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Silversea Cruises Silver Spirit Review

Silversea’s elegant boutique ship Silver Spirit coddled and indulged us on a memorable Mediterranean sojourn.

October 10, 2013
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Cabin Overview

Silver Spirit offers three main types of cabins, all of which Silversea calls “suites.” Least expensive is the Vista category, comprised of ocean-view suites, all on Deck 4. There are just 12 of them on the ship but, at 312 square feet, these are about double the size of a typical ocean-view cabin. The Veranda category—what we stayed in—is basically identical to the Vista inside, with the addition of a balcony. These represent the vast majority of cabins on the ship, and there are six different categories, based on view and deck level. Finally, there are four categories of true suites (two distinct living/sleeping areas), including 26 Silver Suites, with 624 square feet of interior space, and three larger types of suites, all described below. No inside/interior cabins are available on Silver Spirit. Some cabins accommodate three guests, and a few have connecting doors to other cabins.

Our Cabin: Veranda Suite

Though we might question using the term “suite” to describe our cabin’s layout, there was no complaining when we saw it. We measured the quarters at 301 square feet, not including a 65 square foot balcony. The generous size allowed for a large bathroom with separate tub and shower, a walk-in closet, and a large sofa; the bedroom could be separated from the living room by a curtain, and there were TVs for both sides. A small box of Belgian chocolates from Pierre Marcolini welcomed us to the cruise.

We slept well on a king-size mattress, sumptuously wrapped in fine Pratesi linens from Tuscany and a plush duvet, with pillows that seemed designed just for us (our butler alerted us to a pillow menu but what we had was fine). On either side of the bed was a lamp that provided ample light for reading, and a built-in flat-screen TV was behind the mirror facing the foot of the bed.

Between the bed and the balcony was what we’ll call the living area, with a 72-inch couch that doubled as a pullout bed. Opposite was another cabinet structure with a second flat-screen TV behind the mirror. There were a number of shelves and cabinets that were too shallow for any practical purpose (we didn’t bring our collection of glass figurines for this cruise), but we found stemware and the minibar. At the desk area there were 110/220 outlets for U.S. and Euro plugs; another set faced the bed. In addition to the couch (which could seat three or even four—bigger than was really useful), there was a comfy leather chair and a good-sized coffee table.

The door to our balcony was heavy, sufficient to lock out sounds from outside. There were three sets of curtains fronting the balcony door, including a set of sheers and a decorative curtain; in between, on one half, there were blackout drapes but, oddly, the other side was missing blackout curtains.

Our bathroom was superb, tiled in marble, with wood accents, contemporary fixtures and amenities by Bvlgari. There was a large, oval sink, a jar of cotton balls, aromatherapy fragrances, and a 110/220-volt outlet. The bathtub was more than sufficient for bathing, though we mainly used the separate shower stall which had both a standard handheld shower nozzle and a rain shower feature. The towels we received were thick and plush. A freestanding makeup mirror was in the bedroom, along with a hair dryer (Belson 1875 Pro).

A walk-in closet provided ample storage room, with luggage racks, a dresser and both wooden and padded clothes hangers. This was also where the life jackets, bathrobes, slippers, wool blanket, sewing kit, shoe polish, lint brush and umbrella were found, along with the safe (large enough for a medium-sized laptop).

Three main sets of recessed overhead lights illuminated the cabin: One for the entry hallway, another in bedroom area, and another for sitting area (one of which was out). There were also wall-mounted reading lights on either side of bed and on either side of couch, along with vertical lights framing the bedroom mirror, and mini-overhead lights above the mirror in the living area. There was a switch for a light for balcony, but this didn’t work. There was ample lighting for the closet and in the bathroom. Overall, in contrast to most ship cabins we stay in, there was an abundance of good light options—so much so that we never felt we needed to have them all on for proper illumination.

A couple issues we had: Our room smelled of leftover cigarette smoke, primarily in the entryway. We noted this to our room attendant and she apologized, saying sometimes the air conditioning filters the smell in from other cabins. She opened the door to our cabin while we were at dinner, but this did little to solve the problem; perhaps the previous guests were smokers? Also, there was sound leak from an adjacent cabin at times—we’re not sure whether it was louder-than-average neighbors, but the noise was annoying.

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Cabin Amenities

There were a number of features common throughout all cabins aboard Silver Spirit. These included a sitting area, 3 phones, a Belson 1875 Pro hair dryer, electrical outlets accommodating both US and Euro (220-volt) plugs, makeup mirror, radio/alarm with iPod docking station, CD player, writing deck, personalized stationery, minibar with beer, soft drinks and mixers, bar glasses, Bindux binoculars, Pratesi bed linens and down duvet covers, pillow menu, robes and slippers, walk-in wardrobe, umbrella, safe, marble bathroom with separate tub and shower, Bulgari bath amenities, flat-screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming.

The two TVs were 26-inch Phillips models, with interactive, account review features and parental controls. The TVs were mounted behind mirrored glass, one facing the bed, the other facing the couch. There was a good array of non-ship channels to choose from, including 209 movies including both new (less than 6 months since theatrical) and older releases. There was a slim selection of kid-friendly fare, plus 14 adult movies, available for a surcharge of $18 each. Finally, our chance to take in “Bodacious Ta Ta’s 2”!

Other Cabins

We did not stay in the rest of these cabins, but we have summaries here provided by Silversea Cruises. Note that photos below have been provided by the cruise line and not our reviewer.

Vista Suite
A quiet sanctuary. The sitting area has plenty of room to relax. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. Some Vista Suites accommodate three guests.
Dimensions: 312 sq ft
Large picture window providing panoramic ocean views

Silver Suite
Stylish and sophisticated. Separate dining and living rooms. Larger verandas. Situated midship. Perfection in design for comfortable living. Silver Suites accommodate three guests.
742 sq ft including veranda (118 sq ft)
Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest)
Separate dining area
Marbled bathroom with double vanity
Bang & Olufsen audio system

Royal Suite
Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Veranda Suite.
One Bedroom: 990 sq ft including veranda (129 sq ft)
Two Bedroom: 1,366 sq ft including veranda (194 sq ft)
Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; two-bedroom has additional veranda
Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest)
Sitting area; two-bedroom has additional sitting area
Separate dining area
Twin beds or queen-sized bed; two-bedroom has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed
Marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool tub, plus a powder room; two-bedroom has additional marbled bathroom with full-sized bath
Bang & Olufsen audio system

Grand Suite
Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”. Whatever you wish. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Veranda Suite.
One bedroom: 1,425–1,532 sq ft including veranda (560–667 sq ft)
Two bedroom: 1,772–1,879 sq ft including veranda (595–702 sq ft)
Two teak verandas with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; two-bedroom has additional veranda
Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest)
Sitting area; two-bedroom has additional sitting area
Separate dining area
Twin beds or queen-sized bed: two-bedroom has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed
Marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool tub; plus a powder room; two-bedroom has additional marbled bathroom with full-sized bath
Bang & Olufsen audio system

Owner’s Suite
The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those whose standards are higher than most. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Vista Suite.
One bedroom: 1,292 sq ft including veranda (190 sq ft)
Two bedroom: 1,668 sq ft including veranda (190 sq ft)
Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; two-bedroom has additional large picture window
Living room with sitting area; two-bedroom has additional sitting area
Separate dining area
Twin beds or queen-sized bed: two-bedroom has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed
Marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool tub, plus a powder room; two-bedroom has additional marbled bathroom with shower
Bang & Olufsen audio system

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