Avoid airport queues and luggage limits – Silversea’s newly upgraded ships sail directly from the capital to cool Copenhagen and beautiful Barcelona, among many other destinations
There are few more iconic moments in cruise than sailing under Tower Bridge, one of London’s defining landmarks. With Silversea guests can enjoy that pleasure in absolute luxury.
Silver Wind is one of a handful of cruise ships able to sail underneath Tower Bridge, one of the benefits of a small ship cruise, which opens up ports that larger ships can not reach. The ship is joined by Silver Spirit, forming Silversea’s programme of cruises that sail to or from London.
Guests can also join the luxurious vessels at London Tilbury, where the Thames meets the North Sea in Essex, and London Greenwich. On Silver Wind, guests can sail to and from Tower Bridge, taking in Copenhagen, Denmark’s ultra-cool capital; Oslo, the forward-thinking and beautiful capital of Norway; as well as Gothenburg, Sweden’s arty second city. Departing on June 9, the 13-day cruise takes guests back to where they started. With no airport queues, limits on luggage or need to arrive extra early, guests hop on, check in and begin their holiday immediately – enjoying the luxurious surroundings of this intimate, beautifully appointed ship.
From London Tilbury, Silver Spirit also connects the English capital with Copenhagen, but this time, on a 15-day cruise, taking in the fjords of Norway, home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Europe before heading to Tromsø and Honningsvåg in North Cape, land of the midnight sun. The cruise includes calls at Flåm, Geiranger and Bergen, the colourful city known as the Gateway to Fjords.
Silver Spirit also sails south towards the Bay of Biscay and the western Mediterranean, connecting London Greenwich to France, Spain and Portugal, with a 14-day sailing that takes in stops in Honfleur, St Malo, Bordeaux, Oporto, Lisbon, Cadiz and Malaga before finally ending up in Barcelona, one of Europe’s great cruise ports.
On August 24, sailing from Tower Bridge, Silver Wind combines a British Isles cruise with an exploration of Iceland on a 12-day itinerary that takes in Belfast, Derry, Stornoway and then Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital, where guests depart. On the way, it calls at Seyðisfjörður, a beautiful 19th century Norwegian village on the east coast, which is regarded by many as one of Iceland’s most picturesque towns; and Heimaey, on the isolated Westman Islands.
In July last year Silver Spirit underwent an extensive dry dock renovation, which saw the ship cut in half and a brand new 14.9m midsection being inserted into the superstructure. As well as expanding the outdoor areas, this created 34 more suites and increased capacity to 608. The makeover has brought the décor and dining in line with the flagship Silver Muse, launched in 2017.
Among the ship’s new amenities are the Zagara Spa, Tor’s Observation Library and the Dolce Vita Lounge. Also new is the Arts Café, an inviting new space that offers guests the chance to enjoy art exhibitions and a selection of reading material in a distinctively stylish environment with both indoor and outdoor seating.
At the end of last year, Silversea also carried out an extensive refurbishment of Silver Wind. It’s all part of Project Invictus – a long-term plan to grow and improve Silversea’s already luxurious fleet of ships.