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Getting the Cinderella treatment on the Silver Spirit: a five-star review

Patti and Silver Spirit's Captain Pontillo
Patti and Silver Spirit's Captain PontilloRichard Pietschmann

Silversea Cruises Silver Spirit

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A review of a seven-day Silversea Silver Spirit cruise by Patti Pietschmann

The butler (Marcial) did it up big time for us
The butler (Marcial) did it up big time for usRichard Pietschmann

Your cruise documents arrive at you home wrapped in silver package. You are greeted with a glass of champagne at embarkation and a silver platter of soaps and toiletries when you check into your suite. The butler asks if you want him to unpack your bags or need anything pressed. He pours champagne from a chilled bottle sitting in a silver bucket.

You are onboard Silversea Cruises’ Silver Spirit and it’s all a Cinderella story for the next seven days as the swank, 500-passenger ships sails from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan. Life on board is a fairy tale of ultimate service, fine dining, entertainment, shore excursions and dreamy experiences.

The company that took upscale cruising outside the box by catering to its discerning clientele with the ultimate care, Silversea provides a product worthy of its fares with almost everything included from tips to wines and spirits.

Creature comforts include added touches such as terry cloth covered slippers, posh robes, Pratesi linens, top-drawer toiletries, a spa staffed with the best in the business and some of the best cuisine afloat offered in several different venues such as The Restaurant, La Terrazza, Le Champagne (extra $30 per person fee), Seishin (also $30 a person), Stars Supper Club (offering small bites and tastes), and in suite dining from the menus.

There’s a small casino, five bars including the ever-popular The Bar which is the “Cheers”-like social center of the ship where the bar tenders know your name and passengers gather before dinner. The outside deck holds a long lap pool, jogging area, lots of cushy chaises and chairs, Jacuzzis, a bar and deck stewards to bring you food and drink at the drop of a request.

Cruising doesn’t get much better than on a Silversea ship with its chic dress code that includes mostly informal nights (jacket for men, attractive numbers for women), one or two formal nights (tuxes and gowns or exquisite cocktail dresses) and country club classy by day.

Life on board is relaxed. It’s almost fairy tale-like with a Cinderella-like feeling with almost everything done for you and no request too much. Even disembarkation runs seamlessly especially if you book your air through the cruise line which includes a coach ride to the airport where the driver puts your bags through inspection and all you have to do is claim them and check in.

Silversea operates five luxury liners plus three expedition ships. Itineraries cover the world in style. Our seven day voyage kept the fantasy alive stopping at tropical paradises such as St. Barths, Tortola, St. Martin and Grand Turk. Sadly all good things come to an end but savvy seafarers just book future cruises to look forward to and keep the dream alive.

We’ll be back.