Reporting live aboard Silversea Cruises’ Silver Spirit
Cruising the Canary Islands on Silversea Cruises’ Silver Spirit
After leaving Lisbon, an overnight at sea, and a stop at Funchal, Madeira, we arrived at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain—the second port of call on our two-week long cruise to Barbados. While the cruise line offered several shore excursions to the forest, Mount Teide National Park and other sites of the largest island in the Canary chain, we opted to do our own thing and wandered around the clean and serene town, shopping at the many outlets that line the area. The weather was wonderful and spring-like and the island seemed to chirp a welcoming spirit.
Next came Las Palmas, a circular island of Gran Canaria with a thriving commercial center, white sand beaches, lots of tourists, and a huge shopping mall a few feet from where the ship docked. Again the cruise line offered diverse touring options such as a trip to Casa de Colon—former residence of the island’s first governors, a 5 hour tour of museums, cathedrals and such and a scenic, 8-hour excursion along the countryside –again we chose to walk around , which we did for a few hours. (We do have tours reserved in Antiqua and St. Lucia).
The last of the Canary chain was San Sebastian, another noiseless port where you could almost whisper to one another. A short stroll from the Spirit took us into the cobblestone town lined with tiny boutiques, sidewalk cafes, lots of smokers and plenty of places to hook up to free WiFi. There’s also an inviting, sand beach near the ship for swimming or catching the rays. I loved this tiny town which boasts a population of only 2,176.
We sailed from San Sebastian de la Gomera last night and won’t see land again for another six days during which we will relish our time at sea aboard the Spirit—Silversea Cruises ‘newest edition to its 6 ship feet, and largest at 540 passengers.
For those of you who have sailed on the line’s little vessels: Shadow, Cloud, Wind and Whisper will find the Spirit as accommodating but with some new features like added dining venues (we’ve been eating up the new Italian entry La Terraza) and well, some strange design changes which will be discussed in later pieces (one which many passengers have been vocal about is the coed steam baths and saunas).
More to come, but for now sit back and check out the slide show.