Silver Spirit Cruise Review by Okapit
I have always heard positive reviews of Spirit from other passengers and given it's recent transformation I wanted to experience her renovation and crew. I have enjoyed the Wind twice in the past and last year I sailed on the Muse shortly after its maiden voyage. The primary driver for this trip was the itinerary. The diversity of passenger nationalities on Spirit was excellent which made for interesting conversations. There were groups of friends and multi-generational families traveling together, a few same-sex couples and several handicapped passengers. The Spirit feels very much like the Muse in decor and layout. Overall, this was a very smooth voyage both literally and in terms of service, on-board venues, food, excursions, etc. The exterior of the ship looks brand new; the deck crews on all Silversea ships does an amazing job washing and sometimes even touching up portions of the ship with new paint. As a result, Silversea ships always look crisp and clean. This is noticeable when docked next to other passenger ships. The only interior space I saw that appears original are the public restrooms on various decks. The gym and fitness areas are nicely equipped and were never crowded. The steam and dry sauna areas are co-ed and very small. Both appeared to get little use on this voyage. Silversea, to their credit, has made all of the multiple dining venues much easier to experience than on the Muse which required reservations during my sailing. Most all of the crew are smiling and friendly and I even recognized a few faces from other ships. iPads have made it easy for waiters to address passengers by name and even confirm noted food preferences even before you order. The current Voices of Silversea quartet on Spirit were good but the talent on our Muse sailing was better. I was in an 8th deck deluxe veranda cabin which is nearly identical to the Muse except the TVs are wall- mounted flat screens vs the in-mirror TVs on Muse. The butler explained that passengers complained about noise from adjacent cabins with the in-mirror style. It's a shame because the wall-mounted TV is obtrusive and clunky in an otherwise streamlined cabin. Silversea no longer provides self-serve coffee station in any of the lounges for early risers. The only way to enjoy early hour solitude with coffee is to order room service delivered to a public space. Fresh fruit is no longer stocked in each room which is a shame. We bookended our voyage with two days in Copenhagen and two days in Stockholm. Both of these cities are unique and glorious. The premium hotel choices (D'Angleterre in Copenhagen and The Grand in Stockholm) were both excellent. If you are sailing the Baltic itinerary, do not miss the arrival in Stockholm through the archipelago. We also visited Helsinki Finland and Tallin, Estonia both of which were just okay comparatively speaking. Embarkation and debarkation were smooth and well organized. Silversea does a good job getting luggage reunited with their owners. There was a PhD guest lecturer on this sailing who did an excellent job highlighting what to expect and see at each port. She was concise, knowledgeable and humorous. To sum it up, I highly recommend this itinerary and the Silver Spirit ship.
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