Silver Wind, of SilverSea
Small Ship Cruise – Venice to Croatia, Montenegro, Sicily, Sorrento
This has been absolutely one of my favourite trips – it’s very unusual for me to say I would do any trip twice, but the ship and ports were so outstanding and so enjoyable, I would go again.
The Silver Wind is a small cruise ship designed to deliver one thing: the best and most sumptuous experience you can possibly have as a cruise ship traveler…and deliver they did! This beautiful watercraft carried 296 guests who were very well attended by 222 crew. We stayed in a standard cabin with a veranda. Unlike most standard cabins from the larger mainstream ships, this cabin stretched 295 square feet (about the same size as my first apartment!) and featured a marble bathroom, walk in wardrobe, and a spacious veranda.Everything from the dining (I can’t even name a favourite meal as they were all so amazing) to the entertainment, to the fact that embarking and disembarking was made so easy, made this an unforgettable experience. At every port (except Sorrento as mandated by local law) the Silver Wind was able station directly in the port, where the larger ships had to tender travelers back and forth. My husband and I enjoyed many sunset glasses of wine from our veranda, watching with amusement other ships’ travelers line up to wait for their ride back to their ship.
Lazy days or nights on the ship were spent enjoying opulent meals, afternoon tea, relaxing at the spa or taking in the on-board entertainment which featured an incredibly talented troupe of vocal and instrumental professionals performing everything from Broadway to classical music.
Like most cruise ships, the Silver Wind has typical amenities such as a small casino, boutique, swimming pool and lounge, but the true value of this vacation was realized at each magnificent port.
In Dubrovnik we walked around the city wall and toured the old city. This was the most interesting of the cities we visited – it was rich with history and scenery and featured cemented streets that glimmered like coins in the sunlight.
The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, is rumoured to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Having not seen every bay in the world, I can neither confirm nor deny this, but I can tell you the view of the harbour from the Orjen Mountains is beyond spectacular. The old wall which runs through the city is lit at night and depending on where you are, looks like a river of gold pouring across the mountain side.
Sicily is a destination worth visiting again as a dedicated vacation spot. We arrived on a Sunday, and unlike North America where everything (including banks) is open, this was not the case for Sicily as Sicilians apparently enjoy their Sundays with family (how dare they!:)) and away from bustling tourists. Ah to visit again!
We toured the seaside hills in Sorrento and enjoyed this port for its beautiful rustic architecture and glorious views of the water.
Venice proved to be an overnight delight – not only did we tour the narrow streets during the day, but enjoyed the many lit canals for which this city is famous for. My favourite Venice area was the Jewish Quarter – so many historic buildings made for a visual buffet.
It’s hard to pick any favourite activity from this trip as we duly enjoyed every aspect…but if I had to pick one – it would be the food. This trip is especially delightful for scenery-loving epicureans.