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Published: June 19th 2019
This morning we woke up latish, put out our washing, and had to wait a moment or two for a table at La Terrazza for breakfast. I ordered a spinach omelette for myself and a ham and cheese one for Tom from our waiter Henry, who had looked after us so well on the Silver Whisper on the Panama Cruise! While Tom was enjoying his cereal I gathered some smoked salmon, red onion rings and capers, and a fruit selection for after. I added the salmon etc to my omelette when it arrived. There was an English couple from Devon at the table next to us who were really interesting to talk to. They told us that the people want to leave the EU but the politicians don’t, that’s why it’s so hard to get an agreement for it to happen. The politicians are not complying with the wishes of their constituents.
After breakfast we returned to our suite for ablutions before heading to La Dame, the small, intimate restaurant for an invitation only talk on food and wine pairing with Carolina, the head sommelier. There were about 18 other people there and we were were given small glasses of
4 mystery wines and a food platter with scallops, boiled quail egg, foie gras, lamb, and mushroom soup. Carolina got us try the wines one by one and to try to name the grape variety, and then gave us a talk on the grapes used. The couple at the table next to us were from Philadelphia. They’ve been to Australia too. At the end of the wine talk it was time to go to lunch, which we had in the main dining room.
After lunch we returned to our suite for a nap but woke up in time for trivia in Dolce Vita lounge. We came 4th in the trivia, beaten by teams of 8 (we were just the two of us, so any mistakes are our own). Dias, our lovely waiter was there - he brought over a tray of nibblies to go with our cocktails during the game. We must have looked hungry! When we returned to our suite Tom‘s shoes had been polished by Yashdeep (the Butler) and the canapés were waiting and the champagne was in the ice bucket! Yashdeep also returned our clean laundry. We had added up the cost if we’d paid and
it would have been over $90!
Then it was time for a shower and to spiff up for the Captain‘s cocktail reception and formal night, where we had more canapés and champagne. We were introduced to the executive officers of the ship, many of whom are Italian. One said he came from a little village west of Italy: Milwaukee, Wisconsin!! I guess he didn’t want to be different 😊 After the reception we returned to the dining room for dinner - lobster salad (duck salad for Tom) with champagne, and fillet Mignon with king prawns and bearnaise sauce served with Australian Billi Billi Shiraz (salmon with Chardonnay for Tom).
When we returned to our suite we found that Yashdeep, our butler, had put out Personalised Silversea Tour Caddies for us. They’re for shore excursions because we are VIPs! A lovely backpack with water, a Silversea baseball cap, a Bulgari face wipe and an Evian facial spray! It’s brand new with tags - probably get to keep it! Yashdeep said we are to leave it out each evening and he will refresh it for us.
Then we put on our jammies and settled in to watch “Crazy Rich
Asians“ with some Baileys and Belgian chocolates.
Some things I’ve forgotten to mention:
* a flight steward told us Tom looked like the late Robin Williams.
* when we returned to our suite last night we found a large bag of smarties, and 2 different packs of trail mix. Also our Baileys, and 3 bottles of champagne. Makeup wipes were supplied in the bathroom amenities.
* we have a bowl of fruit that is changed daily (we are never hungry to eat it)
* they do take children onboard Silversea - there are at least 6 on this cruise. The suite next to us, and one further along each have netting over the balcony rails to keep children safe. There are no facilities for children however. No kids clubs, no babysitters or anything.
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