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Silver Spirit lights up at dusk in St. Kitts.

Silversea to upgrade its award-winning Silver Spirit

February 22, 2018

When the now 540-passenger Silver Spirit (see JD's review) sails again on May 6, 2018, she will be 49 feet longer and even more attractive. Small luxury ship operator Silversea is making over the ship adding 34 new luxury suites, as well as a Balsorano suite.

Each of the accommodations will be adorned with decorative items that are of personal value to Silversea’s chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio di Balsorano de Clunieres. The best existing suites on Silver Spirit will grow in their appeal with the addition of handmade Savoir mattresses, horse hair toppers and new HD screens for guests’ comfort.

The Spirit, which debuted in 2009, goes into dry dock at Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Italy, on March 5, where she will remain until May 1. She will undergo large-scale refurbishment works, which will include the insertion of a prebuilt 15-meter-long (49-feet-long) segment into the ship’s midsection, making her the first luxury ship to be lengthened in this manner.

Aboard Silver Spirit, La Terrazza offers Italian dishes with the freshest ingredients. It's also open for breakfast and lunch with seating indoor or al fresco.
Michel Verdure / Courtesy of Silversea CruisesAboard Silver Spirit, La Terrazza offers Italian dishes with the freshest ingredients. It's one of four existing restaurants on board getting an upgrade.

With the aim of augmenting the onboard experience for Silversea guests, the project will dramatically enhance each of the ship’s public spaces with beautiful interior design, taking inspiration from the cruise line’s flagship vessel, Silver Muse, which was delivered by Fincantieri in April last year.

"Based on the wonderful feedback from guests sailing aboard our beautiful Silver Muse, we believe the comprehensive makeover we have planned for Silver Spirit will enrich the onboard experience and be equally appreciated by guests. They will see many of Silver Muse's innovations and elevated comforts embodied by our reimagined Silver Spirit," says Christian Sauleau, executive vice president of fleet operations for Silversea.

Music to my ears is that Silversea will be enlarging the pool deck and adding a much-needed new health and fitness center (the old one is too small) along with more spa facilities. The casino will also get a transformation. 

They will also be following in the wake of the Silver Muse’s added culinary concepts with more dining options such as  Atlantide, Indochine, Spaccanapoli and Silver Note, which will be installed to complement the existing Seishin, La Dame, The Grill and La Terrazza – each of which will undergo refurbishment. Inspired by guest feedback, menus will be altered and refined across the ship’s prevailing restaurants.

New public spaces inspired by Italian heritage

New public spaces will elevate the overall comfort of the ship such as the Arts Café, an innovative, modern, multi-faceted area on deck 8 that will provide a relaxed setting for readers and tea/coffee lovers. The Arts Café will display exhibitions and performances.

Inspired by Silversea’s Italian heritage, Dolce Vita will occupy pride of place on Silver Spirit. It will be an elegant venue in which sophisticated travelers will gather, interact and make friends. Cool cocktails will provide the perfect accompaniments to the smooth sound of live piano. Guests also stand to benefit from the installation of the Zagara spa — a blissful sanctuary that proved to be extremely popular on Silver Muse — and a fitness center that will boast state-of-the-art facilities.

On May 6, Silver Spirit will go back into service with a seven-day cruise between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Barcelona, calling at Porto-Vecchio, Corsica; Livorno; Portofino; Cannes and Marseilles. Fares start from $4,900 per person with special savings for those bookings made before March 31.

View the full itinerary.

Silversea offers a fleet of small luxury vessels that provide seamless service, fine cuisine, an uptown atmosphere and fares that include gratuities, all beverage from Champagne and beyond and butlers to tend to the needs of its discerning passengers in all staterooms.

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February 9, 2018

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Silver Muse will offer classic ballet recitals on voyages in August 2018 and March 2019.

