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Silver Whisper Facts & Figures
Owner/Operator:Silversea Cruises
Year built:2001
Builder:C.N. Visentini (hull) / T. Mariotti, Genoa, Italy
Former names:-
Gross Tonnage:28,258
Length:186.0 m (610.2 ft)
Beam:24.8 m (81.8 ft)
Passengers (normal):388
Passengers (maximum):396
Crew:287
Service speed:17.5 kn
Sister Ships:Silver Shadow
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From the ShipParade Archives: Silver Whisper Interior Photos & Ship Tour
Amenities, decor, charges and services have changed since this article was written Text & Photos © 2001 Bart de Boer

If ever there was a ship that personifies the term "understated elegance", it must be Silver Whisper. Christened on June 18th, 2001 in Genoa, Italy, Silversea Cruises' latest vessel exudes a feeling of class; star class to be precise. Measuring a comfortable 28,258 gross register tons the 597-ft (182 m) long ship has a capacity for only 388 passengers, giving Silver Whisper and her sister Silver Shadow one of highest passenger space ratios in the cruise industry.

Repeatedly proclaimed as the most luxurious cruise line afloat, Silversea offers a totally decadent travel experience on their fleet of 4 small to smaller sized ships. Most suites come equipped with roomy teak balconies; there is no tipping and no paying for drinks either! When visiting the ship in port of Amsterdam on August 28th, 2001, I was surprised at Silver Whisper's friendly atmosphere. While definitely catering to a relatively small slice of the world's cruising potential pie (a "Fun Ship" it ain't!), the service and atmosphere is such that most people will feel comfortable on board. This is done by making the ship look "natural" on the inside, without anything vaguely reminding of brass or glitz.
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On a ship that carries less than 400 passengers, a full-blown atrium with glass elevators would look a little out of place. Instead, Silver Whisper's Norwegian design team has come up with an central stair tower arrangement on both port and starboard sides that creates an "open atrium" feel and connects most public areas. Done in soothing earth tones, with wooden handrails, wood veneer paneling and beautiful brushed steel artwork spanning the full height of the stair tower, this is about as elegant as it gets. Exuding a warm, natural yet lively atmosphere, this area sets the tone for the rest of the ship.
On deck 5, an oval lobby houses the Purser's Office, Hotel Manager's office and Shore Excursion Desk, with doors leading out to a small Promenade Deck. We were taken by the gold framed Renaissance-inspired artwork in the Lobby, making the area look very classy. From the Lobby, an arcade leads forward to the suite accommodation on this deck by way of a small shopping area and Casino. As can be expected on a six-star ship, merchandise in the Boutique is quite up market, with good-quality souvenir items available. On port side, the casino is nicely sized, with all the major games of chance available, as well as a separate bar area. During my visit the Casino was closed (the ship was in port after all), and consequently we were not able to take any photos of it. But then, if you have seen one Black Jack table, you have seen them all!
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Let's swiftly continue our tour of the Silver Whisper by taking a peek into one of the beautiful suites. Silversea Cruises is justifiably proud of the elaborate accommodations on Silver Whisper and her sister ship Silver Shadow. Suites range from 287 square feet (26,66 sq. meters) to a jaw-dropping 1,435 square feet (133,31 sq. meters).
The standard "Vista Suites" are located on decks 4 and 5 and feature picture windows, a spacious sitting area with all audio-visual aids, twin or queen sized beds, and a fantastic marble bathroom with bath and separate shower. Colors are pastel and pleasing, with suite entrances set at an angle from the cabin corridor. As can be expected on a ship of this caliber, closet space is almost extravagant, with walk-in closets available in all suites. There is personalized stationary, toiletries galore, bathrobes, slippers and a bar that is restocked daily according to your preferences. Now, that's what we call all-inclusive! If you think 287 square feet is not enough, there are six more categories to choose from - all of them come with a private teak verandah. Top of the line are four Grand Suites, located all the way forward on decks 6, 7 and 8 and providing stunning views. Sporting two teak verandahs, two bathrooms (one with Jacuzzi), two wardrobes and ... a guest shower, these must be the ultimate seagoing apartments!
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Now let's see what's for dinner. Or lunch. Or breakfast for that matter. Silversea's cuisine is amongst the finest afloat and Silver Whisper boasts both a formal dining room and a more casual buffet style restaurant. The formal dining room on deck 4 is simply called "The Restaurant" and can be reached from the amidships stair tower.
Located very traditionally on the lowest passenger deck, this beautiful room boasts views of the sea through large windows, with a wonderful wooden floor stretching from fore to aft. Colors are -again- very neutral, giving The Restaurant an almost old-world ocean liner look, although the artwork provides a more modern touch. As Silversea operates all meals on an open seating basis, there are many smaller tables, all set with the finest silver and crystal and with lots of room to enjoy an excellent meal. Finally, a (complimentary) choice of constantly changing white and red wines crowns every lunch or dinner that is served in The Restaurant.
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Directly adjacent to the Terrace Café are two rooms that are quite unique to Silversea. First up is Le Champagne, basically the ship's fine wine cellar. Walls are lined with the most exquisite of wines and champagnes, the floor is deck in parquet wood, and the large table in the middle of the room can be used for private dinner parties. Guests on board are able to invite friends and family for dinner here, albeit at a hefty fee. As mentioned before, most drinks are included in the cruise price, as the complimentary selection includes many wines, unlimited supplies of champagne and most spirits. For some vintage wines and spirits one is presented with a bill though... Next door is the wonderful Le Humidor, sponsored by Davidoff. Modeled after an old-fashioned men's club with Chesterfield couches and lots of wood paneling, this is the place to light up a cigar or two from the humidor next to the entrance.
The number of public areas for a ship that carries only 388 passengers is downright stunning and we continue our tour of Silver Whisper with a look at some of the lounge and bar areas. We start on top of the ship, where all the way forward on deck 10 you will find the exquisite Observation Lounge. With its dark blue carpet, white chairs and its extensive wood paneling, the room looks a little bland. But then, the extremely dull Dutch weather during our visit doesn't help to brighten things up.
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Floor-to-ceiling windows surround the room and offer nice views over land and sea, while a large "control panel" in the middle of the Observation Lounge lets you watch course and speed. There are other little touches here: a small writing area is set to starboard side, jigsaw fans will find their puzzle corner here, and there is also a tiny self-service bar. You can brew your own cup of coffee here and eat a sandwich or two (from a very appetizing plate that is refreshed often). What a great idea, and so befitting a ship of this caliber.

