The Grand Suite Life on Silversea
For me cruising on a Silversea ship is about as good as it gets. Particularly when it’s the 1,434 square foot Grand suite—a concert of marble and mahogany mini mansion– aboard the Silver Whisper on a 33-day voyage from Los Angeles to Sydney. Configured for comfort, the two room suite houses a large bedroom with king size bed covered in fine linen with Piumi Salpi down pillows and comforters; lots of drawers and storage space and high windows that accommodate afternoon naps. The adjacent Italian marble bathroom has a full-size Jacuzzi tub, twin sinks, and separate shower. It is well stocked with lavish soaps, shampoos, conditioners and toiletries (which change sporadically), Frette robes and slippers. The walk-in closet can hold two steamer trunks worth of clothing—at least mine wardrobe fit fine.
The living room represents the heart of the suite with a
Flat screen plasma television (of which we made good use from videos available in the library), a Bang & Olufsen or Nakamichi entertainment center (on which we played many CDs), and a really comfy sofa and recliner (on which we sprawled to enjoy the aforementioned amenities).
A mahogany dining table (on which we ate several breakfasts and even dinners is set by the floor to ceiling windows that open to a large private balcony. Across from there is the bar stocked with Schott-Zwiesel crystal and mini fridge filled with complimentary beverages (Philipponnat Royale Reserve champagne, wines, liquor and soft drinks). There’s an ISIS (In Suite information system) from which you can email (we opted to go to the Internet Center instead).
Our major conundrum only was feeling too comfortable to leave our suite. In fact Silversea provides such excellent room service, we dined en suite more than half the 33 nights we spent onboard. Our waiters set elegant candle lit tables with Christofle silverware and Bernardeau Limoges china.
We did go to The Bar most nights. This is where most passengers congregate and socialize before dinner. And we took in a few shows, which were entertaining. But Silversea is more about
The company that redefined old-world elegance to contemporary cruising when its first ships debuted in 1994, Silversea is composed of four stylishly refined luxury liners: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Whisper and Silver Shadow.
Each dazzling ship from the 16,800 ton-296 passenger Cloud and Wind to the 28,000 ton, 388 passenger Silver Shadow and Whisper are compact enough for intimacy yet large enough to provide ample space, the ultimate cruise ship perquisite of a private teak deck attached to 75 percent (an unheard of 80% on the Shadow and Whisper) of the cabins, single-seating dining with no assigned tables, incredible food, a vast selection of serviceable wines served at no charge, and a staff that pampers without intrusion.
Silversea’s obsession to details from free flowing French champagne, afternoon canapés and Godiva chocolates to leather ticket cases, inviting public rooms and amenities such as the outstanding Mandara Spa, The Restaurant with its dramatic glasswork art, black cherry wood chairs and superb, leisurely multi-course meals served by tuxedo-clad provide a sublime, understated elegant ambiance.
For additional information call: 800-722-9055, fax in the U.S. to 954-522-4499, or visit the website at: http://www.silverseacruises.com
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The Grand Suite Life on Silversea
I squealed with glee as the steward let us into our Grand suite—a 1,434 square foot concert of marble and mahogany mini mansion—which would be our floating home onboard Silversea Cruises’ Silver Whisper for 33 glorious days on a voyage from Los Angeles to Sydney. I’d been in shipboard suites before, but this went outside the box. The bedroom was huge with an exquisite vanity and a king size bed covered in fine linen with Piumi Salpi down pillows and comforters. I couldn’t get over all the storage space, and the walk-in closet large enough for two steamer trunks and more. The Italian marble bathroom dazzled with a Jacuzzi tub, twin sinks, and separate shower. Lavish soaps, shampoos, conditioners and toiletries lined the glass shelves. Thick Frette terry robes hang on the door.
The living room was so inviting we eased into a nightly routine sprawled out on the comfy sofa or recliner room watching movies on the Flat screen plasma television, or listening to CDs playing on the Bang & Olufsen or Nakamichi entertainment center. While we love the dining venues on the ship, the suite proved so comfortable that we opted to for room service about half the nights of the cruise. The waiters set our mahogany dining table elegantly with candles, Christofle silverware and Bernardeau Limoges china. We dined on truffles from Rome, foie gras from France, Italian-style pasta, filet mignon, and luscious desserts like Viennese tortes.
A beautiful wood bar, stocked with Schott-Zwiesel crystal, and complimentary beverages (Philipponnat Royale Reserve champagne, wines, liquor and soft drinks) proved perfect for entertaining new friends we made during the voyage. Our steward always ensured sure we had plenty of hors d’oeuvres for our soirees.
The suite sports a large private teak balcony where we ate breakfast by day and sat sipping champagne at night.
We did manage to wrest ourselves from our suite to work out in the nicely equipped gym, take free Pilates and exercise classes, and swim in the 30 feet by 12 feet lap pool. We also got out to explore the ports of call.
The company that redefined old-world elegance to contemporary cruising when its first two ships debuted in 1994, Silversea’s four stylishly refined luxury liners: the 16,800 ton, 296-passenger Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, and the 28,000, 388-passenger Silver Whisper and Silver Shadow—are compact enough for intimacy yet large enough for comfort. Each provides ample space, and 75 to 80% stateroom balconies, single, open-seating dining in The Restaurant with its dramatic glasswork art, black cherry wood chairs where leisurely multi-course meals are served by a tuxedo-clad wait staff.
The cruise line’s obsession to details is displayed by free flowing French champagne, afternoon canapés and Godiva chocolates delivered to your suite, leather ticket cases, inviting public rooms and amenities such as the outstanding Mandara Spa.
For additional information call: 800-722-9055, fax in the U.S. to 954-522-4499, or visit the website at: www.silverseacruises.com