Silver Spirit Entertainment
When it comes to traditional shipboard entertainment, Silver Spirit seems a little quieter than most. Team trivia, bingo, golf-putting competitions, destination lectures and an occasional movie in the theater are offered most days.
In the evenings, entertainment in the Show Lounge includes six performers. Among them are tenors and sopranos who sang everything from Motown favorites to opera. However, the 320-seat Show Lounge was barely half full for productions on our sailing, with passengers seeming to prefer gathering in the ship's many lounges for cocktails and piano music.
The Bar, a midship lounge on Deck 5, is a popular central gathering place for passengers with its cozy chairs and dance floor. A pianist and singer entertain most afternoons and evenings.
You'll find singers and live music nightly in the Panorama Lounge on Deck 9, and jazz musicians perform at Stars Supper Club. On warm evenings, there's also entertainment on the pool deck.
The all-inclusive drink policy gives passengers the opportunity to linger longer at bars without being harassed by waiters trying to push drinks. The Mid-Ship bar is the most popular.
Silver Spirit hosts guest entertainers and destination-focused enrichment lecturers. Lectures are rebroadcast on the closed-circuit television channel in staterooms in case you miss them.
The casino, on Deck 8, has about four dozen slot machines, three blackjack tables, three-card poker, Caribbean poker and roulette, plus a cozy bar.
Tucked away on Deck 11 is the Observation Lounge, which also has a library. This quiet spot is a perfect place for private cocktail parties.
Gentlemen hosts are available as dinner companions or dance partners.
Silver Spirit Public Rooms
Silver Spirit has a great flow. Venues aren't jammed together against a central atrium, as is the case on so many ships. The six dining venues, for example, are located on different parts of three separate decks.
Deck 8 is the retail hub with three shops, including an H. Stern outpost that sells jewelry and watches by Chopard, Dior and Roberto Coin, as well as Furla handbags. There is also a boutique equipped with Silversea logowear, perfumes, designer jewelry and clothing. Also on Deck 8 is the Connoisseur's Corner, with its overisized leather chaise lounge chairs, where smoking -- including cigars, pipes and electronic cigarettes -- is allowed and offers for purchase a selection of caviar, cigars, vintage wines, ports and cognacs.
The all-important Internet Library Cafe, on Deck 7, houses seven computers, but there's Wi-Fi access shipwide. Payment plans vary: 1,000 minutes for $250, 250 minutes for $85 and 100 minutes for $45. (The more minutes you buy as part of a package, the less each minute costs.) The pay-as-you-go option costs 50 cents a minute. The library has a fairly robust selection of books, magazines and newspapers, and it's a quiet place to catch up on crossword puzzles, distributed there daily.
Bridge, mah jongg and backgammon can be enjoyed in the card room, located on deck 9. The card room has three tables with seating for 12. Aside from an announcement in the daily ship program, there are no formal card room activities. If you sail with your own card player companions, there's a place to play. Otherwise, you're on your own to find bridge or card players.
Self-service laundry facilities are located on each floor. Soap is provided. Laundry and dry-cleaning services are available.
Another thing that Silver Spirit does exceptionally well is create what amounts to public rooms in outdoor spaces. Above La Terrazza, on Deck 8 and removed from any bar or pool, is a lovely, quiet spot with deck chairs. There's another respite, this one shaded, by the whirlpool outside of the fitness center on Deck 6. The piece de resistance is the deck beyond the Panorama Lounge, with its cushioned seats and, best of all, cocoon-like chairs -- think of a convertible with the top up or down, depending on your pleasure -- that are roomy enough to accommodate two.
Silver Spirit Spa & Fitness
Silver Spirit has a stunning spa that includes a ceramic-tiled thermal suite that can be rented by the day or per week; it has a private area with its own whirlpool with heated lounge chairs.
The 8,300-square-foot spa, located on Deck 6, also features a beauty salon, fitness center, nine spa treatment rooms, two sauna rooms and two steam rooms. New treatments include the Private Hammam Experience, an ancient Arabian body scrub performed by a therapist; a do-it-yourself scrub bar glow; and a bamboo massage.
Additional services include acupuncture, teeth whitening, facials, cellulite reduction, stone massages, couples massages, milk wraps and lime glows. Elemis products are used in spa treatments and sold in the spa.
Silversea's small fitness center is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are three ellipticals, one bike and four treadmills, all with TV screens. There are a few resistance machines, too, and some free weights. The exercise room wasn't crowded at any time during our cruise, so passengers can work out when they have time.
A fitness trainer offers yoga, Pilates and stretching exercises at no cost. And for a nice jog or walk, there's always Deck 10, where 10 circuits equal a mile.
The pool area on Deck 9 has plenty of chaise lounges and three whirlpools in addition to the large pool. There's a bar in the pool area, and a buffet lunch is available at The Grill, noon to 4 p.m. Additional chaise lounges are also available on Deck 10 overlooking the pool.