Published on July 6th, 2013 | by Ann Rickard


Being Spoilt on SILVER SPIRIT

Day three on board Silver Spirit and we’re now used to being spoilt and have given ourselves over to it wholly.

It’s rare in life you are privileged to be so indulged and pampered; unless you are royalty or mega rich you are not going to experience a personal butler to take care of your every need as you do on Silversea ships.  Add to that a pleasing crew/passenger ratio, means there is someone to bring you whatever you want at every turn of the ship.  It doesn’t take long for you to sink into luxury.

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Sitting on the esplanade in Kusadasi, see elegant Silver Spirit in the background.

Our first port of call, Kusadasi in Turkey.  Kusadasi was a small fishing village until the 1970s and then the tourists discovered its clean water and sandy beaches and now  it’s a popular resort town with a lively esplanade lined with shops and cafes and fresh fish restaurants and – what would a Turkish town be without one?  – a bazaar.


I’d resisted all the leather shops in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul but gave in here in Kusadasi and bought a leather jacket.  It’s a hot pink and black number;  no-one at home will have anything like it.  That makes it super special.

My good intentions to hit the gym every day on board Silver Spirit have yet to be realised.  Shame on me.  When you stay up late over long dinners and late-night cocktails, getting up all bright-eyed in the morning is not going to happen.

Our daily on-board program offers walks on the decks or pilates and yoga class with personal trainer, Nenad, but it’s yet to happen for me.

Everything is so easy on board Silver Spirit. Shore excursions are organised efficiently and getting on and off the ship takes only minutes.  There are no queues as there are on the big ocean liners.  With just over 500 passengers and nearly as many crew, everything works so well.

The Captain’s cocktail party last night saw everyone glammed and blinged up.  Most nights on board have a casual dress code but it’s lovely to put on the ritz and feel glamorous on a luxurious cruise ship.  It’s also lovely to climb into that new bikini I bought in Kusadasi and swan about on our private deck.


Okay, I’m showing off the new bikini again but when you haven’t dared to wear one in 40 years, you just have to flaunt it. See Kusadasi in the background.

We took dinner last night at La Terrazza, a delightful restaurant at the aft of the ship.  (Back of the ship to you land lubbers.)  In the evenings La Terrazza transforms to an intimate Italian restaurant serving authentic dishes – love the fresh pasta with duck ragu.

We have seven restaurant choices on board – don’t know if we’ll get through all of them but we’ll try.

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is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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