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Silver Cloud Cruise Review

Insider Take

Best For People Who Want

The "best of the best" at any price; spacious suites with butlers serving in cabin meals, personalized service.


Elegant but surprisingly simple, the rooms and hallways are unfettered by bric-a-brac. What you see is all the finest quality, but there is no over abundance of anything.

Public Rooms

The Panorama and Observation lounges are both finished with floor to ceiling windows and comfortable chairs just for sipping self-service drinks, listening to music or simply sitting and watching the sea go by. The multi-tiered Venetian Lounge provides a pleasant setting for evening shows or movies with unobstructed views. The most popular spot is the art deco saloon aptly named, The Bar. Making friends is the key here, and the barkeep calls you by name and remembers what you drink after one visit.

Elegant new furniture, linens and attractive artwork in all suites are recent additions to Silver Cloud, but the addition you're apt to applaud most heartily is the intimate new dining room, La Saletta, reminiscent of the newer Silver Shadow's and Silver Whisper's Le Champagne. There's also a new Internet center, and expanded spa facilities, including a Tranquility Room. The Fitness Center has been moved up to the Observation Deck, meaning that you can now savor panoramic views of the ocean while using, rather than losing, it.

Where once there were Bulgari outlets, there are now little LJ boutiques. The ship's logowear boutique, which offers pretty much the same stuff you'd find on 80 percent of the cruise ships at sea, disappoints.


You can't fault the culinary staff for stodginess. Besides traditional steamed lobster, for instance, you're apt to be offered lobster medallions breaded in chickpea flour and served with chorizo sausage chutney. While the ships' cuisine is almost always delectable, though, it is only sometimes beyond earthly imagination. Four entrees are offered each evening in the main dining room, and the chef will happily concoct another dish for anyone uninspired by all four of them. Pasta and fish are reliably delicious, as are sauces and starches. The one downside of open seating is that what starts out perfect in the kitchen on a crowded night may not always arrive at the table the same way.

Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style in the La Terrazza Cafe. On the newer ships the Lidos have kitchens built in next door, but on these smaller older vessels, once again, the trip from the kitchen becomes a factor. So, ask the staff there to cook pasta to order for you, and then fill up on the handmade ice cream with toppings.

It must be noted that with a ship that varies its itinerary almost on a per-cruise basis, it is not reasonable to expect the consistency and contingency planning for shore excursions you will find on a ship that has been repeating the same ports for years. Silversea has a glittering reputation for its shore excursions, but glitches can occur, and those on offer are sometimes subject to cancellation due to a lack of passenger interest.


Included in your fare, though additional services provided by a butler or concierge may deserve extra consideration at your discretion.


Small ship entertainment is normally fairly lackluster, but Silversea is clearly intent on bucking that trend with lavish Las Vegas-style production shows. At some ports, local musicians are invited aboard to perform before dinner. The ship's' comedian/magicians can only be described as laff-riots.

Sea days feature such extremely low-key traditional activities as napkin-folding, golf putting, and shuffleboard, with wine tasting and fitness classes for any live wires.


Those who adore Crystal Cruises' vast suites with private butler service may find these ships mildly disappointing. The majority of staterooms (75%) are standard suites with a 296-square-foot private veranda. The cabins are luxurious enough, though, for just about anyone. Staterooms have big walk-in closets, a separate sitting area with sofa and desk, twin/queen bed configuration, down pillows, and 24-hour room service. The bathrooms have tub/shower, terry cloth robes, hair dryers, and private label toiletries - and ought, frankly, to be bigger.

The minimum category Vista Suite without balcony is 240 square feet. Larger suites include Silver Suites at 541 square feet and the Owner's Suite (827 square feet). The Royal Suite is 1,030 square feet, the Grand Suite, with two bedrooms, a whopping 1,314. All suite residents get complimentary laundry service. How suite it is!

The occupants of the largest Silversea suites - the Grand, Royal, Rossellini and Owner's - enjoy the ministrations of butlers certified by no less than the Guild of Professional English Butlers, which trains the British Royal Family's servants. Your butler will do everything from unpacking your suitcase to arranging a private car at the next port, from drawing a bath to planning an in-suite cocktail party.


Bring your tux and long sequined gown. Silversea's passengers delight in dressing up - way up. Formal nights follow days at sea.

Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer

A wealth of entertainment options; large fitness or casino facilities; an assortment of sports or children's activities.

