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28 September 2009


Christian Sauleau, Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations, posts the last in a series of blogs offering photos and details from his recent visit aboard Silver Spirit during sea trials.

In previous posts, I've talked a bit about the Art Deco inspiration for Silver Spirit's décor and her enhanced amenities, such as the dramatically expanded spa and fitness offerings.  In keeping with Silversea's awareness of the importance of environmental conservation, I'd like to take a moment now to mention a couple of Silver Spirit's technical and design innovations that are environmentally friendly, and in many instances (as you'll see below), even beautiful. 

Before we get to the aesthetic benefits, let's start with the purely technical side of the eco-friendly advances.  Possibly the most important is Silver Spirit's diesel-electric propulsion system, comprised of four Wartsila 9L38 (6,750-Kw) diesel engines, two 8,500-Kw electrical propulsion motors, one auxiliary 800-Kw diesel engine and two 1,000-Kw bow thrusters. 

A diesel-electric engine design allows much of the engine power to shut down when power demand is less, reducing fuel usage and air emissions.  Other advantages include reduced vibration and noise.

Providing further fuel conservation is the ship's state-of-the-art navigation system, employing the latest NACOS system with speed pilot option (produced by SAM Electronics), which allows automatic optimal control of speed in varying sea conditions.  (We have this technology on Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper, too, but Silver Spirit's is a bit more advanced and efficient.)

Silver Spirit also incorporates some important lighting innovations, as displayed by the sky-lit main staircase (above photo), which is designed to maximise the use of natural light.

Here's another view of the main staircase, looking up from Deck 4 (above photo).

The Bar (above photo), located on Deck 5, uses highly energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting for visually pleasing back-bar illumination, further reducing fuel consumption.  Additionally, the longer life span of LED bulbs reduces waste.

The beautiful Art Deco ceiling lights in Le Champagne (above) also employ LED illumination.

And these colourful ceiling panels in La Terrazza incorporate LED bulbs.  This extremely energy-efficient lighting concept is used as much as possible throughout Silver Spirit

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21 September 2009


Christian Sauleau, Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations, sailed aboard Silver Spirit during recent sea trials and shares some new photos and details about The Spa.

Recognising that an enriching spa experience has become a requisite indulgence of the luxury lifestyle -- especially in travel -- I'm pleased to report we have generously increased the spa and fitness facilities aboard Silver Spirit.

At 8,300 square feet (770 square metres), the indoor/outdoor spa will feature two aerobics studios, 9 treatment rooms, 2 sauna rooms and 2 steam rooms -- not to mention an indoor/outdoor relaxation area and large outdoor whirlpool.

As you can see in above photo, not only are there more treatment rooms, but they can be very spacious.  This one has two ocean-view windows.

Here's one of the aerobics studios (above).

The outdoor spa relaxation area (above) will be open to all guests at no charge and will feature bar service so you can enjoy a complimentary fruit smoothie, champagne or cocktail while soaking in the expansive whirlpool.

The indoor relaxation area (above) features heated chaises longues.

Here's one of the two steam rooms with an ocean-view window.

And of course there's no better way to cap off a day at The Spa than by indulging in a refreshing sauna!

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16 September 2009


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15 September 2009


In the exclusive world of small-ship cruising, Silver Spirit raises the bar in fine dining experiences, offering an unmatched variety of creative culinary options designed to suit the most discerning palates.  Guests will enjoy the uncommon luxury of open seating – dining when, where, and with whom they wish.  Woven through this experience will be the promise of subtle service and an unspoken anticipation of the guest's needs.  The meal itself will be artfully prepared from the finest quality fresh ingredients by master chefs with a taste for innovation.  With the convenience of complimentary wines, spirits and sodas and the comfort of an extensive stock of additional rare vintages, the perfect complement to the meal is always at hand.  

Hope we've piqued your appetite!  Now let's take a tour of Silver Spirit's dining options, starting with:

Situated midship on Deck 4, The Restaurant features sumptuous culinary fare in an atmosphere of elegance.  It is elegant but not at all stuffy – the perfect stage for a dining experience guests want to savour.  Open most of the day, The Restaurant serves open-seating breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The menu features contemporary international cuisine, complemented by La Collection du Monde, signature dishes created by Relais & Châteaux in partnership with Silversea’s own master chefs.  

The far aft location of La Terrazza on Deck 7 allows for 180-degree views of the horizon.  It is open for casual, buffet-style breakfast and lunch with indoor/outdoor seating available.  For dinner, La Terrazza offers an authentic a la carte experience with only the finest elements of Italian cooking, melding together fresh and flavourful ingredients -- in the finest Slow Food tradition.  Reservations are required for dinner.

Savour the delights of outstanding champagnes and wines paired to perfection with regional fares in the intimate atmosphere of Le Champagne, situated aft of The Restaurant on Deck 4.  This innovative Wine Restaurant by Relais & Châteaux features some of the world's rarest vintages, carefully chosen to highlight a most memorable and exclusive culinary experience.  There is a fee to dine and reservations may be made on board.

** NEW DINING VENUE:  Taking its name from the Japanese word for "spirit," this intimate restaurant specialising in Asian fusion cuisine is situated aft of The Restaurant on Deck 4.  Seishin features a large, round chef's table as its centrepiece.  Guests at surrounding tables can watch the chef at work sculpting fresh sushi and sashimi.  The varied menu ranges from exquisite bento (boxed meal) lunches and a la carte specialities of seafood salad, lobster and Kobe beef to a nine-course degustation dinner.  There is a fee to dine and reservations may be made on board.

** NEW DINING VENUE:  The warm and inviting Art Deco-inspired decor of this dining venue elegantly recalls the supper clubs of the 1930s.  Located just forward of La Terrazza on Deck 7, Stars Supper Club offers a modern twist with trendsetting menus showcasing regional and seasonal delicacies to be enjoyed in a succession of small courses.  Guests can arrive early for cocktails and stay late as the mood is transformed by live music, dancing and nightclub-style entertainment.  Reservations are required for dinner.

On Deck 9 adjacent to the pool area is the Pool Grill.  In addition to a medley of salads, sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs offered for lunch in a casual outdoor setting, the Pool Grill on Silver Spirit will introduce a wellness breakfast designed to complement morning poolside fitness classes.  Here guests can start the day energised with a menu of light and delicious fares -- from nutrition-packed fresh fruit smoothies and organic cereals to egg-white omelettes and spinach and artichoke frittatas.  Also set to debut at the Pool Grill is a unique cooking concept for dinner that lets guests cook healthy fare on their own heated volcanic rock plate.

Complimentary 24-hour room service is available on all Silversea voyages.   Selections from The Restaurant menu are served course by course during regular dining hours, utilising the same fine china, linens and accessories as enjoyed in The Restaurant.  

Bon appétit!

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