Finding the Perfect Holiday Cottage

I love going on cruises, no question, but that doesn’t mean to say I am not averse to the odd holiday in my beautiful home country of England, tucked away in a quaint holiday cottage somewhere by the sea. Maybe it’s my love of the sea that always draws me to the coast, but there are some occasions when I prefer to have my feet firmly on the ground and in control of where my holiday takes me.

Dorset-Durdle-DoorFinding the perfect holiday cottage isn’t always easy. Some might say I’m a bit fussy, but if I’m going on holiday I like my accommodation to meet my requirements and to feel as though it’s as cosy as home, but with a few added special extras. For me, you have to go a long way to beat a holiday cottage in Dorset.  The dramatic coastline, the chocolate box cottages and not forgetting the yummy Dorset apple cake – perfection. My husband, Jim, and I are avid walkers.  We may be in our seventies but we firmly believe that if you don’t use it, you lose it so we are keen to keep our bodies fit and healthy.  Dorset is perfect for this as there are some many beautiful walks around, which are suitable for all ages and abilities. The Jurassic Coast stretches from East Devon and follows the coastline 95 miles round to Dorset.  It is England’s first natural World Heritage Site and displays 185 million years of the Earth’s natural history, it is truly breath taking. I personally love the walk up Hambury Tout hill on a beautiful sunny day.  It is a relatively steep hill with a gravel path, but the views at the top are well worth it.  Just remember to pack a cold drink and a slice of that Dorset apple cake for a well earned snack stop at the top. Upon reaching the top you are rewarded with the geological masterpiece that is Durdle Door, a natural limestone arch, and Lulworth Cove, which was formed approximately 10,000 years ago by the powerful erosion of the sea.

Lulworth-oldcolourpostcardAfter our walk, we like to stop off at the local village in West Lulworth for an ice cream – there are so many flavours to choose from – and buy a bottle of homemade fruit wine.  I never tire of visiting Lulworth time and time again, it is just such a beautiful part of the country.

When we go to Dorset, we tend to always stay in a traditional thatched cottage.  I always insist that it has a garden as I like nothing better than returning after a day out walking and sitting out in the garden with a lovely cup of tea in the last of the sunshine. There’s just something so relaxing, sitting there listening to the different bird songs, the smell of the salty sea air and the promise of what tomorrow will bring.

Spirited Polo Match in Barbados

The privileged guests of Silver Spirit’s Grand Inaugural Voyage witnessed an exhilarating polo match this past Saturday as the Spirit Red and Spirit White teams battled to a 4-4 tie at the prestigious Lion Castle Polo Estate in Barbados.

For many attending the game, it was their first encounter with the sport of kings and offered an authentic experience of the culture of this small eastern Caribbean island which established its first polo club in 1884 — the Barbados Polo Club.  Today Barbados is home to no less than four polo grounds, one of which, coincidentally, was the site of a fundraising match on the following day featuring England’s Prince Harry.

At Lion Castle, the Royal Barbados Police Band entertained while guests sipped champagne and relaxed at the clubhouse prior to the start of the Spirit Cup Polo Match — one of several complimentary onshore events designed exclusively for guests sailing 70 days or more of the Grand Inaugural Voyage.

Silversea’s Chief Operating Officer, Kenneth Watson, and Silver Spirit’s Captain, Angelo Corsaro, also attended the event and were on hand to accept from the teams’ captains a beautiful hand-painted ceramic plaque commemorating the match.

Where Can Our Spirit Take Yours?

If you have the time, indulge me with a minute of your time.
Imagine stepping out on your private veranda to take in the view of Polynesian paradise. Or stepping from five-star elegance into the bustling streets of Southeast Asia. Imagine the untamed landscapes of Australia, Egypt’s ancient wonders and timeless Mediterranean hideaways are yours to explore at your leisure. Imagine countless little luxuries are yours to enjoy as you wish.

If you have the time, indulge yourself with our 119-day World Cruise.
In January 2011, our flagship, Silver Spirit, sets sail on her Inaugural World Cruise that visits 60 destinations, 25 countries and both hemispheres. So, while every Silversea cruise is enriching and exhilarating, on rare occasions we can’t help but outdo ourselves and offer something even more. Our World Cruises are just that… and as it is Silver Spirit’s first, it promises to be even more memorable.

Silver Spirit is incredibly luxurious – a little larger than her sister ships to accommodate amenities such as six dining venues – but still very intimate. Her 540 guests will enjoy the same Silversea hallmark traits of romantic and far-flung ports, new shipboard friends and the ultimate in personalised service. These relaxed days at sea are balanced by days of adventure ashore.

We want to ensure to emphasise the highlights of key regions throughout the World Cruise, so have created four completely complimentary events for guests sailing the full 119-day itinerary. Gear up your imagination once again and envision yourself:

Savouring some of Australia’s premier wines…

Sleeping in the private Krungthep Wing of the five-star Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok…

Visiting a traditional souk in Dubai amid a backdrop of Arabian desert dunes…

Attending a private opening of Barcelona’s renowned Picasso Museum …

Life is good. Is it not?

Time is on your side.
This special voyage departs in only 13 months, and guests who book early will enjoy a host of advantages including the opportunity to secure their preferred suite at considerable savings. But the benefits of locking in a spot now go beyond financial value. An early booking means the chance to plan, explore, and fill the months ahead with anticipation of adventures to come. It also brings the satisfaction of a reserved place aboard the first world cruise of Silversea’s most impressive ship on a voyage appropriately themed “Spirit of Discovery.”

A Touch of Tuscany

With the debut of Silver Spirit, we’re adding a touch of the Tuscan countryside to our guests’ suite experience by offering a new collection of bath amenities by renowned Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo.

This luxurious new array of bath essentials conjures up the heart and soul of Tuscany with its signature scent, Tuscan Soul, a citrus woody floral fragrance designed for both women and men.  The collection includes shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, bath and shower gel, and choice of two soaps.

The new Silversea amenities by Salvatore Ferragamo will be offered in addition to our standard suite collection which features Green Tea-scented shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, bath and shower gel, and choice of two soaps by Bvlgari.

Guests may also choose from a selection of gentle and refreshing bath and body products by Neutrogena.

The Salvatore Ferragamo bath amenities will also be offered throughout the Silversea fleet starting in mid-2010.

Going to Carnaval in Style

It was a fabulous day for sightseeing as Silver Spirit’s guests joined thousands of revellers last month to celebrate the world-famous Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. This year’s celebration was as colourful and electrifying as ever, marked by fireworks, street parties, parades and pulsating samba rhythms.

One of several complimentary onshore events for guests sailing over 70 days of the Grand Inaugural Voyage, our exclusive Carnaval programme was designed to be as stylish as it was entertaining. After an early dinner aboard ship, Silver Spirit’s guests sipped champagne pierside before boarding their private motorcoach to travel in comfort to the Sambadrome. At the stadium, our guests enjoyed magnificent box seat views of the renowned parade of samba schools — with their high-energy dancers, extravagant costumes and dazzling floats showcasing the joie de vivre that is Carnaval.

A sumptuous buffet and cocktails awaited guests back aboard ship to top off an evening full of magic and fantasy. With some Carnaval-goers opting to return as late as 3 o’clock in the morning — and with so much excitement in the air — it was not unusual for guests still in the party spirit to remain out on deck observing Rio’s picturesque harbour as Silver Spirit set sail just minutes before sunrise.