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Exclusive: Get ready for a ‘Spirited’ sea trial

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 2 - 2009

On September 5 www.expertcruiser.com will be given exclusive access to a process all cruise ships go through – the sea trial. I will be joining Silversea Cruises newest ship the Silver Spirit, which is currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard in Trieste, Italy, for sea trials. For two days I will be onboard the vessel as it undergoes a battery of performance tests in the Adriatic. I will also get the first look at the interior of the Silver Spirit.

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About the Silver Spirit:

Silver Spirit is the latest addition to the Silversea Cruises fleet and will sail on its maiden voyage in December 2009. As the sixth ship in the Silversea fleet it will sail an inaugural 11-day ‘holiday spirit’ trip from Barcelona to Lisbon on 23 December. It will then carry out a 16-day ‘maiden crossing’ across the Atlantic to Fort Lauderdale for a formal naming ceremony on 21 January 2010.

The ultra-luxury 36,000-ton vessel will be the largest in the Silversea fleet and will indulge its 540 guests with the grandest suites in the fleet — 95% feature a private veranda — and with one of the highest space-to-guest ratios at sea today, 67, providing 6,700 cubic feet of space per guest. The onboard décor will lend a sophisticated 1930s Art Deco ambience to the public spaces, highlights of which include an indoor/outdoor spa measuring no less than 8,300 square feet (770 square meters), three whirlpools (two adjacent to outdoor pool, one in spa area), enriching performances in The Show Lounge and a choice of six dining venues including Seishin, a Japanese restaurant, and the innovative Stars Supper Club, featuring live music, dancing and nightclub-style entertainment.

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6 Responses to “Exclusive: Get ready for a ‘Spirited’ sea trial”

  1. Colonel(Ret)Wes says:

    Anita, enjoy your Spirit sea trials. Please ask for fidelity from Silversea representatives on board about their new Early Embarkation policy (announced last Friday) that ends early/late disembarkation in 2009..beginning in 2010 (with Spirit’s maiden cross) SS pax may embark at noon (enjoy lunch) suites tho will not be ready until
    3pm. Am especially interested if in adopting this new embark policy they will fast track taking on line specialty restaurant reservations (Seishin, Stars Supper club, Le Champagne, La Terraza) with dozens+ of us already confirmed for early embarkation under the old policy, am betting there will be a long line of passenger waiting to board the Spirit at noon, (our air/hotel rsvns have been made months ago to coincide with the old 10:30 am early embark board time) 3 Jan and thus there will be another line to make speciality restaurant rsnvs. Not a good way to begin you luxury cruise experience on SS’s brand new ship. Believe, SS can help by adopting on line specialty restaurant rsvns by early or late November…thanks very much….r/wes

  2. Anita Dunham-Potter says:

    Hi Colonel Wes,

    Here’s what a Silversea official tells me.

    Specialty restaurant reservations are first come, first serve and can only be made 24 hours in advance. The official tells me Silversea wants all its guests treated equally regardless of suite accommodation.

    Additionally, the company has changed the policy on early boarding – there will be no more fees (I believe it used to be $100 per person). Guests will be allowed to board ships as early as 12:00 p.m., whenever possible, rather than waiting until the official embarkation time of 3:00 p.m. Guests will not have access to suites until 3:00 p.m. However, they will be able to relax in the ship’s public lounges and, if desired, may enjoy lunch onboard.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.



  3. Thomas Wind says:

    Looking forward to reading your comments on the Spirit.
    Silversea are making many changes and quite a few affect Venetian Society members with 250+ days sailing…..unfortunately, they seem to be all negative changes at this time.
    I am given to understand that new benefits will be added to the program for 2010. Can you try and find out what these changes will be please?

  4. Linda says:

    Hello Anita,

    Could you find out if the Verenda Suites have an iPod docking station?

    Thank you,


  5. Sue says:


    Following your report which is great.
    Did Christian advise as to when the Online restaurant Booking System would commence please?

    Also, can you find out what and when the new benefits will be for Venetian Society members.All the changes so far have been negative!!!

  6. Anita Dunham-Potter says:

    Hi Sue,
    Christian could not pinpoint an exact date it would launch. He noted that the IT department has not given him that information. It will be coming.

    As far as Venetian Society – I asked and they stated they will be releasing that soon.

    Let me know if you have any more questions.



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