Living with a top cruise ship suite delivers canapés, caviar and were royally treatment.We dinner in Le Champagne, the Silver Whisper intimate dining room (not allowed more than 30 guests per evening and couples premium wines each course), when the captain, Gennaro Arma, a story about a couple who boarded the ship in early January said. They were seasoned travelers, who often sailed with Silversea. Had “This time they have to go in a big way”, said Arma. “They were staying in one of our Royal Suites.” For three months, the couple aboard the Silver Whisper on a route that took them all over the Eastern and Western Caribbean cruising, from San Juan to the Cartagena, through the Virgin Islands and the Grenadines. There were even two rounds of the Panama Canal, with stops in Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and San Diego.Port for beautiful port – so many things to see and do. But no, not for those two. “During all this time from January to April, they never again set foot on land,” said Arma. “On two occasions, I invited her to resign in the dock with me to inspect the ship, but otherwise for all of three months, they never touched dry land. For them it was all over the ship. It was all about life in a suite. “Arma me the story told at the beginning of our ten day stay Caribbean. And after dinner, when my wife Debbie and I strolled back to our suite, we were still talking about it. “The whole time on board and did not even want to go ashore”, I said. “Can you imagine”? Then I opened the door to Suite 602, one of those very same Royal Suites. Our butler, in Sri Lanka, which boasted a name – Duminda Wickramasinghe – directly from a Rudyard Kipling story, had paid a visit while we were gone. The lights were low. The sweet sounds of Sinatra came out of the stereo. It was a fresh bottle of Pommery in the ice bucket and calla lilies in a vase on the coffee table. The curtains were back on the porch so we could drawn attention to a nearly full moon. Debbie looked at me. She smiled. “I have absolutely no problem to introduce never left the suite,” she said. ” No problem”, It was sometime in our second day in our Royal Suite before Duminda came with our stone-crab canapés and just after our en-suite massages that I reference to my wife started “.
Contessa “As in” Is the Contessa ensure a spot of champagne on the porch “or” the Contessa would rather hear Mozart or Miles Davis, “or” The Count? is always ready to hop in the Jacuzzi. Would the Contessa care to join him? “The title seemed to fit the excavations. For the record, every accommodation on the all-suite Silver Whisperimpresses. Even the 287-square-Vista Suites (the smallest vessel) are spacious and appointed royal. But the Royal Suite, with 1312 square meters is the obvious, almost five times as great statesmen. Between the master bedroom with double bed, marble bathroom, and living with his plasma TV, there is room to roam. And because the bar is well stocked and there is plenty of seating, ideal for entertaining.One evening, we invited a dozen new friends to our place for after-dinner drinks. Duminda came unbidden to make sure everyone had what they needed to deliver a plate of chocolate. Someone soon found the Greatest Hits of the 60s and 70s, CDs, was immersed in the Bang & Olufsen, and we were dancing long after midnight.I delighted to find that the Royal Suite with its own espresso machine was a very cool Lavazza Blue neutral where you are in a pre-measured coffee “pod” pop and release the machinedo the rest. But the arrest was his feature window. All too often when cruising offshore a winning number of islands, I have known that so mumble something like, “I wish our suite was on the other side of the ship. You get all the good prospects. “Not a problem in the Royal Suite. far forward, just below the bridge of the ship, it has the blessing of the panorama – windows to look across the bow. No small thing, this. You can actually see where the ship is out of the confines of the room position. I kept the curtains open at all hours, all the better for our next course, scoping out ports by day and enjoy the moon shine through night.With maximum of only 382 guests, served by 295 crew members, the joys of an addition to smaller ship like the Silver Whisper are many. While offering ample opportunity for socializing – a small casino, a nightclub, three dining rooms, seven bars – there are plenty of places other than your own suite disconnect, and call your own. And so it was that our days aboard the Silver Whisper are found to migrate between these places: the deck chairs near the corner of the salt water pool, the freshest breeze, the seats in the bar that the to observe best people, and offered the sofa caught in the Panorama Lounge equidistant between the piano and hors d’oeuvres my favorite place, outside of our glorious suite table.But was the observation lounge. Spanning the bow on the top deck, it seemed from the radar of other passengers. I often