A cruise in the Mediterranean, on a small ship almost like your own private yacht? Ok, count us in. Silversea cruises are really all about being pampered. Only 280 passengers onboard, not the 3000 that some ships carry. The Silver Wind was the name of our ship and it was glorious and crisp in all white. We had our own personal experienced butler, Lorife, and a suite attendant, Jenny. Seven days was not enough time to get the most out of a cruise like this, but we tried!
This was the itinerary: Embarkation begins in Civitavecchia, IT. Then on to Olbia, Sardinia, IT; Calvi, Corsica, FR; Portofino, IT; Livorno, IT; Cannes, FR; and Monte Carlo,
Monaco was the disembarkment point. Fresh fruit and orchids welcomed you in your stateroom. The beverage cabinets were stocked with our own personal selections (champagne (of course), orange juice, chardonnay and even Dr. Pepper for Bob) and replenished daily by our butler and her staff.
We enjoyed so many evenings in the Panorama Lounge listening to the Silver Wind Quartet and dancing the night away. They were so talented and catered to us after the first night by remembering the songs we requested and playing them again each evening without our having to ask.
With complimentary wines, spirits and champagnes throughout the ship this was really fun. If an evening in the lounge wasn’t enough, we ventured into The Bar for Remon, playing the piano in a swanky atmosphere. All of this followed by the nightly shows that started at 10 pm. We met so many wonderful people, but really connected with one couple, Brad and Shelley, from Toronto who became our bosom buddies throughout the cruise, at dinners and various fabulous excursions/adventures we took together.
Did I mention that we became just a wee bit spoiled by the option of having an elegant In-Suite Breakfast delivered several mornings? Oh, that was really something I could become accustomed to. With the replenishment of our beverages, we enjoyed a little Champagne on our private teak Veranda several mornings too, yep, I could get used to this.
Open seating in The Restaurant made it very easy to schedule whatever we wanted to do for dinners each evening and other dining options, one of which included the La Terrazza – an outside deck dining setting that was fun with their “Hot Rocks” menu. This dining choice let you cook your own dinner over hot rocks tableside.
It wasn’t easy when we pulled into Monte Carlo, knowing that this all was about to end; saying goodbye to our new dear friends, Brad and Shelley. The only thing that made this ok was the fact that we were venturing on to explore the Italian countryside on our way to another stay in Tuscany. To be continued. For more info and pictures on Silversea Cruises, see my other page.
Two images courtesy of Silversea Cruises.