Onboard Experience

The luxury segment of the cruise industry comes in a variety of tastes and sizes; and no one offers greater panache than Silversea. Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, as the smaller and older vessels of the fleet, are full of the sort of luxury and spaciousness the Fortune 500 types who are their passengers demand, but a bit short of the variety and flair accomplished by the slightly larger, newer vessels. Still, it's no surprise that passengers often enjoy their cruises so much that they decide to stay aboard for the next one!

From the moment you board the ship, you're made to feel like a member of a very rich, old European family, pampered to within an inch of your life by extremely warm and gracious European staves.

Though it is a mere 16,800 tons, Silver Cloud is still big enough to feel like a ship. Indeed, the layout is similar to many larger vessels, with a sumptuous lobby, a mere three and a half accommodations decks, Lido buffet, observation lounge and pool deck. It is just that there are fewer of everything; staterooms, gift shops, slot machines, bars. But that doesn't stop her from acting like a big ship. For example, there are production shows larger ships would be proud to call their own in a two-deck-high grand theater.

Still, Silver Cloud actually impress most with the small touches, the Christofle flatware and Limoges china in the restaurant, the champagne and caviar delivered to your suite almost the same moment as when you first arrive.

Silversea's itineraries are among the most attractive on offer from any cruise line, and they do a particularly good job of giving you just the right proportions of time ashore and time at sea. Your fellow passengers are apt to represent a broader range of countries than on other cruises.

Several new programs intended to emphasize the line's Italian lineage debuted in 2005. Silversea's in-suite bath amenities are now furnished by the Italian fragrance house Acqua di Parma. Paintings by noted Italian artists are proudly featured throughout. Italian luxury brand Loro Piana opened shops offering accessories, gifts and made-to-measure products aboard each ship.

But not all is from the land of Leonardo, Galileo, and Verdi; the first Viking Cooking School at sea, held in the ships' new Viking culinary theatres, offers cooking classes led by the unmistakably Gallic alliance of Relais & Chateaux.


Starched white linens, romantic lighting and Christofle flatware adorn tables for four, six, eight and ten in The Restaurant, a huge, gorgeous room with windows overlooking the sea. The service here is sublime, as it is too in The Terrace Cafe, popular for casual breakfast and luncheon buffets, and open to the aft deck, but with not quite enough tables for prospective al fresco diners. At night, the cafe becomes the alternative Italian restaurant La Terrazza, requiring reservations.

If it's haute cuisine you're after, definitely head for the intimate La Saletta, a new Relais & Chateaux wine-themed restaurant with cuisine conceived to complement wine, rather than the more usual other way around. Inspired by Joachim Koerper's Michelin two-star Girasol, in Moraira, Spain, the restaurant offers seasonal menus with which it hopes to establish itself as the most memorable gourmet experience at sea. It's open for dinner only and reservations are recommended, as seating is extremely limited. Prepare to be charged a small fee for the premium wines that will be the stars of your meal.

Tired after a frenzied day ashore? Call room service and dine en suite, with your meal delivered course by course.


The almost entirely European staff is as personable as it is efficient. They'll know your names - and preferences - almost before you've gotten to your cabin. Officers and crew seem genuinely to enjoy getting to know their passengers. Because so many Silversea voyagers stay aboard for cruise after cruise, there's a rare atmosphere of conviviality.


Silver Cloud's small fitness center offers classes during days at sea, There are also a beauty salon with massage offerings, but with a minimum staff on duty.

Ship Overview

As the inaugural ship for Silversea Cruises, Silver Cloud was christened in 1994. Designed to provide the most intimate of experiences at sea, Silver Cloud carries fewer than 300 passengers amid the luxury of space and the feeling of a luxurious home away from home.

These two yacht-like gems are all about style, understatement, and personal choice, so if you want to snuggle into a book in the well-stocked library, no one will lift an eyebrow. Although there simply isn't enough square footage on these ships for huge rooms, the public spaces are more than adequate and designed to function well. These ships served as the models for their larger sisters, Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper, which expanded on the smaller ships' concept of locating all passenger accommodations forward and public rooms aft.

The Restaurant is one of the loveliest dining rooms at sea, with a domed ceiling and musicians to provide dance music between courses. Both the Bar and Panorama Lounge are comfortable spots to socialize, dance, or enjoy cocktails before or after the evening entertainment, which might include a classical concert or smallish production show in the show room or Moonlight Movies, feature films shown outside on the pool deck.

