Silver Spirit is an all-suite ship, and each suite is assigned a butler and a junior attendant.
All suites have Italian marble bathrooms with showers and separate tubs, stocked fridges, fresh fruit baskets daily and Champagne upon arrival, replenished as desired. Suites are spacious and elegant, with two-toned wood furnishings and color schemes in burnt orange with gold accents.
Silver Spirit has 270 oceanview suites, 95 percent of which have private teak balconies. The suites range in size from 312 square feet to 1,668 square feet. Four suites, all on Deck 5, have access for disabled passengers.
There are 216 Midship Verandas and Veranda Suites, identical in layout, each at 376 square feet (including balcony). Suites each have a separate living and sleeping area that can be divided by a sliding drapery. Each bedroom has a comfy leather headboard, luxury linens and queen size bed, which can also be separated into twins. Pillow preference is selected in advance from a pillow menu. Bedrooms are equipped with telephones, built-in vanities with mirrors, two-sided magnifying mirrors, and flat-screen TVs. A hairdryer is located on a shelf below the vanity in each stateroom, and a handy plug is nearby. Plush robes and slippers are in the closet.
Silver Spirit has interactive TV service and movies on demand. Passengers can review their accounts, check messages or choose from hundreds of movies. The televisions themselves give new meaning to "flat-screen." They are actually part of the mirror in each room, so they take up no extra space. The programming lineup includes Fox News, CNN International, BBC World and ESPN.
The sitting room is efficiently arranged with a full-size couch, a chair and oval coffee table that converts into a large rectangular table, by your butler, when room service or dining in your room is requested. There's also a built-in desk, telephone, personalized stationery, a second flat-screen TV, plenty of shelving and a small refrigerator. Balconies are 65 square feet, and each has two attractive teak chairs, matching footstools and a table for drinks.
As for the bathroom, it's gorgeous -- modern in feel with brown and cream marble, a huge elevated sink and eight different lighting fixtures. The shower has both a handheld showerhead and a permanent rainshower head , producing something that almost feels like gentle rainfall. The tub is full-size. Shampoo, conditioner and body lotion are compliments of Bulgari. If you don't prefer that brand, your butler will keep you stocked with Ferragamo or Neutrogena. There is storage space next to the sink, and four shelves flank both sides of the mirror, ideal for his and her toiletries. A collapsible clothesline is located on the wall above the tub, and a full-length mirror hangs on the back of the door. A third telephone is located behind the toilet.
Every suite has a small walk-in closet with a safe, chest with six drawers, and a spa robe and slippers. The cabins, completely wireless, have an iPod station, alarm clock, umbrella and binoculars -- a very fine touch. Outlets -- three European and three American -- are wired for both 110 and 220 volts. There's plenty of storage space. The mid-Veranda Suites have a total of 19 shelves and five drawers.
Additional amenities in the Silver, Grand and Owner's suites include afternoon canapes, dinner at the officers' table and two hours of complimentary worldwide phone use. The Grand and Owner's suites also feature laundry service (including dry-cleaning and pressing), an espresso maker, dinner for two at Le Champagne, a daily newspaper and two hours of Internet service per day.
The one-bedroom Owner's Suite is 1,292 square feet, including a 190-square-foot verandah. Adjoined to a 312-square-foot Vista Suite, it can be configured into two bedrooms. Unlike the standard suites, this one has a separate dining area, a marbled bathroom with a double vanity, a whirlpool tub and a powder room.
The Grand Suite ranges in size from 1,425 to 1,532 square feet for the one-bedroom, including the verandah (560 square feet) to 667 square feet. The two bedroom comes in at 1,772 to 1,879 square feet, including the verandah (595 to 702 square feet). Special features include a separate dining area, marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full sized whirlpool tub, plus a powder room. Two-bedroom version has an additional marbled bathroom with a full-size bath.
The Royal Suite is 990 square feet, including a 125-square-foot balcony. When adjoined to a Veranda Suite, it bumps up to 1,366 square feet and accommodates two bedrooms. It has a different layout than the Owner's Suite but offers all the same extras.
The Silver Suite, at 742 square feet, including a 118-square-foot verandah, has a separate dining area and marble bathroom with a double vanity; the living room has a convertible sofa to accommodate an additional person.
The Vista Suite, at 312 square feet, is the smallest onboard and has a large picture window but no balcony. It has all the same features as the other Veranda Suites.
A butler and junior attendant are assigned to each suite and will do as much or as little as asked. As is the custom, our butler made our dinner reservations, delivered room service and kept the refrigerator stocked. The junior attendant provides daily suite service with a nightly turndown. The butler also takes care of laundry, shines shoes and helps pack and unpack luggage.