A Few Notes from my Silversea Experiences, Mark Rosanova, MD
Late lunch in the sun at a table by the pool....no problem. Shade better? No problem Order from the pool bar menu, or anything from the 10 page room service menu...no problem....No crowds, no waiting, no rush, no hassle. In fact, the room service menu is available anytime and anywhere on the ship....if you like...
Buy a Sicilian Cassata and canoli from the best bakery in Messina, Sicily, and you want it served to your table at dinner....no problem. You want that island delicacy or exceptional local rum you found ashore served at lunch? in your suite? at the pool bar?...no problem.
Forgot your shades? 1-2 minutes to get to your suite versus a quarter mile jog thru the crowds on a megaship. All aboard in 20 minutes, but you want to run ashore for something you forgot?....no lines, no problem
Have a problem with your wardrobe? Don't want to pack or unpack? Want to have that caviar in the dining room rather than your suite?...or wait! how about at the outdoor grill where your friends are eating now? different pillows? More of your favorite beer in the fridge?even when it is not available at the bars? Afternoon tea on your balcony? organize and put away your souvenirs?
You sweat the details in your practice, let someone else do that for you. Anything that seems like a hassle? don't want to deal with it? Something annoying?
PAGE YOUR BUTLER !
Silversea butlers are trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers.
In the course of the 200 days I have spent on Silversea, rarely, things have broken or gone wrong. Nothing is perfect. However , the recovery, the response to the problem has always been exceptional.
You feel valued and appreciated. You are not a nameless face. The same caring, consideration and deference you expect as a member of your private country club or yacht club is evident onboard.
Long term Staff who actually remember you and greet you, year after year.
Knowing: that anything is possible; that there are few if any hassles to deal with; or that if there are any, they can be handled for you; that instead of caring for everybody and everything, you can relax knowing an enthusiastic, accommodating staff is at the ready.
Taking care of you the way you take care of your patients!
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When I cruised with Silversea two years ago, I criticised the line for being complacent. Sure, my ship -- Silver Whisper -- was nice, but I felt that, because everyone was so busy telling me how ultra-luxurious everything was, they failed to notice standards were slipping.
It was not so much about the service (although that could have done with a quick polish). The ship was looking dated -- left behind, not just by other ultra-lux lines, but by those claiming fewer stars, as well.
So, I embarked on Silver Wind in February with a few negative thoughts in my head, especially as the ship is one of the oldest luxury vessels around and has several years on the Whisper. At 15 years old, Silver Wind is especially old for a luxury ship, given that our expectations of luxury are now much higher than they were back in the 90's.
On the other hand, Silver Wind had just emerged from a multimillion-dollar refit, which I hoped would have dragged it into the 21st century.
It did. Silver Wind, one of the cosiest and most intimate ships afloat today, now has a new spa, a handful of new, beautifully designed suites and an overall refreshment of cabins and public rooms that made it even more inviting. Within a day of being on board, I was happy to admit that complacency was out, and surefire luxury was in.
Silver Wind is a small ship -- I reckon it took about five minutes to work out where everything was! For me, that was one of its big selling points, as it offered a very friendly atmosphere. The all-inclusive drinks policy also does a lot to promote that friendliness, especially if you are cruising alone.
Needless to say, though, if you like to do more than sunbathe, read books or eat -- and if your perfect holiday includes a huge casino, schedules packed tight with enrichment activities, and silly pool games -- this is not the cruise for you.
Either side of a rather staid Mediterranean summer season, Silver Wind specialises in more adventurous itineraries.
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GUSTAVIA, ST BARTHELEMY
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BASSE TERRE, GUADELOUPE
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ROAD TOWN, TORTOLA
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Easy On and Easy Off....
Comfotable, casually elegant and uncrowded
Home of the famous Baths, Long Bay, Biras Creek, Little Dix Bay and the Bitter End Yacht Club.
Beach and snorkeling in the morning, lunch at the Bitter End, Spa in the afternoon, Sunset Sail....back home to your floating refuge.