In 2018 Royal Caribbean International purchased a large stake in Silversea Cruises, adding a new luxury option to their portfolio. Intimate ships with spacious suites, exclusive amenities, and unparalleled hospitality are the hallmarks of the line. Every suite is assigned a butler, so you can expect even the most unusual requests to be fulfilled. In addition, your all-inclusive air-and-sea fares can be customized to include not just round-trip airfare but all transfers, porterage, and deluxe pre-cruise 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 2010 and the 40,700-ton Silver Muse entered service in 2017. Silversea’s fleet of exploration ships are the top choice for luxurious soft adventure expedition cruising, includingSilver Galapagos that sails exclusively in the Galápagos Islands.

What You Should Know


  • Ambience onboard is comfortably upscale, heightened by never having to sign a bar ticket
  • Wine is poured freely at lunch and dinner
  • Every cruise features regionally specific lectures by experts who share insights into areas of the world they know intimately


  • Minimalist modern decor could be improved
  • The sophisticated, all-adult atmosphere is sometimes disrupted by bored children who have nothing to do
  • The slow pace of evening entertainment isn’t satisfying if you prefer splashy production revues and Vegas-type shows
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 212
  • Entered Service 1994
  • Gross Tons 17,400
  • Length 514 feet
  • Number of Cabins 148
  • Passenger Capacity 298
  • Width 71 feet
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Jan 7, 2011


I have just returned from my 9th cruise on Silverseas.... we have been on The Cloud, Whisper, Wind and Spirit. I just love every aspect of Silverseas. It is a six star experience but so relaxed and I feel at home as soon as Im on board. I had my first experience on Silversea when i turned 40 and now being 54 and a bit of a trooper. We have just done a back to back cruise..... two 7 day cruises around the Carribean. We loved every minute of it.

The staff make it so extra special, they are an absolute delight and the food as ever, divine. When we were on board a few customers complained about the most miniscule things but they still were making bookings again for the next cruise. Cant wait to go back on board...... just have to loose the half stone i put on but it was all so worth it!!! can you complain about having fillet steaks, lobster, cavier whenever you so wish. Silver Cloud is the oldest ship and she is a delightful lady. The bathrooms are a little bit tired but we understand she is going have a bit of spit and polish soon. The suite was lovely Just feel Silverseas could cater a little more for people in the range of 40 - 55 who are really still young at heart. A wonderful holiday around the smaller islands of the Carribean ....

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Baltic Sea

Journalist & Associate Editor STAR LUXURY Filtering through all the brightly-colored and smartly-marketed brochures, and investigating the where to go and what to do on a cruise vacation is quite a lot of fun. I always envision destinations afar, and most times we choose the destination first, and hope for the best on the ship facility part to fill that destination agenda. The ordinary was not the case this year when reaching out for

