With five of the most spacious and opulent ships anywhere in the cruising firmament, Silversea is well established right at the top of the cruise industry tree in terms of style, space and elegance. And nowhere is this more obvious than in the scale and scope of the midship lido areas of each ship.
Despite ranging in size from the 16,000 ton Silver Cloud and Silver Wind right up to the 36,000 ton Silver Spirit, the layout of each of the lidos is set out along almost identical lines. Guests moving between one ship and another immediately pick up on the similarities; and this familiarity in itself adds hugely to the enjoyment of a Silversea cruise.
The main area is in the form of a sun bowl, situated just forward of the funnel, and directly below it. In the centre is a large, expansive pool, flanked by a pair of adjacent, bubbling hot tubs (three in the case of the Silver Spirit) Set amid what looks like acres of immaculately maintained teak, it forms the focal point for outdoor, riviera style living on these superlative ships.
Behind these, you will find a string of sumptuous, canopied pods, with huge cushions ideal for lounging on. Sun beds flank both sides of the deck, as well as several groupings of tables and chairs. These serve as alfresco dining for the nearby pool grill, which usually offers fayre such as burgers, grilled chicken and minute steaks through until around six in the evening every day.
All the pods and sun loungers are lined with rolled up towels, and they arranged with the pristine, symmetric precision of a guards parade. Opposite the grill is a small, semi circular, wood fronted pool bar, with a handful of stools for those who like to sit.
It’s a lovely area; space and grace in perfect harmony. Unhurried, uncrowded and patrolled by hawk eyed food and drinks waiters, the Silversea lidos would not be out of place in the best beach resorts in Cannes, Barbados or South Beach. Beautifully served and immaculately kept, they are inviting at all hours of the day and night.
Sailaway parties are usually held here, with live music from a band playing on a small balcony above the pool. On most cruises, there will be at least one late evening dinner dance set up around the illuminated pool, with additional tables and chairs arranged on the upper walkways that flank both sides of the pool. During the day, that same area usually serves as a jogging track.
Wherever your whims take you on any of these ships, you’ll find that relaxation has been raised to the level of an art form here. Platinum chip quality art, at that.