14 September 2009
Christian Sauleau, Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations, and Rudi Scholdis, Culinary Director, sailed aboard Silver Spirit during recent sea trials.
In this video clip, Mr Scholdis debuts as our very first guest video blogger, chatting from Seishin restaurant, one of six dining venues that will be offered aboard Silver Spirit. Mr Sauleau opens the video while inspecting the new chef's table and posing a question, "What's on the menu today?"
14 September 2009
Christian Sauleau, Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations, sailed aboard Silver Spirit last week during sea trials and shares some new photos and details.
I can sum up my recent visit to Silver Spirit with just one word: "Amazing!" During my long career in the cruise industry, I've been involved with the construction of 7 ships and this is the first time I have felt such immense excitement watching how beautifully everything is coming together.
With about 70% or more of the ship completed, Silver Spirit is on schedule to meet her delivery date in December, and we are starting to see many of the distinctive design elements taking shape that will put this ship in a class all her own. Or should I say in an era all her own? There's an unmistakable sense of the 1930s with an Art Deco influence throughout the decor, and yet this ship has all the modern amenities to remind you it's the 21st century.
Let's start with the Reception lobby on Deck 5. In the photo above, you can see the magnificent Art Deco-style chandelier that graces the ceiling in the upper right corner.
Tradition and innovation are artfully blended together in the Vista and Veranda Suite vanity table (above), which will feature a special two-way mirror with a TV behind it. It's called a mirror TV. When the flat-screen TV is on, you see the display. Turn off the TV and you see your reflection. There will be two TVs in all suites! (Only the Vista and Veranda Suites will have mirror TVs. Larger suites will have regular flat-screen TVs.)
Two elegant vessel sinks sit atop the bathroom vanity of the Silver Suite (pictured above). Note the sconces on the mirrors echo the Art Deco theme. The walk-in shower (sans door in photo) features a very 21st-century rainforest shower head.
The oversized oval bath with Jacuzzi whirlpool (featured in Silver, Grand and Owner's Suites) is so large it can accommodate two bathers at once (above photo).
As you can see, I'm not exaggerating about how large these baths are! Well, I have more news and photos to share, so stay tuned for future posts.
09 September 2009
Veteran travel writers Anita Dunham-Potter and Ralph Grizzle were on board Silver Spirit's sea trials this week and we thought we'd share a few of their comments:
"My overall impression of Silver Spirit is that this will be the best luxury cruise ship to be launched in years. Stylish innovation."
Anita Dunham-Potter, www.ExpertCruiser.com
"Currently, the ship is 65 percent completed and when finished in December, Spirit’s 1930’s inspired Art Deco design will dazzle its 540 guests. Even more impressive is the ship’s abundant deck space and The Spa at Silversea, which is large, spacious and offers the latest amenities for fitness and relaxation."
Anita Dunham-Potter, www.ExpertCruiser.com
"My initial impressions: Silver Spirit elevates Silversea Cruises into an entirely new league. Though Silversea is already one of the top luxury contenders, Silver Spirit ratchets up the line’s status. With its new ship, Silversea certainly shows innovation, confidence, and above all, spirit."
Ralph Grizzle, www.AvidCruiser.com
09 September 2009
So much to see, so little time! Our beautiful new Silver Spirit has a vast world ahead of her to explore. Where to begin? In a nod to the Age of Exploration, we decided on the New World and designed a 91-day Grand Inaugural Voyage aptly themed "The Spirit of South America."
Departing Fort Lauderdale on January 21, 2010, with just three months to traverse a hemisphere, Silver Spirit is set to explore over 20 countries and 45 ports for the very first time. She will set a southward course to Rio (for an unforgettable evening at Carnaval), sail around Cape Horn and through the majestic Chilean Fjords before heading to the Mexican Riviera. Guests have the option to personalise their voyage by disembarking in Los Angeles, or sailing through the Panama Canal to Fort Lauderdale, or continuing up America's colonial coast to New York City.
To celebrate such a momentous journey, we've lined up an array of complimentary excursions and other exclusive onshore events designed to showcase local cultures as well as entertain guests.
Whether sailing the full voyage or one of the shorter segments, Silver Spirit's guests will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime luxury travel experience wrapped in all the colourful fanfare and excitement befitting a brand new ship.
For guests sailing 70 or more days, Silversea has arranged four complimentary onshore events to kindle the spirit of celebration:
- Naming Ceremony Gala -- In Fort Lauderdale, on 20 January, the evening before departing on the Grand Inaugural Voyage, guests will enjoy a welcoming gala dinner and overnight accommodation aboard Silver Spirit. The following day, guests are invited to attend the Naming Ceremony festivities including a special VIP luncheon.
- Spirit Cup Polo Match -- During the ship's call in Barbados on 30 January, a special polo match has been arranged for Grand Inaugural Voyage guests. Spectators can cheer on two fast-paced chukkas (a seven-minute playing period), have some fun "stomping the divots" (a tradition of smoothing the field) whilst sipping champagne, and at the end of the match applaud the victorious team as they are awarded the Spirit Cup.
- Carnaval! -- The centrepiece of this Grand Inaugural Voyage is the ship's arrival in Rio de Janeiro on 14 February, at the height of Carnaval. Following an early dinner, guests will have the chance to experience the magic of the Rio Carnaval parade from prime seats reserved for them at the Sambadrome. The atmosphere promises to be electric, the floats and colourful costumes spectacular and the thousands of dancers and drummers passionate as they exert every ounce of energy in competition with rival samba schools.
- Panama Hat Party -- The historic and picturesque city of Montecristi, birthplace of the original Panama hat, is the setting for an event arranged exclusively for Silversea guests during the 16 March visit to Manta, Ecuador. Guests will experience the unique culture of this colonial town as they enjoy local dances and demonstrations of hat-making by master weavers. As a memento, each guest will receive a traditional hat rolled into the customary balsa wood box.
Additionally, all guests aboard the Grand Inaugural Voyage will enjoy three complimentary Silversea Experiences including an innovative children's ballet performance at the grand Teatro José de Alencar in Fortaleza, Brazil; a visit to one of the world's largest Magellanic penguin colonies, home to thousands of penguins, near Camarones, Argentina; and a delightful folkloric presentation of dances that portray the history of Panama, staged at one of the country's most treasured landmarks, the National Theatre of Panama, during the ship's call in Fort Amador.
The package of special amenities available to guests sailing 70 or more days aboard the Grand Inaugural Voyage also includes such complimentary perks as private car transfers, luggage forwarding service, business class air upgrade, a commemorative gift, and Onboard Spending Credits of up to US$2,000 per suite.
Space is filling up quickly, so don't delay in making your reservation to experience all the music, magic and amazing scenery of Silver Spirit's Grand Inaugural Voyage.