excellence – There would be no compromises, no excuses, just the finest service and amenities. Every itinerary Silversea Cruises offered seemed embraced by a lavish layer of distinction. In our case, the final Silversea choice was to an area we had longed to visit. This fulfilled our vacation wish-list, blending both our dream itinerary with extraordinary service and elegance. My wife Carol and I received a shipment some weeks later with our packet of reservation documents and we knew that our cruise on the Silversea ship Silver Cloud would be an exceptional experience. From the moment we opened the elegant leather voucher-case, which was packed with personal and distinctive luggage tags, and a new vacation expectation level ensued. From that moment on we sensed the welcome mat of elegance offered by Silver Cloud – we could hardly wait! ITINERARY: I envisioned writing and recounting of our captivating itinerary aboard the distinctive Silver Cloud in the Baltic Sea. I could go on at length about the enticing ports in Northern Europe. However, it was the allure of this top quality vessel that must first be emphasized as I briefly describe this voyage. We embarked in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Flying in early is a comfort with today's busy pace with airlines, and Silversea's staff can help your travel agent arrange lodging and transfers. By arriving early, we enjoyed an engaging but leisurely day in Amsterdam, a city to be savored for its world famous museums and the special charms of her canals. This also allowed time to decompress from traveling before boarding Silver Cloud – We did not want to board bleary-eyed and jet-lagged. Our first cruise stop was Tallinn, Estonia. Its old town of medieval architecture is as wonderful as those in Germany or the South of France. Estonia is a country quite proud to be out of the Soviet domain. Then we were on to St. Petersburg, Russia for two glorious days of exploring the Hermitage Museum, the opulent gilded Peterhof Palace, Catherine's Palace and others. From Russia we sailed onward to historic Helsinki, Finland. A special city came next, Stockholm, Sweden where beautiful tiny islands link together to form one of the loveliest cities on earth. Last and not least was Hans Christian Anderson's enchanting and immaculate Copenhagen, Denmark. But, I won't go on and on, for on this cruise we found that our ship was to be a destination in and of itself. Does it seem possible that a ship, its crew, and services could account for such feelings of vacation completeness? But, though this was a most remarkable itinerary, the ships of Silversea generally do not stay fixed on one itinerary. They move on to new and wondrous places around the globe visiting peoples and places on nearly every continent. I want to convey that what came to be our most loved destination of choice each day was the Silver Cloud herself. The ship was a haven that we were eager to return to and share stories of the day with our many new friends. SILVER CLOUD: The sleek white ship is 16,800 tons at 514 feet in length, and can carry 296 passengers. This is a comfortable number even when dinner time arrives. You get to know fellow passengers in a relaxed, open-seating atmosphere in one of the two available dining locations. Open seating affords the freedom to dine with the people you meet for the first time or prior friends – how delightful! CABINS: The striking differences between a Silversea cruise vacation experience and the larger more typical ships are many, but they start with the amount of personal cabin space that is standard on this all-suite, all-outside cabin luxury ship. Differences begin with the suite arrangement at a generous 250 sq. feet, and goes up to the impressive multi-roomed Silver Suite at 541 sq. ft., an Owner's Suite. with two bedrooms at 827 sq. ft, the Royal Suite at 1031 sq. ft. with two bedrooms, and finally, the palatial Grand Suite, a 1300 sq. ft., two bedroom, lavish accommodation with all the amenities that a ship's captain or a captain of industry might require. Our cabin was the introductory size suite. We did have a balcony, and most of the suites aboard Silver Cloud do. If you are in a climate and itinerary that would avail the use of a balcony, why not enjoy this pleasure for a modest additional charge? The suite was essentially two rooms, one a sitting and dining area, the other a bedroom. Draperies may be utilized to separate the two areas if you desire. Appointments in fine wood and attractive art gave the suite a sense of refinement. We enjoyed breakfast in the suite four of our nine days aboard the Silver Cloud, and we dined elegantly with fine linens in our suite three special romantic evenings. No effort was spared by the room service staff to extend that feeling of gracious attention to detail. Both the main dining room and the standard and quite comprehensive room service menu were available in our suite. Beverages of choice were always available, and the maid gladly stocked our personal preferences in our suite's mini-fridge. An excellent list of wines and beers was included in your cruise costs for those with a potent-potable palate. It is not customary for us to rave about a ship bathroom, but when you have fine marble, a full tub with shower, and Bvlgari toiletries –a mention is obligatory! A huge walk in closet had thick plush bathrobes and slippers waiting for our in-suite comfort. CUISINE: While Silver Cloud roams about the latitudes and longitudes of the world, guest's gastronomic pleasures are enhanced, as her menu evolves to reflect the culinary delights and specialties of the current region. When Carol and I stepped into The Restaurant we knew we had arrived for a very special dining experience. The Restaurant is elegant, but not stuffy, the staff is attentive and personable, but not hovering, and they are quietly - ever-watchful of your favorite foods, drinks, and habits, with a goal of meeting these personal requirements. Catering to individual taste and preference is what distinguishes the ordinary from the exceptional cruise experience. Then came the main event, which were inspired dishes created by Silversea's Master Chefs. The dishes were complemented by those of La Collection du Monde, and created by the world-class chefs of culinary partner Relais & Châteaux. The menu was marked by innovation and creativity. I feel certain that most patrons will delight in these epicurean creations, and a dining experience that rivals the best restaurants the world over. ABOUT SHIP: You might dress for a workout in the well-equipped gym, or visit the Mandara Spa for that special attentive massage, or the full array of services designed to enhance your vacation relaxation. Mandara is a Sanskrit legend translated to signify, a search for a magical elixir to promote extended life and beauty. The staff caters to Silver Cloud guests in the quest for these ultimate experiences while aboard. Once you have been sufficiently pampered in the Mandara Spa, and you have done your daily gym workout, then perhaps a cool drink of your choice while lazing around the pool is the perfect way to enjoy the passing scenery. Again, all drinks except special or more exotic beverages are included in your cruise rate. Also included are all tips – Guests on the Silver Cloud need not worry of daily issues other than simply enjoying this experience. Silversea Cruises celebrates its 10th anniversary of providing unexcelled service worldwide. We noted on our cruise that many guests were repeat clients - because they appreciated the high level of service and quality. It was their ultimate vacation and they had come to love and enjoy Silversea's superior quality of relaxation and service. ACTIVITIES: There were varied ship activities tailored to suit the clientele, ranging from exercise classes, lectures on various topics, and shore briefings. Trivia, scrabble tournaments, and the ping pong invitational brought out those looking for activity. A good book or movie would get the attention of still others. It is a vacation and the choices are many and varied. The richly decorated and well stocked library always had followers, as did the various lounges, and a favorite spot was, of course, the Internet Café. TO ADJUST: To come up with valid criticisms on the world's premier recognized six star cruise line only makes one think of more positive things…like the gourmet coffee, outstanding room stewardesses, and dining and room service personnel – so this is challenging. If I proposed change from our entire nine days onboard the Silver Cloud it would be that they raise the television position twenty to twenty-four inches in the standard suites, and this could be easily accomplished. It is difficult to view the programming or news from bed – I know, a really picky criticism and minor inconvenience, but I do feel this to be a positive suggestion and improvement to a nearly-perfect ship, suite, and vacation experience. My only other proposal would be to begin the single-seating dining at 7PM rather than at 7:30PM. This would allow entertainment to be scheduled at 9:45PM, a seemingly more inviting time than the usual 10:30PM. I feel that more guests would be inclined to stay up after their busy day of such exhausting luxury and personal attention and would be less likely to miss the fine shows and entertainers. It is impossible to savor all that is available, but a bit of schedule tweaking might be helpful. OVERVIEW: For many Silversea patrons perfection has become a standard for their vacation. Those who are new to the Silversea ambiance are seeking that incomparable way to celebrate an anniversary, wedding, or merely life itself. A Silversea vacation cruise aboard the Silver Cloud may alter your personal expectations and overall concept of vacationing and cruising. We think you will savor the experience and create exceptional memories that will last a lifetime. My guess is that once will not be enough. You will dream of once again standing forward on a dazzling star-lit evening as the prow of a Silversea ship plies distant seas for new adventures and faraway horizons.