Silversea brings ballet & opera to high seas

February 8, 2018

While just sailing in the lap of luxury on any Silversea vessel is a trip in itself—with personal butlers, fine food, attractive suite-size accommodations, gratuities, WiFi and wine and spirits all included in the fare—being able to enjoy ballet and opera takes the experience to another level.

Silversea has announced it's offering a superb suite of theme cruises called Enriched Voyages, featuring opera performances by the world-renowned Accademia Teatro alla Scala and classic ballet recitals by soloists from such legendary companies as the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of Russia. Along with lectures and Q&A sessions, guests will have the chance to mingle with the artists at a signature cocktail party.


A cooking demonstration in America's Test Kitchen on ms Oosterdam.

Holland America offers three new cruises for foodies

February 1, 2018

Love food and cruising and interested in both? Holland America Line is offering three culinary cruises to whet your appetite.

The cruise line has announced its next round of voyages:

  • a seven-day Alaska Inside Passage cruise on Westerdam, departing May 6, 2018
  • a 14-day Northern Isles on Zuiderdam, departing July 7, 2018
  • a seven-day "Canada & New England Discovery" on Veendam, departing Sept. 22, 2018.


Holland America Koningsdam makes splash with fitness amenities

January 22, 2018

From www.inthelooptravel.com via Scoop.it:

Sure, the newest Holland America ship, Koningsdam, charts a new course in entertainment and dining.  With its revolutionary Music Walk venues that keep passengers singing and dancing well into the night, and restaurants like the Culinary Arts Center, Sel de Mer and Tamarind that serve up foods to suit a wide variety of tastes, travelers will thoroughly enjoy this cruise ship. Your health and fitness regimen doesn't take a back seat on Koningsdam, either. I took a cruise on Koningsdam and found several ways the ship works for travelers who like to stay fit. - See more at: inthelooptravel.com

Walter Christen's insight:

Holland America's Koningsdam makes it easy to keep up with your healthy regimen. Whether it is fitness classes, jogging track, healthy food options, or the spa, there are many options available.

One of the first thing I look for when cruising is the walking/jogging track.  I like to keep up with my walking habit. Usually the cruise ships I have been on have a sign that let me know how many times I have to circle the ship to make a mile.

 

Norwegian Jade: The large round domes atop cruise ships are protective shells that encase free-moving antennas that transmit satellite communications.

Maritime carriers: The ripoff continues

January 17, 2018

In July, I wrote about the eye-popping overage charges I supposedly ran up during a weeklong Windstar Cruises sailing in the Caribbean. Cellular at Sea hijacked my smartphone cellular signal and ran up charges of $1,825 without my permission. (See Are maritime carriers hijacking your smartphone when you're on a cruise ship?.)

Today I received my monthly AT&T bill after my last cruise, on Norwegian Jade, last month. I signed up for Internet on board and signed up for AT&T's Passport international data plan: $50 for 1GB and unlimited messages — which was easy and problem-free.


Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone Partners with Princess

November 27, 2017

From www.cruiseandtravellifestyles.com via Scoop.it:

Princess Cruises recently announced a new exclusive partnership with esteemed restaurateur, New York Times bestselling author and television personality Chef Curtis Stone. This collaboration will serve up new culinary offerings designed by Chef Stone, dedicated to fresh flavorful cuisine, ultimately creating memorable experiences as guests travel the world. 

Guests will be invited to enjoy three special offerings developed by Chef Stone, available only on a Princess cruise vacation, including:

  • “Crafted by Curtis” menu items available in the main dining room across the entire fleet
  • A new specialty restaurant concept and menu designed by Chef Stone
  • A special Chef’s Table by Curtis Stone experience
Walter Christen's insight:

I have always found that the food on Princess Cruises that I have been on to be exceptional.  Thoughtful menus, and dishes presented and prepared well.

 

This partnership with Chef Curtis Stone will bring this up a notch.  I will look forward to sailing on a Princess Cruise with the additions planned.

