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October 13, 2009updated Feb 07, 2013

Silversea’s Art Deco-Inspired Silver Spirit Debuts

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

On December 23, Silversea, the world’s most luxurious and elegant small ship cruise line will further distance itself from its competitors with the addition of the Silver Spirit to its already stellar fleet. This new 540-guest, all-suite vessel boasts a stunning 1930’s Art Deco design inspired by iconic structures like the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center. An unprecedented dining experience will center around six gourmet venues including one offering Slow Food, a dazzling indoor/outdoor spa with a global treatment menu ranging from Oriental medicine to the signature Silver Leaf Face Mask facial, and ultra-pampering services like a butler assigned to every suite.

Suites will be the largest in Silversea’s fleet, some with verandas so large they can accommodate up to 20 for a private dinner party and Carrera marble bathrooms that are comparable in size and design to those in an estate home with a Jacuzzi, full shower with rainforest shower head, and two full sinks. All suites have amenities such as two flatscreen televisions, a pillow menu with nine selections and even a choice of pillowcases and a wet bar stocked with guests’ preferences.

The Silver Spirit will feature one of the industry’s most revolutionary food and beverage programs throughout its six restaurants, many of which feature signature dishes in partnership with Relais & Chateaux. Joining an Italian restaurant serving Slow Food—the first line to offer such cuisine—will be Le Champagne, offering six courses paired with wines from the world’s most celebrated regions, an Asian fusion restaurant called Seishin and in a nod to old-fashioned elegance, a supper club reminiscent of New York’s Rainbow Room where guests can take turns on the dance floor as a jazz singer croons.

Guests can expect the public spaces to be just as lavish as the suites and in the same eye-catching Art Deco style, starting with the ship’s showpiece, the six-story grand staircase topped with a glass domed ceiling. Soak up rays by the resort-inspired swimming pool, and enjoy one-of-a-kind shore excursions (which now can be booked 120 days in advance) including the complimentary Silversea Experience— outings such as a celebration of Brazilian dance and a penguin parade in Argentina. All of these unique features combined with Silversea’s “culture of luxury,” its white-glove service, and all-inclusive, gratuities-included policy creates one of the best values in the luxury cruise market today. Following the sold-out maiden crossing from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale, the Silver Spirit will embark on her 91-day inaugural cruise around the Americas on January 21, 2010 with once in a lifetime events ranging from VIP tickets to Rio’s Carnival and a Panama Hat Party to a gala evening at the Christening Party.

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