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Western Europe

The "Silver Cloud" is ideal for cruisers seeking the finest in amenities, service, food, and colossal treatment. With a maximum of 298 passengers we never felt crowded, either on board or on ship tours. Our mid-ship veranda suite was excellent and spacious. Normandy beaches were our main touring target and it was truly a thrill of a lifetime visiting the landing beaches and Colleville Cemetery where almost 10,000 American heroes are buried.

The outstanding beauty and solitude of the burial grounds overlooking Omaha beach will never be forgotten. We finally had our opportunity to honor those heroic young men who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. We were deeply touched and proud to be there to honor them. Our cruise was 9-days filled with a multitude of new and interesting experiences in France, Spain, and Portugal. Santiago de Compestela in La Coruna, Spain is where pilgrims travel to worship at the huge cathedral, and it feels comparable to St. Peter's in Rome, but on a smaller scale. We visited the Port wine cellars in Oporto, Portugal. Lisbon and the remarkable bridges suspended over their beautiful bay are sights to behold. This was the starting place for many Portugese explorers who helped find the pathways to the New World. We passed "Rocco" at midnight - the Rock of Gibraltar - enroute to Malaga, the lovely resort city in southwest Spain. We saw so much in 9-days that much of it seems like a blur - the itinerary was outstanding and extremely interesting. The "Silver Cloud" is a beautifully designed ship accompanied by an outstanding crew that makes every effort to insure that your cruise is most memorable. Every meal on board was superb and beautifully presented. This was our second Silversea cruise, and once again we were truly delighted with the experience. The only negative I can recall is leaving the ship - the stark reality of the "real life" hits you immediately. And, oh yes, before I neglect to mention another outstanding experience - my very first pedicure at the Mandara Spa was so wonderful and relaxing - it took all the persuasion my wife could muster to get me there before I reluctantly agreed. Most men don't feel comfortable being in such a place, but all I can say is this - gentlemen, do yourself a great big favor and go for the treatment. I guarantee that you will never regret getting it done. It was a most memorable experience.