had the place to myself, and there were rarely more than half a dozen others in his cozy limited. Its appeal for me was threefold. The self-service bar offering a fine selection of goodies, including one of those nice Lavazza Blue Espresso Machines. Bookshelves lined the walls, a great expansion of the vessel main library a couple of decks below. And the view was stupendous: curved floor to ceiling windows along the entire length of the room. Binoculars were here and there, placed together with charts and a telescope. The overall effect was that of being at a command prompt, point stationed on the bridge – less the related charges have to steer the ship. I plopped myself in the Observation Lounge every chance I will got.The Silver Whisper economy the size of his dividend in the dining room. While chef Norbert Ruhdorfer created an exceptional range of menus, which gave a generous nod to the ship of the Italian Registry (Asparagus ravioli with creamy truffle sauce, polenta timbale with sausage ragout), various international cuisine (English Fish and Chips, Szechuan beef) and Caribbean cuisine (creole snapper in mango sauce, pumpkin soup), the kitchen was always happy to accommodate special orders.One morning as we enjoyed an open-air breakfast on the terrace cafe, a gentleman at the next table asked the waiter, “Would it be possible to get an omelette caviar?” “Certainly, sir, “came the reply. “And you want chopped onions, sour cream and capers with it?” And then there’s the mobility of a ship like the Silver Whisper. It can slip into places not only in the rule from the route of larger ships, when nature throws a wrench into the works, it’s easy enough to adjust. Case in point: On the day we had planned to visit St. Barts rolling seas and a vicious circle current made it impossible to anchor in the harbor of Gustavia. No problem. Captain Arma immediately instead of heading for Antigua, and the return to St. Bart’s the next day, threw a three-hour circumnavigation of Montserrat. At one point we moved so close to the shore, we begin to witness the huge smoke cloud from the Soufriere Hills volcano (still active threat since his series of eruptions began again in 1994) and a hint of sulfur in the air. “; A perfect cruise should always offer some nice surprises,” Arma told me later. “It’s the surprises us is the most beautiful memories.” While my wife and I were quite alone Suite becomefull people trying to look at the content and calls from the comfort of our luxuriously ; sen stay, we have to roam on land as an opportunity to itself.Embarkation offered from the docks in Old San Juan offered a chance to paved roads, which will certainly one of the culinary capitals of the Caribbean. We managed to squeeze in two meals Calle Fortaleza, both created in restaurants, owned by renowned chef Roberto Trevino. On the Parrot Club offered the Nuevo Latino-inspired menu, such as spicy shrimp treated and scallop ceviche and duck enchiladas. had on the street, on Aguaviva who stole the show watermelon sangria on a hot afternoon.Since none of us ever Saint Barts, visited the ship tour concierge suggested that we might be a self-guided tour to enjoy the exclusive French island. The staff arranged for a car and made lunch reservations at the Hotel Guanahani. As a day guest, we could stretch out on loungers under palm trees along the beautiful crescent of Grand Cul de Sac Bay. The food at L’Indigo was a Japanese-spectacle with a series of Gallic treats, white Bordeaux for the Contessa and French for ale me.Dominica reputation as a leading eco Caribbean destinations will be added to deserve, at least compared to our kayak / snorkel tour of Scott’s Head Soufriere Marine Reserve, about 12 miles south of Rousseau, the capital. Protected waters of the bay for gay feet, with turtles bob to the surface to us company.On Grenada, we took a trip Silversea through the lush and fertile island. At the first stop, Laura’s Herb and Spice Garden, paths, by nutmeg husks are mulched by herb beds lined the sun-bleached shells. The tour ended in Sunnyside, the hill overlooking the home of Jean Renwick, the capital of Saint George’s. Renwick, whose family first settled in Grenada almost 400 years ago, led us through carefully manicured gardens with a dazzling array of hibiscus, a few dozen varieties in every imaginable hue. As the afternoon heat intensified, we moved the shady porch, where the sea was blowing cool and jars homemade rum punch, topped off with fresh nutmeg, offered a comfort all her own.On our last evening on board the Silver Whisper, as it left Tortola at the sunset and the course for Antigua, we discussed how best to spend our dwindling hours on board. “We have the audience on the Panorama Lounge for cocktails join,” said the countess. “Yes,” we could, I said. “Or we could play a few hands of blackjack. “” Uh-huh. “” Or maybe catch the floor show in the Vienna Lounge. “” Maybe. But We knew we wanted to cocoon in our suite, and that is exactly