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Silver Spirit Facts & Figures
Owner/Operator:Silversea Cruises
Year built:2009
Builder:Fincantieri, Ancona, Italy
Former names:-
Gross Tonnage:36,009
Length:195.8 m (642.2 ft)
Beam:26.5 m (86.92 ft)
Passengers (normal):564
Passengers (maximum):564
Crew:375
Service speed:20.3 kn
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Silver Spirit Interior Photos

Imagine you own one of the most prestigious cruise lines in the world and you are looking to expand your business. You decide to order a brand new ship, one that is larger than your existing vessels. Now, will you build a ship that is "revolutionary", with lots of new gadgets and facilities that will wow and dazzle new guests but might well turn away your existing clients? Or will you stick to your original concept and choose for a more "evolutionary" ship? Soon after boarding the brand new Silver Spirit at Monte Carlo, Monaco it is clear that the owners of Silversea Cruises have chosen for an "evolution" rather than "revolution" and closely follow the look and feel of their other boutique ships.

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Silver Spirit at Monte Carlo, Monaco Silver Spirit at Monte Carlo, Monaco Silver Spirit at Monte Carlo, Monaco Silver Spirit at Monte Carlo, Monaco
Silver Spirit at Monte Carlo, Monaco Silver Spirit at Monte Carlo, Monaco Silver Spirit at Monte Carlo, Monaco Silver Spirit at Monte Carlo, Monaco
With a maximum capacity of 540 guests and 376 crew members, Silver Spirit is considerably larger than the line's other ships. Still, at 36,000 gross tons she has one of the highest space rations of any cruise ship. You will notice this in the wide corridors, the numerous public rooms and the wide open decks. With her suite accommodation forward and her public rooms and restaurants aft, Silver Spirit would just be a larger version of Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper if it were not for the many discrete innovations that are incorporated on the line's newest ship.
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Verandah Suite 630 Standard bathroom. Note the wooden flooring Owner's Suite Guest bedroom Owner's Suite bathroom
Verandah Suite 630 Standard bathroom Owner's Suite guest bedroom Owner's Suite bathroom
Quite remarkably in this day and age, Silver Spirit only has a few different suite categories. On deck 4 you will find a handful of so-called Vista Suites with picture windows, with all other suites boasting private own teak balconies equipped with two sun loungers and a table. With about 90% of all suites being completely identical, Silversea Cruises obviously had the lucrative charter market in mind when designing Silver Spirit. The standard Verandah Suite is exceptionally spacious. The bathrooms are downright stunning, with brown marble and teak flooring. They boast a tub and separate shower stall with your choice of regular or "rainforest" shower heads. All suites feature walk in closets with ample storage space and bedrooms with your choice of twin beds or double bed.
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Verandah Suite 630 Verandah Suite 630 In-mirror television Multi functional power plug
Verandah Suite Verandah Suite In-mirror television Multi-functional power plug
Silver Suite 1010 Silver Suite 1010 Grand Suite 801 private observation deck Owner's Suite 845 living room
Silver Suite Silver Suite Grand Suite verandah Owner's Suite
Your butler will ask you which pillows you prefer. There is an iPod alarm clock (bring your own iPod!) and the mirror opposite the bed magically transforms into a television once you press the power button on the remote control. The living room has a large sofa and chair, plus ample storage space. A second LCD television is hidden behind the mirror here. Your refrigerator is stocked with your preference of drinks (champagne included) and you will find many extras like a pair of binoculars, fluffy bathrobes and an umbrella hidden around the suite.
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Cabin corridor Grand staircase Grand staircase with glass roof Main staircase
Cabin corridor Grand staircase Glass roof over grand staircase Main staircase
The soothing decor of the suites continues in the corridors, lobbies and staircases. If ever there was a competition for the most understated ship, Silver Spirit would win hands down. As there is only a fine line between "understated" and simply boring, the Italian design team have used an intriguing art collection to brighten up the ship and the result is pleasing. Just like other Silversea ships, you will feel immediately at home on Silver Spirit. In fact, for me the secret of Silversea lies in the fact that you feel like you own the ship. Wishful thinking eh?
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Pool Deck Pool Deck at night Pool Deck Pool Deck
Pool Deck Pool Deck at night Pool Deck Pool Deck
Pool Deck Promenade Deck Relaxation room, The Spa Aft deck, The Spa
Pool Deck Promenade Deck Spa Relaxation Room Spa aft deck with Jacuzzi
For a ship carrying only 540 guests, Silver Spirit has ample open deck space. Amidships on deck 9 is a good sized swimming pool with three Jacuzzis and many ultra-comfortable lounge chairs. With a Pool Grill and Pool Bar this is an area that you may never want to leave. That is, until you see the other nooks and crannies on this spacious ship. All the way aft on deck 6 is The Spa which has a beautiful sheltered open deck tucked away, complete with oversized Jacuzzi and sun beds. Silversea have greatly enhanced the spa experience on Silver Spirit and now offers the latest in modern day treatments, like teeth whitening and Botox.