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Port Said Egypt to Barcelona

Away on a Silversea Cloud Alluring Libya: Before you begin reading past the first two sentences – close your eyes, and what can you imagine about Libya? In fact what do you imagine about North Africa? In one's greatest imagination would you equate Libya with tourism? Would you envision Libya with lush green rolling lowland hills, valleys, and verdant croplands rising to mountains covered in tall evergreens? In our two days in

Libya we did not once see the vast Sahara desert. Would you expect to see multitudes of families caravanning by car, truck, and even buses out to wondrous azure coastal areas for day-long family picnics and camp-outs in this often misunderstood land still steeped in mystery? Would you expect throngs of school children waving to a tour bus? In my recent visit Libya exuded warmth with a welcoming gentle ambience. Libya is "In from the cold" as the expression goes, and the doors are now open for tourism. But this alone is not a reason to go there … There are impressive historical preserves from bygone eras that you must see in this pristine, unspoiled setting before any commercialistic tourism with all its neon trappings inevitably develops. Libya today is a world of wonderful smiling innocent faces, so welcoming, and I know you would love it! Libya is so new to tourism that souvenir hunters find it somewhat difficult to find any typical tourist wares and vendors for their must-do souvenir shopping! We found Libya on an outstanding cruising adventure sailing on the Silver Cloud, a luxury Silversea cruise ship. The line is making a record 8 stops in Libya this season and is pleased with consumer comments and ratings. Going to Libya: Self-drive and individual touring is not the best option for Libya at this time, however. Lodging and mechanical assistance for car issues is limited, and although highways are good, signs are not in dual languages. Plus, the Arabic alphabet is not conducive to easy interpretation. There are some land tour organizers operating, but for now I recommend the rather newly-opened cruise itineraries like Silversea's that stop at ports like Benghazi, Darna, and the modern capital of Tripoli. We boarded the Silver Cloud in Port Said, Egypt recently, after spending 5 nights in Cairo to view its ancient wonders. This was a sold out cruise, and the passengers were quite pleased with this relatively new tourism destination. Today's discriminating well-traveled vacationers want new and more, and Libya fits this perfectly, offering a wide range of fresh experiences. Ruins at Cyrene and Liptis Magna, Libya Are Quite Well Preserved Cyrene: This wonderful Greek/Roman site was founded in 630 BC. It is vast, and still in the process of being excavated. Tourists can wander around today in this newly opened archeological site and may see artifacts poking from the sands or randomly scattered ornate mosaic tiles while viewing some of the best-preserved ruins anywhere. The views from Cyrene of the nearby Mediterranean are magnificent, and we can easily imagine an ancient city with perhaps 100,000 inhabitants over hundreds of acres, from the lowland hills with a view to the sea. Visiting Libya by Silversea Cruises schedule and itinerary is ideal, since the line is making 8 stops in Libya this year and then 18 stops in the nine 2006 upcoming season. Cyrene was built on a series of levels, thus the spectacular ruins include the Sanctuary and Temple of Apollo, the Acropolis, the Agora, the Forum, the Stoa of Hermes and Heracles, the House of Jason Magnus, the Nine Muses and the not-to-be-missed Temple of Zeus, which looks like a more preserved Parthenon of the Acropolis in Athens. The Structure is the Centerpiece for Liptis Magna's Roman Ruins, It is a focal Point of Two Intersecting Avenues in the Ancient City. Leptis Magna: Leptis Magna is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the best preserved and most significant Roman cities in the world. Founded by the Phoenicians in the 10th Century BC, it survived the attention of Spartan colonists, becoming a Punic city and eventually part of the new Roman province of Africa around 23 BC. As a Roman city it prospered, boasting Emperor Lucius Septimius Severus as one of its sons and benefactors. Leptis Magna was defeated by a Berber tribe in 523 AD. The city was abandoned and quickly reclaimed by sea winds and desert sands. Unknown and hidden until the 1920's, it had been preserved like a time capsule. With improved political relations with Libya and now her budding tourism, you will be among the fortunate and honored to visit this little-known and sparsely visited, but immense and impressive archeological site. Rome's Forum seems to pale in comparison to both Cyrene and Leptis Magna, and these sites compare well with Turkey's Roman wonder, Ephesus, home of one of the original seven wonders of the world. Trip & Travel Overview Travel best exemplifies and showcases our commonality and gives us a world-view