Silversea Cruises' newest ultra-luxury ship, Silver Spirit, welcomed guests aboard its maiden voyage, an 11-day "Holiday Spirit" cruise departing from Barcelona and concluding in Lisbon after visiting Malaga, Gibraltar, Cadiz, Casablanca and Tangier.
"The delivery of Silver Spirit is an important milestone for our company and represents our commitment to the development of the Silversea brand," said Amerigo Perasso, Silversea's president and CEO. "This new flagship of our fleet represents an important evolution in the design of our vessels. Although Silver Spirit is larger than her sister ships, she has the same intimate feel, relaxed ambiance, and sense of camaraderie so treasured by our international clientele."
Perasso added, "We have heavily invested over the past few years in expanding and upgrading the fleet, a strategic decision that has helped us achieve record bookings this year. Silversea will close 2009 with more than 70 percent of next year's revenue plan already in the books."
At 36,000 tons, and accommodating just 540 guests, this intimate ship has the largest suites in the Silversea fleet— with 95 percent featuring a private veranda— and one of the highest space-to-guest ratios at sea today. Highlights onboard include an indoor/outdoor spa measuring over 8,300 square feet (770 square meters), a resort-style pool, four whirlpools, and a choice of six dining venues including Seishin, showcasing Asian-fusion cuisine, and the innovative Stars Supper Club, offering trendsetting menus and all-night entertainment.