Five Things to Know About Silversea Cruises' Silver Wind Cruise Ship
Best for: High-end cruisers who love a small ship and a high guest-to-staff ratio
Sails: The British Isles, the Caribbean, Central America, the Mediterranean, Mexico, New England & Canada, Northern Europe
At a Glance: Last refurbished in 2016, this hyper-luxe ship may not have a zip line, but there’s plenty onboard to fill up a few relaxing days at sea, including a spa, fitness center, small casino, and heated pool patrolled by attentive staff waiting to ply you with après-swim cocktails.
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The Service Is On Point
There’s a reason a Silver Wind staff member always seems to appear the moment a passenger is in need of a beverage or directions: the guest-to-crew ratio onboard is an astonishing 1.3 to 1. But it’s not just their sheer number that sets the crew apart. It’s also their warm personalities and dedication to keeping every guest onboard happy 24/7. Case in point: the butler service enjoyed by every suite, which runs the gamut from unpacking your bags to drawing you a scented bath after an excursion.
Everything Is Included
No need to agonize over that pre-dinner cocktail order, since many wines and liquors are wrapped into the cruise rate. Also complimentary: an hour of Wifi each day (unlimited in upper-tier suites) and gratuities.
The Restaurants Are An Event
Silver Wind may be small, but there are plenty of options for dinner. At The Restaurant, the ship’s main dining room, evening meals are a white-tablecloth-and-fine-china, multicourse affair. The menu is a mix of traditional cruise fare and regional dishes like Indian chicken korma, and on sea days, dishes from La Collection du Monde, created by Relais & Chateaux’s grand chefs, also make an appearance. If you prefer something more intimate, make a reservation at La Terrazza, the ship’s Italian eatery, where the olive oil is from Umbria and the pasta is made fresh onboard. Or pay a cover charge at Le Champagne, a Relais & Chateaux restaurant that specializes in decadent six-course wine-paired menus from different wine regions. On days you feel like dinner outdoors, make a reservation at The Grill. At night, the space is dedicated to Silversea’s signature hot-rocks dining in which guests cook up their own meal on a hot volcanic rock at their table.
There Are Plenty of Places to Relax
During warmer itineraries, the hub of the ship is the pool deck, where passengers grab burgers from the grill in between dips in the pool or whirlpools. But there’s plenty to do on cloudy days, too. Bibliophiles spend afternoons in the leather armchairs of the ship’s library, gamblers try their hand at the slots in the casino, and cigar lovers puff away in the clubby Connoisseur’s Corner. Grab a pre-dinner snack during afternoon tea in the Panorama Lounge or opt for a massage and a body wrap at the ship’s spa.
The Suites Are Roomy
When the smallest stateroom on the ship has big picture windows and measures an expansive 240 square feet, you know you’ll have plenty of room to move. This ship has one of the highest space-to-guest ratios on the sea, and more than 80 percent of the cabins have verandas. If you really want to go big, book the 1,109-square-foot Grand Suite, which has a separate living and dining room and can be connected to a Veranda Suite to make it a two bedroom. No matter where you bunk, you’ll have access to a flat-screen TV, Pratesi linens, a fridge stocked with your favorite beverages, a pillow menu, and, yes, butler service.