that reveals the ties that bind us all – that being the common threads of our humanity. Many scholars feel politics, religion, and greed and not the world of communities cause much of the world's conflicts. We all want shelter, food, love, friendship and enough prosperity to enjoy our lives as best we can. These basic fundamentals vary little from culture to culture, and in our Middle-East adventure we found new friendships and a warm welcome. Our fascinating trek was not only to the Middle East, but onward into Western Europe – starting in Egypt and ending in Barcelona, Spain. Here is how we planned the extensive exploration: We flew in a full five days early to Cairo, Egypt, before boarding Silversea's Silver Cloud, docked three hours to the north at Port Said, Egypt. We had waited a lifetime to see what television, books, and classrooms had tempted us with – King Tut at the National Museum, Pyramids and much more. We did not have time to get to southern Egypt to explore the beautiful temples of Luxor and Aswan, destinations we hope to visit someday. After our arrival into Cairo, checking into the elegant Four Season's Residence Hotel, and wearily glaring out of our window, there they were – the most wonderful sight to a history buff's imagination. The great pyramids of Giza were ahead in the dusty glaze on the horizon; we could see them from our hotel window! We were in a land that presents wonders of our world that cannot be explained even today. The construction of the pyramids is still a mystery these thousands of years later. We were in their midst and quite excited! We felt that private touring was the best and most practical way to visit this vast city of 23 million. With the help of the Four Season's Concierge we had arranged a car, and a well-informed guide and driver, fluent in English, for three consecutive days. We did this by e-mail in advance of the trip. For a modest $65/day we arranged for the two of up to eight hours of touring each day. This was a superb bargain. We enjoyed a history-packed and engaging touring agenda daily, tailored to our individual interests, and with the ease of door-to-door service from the Four Seasons Residence. We visited the Giza pyramid plateau, and in the Mid-South the Step Pyramid of Saggara and the museum and gardens of Memphis, Egypt. Then it was down to the Bent Pyramid of Dashur and its replacement, the Red Pyramid. These early pyramids were architectural prototypes for the later Great Pyramids of Giza that stunned the world, and remain as one of the last of the Great Wonders of the World. Cairo had its own special magic, from hectic though functional traffic masses to the friendly smiles along our daily outings. It was nearing the time to leave the pampering ambience of the Four Seasons Residence Hotel and take our bus north to Port Said to enjoy the epitome of cruising's finest – Silversea's Silver Cloud. The Silver Cloud: Silversea's cruise line has long been a part of the prestige realm of six-star rated cruise lines in a world where five stars is the norm for excellence. Silver Cloud lives up to this rating by delivering world-class cuisine in three elegant dining options nightly. And the Silver Cloud team offers sterling service from every staff member, subtly and without a feeling of being over-served. The Pool on Silver Cloud is a Favorite Place for Fun and Sun At maximum Silver Cloud carries 296 passengers in an all-suite environment, an intimate number for finding life-long friends, without feeling crowded or inconvenienced by waiting in lines. There is a feeling on-board of elegance without pretense, and this special chemistry prevails ship-wide to offer a welcoming at-home feeling aboard. The Silver Cloud offers world-wide varied itineraries for those seeking new frontiers, as well as many well-known and loved vacation stops. Ample deck space, a pool, whirlpools, a generous workout room, and movies to borrow for your suite ... the list seems endless, and near perfection. Fascinating lectures and a variety of nightly entertainment helped make our visit to the Middle East and onward to Barcelona one of those special memories of a lifetime. I recall walking about Silver Cloud's eighth deck one evening, gazing above at the endless blackness of the heavens above winking with those diamond-like stars downward toward us. I was wondering - what ancient civilizations had come and had gone in these waters of adventure, what battles were fought, what loves and passions tenderly experience ... and now faded. Silver Cloud was etching her own voyages into the chronicles of sailing history – she had come, visited, and now would go onward – but these silver-lined and cherished memories are ones Carol and I can take with us and we can savor whenever we like – and often. I know somewhere she beckons our return – on some distant sea to some yet-to-be-visited land ... Horizons yet to be Discovered: Silversea Cruises (877) 760-9052 Four Seasons Resorts (800) 819-5053

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