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Fall Foliage Cruises Bring Ships to New York

October 4, 2011

And that is really great for WTT because it enables us to personally inspect the ships and become more familiar with the upgrades which have been added as well as visit the new ships. It’s quite fascinating to observe that each ship has its own distinctive personality!

 Silversea  has a fleet of 6 ships.  The Cloud, Wind, Shadow, Spirit and Whisper range in capacity from 296 to 540 passengers.  The Explorer (132 guests) is a purpose built expedition ship with a strengthened ice cap rotation hull enabling it to navigate in the waters of Antarctica and other remote locations. Silversea describes their ships as ” like a boutique hotel at sea”.  Having sailed on the Shadow and just inspected the Whisper I can echo that statement with the addition of the phrase “with an Italian flavor”.

This upscale cruise line features butler service for all guests, open seating dining with multiple alternative dining options, Relais & Chateaux inspired menus, superb enrichment lecturers,  computer stations, nearly 1 crew member for every guest.  Their fares include all onboard gratuities, complimentary beverages including fine wines and spirits, complimentary transportation into town in most ports of call.

The Whisper was in New York last week and I couldn’t turn down the invitation for lunch!

This 388 passenger ship had been overhauled in 2010 and is still glistening.  New soft furnishings, renewed decking and upgraded outdoor furniture were evident.  Contemporary Italian décor still reigns and is exquisite.  Open space remains serene, the fitness center has been expanded.  There seems to be nothing that could be improved.  There’s a 24 hour reception desk, a small casino, a jogging track and free laundry service.

Her itineraries include the summer in North Europe, a swing into New York for the foliage, then down to Ft Lauderdale where she heads for South America eventually sailing from Rio to Capetown, the Indian Ocean, southeast Asia, the Mediterrean and back up to North Europe.

There are 9 categories of suites with the 700 sq ft Silver verandah suites being the most popular.

All suites come with stocked refrigerators (your preference) including champagne,  There is in-suite meal service.

Speaking of meals, we had lunch in the Restaurant.  The menu was a combination of classic and modern French cuisine with Italian overtones (pasta course).  The food was impeccable. La Terrazza is another dinner venue seating 60 which specializes in regional Italian with the menu changing nightly.

This is a great small ship that anyone could love-elegant without being ostentatious.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Margaret permalink
    October 4, 2011 12:00 pm

    Great article, very informative; makes me want to plan a Silversea cruise vacation right away!

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