ll be able to taste the dishes from the destination before you actually see it!
Boasting an all-inclusive policy, you don’t have to worry about sorting out tips, etc. whilst on board!
You’ll get treated like royalty on board any Silversea ship with your very own Butler! Upon arrival your personal butler will welcome you, present you with a selection of luxuries including: hypoallergenic pillows, and top of the line bathroom products. They will also offer to unpack your luggage and arrange any dinner reservations for that evening. Throughout your trip they keep your room clean and tidy, serve your breakfast, polish your shoes, do your laundry and even prepare your luggage. Leaving you to relax and put your feet up!
Any wines, spirits, coffee and soft drinks are complimentary in all bars, lounges and dining rooms. Your butler will even stock your mini bar in your suite with your favorite drinks at your request.
Carroll from Glasgow said “our butler replenished our fridge daily and when he got used to what we liked (very quickly) we didn’t even have to ask it would just appear, as would snacks before bedtime and the like..” You can read the rest of Carroll’s review here!
Did you know? Silversea has one of the most impressive wine cellars at sea!
Room Service is available 24/7 – meaning you can have breakfast in bed, a midnight snack or even a three course meal without having to leave your suite!
Included in your fees is round-trip transportation from the pier to town, so you don’t have to worry about having to sort out taxis or work out the local bus schedule! Phew!
Staff, Gratuities + Dress Code
The dress code ranges from casual to formal, with three evening attire categories: Casual: For Women: Blouse with pants/skirts or a casual dress. For Men: Open neck shirts and slacks. Informal: For Women: A dress or pant suit. For Men: Jackets, tie is optional. Formal: For Women: Evening gown or cocktail dress. For Men: Tux, dinner jacket or a dark suit – tie is required.
Listen up ladies! Flat/low heeled shoes are only allowed on board, so unfortunately you won’t be able to pack your favorite stilettos!
For shore excursions a good pair of sturdy shoes and casual attire is recommended – especially if you’re thinking about taking a long hike!
Silversea staff are always dressed in fine attire, and are available to give you their undivided attention at all times of the day. The staff to guest ratio on board is nearly one to one, meaning that anything you want is catered for in a heartbeat. Now that’s what we call service!
Gilleghan from Leeds said: “The highlight of the whole cruise experience was the crew of 222 who all were professional, friendly and efficient, especially my butler and my waiter in the main restaurant where I dined each evening.” Read the rest of the review here.
You don’t have to worry about working out gratuities with this cruise line, because they’re already included in your fare! If you’re thinking about paying a visit to the Salon or Spa, these are not included, but you can tip at your own discretion!
That’s a wrap! What do you think? Would you consider going on a Silversea cruise? Do you think going luxury could be the way for you? Let us know in the comments!
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