Next door to the Observation Lounge is The Spa, operated by Mandara. Although not overly large, it features all the usual treatments in an Indonesian setting that complements the "far eastern" image of Mandara very well. Naturally, The Spa also features full workout and aerobics rooms. Spa treatments are not included in the cruise fare and are very popular; they should be booked as early in the cruise as possible. All the way aft on deck 8 is the Panorama Lounge, the ship's night club. Grouped around a very large circular wooden dance floor are groups of comfortable chairs and a large and quite beautiful bar counter.

The look of the Panorama Lounge is rather cool though, with its neutral walls, eggshell white and moss green furniture. Daylight streams in through large windows on the aft side of the room which overlooks a teak deck. It is interesting to see that Silversea has opted for the "vertical lay-out" of their ship with suite accommodation forward and all public rooms aft. The advantage is that your sleeping quarters will always be quiet, but going from bar to lounge to restaurant does include some stair climbing (or elevator standing). When we walk forward from the Panorama Lounge, we pass a small Library and Internet Café on starboard side,
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Further forward is the sheltered Pool Deck, featuring a nicely-sized swimming pool with twin Jacuzzis and showers. Naturally there is teak decking everywhere, and lounge chairs are padded. A small bar makes sure that no one walks away thirsty. On we go to deck 6 and Silver Whisper's show lounge. Most public rooms are connected to the main stair tower by means of a wide passageway that features glass cases full of art objects. While certainly very stylish, the lack of windows in these and other areas make the ship feel rather "closed in". But I suppose the sea view from any of the beautiful suites makes up for that.

Silversea is known for its high-class entertainment, and all four ships in the fleet offer dedicated double-decked show lounges - which is rather unique given their low passenger capacity. Whisper's Show Lounge is done in a fin-du-siècle Viennese style. Lots of plush reds and gold's adorn this wonderful room, that offers perfect sightlines from just about every seat.
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Last but not least is a gem of a room located on the base of the Show Lounge. Simply called "The Bar", this is perhaps our favorite of all Silver Whisper's public rooms. With deep red carpeting, red and gold furniture, well-chose artwork and a beautiful bar this little room breathes atmosphere and must be perfect for that one drink before the show starts. And that brings us to the end of our whirlwind tour of Silver Whisper. While certainly not everyone's cup of tea, Silversea has managed to design a ship that feels intimate and inviting. As mentioned before, our time on board was very limited so we did not get a feel for service and food. But by judging the ship's interiors, we think Silversea is safe in labeling themselves as  "The Ultimate Luxury"!
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