This all-suite ship features 270 oceanview accommodations, ranging in size from 312 to 1,668 square feet, and 95 percent of the ship's suites have beautiful teak balconies. Space and service are what set Silver Spirit suites apart from those aboard many other luxury cruise ships. Even the lowest category suites are downright roomy and wisely designed to maximize square footage while retaining a comfortable and elegant atmosphere.
Every suite gets the advantage of dedicated butler service. These affable gentlemen -- all trained by The Guild of Professional English Butlers -- hail from around the globe; our excellent butler was from Indonesia. Your butler will make sure your room is set up according to your preferences, including offering you a choice of eight different types of pillows and bath amenities -- bar soap, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner -- from Ferragamo, Bvlgari or SebaMed. (You can pick more than one brand, if you're so inclined.) Shower caps, cotton balls and swabs are stored on a shelf in the bathroom.
Your butler will make sure your mini-bar contains your beverages of choice -- all complimentary -- and he's on hand to make dining reservations and execute any special requests. (We asked for a King crab leg dinner, and he arranged all the details with the chef so we could enjoy a seafood feast in our suite on the last evening of our voyage.)
All suites feature two twin beds that can convert to a queen bed, and Pratesi linens atop the mattresses. We found the bed to be on the firm side, but incredibly comfortable. Heavy curtains can separate the bed, dressing table (you'll find a hair dryer in one of table's drawers and a magnifying/makeup mirror on top), closet and bathroom from the sitting room, which contains a sofa, chair, cocktail table, expansive writing desk, mini-bar and storage (both open and concealed shelves). All suites have at least one remote-controlled, flat-screen television hidden in the mirror. As for in-room entertainment, there is satellite television with an array of channels including Fox News, MSNBC and BBC, as well as an interactive menu that offers a variety of recently released movies. Outlets are both 110 and 220 volt, there are three phones within the suite and Wi-Fi is available.
Suitcases easily fit under the bed, and there is a large walk-in closet featuring both padded and wooden hangers, a dresser and a safe that's large enough to accommodate two laptops and additional electronics, wallets and jewelry cases. You'll find plush robes and flip-flops in the closet and a full-length mirror in the entryway.
If you've ever smacked your elbows while taking a shower in a cruise ship suite, you'll appreciate the sheer size of the marble bathrooms aboard Silver Spirit. All Suites feature a full-size whirlpool tub, separate -- and roomy -- shower with rain head, toilet and illuminated vanity with storage shelves on both sides.
Vista, Veranda and Silver Suites are decorated in tones of golden wheat, pale orange and red with blond wood accents. Royal, Grand and Owner's Suites are dressed in reds, golds and champagne.
Silversea has a no smoking policy in all of its suites, including on the verandas.
Oceanview: There are 12 one-bedroom Vista Suites on Deck 4, each measuring 312 square feet and featuring large picture windows that offer panoramic ocean views. Two suites in this category -- 402 and 404 -- can accommodate three passengers.
Balcony: Veranda Suites -- which are broken out into six subcategories-- are 311 square feet plus a 65-square-foot balcony. The only difference between the subcategories is the location: forward or midship and deck. Each suite features floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to your private teak verandah, outfitted with two chairs and a small table. There are 34 Veranda Suites that can accommodate three passengers; the only accessible accommodations on Silver Spirit are four Veranda Suites -- 530, 531, 532 and 533 -- that are well located right behind The Bar.
Silver Suite: This is a popular suite category because of the spacious layout that accommodates up to three passengers with a convertible sofa. The interior of the suite, with a combined dining and living space, is 624 square feet, and the balcony clocks in at 118 square feet. The living area features a dining table that can fit up to six people, as well as the convertible sofa bed. The bathroom can be accessed from the living room and bedroom. Silver Suites come with upgrades such as a Bang & Olufsen sound system, a radio/alarm clock with iPod docking station, Illy espresso machine, afternoon canapes on request served by your butler, an invitation to dine at an officer's table, and complimentary laundry (fees apply for dry cleaning and pressing). Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to the teak deck, which features two chairs and a small table.
Royal Suite: Silver Spirit offers two 861-square-foot Royal Suites, each with 129-square-foot verandas, all the way forward on Deck 7. The nice thing about these accommodations is that they connect to an additional Veranda Suite so you can book it as a one- or two-bedroom complex. (The two-bedroom version offers interior space of 1,172 square feet and two verandas.) The suite's foyer opens to the living area with a bar area, desk and half-bath. The living/dining area features a sofa, dining table and comfortable club-style chairs, as well as additional sitting chairs and tables plus two floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading to the veranda. Royal Suites get all the perks of the Silver Suites as well as dry cleaning and pressing throughout the voyage, one dinner for two in Le Champagne, two hours of worldwide phone use from the suite and free, unlimited Wi-Fi.
Grand Suite: If you plan on doing any entertaining while aboard Silver Spirit or you love access to a super spacious balcony, select a Grand Suite. It's large enough as a one bedroom (1,425 to 1,532 square feet, including the 560- to 667-square-foot veranda) but it can also be configured as a two-bedroom by booking the connecting Veranda Suite. Located all the way forward, Grand Suites -- there are two on Deck 8 and two on Deck 9 -- feature a living room with convertible sofa, chairs and tables and an adjacent dining area plus work desk and wet bar. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to the veranda. There's a half-bath off the foyer. The bedroom also features floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading to the veranda, lighting in the tray ceiling, and an armchair and hassock. Grand Suite passengers receive the same set of perks as those in Royal Suites.
Owner's Suite: The best and most costly suites are the two 1,102-square-foot Owner's Suites, both on Deck 8 with 190-square-foot verandas. They are the only high-end suites aboard Silver Spirit that are located midship instead of forward, which can be a big plus for anyone who's troubled by seasickness. (Midship suite locations experience less movement.) They are configured as one-bedroom units that can accommodate three passengers, but you can also book the Vista Suite next door for a two-bedroom floor plan. The foyer features a closet and half-bath before leading to the dining area with a wet bar, dining table for six and writing desk. The open concept flows to the adjacent living room -- separated from the dining room by a credenza -- and includes a sofa, love seat, two club chairs and several side tables. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to a balcony that offers four chairs and two small tables. The bedroom has a nice makeup area, massive walk-in closet and marble bathroom with double vanity, full-size whirlpool tub and separate shower. The toilet is separated from the rest of the bathroom by a door. Owner's Suite guests receive the same perks as those staying in Royal and Grand Suites.