Cruise

Cruises 101

by Sherri Eisenberg

Silversea

Number of ships: 4
Ship capacity: 296 to 382 passengers
Price range: Expensive

The audience: The vibe on Silversea, a luxury line, is genteel, and the passengers themselves are sophisticated (read: older), wealthy, and well-traveled.

Strengths: Space, space, space. With ships more than 500 feet long and 70 feet high and a mere 300-or-so fellow passengers onboard, you may feel like you have the whole place to yourself—from the quiet pool deck to the peaceful spa. Only afternoon tea seems to draw a critical mass. Otherwise everyone is in their cabins, which have plenty of room to spread out. Since alcohol is included, the well-chosen house wines flow during mealtimes.

Weaknesses: After dinner, everyone retires to their room, so the public areas can feel like a ghost town—but at least you know your complimentary Bellinis and scotch-and-sodas will arrive quickly in the lounge.

Insider tip: If you want to have other guests over to your cabin for a predinner drink, ask your butler to have hors d'oeuvres, Champagne, liquor, and mixers sent to your room. In fact, they'll even stay and serve.

Itineraries: The line has voyages in traditional areas such as the Med, but really specializes in exotic destinations, including the Middle East and South America. The 14-day "Amazon Wonders" cruise embarks from Barbados and stops in St. Lucia, Bequia, and Grenada before heading to the inland Brazilian city of Manaus via the Amazon River (from $6,780 per person).

Silversea
Tel: 800 722 9955

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