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Silversea Cruises: Silver Spirit

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Silver Spirit Review

Christened in 2010, Silver Spirit, the largest ship in the Silversea fleet, includes all the signature features of her smaller fleetmates on a grander scale, as well as additional elements such as the expanded spa facilities and more dining options.

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interiors of Silver Spirit’s public rooms reflect a 1930s art deco flavor. Although the decor is warmer and more inviting than previous Silversea ships, you’ll still find signature spaces like the Humidor, the Bar, and the indoor–outdoor La Terrazza restaurant.

With one of the most generous space-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry, Silver Spirit features an expansive 8,300-square-foot spa with a thermal suite and outdoor whirlpool; a state-of-the-art fitness complex with two aerobics studios; six places to dine; three high-end, duty-free boutiques; and the largest suites in the Silversea fleet. In addition, deck space is expansive, with plenty of teak chaise longues, two whirlpools, and a bar poolside. The resort-style pool is even heated for cooler weather.

Silversea Cruises was launched in 1994 by the former owners of Sitmar Cruises, the Lefebvre family of Rome, whose concept for the new cruise line was to build and sail the highest-quality luxury ships at sea. Intimate ships, paired with exclusive amenities and unparalleled hospitality, are the hallmarks of Silversea cruises. All-inclusive air-and-sea fares can be customized to include not just round-trip airfare but all transfers, porterage, and deluxe precruise accommodations as well.

Personalization is a Silversea maxim. Their ships offer more activities than other comparably sized luxury vessels. Take part in those that interest you, or opt instead for a good book and any number of quiet spots to read or snooze in the shade. Silversea’s third generation of ships introduced even more luxurious features when the 36,000-ton Silver Spirit launched late in 2009. Silversea’s Silver Explorer is the top choice for luxurious soft adventure expedition cruising, and in 2013 Silversea added a second exploration ship, Silver Galapagos, that will sail exclusively in the Galápagos Islands.

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What You Should Know

Pros

  • Onboard atmosphere is sophisticated yet relaxed
  • Chilled champagne welcomes every passenger to his suite
  • Silver suites are the most popular accommodations on Silversea ships, and Silver Spirit has twice as many as her fleetmates

Cons

  • One accommodations deck doesn’t have a passenger laundry room
  • The addition of a limited children’s program could mean more youngsters on board than normal
  • You could get so spoiled aboard Silver Spirit that you’ll never want to go home
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 375
  • Entered Service 2010
  • Gross Tons 36,000
  • Length 642 feet
  • Number of Cabins 270
  • Passenger Capacity 540
  • Width 86 feet

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