ABOVE: Silver Spirit in Port Mahon, Menorca, Spain.
The review describes a 9-day voyage from Lisbon to Monte Carlo on Silversea's 540-passenger flagship, with visits to the ports of Cádiz, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Port Mahon (Menorca), Alghero (Sardinia), and Ajaccio (Corsica) along the way. It's packed with photos, and we'll be adding an even more comprehensive day-by-day photo diary to the review in mid-July.
Before departing on the cruise, we wondered if the Silversea atmosphere that we'd enjoyed on Silver Whisper would carry over successfully to a ship with 40 percent greater passenger capacity. We now can say that it has. There are a few differences (not every maitre d' or waiter is going to remember your name on a ship with 540 guests), but on the plus side, the new ship has more dining options, the suites are even nicer, and the Fitness Center is more spacious (and seemingly better-equipped) than its counterparts on the smaller Silversea ships.
What's impressive is how similar Silver Spirit is to Silver Whisper, Silver Shadow, Silver Cloud, and Silver Wind: It's a larger version of a proven design and layout, with an extra passenger deck and a slightly greater length and beam.
If you like Silversea's other ships, you'll probably like Silver Spirit--and if you're accustomed to cruise ships that carry 1,000, 2,000, or even 6,000 passengers, the intimacy and lack of crowding on Silver Spirit will be a pleasant surprise.
For more information, including pictures, please read the cruise review at Europe for Cruisers.