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Panorama Lounge aft terrace Panorama Lounge aft terrace Panorama Lounge Observation Lounge
Panorama Lounge terrace Panorama Lounge terrace Panorama Lounge Observation Lounge
Panorama Lounge Panorama Lounge Observation Lounge Observation Lounge
Panorama Lounge Panorama Lounge Observation Lounge Observation Lounge
My personal favorite is the open deck aft of the Panorama Lounge. I'm predicting this will be the most popular evening hangout on warm weather itineraries. The teak terrace is connected to the Panorama Lounge by means of an indoor/outdoor dance floor with glass doors that can be opened when the weather is right. Inside, warm colors and over stuffy chairs make the Panorama Lounge the perfect spot to sit and watch the world go by. You will enjoy the daily High Tea here. Still, if you really want to follow the ship's course, you're better off in the Observation Lounge all the way forward on deck 11. In addition to the view and the bar, you will also find a small library with reference books here.
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Lobby Boutiques Boutiques Casino
Lobby Boutiques Boutiques Casino
La Terrazza La Terrazza La Terrazza Stars Supper Club
La Terrazza La Terrazza La Terrazza Stars Supper Club
The charm of Silver Spirit lies in the fact that there are so many intimate public rooms. Adjacent to the spacious shopping gallery on deck 8 is a cozy cigar lounge and a dedicated casino. All in "boutique format", of course! One deck below is La Terrazza, the ship's buffet restaurant. The actual buffet area is quite large and cleverly hidden behind frozen glass doors. During breakfast or lunch you simply point at the food you'd like to have and an army of waiters will bring it to your table (indoors or outdoors on the large teak terrace). At night, the doors to the buffet section close and the restaurant serves up regional Italian a la carte specialties.
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Le Champagne Seishin The Restaurant The Restaurant
Le Champagne Seishin The Restaurant The Restaurant
Guests on Silver Spirit have many choices when it comes to dinner. Apart from the before mentioned La Terrazza and the 24-hour in-suite service, there are no less than 3 other specialty restaurants. The most innovative is Stars Supper Club. In a cozy, clubby environment, Maitre D' Darlene and her team serve elegant finger food from an extensive menu while entertainment is ongoing. Stars will also be the scene for nightly disco. On our pre-inaugural sailing, we thoroughly enjoyed this room with its the sultry jazzy ambiance and its great food and drink.
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Le Champagne Seishin The Restaurant The Restaurant
Le Champagne Seishin The Restaurant The Restaurant
But this is not all. At the entrance to the large main dining room, there are two small dining rooms that seat only a handful of guests. On starboard, you will find Le Champagne. In this "wine restaurant" by Relais & Chateaux, guests savor on six-course dinners paired with fine wines. Next door is Seishin (the Japanese word for "spirit"), serving Asion fusion dishes. For both specialty restaurants, reservations are needed and you will pay an additional fee per person. If you would like to avoid fees, simply hop into The Restaurant. While the decor is a little too-understated for me, the meals I've enjoyed here were all but understated. Silversea prides itself on the quality of their meals and there's good reason for that.
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The Show Lounge The Show Lounge The Bar Reception
The Show Lounge The Show Lounge The Bar Reception
After dinner, many guests will head for the The Show Lounge. The design team should be complimented for creating a very intimate, almost cozy entertainment venue with excellent sightlines despite the restricted headroom. We saw one show here which was excellent, but missed out on the production show featuring the Elton John songbook due to a memorable (and therefore lengthy) dining experience. Despite the force 9 gale, we learned the show received rave reviews. Earlier in the day Captain Angelo A. Corsaro joyfully announced that we would bump into some heavy seas on our way to Barcelona and that this provided a good opportunity to test the vessel's behavior in bad weather. Alas, the gale force winds prevented some guests to make it to dinner which was a shame as the menu featured specialty dishes from all restaurants on board. In the pouring rain Silver Spirit docked at Barcelona the next morning. Not being in a hurry to leave the vessel, we sat down in the attractive Main Bar to observe the comings and goings of guests, officials and visitors. A great new addition on deck 5, the Main Bar proved one of the most popular venues on our short pre-inaugural cruise.
 
Devoid of shocking gadgets and signs of bad taste, Silver Spirit is a ship for people that want the best in life but don't feel the need to show off. Silversea should be commended for sticking close to their original concept as this ship feels like home for Silversea regulars and does not overshadow the rest of the fleet. That said, Silver Spirit holds some innovations and enhancements that will please both Silversea regulars and first-timers. Leave it to the excellent crew to make all guests on board feel like ship owners!
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