Yesterday we had the privilege to board the Silversea Spirit in Rome on a mini cruise to Monte Carlo, Marseille & Livorno before returning to Rome. It's our first experience of boutique ship cruising and our first experience of 6 star cruising so naturally we are full of questions as we're sure you are too... so follow us here to find out all you need to know!

Silversea is a 6 star cruise line with 9 ships, 5 are Ocean, 4 are expedition. Silver Muse is the flagship at 596 guests with Silver Galapagos the smallest at just 100 guests. As it's 6 star you can expect it to be ultra luxury, spacious all suite accommodation, butlers as well as room attendants, all Inclusive as standard including in-suite mini bars and gratuities.

The Ship:

We already knew a little about the ship before boarding. We knew Spirit, launched in 2009, had space for 540 guests which makes it 2nd largest of the fleet. It contains 11 decks, 8 of which are for passenger access and bar a small number of Ocean View Vista suites, the remaining suites have verandas (balcony).. There are 6 restaurants and 4 lounges on board not forgetting 24 hour in room dining service and your personalised All Inclusive minibar.

Check In:

Simple, easy, painless and served with a glass of prosecco! With only 540 guests arriving at different times and several staff to assist with check in queueing was minimal, security was quick before you went on board to complete your check in process at the reception and shore excursion desks. A butler proceeded to guide you (and take your hand luggage) to your suite and explained that your personal butler will be with you shortly but in the meantime to perhaps enjoy a spot of lunch! Perfect!

First Impressions:

Space! So, you know this is a boutique ship so you think it may feel confined, cramped, crowded but this is far from the feeling you get. Within just an hour or two you realise how much space you have to enjoy in all public areas. There are plenty of places to visit but you don't at any point feel like you're surrounded with people like you can do on bigger ships. It feels tranquil and homely.

The decor is nice, a little traditional in style with a fair amount of wood panelling, but it doesn't feel too dark as some ships can. It's interesting to note that the Spirit will be refurbished early 2018 but you would never know it or think it needs it. It is in fact going to be 'Musified'; that is, take on some of the successful designs and features of the stunning Muse. This will certainly lighten the decor for starters however the decor of the Spirit is lovely as it is.

Suites are fantastic, large, very comfortable, well laid out with separate seating areas. Beds to get lost in, bathrooms with both bath and separate shower, 2 TV screens, both imbedded into the mirrors which help to add to the feeling of space and a large veranda with which to watch the world gone by.

Service is very good, friendly, relaxed, not in any way stuffy or overly formal. You quickly feel comfortable despite the initial worry that this may be a bit too formal or pretentious. It's truly not! We can already tell you that the food is excellent, you'd expect nothing different, but it is very good. Clientele is very mixed. Maybe this is partly due to it being a mini cruise but there is a mixture of ages and backgrounds on board.

So, so far so good and it's amazing how quickly you could get used to this way of may take longer to get out of it which may leave us yearning for more....we'll see! Follow us over coming days to find out!

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