 

Silver Muse, the high-end ship from Silversea, offers sailings to Alaska during the summer months.

Silversea's first-ever Black Friday sale (expired)

November 20, 2017

One of my five favorite cruise lines, luxury line Silversea, has just announced its first ever Black Friday sale: Receive a 5 percent savings if you book now through Nov. 28. 

Silversea sweeps passengers off their feet with impeccable butler service in all categories, fine food, free wine, spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water and they even cover your tips. Onboard fun includes free fitness room and classes, a spa, movies, lectures, games, a large pool and more.

And you can combine the offer with the line's popular Silver Select promotion for additional savings: Choose a two-category suite upgrade, or 50 percent savings on a second suite, or an onboard spending credit of $1,000 per suite. (The onboard spending credit is not available on expedition voyages.)


Antigua's English Harbour in Antigua, which dates to the late 1700s, seen from Shirley Heights.

Silversea offers free shore excursions in Caribbean

November 1, 2017

recently hurricane-ravaged areas with free shore excursions in every port on select cruises aboard Silver Wind and Silver Muse. The move does represent a substantial savings for cruisers. 

Guests can hop around Antigua's historic English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage site, check out celebrity hideaways in the Grenadines while sailing on a catamaran or soak in the scenic white-sand beaches of Grand Turk on horseback — at no extra charge.


All Cruise Ships Visiting Monaco for Formula 1 Grand Prix 2016

October 31, 2017

From crew-center.com via Scoop.it:

The Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix is a most prestigious race where every pilot dreams of winning and every F1 fan dreams of watching this race.  It is the most difficult and slowest of all circuits in the F1 World Championship. 

Coming to the Grand Prix in Monaco for Formula 1 race is an unforgettable moment where world’s elite comes to show up their Yachts. Literary there are miles and miles of Super Yachts parked one next to other. Cruise ships are also welcomed to this race. This are some of the most expensive cruises during the Mediterranean season starting from $2,699.00 USD for 5 nights cruise per person, not including the F1 ticket.

Walter Christen's insight:

I have to admit it, I love to watch Formula 1 auto racing and the Monaco venue is one of the best circuits. Some of the luxury cruise lines will be making a stop in Monte Carlo for the race.

Ships that will be making this unique theme port of call include the Azamara Quest, Silversea Cruises Silver Spirit, Windstar Star Breeze, and Windstar Wind Surf,


Cruising the Ohio river

October 31, 2017

From www.travelpulse.com via Scoop.it:

The Ohio River often seems relegated to play second fiddle to the Mississippi, of which it is a tributary. And while nobody can minimize the awesome power and majesty of the mighty Mississippi, the Ohio River can certainly hold its own as an impressive and captivating waterway with much potential for an enjoyable voyage.

Winding through or alongside six states—and with a drainage basin that flows to more than a dozen states—the Ohio River’s path takes you on a journey through a rich and diverse segment of the country, offering travelers the chance to explore a variety of different landscapes and beautiful views. It serves as a major route through the eastern and central part of the United States, and functions as the boundary marker between several states.

For many centuries, this river served as a favored transportation and trading route used by Native Americans, who also established numerous camps and communities alongside its path. Thomas Jefferson is quoted as calling it “the most beautiful river on earth,” citing the smooth, clear and gentle flow of water the river boasted in a nearly unobstructed and undisturbed path in his day.

Walter Christen's insight:

An American Queen Steamboat Company river cruise looks like a cool way to see a historic part of the US.  Many types of music theme cruises plus cruises for autumn color and the history of the region are available. 


MSC to sail cruises from Cuba - Travel Weekly

October 31, 2017

From news.google.com via Scoop.it:

MSC to sail cruises from CubaTravel WeeklyShore excursions will be offered through Cubanacan, a Cuba-based travel group. MSC would become the largest cruise line offering cruises from Cuba.
Walter Christen's insight:

Cuba looks to be the next must see destination in the Caribbean.