Silver Spirit Docks in Hong Kong for First Time

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Silversea Cruises flagship Silver Spirit - which joined the fleet just over 12 months ago - visited Hong Kong for the first time on Monday, as part of her inaugural 119-day World Cruise, began in Los Angeles, USA.

Sailing from Manila, Philippines, the 540-guest, all-suite Silver Spirit arrived into Hong Kong, docking at China Merchant Wharf in Kennedy Town at 09:00. Hong Kong marks the half way point of this inaugural voyage. Guests will spend two days exploring the sights and cultural attractions of Hong Kong, before departing at 18:00 today for Haiphong (Hanoi), Vietnam, as part of a longer voyage returning the ship to Southampton, UK.

Steve Odell, Silverseas Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, said, We are delighted to be introducing our beautiful new flagship to Hong Kong. The Art Deco-inspired Silver Spirit sets new standards in luxury cruising and guests onboard will enjoy an unmatched level of pampering and personalised service. Hong Kong is one of the port highlights of this sector of the World Cruise and we know that our guests will relish the chance to explore this beautiful city.

Built in the Fincantieri Shipyard in Ancona, Italy, Silver Spirit was designed by architect Giacomo Mortola of Genoa, Italy. At 36,000 tons, the vessel has a length of 198.5 metres, a width of 26.2 metres and a draft of 6.2 metres. 376 European officers and European-trained international staff are onboard, providing a guest-to-crew ratio of 1.4 to 1, and guests enjoy one of the highest space-to-guest ratios in the industry today, with 6700 cubic feet of space per guest.

Over its eight decks, Silver Spirit offers the distinctive luxuries and celebrated lifestyle of other Silversea ships, plus new enhancements including the Stars Supper Club dishing up tapas-style cuisine and live jazz; Asian-fusion restaurant Seishin; a 8,300-square-foot spa offering pampering and the latest Medi-Spa treatments; a resort-style pool with four whirlpools, and the largest suites in the Silversea fleet, 95% with private teak verandas.

Guests can enjoy the personalised service of a butler assigned to every suite; complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship; 24-hour room service; stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and all gratuities.

There are numerous onboard activities to enjoy including an enrichment programme with fascinating speakers, from marine biologists and archaeologists to art historians and eminent broadcast journalists.

This second leg of the full World Cruise takes in ports in the Far East, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, finishing in Southampton, UK on 19 May. As well as Hong Kong, Silver Spirits inaugural world tour will include calls at Vietnam (23-28 March). The vessel will then travel to Thailand, visiting Bangkok (30 March-1 April) and Koh Samui (1 April); Singapore (3 April); Malaysia (4-5 April); Phuket in Southern Thailand (6 April); Sri Lanka (9 April); India (11-14 April); Oman (20 April); Egypt (26 April- 1 May); Greece (3 May); Italy (5-7 May); Monaco (8 May); Spain (9-12 May); Portugal (14 May); Channel Islands (18 May).

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