Silversea Shadow

Currently many ships are getting refurbished or reimagined or just a plain well deserved modernization. Last year we did a review on the Silver Whisper who had a major refurb job just after the Silversea/Royal Caribbean acquisition. This job was already in the planning stages when Royal came onboard so the time in the shipyard was already booked and the materials purchased.

This last December the Shadow entered dry dock and the results are fantastic. This was more than a refurb job – steel was cut, which means major structural changes, public rooms moved and a complete transformation…

Silver Galapagos

On May 4 2019 I had the opportunity to do a site inspection cruise for a client aboard the Silver Galapagos. Being a unique destination and an Expedition cruise, it was very different from your typical Silversea classic cruise.

First off, I would HIGHLY recommend purchasing this with the land package from Silversea. Your journey starts with being picked up at the airport in Quito by a very experienced and polished DMC, and transferred to the JW Marriott in town. Being somewhat late at night one quickly retires to bed. The next day was at leisure but the DMC had a hospitality desk in the foyer to assist with putting together whatever custom tour you wanted…

Silver Spirit

We recently had the opportunity to cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona on Silversea’s Silver Spirit. The purpose of the cruise was to see firsthand what changes have taken place since Royal Caribbean’s purchase of two thirds of the company. We have been a longtime supporter of Silversea and were a bit dubious about the changes that could happen.

What we knew prior to joining the ship was with Royal’s money Silversea was able to order 5 new luxury ships. Silver Whisper was the first ship of the fleet to be refurbished with Royal’s assistance however Royal jumped in mid-way during the job. Honestly after seeing the results and know what was originally planned…

Silver Whisper

In April Diana and I had the opportunity to cruise on Silversea’s Silver Whisper. I have not included photos as the ship is going in for a major refit and updating this December. While we have several charters operating on this ship in the coming months, it was also an itinerary that covered some of the more popular ports of call for Asia based cruises that we needed to get to know.

This segment was part of the Whisper’s 4 month World Cruise, more about that later. The itinerary started in Singapore then headed to Port Klang for Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Penang Malaysia, Phuket Thailand, Colombo Sri Lanka, Cochin India, Mumbai (ex Bombay) India, and ending in Muscat Oman… 

Silver Muse

Silver Muse

On April 3rd we boarded Silversea’s brand new Silver Muse in Genoa at around 5 pm. This was billed as a Shakedown cruise, which we have done before but this was truly remarkable! Silversea had only just taken possession several hours before from the shipyard. To put it in ordinary terms, they closed the sale of the house at 3 pm and then at 5 pm had a four day house warming party complete with gourmet meals and hundreds of people sleeping over. We were literally the first ones to sleep in our beds, have a drink from a glass, use the plates and have full access to the ship. It went off without any major problems and…