Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited on board the brand-new Silver Dawn for three nights prior to her official launch. The newest ship in the stunning Silversea fleet, Silver Dawn is truly beautiful.
Although I was only on board for three nights, my list of highlights is extensive. Debuting with Silver Dawn is Otium, a concept that combines leisure and pleasure. Inspired by the traditions of Ancient Rome, Otium takes everything from sumptuous food to spa experiences and introduces it to everyday life. I was lucky enough to relax at the Otium Spa and it was truly spectacular! An indulgent space perfect for a truly relaxing experience, the spa combines living well and being well. Here, you can relax, unwind and enjoy world-class treatments that make sure you look as amazing as you feel. Elsewhere on board, Otium comprises The Otium Bathing Experience, The Otium Balcony Experience, The Otium Comfort Food Experience and The Otium Sleeping Experience.
I also really enjoyed Silversea’s unique S.A.L.T program. S.A.L.T stands for Sea And Land Taste and is designed to give Silversea passengers access to true local flavours and approaches to food based on their itinerary and ports of call. Whether that immersion takes place in the S.A.L.T Lab, where you can take part in cookery lessons, at the S.A.L.T Kitchen, which is an incredible restaurant, or a S.A.L.T Shore Excursion, where you’ll be taken on an exclusive culinary adventure, is up to you.
Silver Dawn is classified as an ultra-small cruise ship, welcoming just 596 passengers aboard. She features all-suite accommodation with nine suite categories. I stayed in a Silver Suite which was incredibly spacious. It featured not one but two bedrooms, two en-suite bathrooms, a living area and a private balcony. I even had a butler who was available to arrange my restaurant reservations, pack and unpack my suitcase and organise an in-suite cocktail party with caviar and Champagne!
I must say, the dining options are extensive for such a small ship. My favourite was La Terrazza for authentic Italian cuisine but there’s also S.A.L.T Kitchen, La Dame, a French restaurant, The Grill, a stone cooking experience, Atlantide, Silver Dawn’s seafood restaurant, Silver Note, a small plate tapas-style option, Spaccanapoli, a pizzeria and Kaiseki, an Asian-inspired eatery.
Elsewhere on board, you’ll find the Venetian Lounge which regularly features live entertainment, a large pool and sun deck furnished with double beds for relaxing, a library, casino, several shops and a beauty salon.
If I were to sum up Silver Dawn in three words it would be elegant, spacious and luxurious. If you’re planning a special trip, I would highly recommend her!