what we did. We each had a small stack of books from the library of the ship, we wanted to read. So we poured some wine – a California Chardonnay for the Contessa, a Pinot Noir from Oregon for me – and in the knowledge that we go anywhere, and a schedule that demands our attention reveled. Yes, we had settled into our suite. It felt like home.At Eventually rang, and there was Duminda the canapés delivered – Shrimp Toast done just right. And he followed with a bottle of Pommery, a little champagne for senses.Dinner served en-suite was just as magnificent as it would have been in the dining room, from appetizers of cheese terrine with peppers, olives and pesto raise the fennel soup with garlic croutons, grilled Portobello-and-tomato salad, and grilled turbot in champagne sauce.As my wife nibbled from the tray of petit fours, I flipped through the CDs and found Van Morrison version of ” , Have I Told You Lately That I Love You “I took her by the hand.. We slipped off our shoes. And we danced.Doing ItThe two Royal Suites, 602 and 702, depending on board Silversea’s 382-passenger Silver Whisper Clock to around 1,300 square meters. only by the Grand and Owner’s Suites in opulence Bested, canapés Royal Suites are among its charms Acqua di Parma bath products, an endless supply of Pommery champagne, free laundry, every afternoon, and the meta-amusement to be floating in the Jacuzzi tub gene, as the ship floats from port to port. It is enough to at least one letter home on the suits personalized stationery merit. Sample pricing: Seven days of $ 20,000. – Marika MCELROYSuite-est of Them allthe thinly to the most extravagant accommodations at sea.Celebrity Cruises passengers in 2034 Millennium Penthouse, 1432 square feet feetIn addition to the living room, dining room and bedrooms, it has a butler’s pantry (and a butler, provides hors d ‘ oeuvres daily) and a baby grand piano. Priority boarding, express luggage service, and help with packing and unpacking to make more time in the 1098-square-foot veranda’s Hot Tub spent sipping cocktails from the wet bar.Seven days from $ 3020 Crystal 1080 Passenger Cruises Crystal Serenity Penthouse. 1345 square feet (including deck) This extensive collection blends sybaritic pleasures (free Cristal) and virtuous (an exercise using a treadmill). Flat-screen TVs, Bang & Olufsen sound system, and a glance round the sea (or Italian village view, depending on connection) from the bathroom, the picture seven days from $ 17,620. Cunard Queen Mary 3056 passengers of the Balmoral or Sandringham 2 Duplex, 2249 square feet feetFor starters, it has two levels (upstairs bedroom, living room downstairs). Decide on the reserved table at the Queen’s Grill, the ship top to use the restaurant or just nibbling during the absence of crossing the Atlantic to Butler delivered Sevruga Blini and lazing in front of the flat-TV.Six days transatlantic Ü ; Crossing of $ 23,199. Holland America’s 1918-passenger Noordam Willem Barentsz Suite, feet apart from 1318 square feet enjoy a king-size bed, living room, dining room, dressing room, private verandah with whirlpool, a 36-inch flat-screen TV and a pantry, get Bad Guest A free laundry and dry cleaning service, private concierge service for booking shore excursions and dinner reservations. Bonus: Toast to sail with the ship’s officers on an invitation only cocktail reception.Ten-day trips from $ 7,169 Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner master suites 900 and 901; feetThe 2002 square meter two bedroom locks. at sea, two balconies are outdoors in their fields: the kids are hardly petite at 71 square meters, which are larger larger than most New York studios. Indoors, a pair of walk-in closets, two and a half baths and ample living and dining area complete the spaciousness.Eight days from $ 16,796 ResidenSea’s The World 657-passenger Apartment 801;. 3086 square feet bordering on huge, this four-bedroom apartment can house six passengers and has a dining room that seats ten, jet pool on the porch, and all marble floors and wood paneling (including walk-in closets) . Decor runs to the European neo-classicism with a dash of Chinese lacquer.Seven days from $ 23,100 to $ 35,000 for two additional passengers $ 350 per person per 3634 passengers night.Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas Presidential Family suite, 1,200 square feet feetIt is the largest suite on board the biggest cruise ship in the world, boasting two bedrooms with 30-inch flat-screen TV and two additional bedrooms. The table on the 770-square-foot balcony seats 14 dinner guests.Seven days from $ 7100 Silversea’s 382-passenger Silver Whisper Owner’s Suite;. 1264 square feet feetThe two teak balconies are alone almost the size of the ship most standard suites. Inside, two bedrooms and two bathrooms in marble are the domain of the ship’s owner when he is on board. Butler’s supply of champagne, fresh fruit and canapés daily.Seven days from $ 20,395.Tags: Blackjack, Casino