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Silversea Silver Spirit


With capacity for just 608 passengers, Silver Spirit feels cosy and luxurious. It’s small enough to slide straight into smaller cruise ports, but there’s still a huge sense of space, with a bigger ‘beach’ area and more room on the pool deck since it was stretched. Some of my favourite


new areas included: Tor’s Observation Library on the top deck, with its sleek, curving bar and floor-to-ceiling windows; and the Zagara Spa, with its outdoor whirlpool and acupuncture suite in addition to nine spacious treatment rooms. I also loved the dining


options – there are eight restaurants, only two of which have cover charges – including Seishin for Japanese cuisine and Spaccanapoli for Italian. The best bit? I could order


my favourite dishes from specific restaurants from the room service menu, at no extra cost. Silver Spirit is sailing in


the Mediterranean, northern Europe, Africa and the Indian Ocean this year and next, adding Asia in 2020. silversea.com


The next two days pass in a whirlwind of onboard enrichment, pampering and gentle workouts. I book an Elemis facial at the Zagara Spa and sign up for golf putting competitions. I make friends at the nightly catch-ups for solos, gargle my way through wine- tasting masterclasses with the ship’s sommelier, attend a talk about Fabergé eggs and learn about the geopolitics of the Dominican Republic at a lecture by Dr Ed Lynch, a professor of political science at Virginia’s Hollins University. By the time the Dominican


Republic slides into view, I feel perfectly at home, but still jump ship for my pre-booked excursion – a horse ride to the bottom of the spectacular Salto El Limón waterfall – before a tour of the island, with its squat, colourful houses and rolling banana plantations.


LUXURY LIVING On St Barts, I make a beeline for Shell Beach after a recommendation from a fellow passenger. It’s a short, pleasant walk from the harbour and


50 6 JUNE 2019 On Dominica I discover geographic


marvels such as Champagne Beach, where I swim through warm bubbles of volcanic gas


allows me to get a glimpse beyond the main tourist drags. I pass a tiny church where a wedding is in full swing, before ambling past delicately hued houses and ancient buildings made from local stone. At Shell Beach, I unpack my snorkelling gear and dive into the glass-clear water, floating above shoals of angelfish. Gustavia, St Barts’ capital,


is people-watching heaven. Superyachts jostle in the harbour and Vilebrequin-wearing locals offload their cash in the boutiques. But Tortola, the largest British


Virgin Island, is even flashier. I join fellow passengers for a hike to its highest point and our guide points out Necker Island, along with nearby isles owned by the Rockefellers and Google co-founder Larry Page.


We head back to the ship via


Cane Garden Bay, where I take up position at a quiet end of the beach, marvelling at the dive-bombing pelicans plucking their dinner from the water.


NATURAL BEAUTY Next, Dominica is a breath of fresh air – it’s less polished and seems somehow more ‘real’. Excursions include visits to its rainforest, which covers the interior, and a volcano- themed exploration of the island. I discover geological marvels including Boiling Lake, a flooded fumarole filled with water heated by an underground pool of molten lava, and Champagne Beach, where I swim through warm bubbles of volcanic gas.


My final stop – I’m disembarking early – is Saint Lucia. The ship pulls


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