Aside from trivia games, card tournaments, stretch and aerobics classes, and bridge tours, Silversea tries to focus on more cerebral pursuits. Wine-tasting seminars are excellent. The line's enrichment lectures are varied and interesting; at least one guest speaker is featured on every sailing, and speakers have ranged from explorers and adventurers to authors and journalists. Culinary-themed cruises, offered in partnership with Relais & Ch?teaux, are hosted by Relais Gourmands chefs and feature demos and tastings.
Other pursuits include language classes, golf instruction and driving nets, and computer classes. Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper also have special golf cruises that feature PGA golf pros, golfing excursions, and the latest video teaching technology.
Lighter activities include a dip in the pool or two hot tubs; shopping in the boutiques (which include H. Stern, where you'll find high-end gold, diamond, and gemstone pieces); and surfing in the Internet center. Passengers who travel with their laptops can take advantage of Wi-Fi throughout the ships. Onboard cellphone service is also an option. Overall, though, these ships are low-key (don't expect music on the Pool Deck, for instance) and guests are left to their own devices when it comes to keeping busy -- just the way most like it. Reading, dozing, and sipping cool drinks seem to keep most of them happily occupied.
The spa beckons with its flower-strewn copper foot bowls, warm massage stones, and other treatments. To avoid waiting in line on the first day of the cruise to make your appointments, you can now book your treatments via the line's website up to 48 hours before your cruise. You can also prebook shore excursions online up to the week before sailing.
When ready for bed, guests can choose from the new pillow menu which offers eight different kinds, from the popular 25% down/75% feather soft pillow to the Buckwheat Pillow for relieving body aches and pains, or even the Body Pillow for head-to-toe comfort with its 100% silk charmeuse pillow case.
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