25 March 2010
Chocoholics, rejoice! Your ship has come in. One of Belgium's finest luxury chocolate artists is crafting the delicacies that grace the turned-down beds of Silver Spirit. Pierre Marcolini, who won the 1995 World Champion of Pastry competition, and maintains his flagship chocolate boutique in Brussels' Place du Grand Sablon, now shares his handmade chocolate creations with the discerning guests of Silversea.
A Belgian citizen of Italian descent, Marcolini is uncompromising when it comes to choosing the raw ingredients for his products. From Mexico to Madagascar to Trinity Island, he travels the globe to personally select the best cocoa beans for his confections. This innovative chocolatier then subtly blends the beans from the different regions and works with original aromas to create inspired flavours. All Pierre Marcolini products are made in his workshops in Haren, a suburb of Brussels.
We are pleased to offer our Silversea guests the chance to discover confectionery perfection folded into creations with such names as Fleur d'Oranger, a dark chocolate flavoured with orange blossoms from Algeria, and Amande Agrume, a Piedmont hazelnut milk chocolate infused with citrus fruits. These are but two of several exotic indulgences you might sample from the Palets Fins (Thin Squares) or Saveurs du Monde (Flavours of the World) collections featured in Silver Spirit's turndown service -- and as a special welcoming amenity for guests staying in the Silver, Royal, Grand and Owner's Suites.
And should you have the pleasure of dining in Le Champagne, a selection of Pierre Marcolini macarons (French dessert cookies) in four flavours -- vanilla, chocolate, caramel and champagne -- will add the finishing touch to a delectable food and wine experience.
The Pierre Marcolini amenities will be rolled out to other Silversea ships in stages, starting with select European itineraries this summer.