Two New Luxury Cruise Ships

Two New Luxury Cruise Ships

Two New Luxury Cruise Ships
Courtesy of Silver Sea Cruises
Two New Luxury Cruise Ships
Courtesy of Silver Sea Cruises
Two highly anticipated small luxury ships have launched. T+L compares the inside scoop on each.

Silver Spirit

Ship Size: 540 passengers.

Suites: The largest of any Silversea ship, starting at 312 square feet. Each room has its own soaking tub, and 90 percent have terraces.

Dining: Six-course tasting menus change daily at the upscale Le Champagne; for a casual lunch, there’s the Star Supper Club, with tapas-style dishes.

Destinations: A slew of Mediterranean and Caribbean itineraries are slated for fall, followed by French Polynesia (January 20–February 1).

Favorite Amenity: Plan your own picnic at the Grill, where you can cook kebabs and line-caught fish over volcanic rocks. Silversea Cruises; 10-day itineraries from $4,182 per person.

Seabourn Sojourn

Ship Size: 450 passengers.

Suites: Rooms begin at 295 square feet, with walk-in closets and separate living areas; most have private verandas.

Dining: Star chef Charlie Palmer is behind the ship’s four restaurants, which include a casual patio grill and the open-kitchen Colonnade, serving American classics such as New York sirloin steak.

Destinations: The ship travels the Mediterranean and Scandinavia, and a world trip is scheduled for 2011.

Favorite Amenity: Don’t miss the two-story Spa at Seabourn, the largest on any luxury ship, with Elemis products, six treatment rooms, and a private couples villa. The Yachts of Seabourn; 12-day itineraries from $4,995 per person.

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