At sea– somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean between the Canary Islands steaming toward Antiqua on Silversea Cruises, www.silversea.co , Silver Spirit. Your LA Travel Diva Examiner has been enjoying the “suite” life aboard the 540-passenger Silver Spirit for a week now, after embarking in Lisbon and stopping at the Canary Islands before crossing the Atlantic Ocean en route to our final destination in Barbados, with future stops in Antigua, Guadeloupe and St. Lucia.
We’ve been at sea for two days now with four more to come before we see land again, and it’s been smooth sailing all the way. We start each day with a swim in the salt-water pool where a deck steward serves our morning double espresso on cue. Then a shower in our suite and enjoy either a room service breakfast presented by our butler, Bryan, or when we feel like it, the buffet in the Terrace.
The rest of the day is spent mulling over the many options in the daily Chronicles (ship’s newspaper) that include spa treatments, fitness classes with able-bodied personal trainer Gareth, champagne and cognac tasting, lectures, team trivia, dancing, table tennis, shuffleboard (which is popular with the several British passengers on board), and more—with lunch in between, which has been a light meal at the Pool Grill or the buffet in La Terraza (which doubles as a fabulous Italian trattoria at night)—accompanied with glasses of complimentary wine, champagne or other adult beverage. Other lunch choices include the Restaurant or room service.
The library/Internet Café is well stocked with books, which Richard and I have availed us while snuggled up in comfy chaises on deck or on our private veranda. No strangers to Silversea Cruises—we’ve been sailing on the fleet since the innovative line premiered in 1994—this is our first voyage on the newer Spirit, which is larger than the others and different in some ways. But you will need to read my National Cruise Examiner pieces for that. The Silversea “experience” as the company likes to refer to it, is hard to match, the crew to passenger ratio is high and the service reflected by the stat.
The cuisine is cuts above most afloat, the “suites”(which are all the staterooms), larger than most, with so much storage room I don’t think we’ll ever find all our stuff, tubs, separate showers, skillion count linens, fine toiletries doled out your butler on arrival, in mirror TVs (yup, the tubes are in your mirror), binoculars, robes, slippers, hand held hair dryers (not those icky ones attached to the wall), fully stocked mini-fridges with you choice of beverages , big fluffy towels , clocks, walk-in closets and more. Did I mention the all-inclusive fare and very personalized service and how a “diva” can really become accustomed to this life on the high seas.
More tk (to come as we journalists say), so come on back or read my cruise pieces. Ahoy for now.