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Linda Coffman

 

Cruise Diva's CRUISE DIARY
~ Istanbul to Genoa ~

Debarkation—Genoa, Italy

June 18, 2002

Silver Whisper - breakfast en suiteWith my belongings gone, my suite no longer looked "mine"—but I still had the opportunity to order a final room service breakfast and enjoy one last cup of coffee as Silver Whisper quietly sailed into Genoa, Italy.

After retrieving my passport, it wasn't long before my debarkation color was called. My arrangements included transportation to the Milan airport and, as I made my way to the gangway, one last surprise awaited. Something I've never seen on any cruise—stewards were on hand to accompany us ashore, assist with hand luggage, and to help us identify our checked bags, which were already in the terminal. Once my suitcases were stowed beneath the coach, I was on my way.

Lasting Impressions

From the arrival of my travel documents to the final dessert, the memories of my Silver Whisper cruise will last a lifetime. A cruise is certainly an easy way to travel, but Silversea makes it both simple and elegant. And they do it in such an effortless manner that little things could go unnoticed. No request seemed to be too difficult for them to comply. In fact, the word "no" doesn't appear to be in their vocabulary. Small touches add to the exquisite sense of personalization. I truly felt like a pampered guest in a private manor home.

The sleek Italian décor of Silver Whisper and her fleet mates is subtle and understated. Refined and professional service is delivered by the international staff. The Silver Suites exceed the accommodations of top-rated hotels. Those elements, combined with superb dining, lively entertainment, spacious interiors, and the complete absence of lines, add up to a six-star, ultra-luxury experience.

Don't allow sticker shock to overwhelm you when considering a Silversea cruise. Fares are expensive—however, considering all that is included on board, plus airfare, transfers, and pre-cruise accommodations, they are a great value. It's no wonder that 43% of my fellow passengers on Silver Whisper's "Adriatic Interlude" were repeat guests. On some sailings, as many as 70% of passengers are repeaters... I hope to join them soon.

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