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There is no denying that the cuisine of Dubrovnik is heavily influenced by their Italian neighbors across the Adriatic. I was pleasantly surprised at the level of Croatian cuisine. A beautiful influence of Italian mixed with their proximity to the sea makes for a high level of quality and innovative offerings.
Perfect location setting for the HBO series Game of Thrones, 6th Century Dubrovnik is a delightful surprise.
Dubrovnik bears a striking resemblance to it’s neighbor, Venice. Ideally placed on the Adriatic coast, Dubrovnik is a beautiful stone village. The old town is set inside a fort wall that is one and a half miles around. You can walk the entire wall.
Up to this point in my travel life, I had not considered myself a cruiser. I have traveled on smaller craft like Sea Dream, A&K Nile cruising, and Orient Express Road to Mandalay, but I was never interested in cruising on larger ships.
I have to say, I was most pleasantly surprised with Silversea. All my expectations went out the window. No boatload of geriatrics with walkers, no endless buffet food, no seasickness, no tacky folks in shorts and gold chains, and tons of ways to get in strenuous exercise.
This cruise was full of young and young at heart, delightful, interesting, sophisticated, well traveled people. The nationality make up was around 30% Australians( I never met an Australian that was not delightfully funny and loads of fun), 30% British and 30% Americans. Excursions offered each day were fun, could be strenuous, and extremely interesting. Usually no more than 20 people, daily excursions really helped one learn about the destination in depth. And Silversea started each destination with lectures on the destination’s history and points of interest the afternoon before. Archaeology, historical culture, religion, and art history were examined.
The cabin was huge: Two televisions built into the twin mirrored walls -one in the living room, and one in the bedroom. We also enjoyed a large bathroom with tubs and separate showers, floor to ceiling windows and a roomy verandah with wicker lounge chairs. And most importantly we had a very large closet. Another surprise was the amount of storage space- drawers everywhere.
The ship offers 5 restaurants: my favorites were the Japanese and the French. I was shocked at the fine quality of the food and wines were imported from the region or you could delve into the serious bottles on the enormous wine list offerings.
It really comes down to the people you meet and the people you travel with;
I found Silversea engaging, interesting and tremendously fun, ships ahoy!
I had the distinct privilege of cruising on the Silver Spirit down the Dalmatian Coast-Venice Italy to Athens Greece.
Our routing took us to Zadar and Dubrovnik Croatia, Kotor Montenegro, Corfu Greece, Chania on Crete, Nafplia and ending in Athens, Greece.
Every detail to make clients comfortable is carefully planned with meticulous preparation.
Food specialties from all over the world are reflected in their fine dining: La Champagne for French, Terrazzo for Italian, and Japanese offerings at Seishi.
Silversea offers Butler service, Champagne and fresh fruit, Pratesi Italian bed linens and down duvets. Italian marble bath, walk-in closet,flat screen TV’s in both the bedroom and living room with movies, and satellite news programming. We had a choice between Ferragamo or Bulgari hypoallergenic bath amenities. Our mini bar was stocked with all our favorite beverages- for me- champagne. Yay!
We are welcomed with a tented area including a sofa and water station at the deck entrance each day upon returning from an intruiging excursion.
Our Butler, Sanjay Kumar is the perfect attendant. I had a bit of a cold and upon returning one afternoon, he had placed cut fruit on the coffee table, and boxes of tissues all over the suite. Always standing there with a beautiful smile, we are happy with Sanjay.
Silver Spirit’s capacity is 540 people. It is considered a smaller ship and we have a much easier time docking closer to the destination than the larger ships which have to moor in the bay.