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Cruising on Silver Wind, with the grand finale at the Tower Bridge

Silver Wind Cruise Review by agalies

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2019
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea

This story is about the first days of the cruise, the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Sailing on a small cruise ship with the highlight sailing under the Tower Bridge ....

On the Silver wind, I wanted so badly to cruise with this ship, the journey was nice and short; seven days, from Amsterdam to London.

The ports of call: Amsterdam, Zeebrugge, Le Havre, Guernsey, Falmouth, Cowes on the Isle of Whight, and London Tower Bridge.

Silver Wind is the smallest ship of Silver Sea, only three hundred passengers can sail, the number of crew is 210, the first ship of the fleet, planned to be converted into expedition in 2020.

Pieter brings us to the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, we board, and are again warmly welcomed by the cruise director and the entire crew.

We do check in, and hand in our trolleys, and go to La Terrazza for lunch. This restaurant is one of the four on board; full Italian in the evening, morning and afternoon buffet. Within a minute Kevin, one of the waiters, is with us and asks what water we want to drink: still or sparkling, Silver Sea has its own osmosis system and the water is always fresh and cool.

We start with a glass of champagne and say cheers to the cruise.

We drink delicious white from Umbria and red from Valpolicella and go to our suite after lunch.

There are no huts at Silversea, everything is suite and gives a spacious feel.

At six o'clock we sail away, we turn on the IJ and sail past everything we know; the Eye, Amsterdam Tower, Pont Steiger, the Wijker and Velser tunnel, the blast furnaces of Tata Steel and the huge locks of Ijmuiden.

Bye bye Holland!

The pilot waves us goodbye while he steps alongside the pilot boat and we sail towards Zeebrugge.

The nice thing about cruising with Silver Sea that you are always ashore in a port during the day and sail at night.

At eight o'clock AM we dock at Zeebrugge, we disembark after breakfast, take the train and within fifteen minutes we walk into the old city of medieval Bruges. Bruges is so beautiful! Cobblestones, small canals, old churches, and age-old canal houses.

It is full of tourists, so we take the back streets for our walk and choose an authentic Flemish restaurant De Vlaamsche Pot for lunch, we eat waterzooi and drink Trappist beer, and toast on Sunday.

At 5 pm the bunches are thrown loose and we continue to sail, towards Le Havre in Normandy.

We drink a welcome drink, captain Gennaro Arma introduces his team, then dinner in The Restaurant and choose a nice bottle of Saint Julien with the four courses. Chateau Lagrange 2007, how beautiful Bordeaux is when it gets older!

Ace is our sommelier, the chef is called Jozef, of Dutch origine, and the journey is wonderful from the moment we boarded.

Ace is our sommelier, the chef is called Jozef, of Dutch origine, and the journey is wonderful from the moment we boarded.

After dinner we join the show where the Voices of Silversea give a beautiful Broadway impression, the theater is renovated and the seats and small tables are very comfortable.

We will dock early in Le Havre on Monday, many American passengers want to see D-Day, they take an excursion to Omaha Beach. At Silver Sea you can book endless beautiful excursions, we as ex-aviation with thousands of destinations, arrange everything ourselves, within an hour we are on the bike, and yes, it is free, the municipality wants to promote cycling and invites everyone, therefore also tourists to take the bike.

LeHavre is a city with a mix of fishing, industry and tourism, the difference between low and high tides was striking, about six meters, the river Seine starts there. It is the second port city of France. Almost completely bombed during the Second World War and carefully constructed under the guidance of the Belgian architect Auguste Pierre. In 2005 the city received the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. And you see that everywhere, the city is a picture, the bike ride a success.

We hand in the bikes and thank the rental, which is next to the SNCF the railway station, go back on board and eat in La Dame, the restaurant with Relais and Chateau status. I think this one is the best because this restaurant on the Muse and the Spirit has no windows and on the Wind it has huge windows

Foie Gras, caviar, lobster and rack of lamb it is overwhelming, and I have to skip my dessert

additional cost for the diner is $60 per person.

We leave the harbor at nine o'clock on our way to Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands.

The rest of the cruise remained excellent, good fresh meals, 50 open wines to choose from, and a connaisseur wine list with prices very moderate, so you can drink your grand cru or Barolo on board if you want to drink premium bottles.

Highlight was the sail into the Thames with comment of a local pilot who explained a lot about the scenery we passed.

The Tower Bridge openend for the Wind friday afternoon at 4 PM, all traffic was stopped and we sailed under the bridge, it was absolute the best moment of the trip.

So little Silver Wind, with as always devoted and well-trained crew, we do love the ship, and are gracious to have had this experience.

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