Sailing into Venice at dawn aboard Silversea cruise's Silver Wind took our breath away as this floating "city of water" revealed itself in dewy silence before our eyes. Hours later, the plazas and canals would be jammed with people and boats (unfortunately) typical of hot August tourism.
Split, Croatia, is a boisterous new-world presence signifying dramatic old-world Roman conquests. Croatia's second-largest city is southeast of Venice across the eastern Adriatic Sea. Its old town is dominated by the early 4th-century Diocletian Palace, built as a massive "retirement home" for the reformist Roman Emperor
The Bay of Kotor is a glistening fjord off the Adriatic Sea on the southern shore of the Dalmatian Coast, and its innermost port, the walled medieval town of Kotor, is a breathtaking jewel of a rugged and historically rich region.
Corfu, Greece, or Kerkyra, lies just southwest of Albania, the southernmost country of the Balkan peninsula. Corfu is one of 100 Greek islands that stretch from the Aegean Sea to the Baltic countries, an Ionian Island just off the Adriatic and Mediterranean seas and a natural bridge between Europe and the Middle East. The Venetians discovered its particular appeal passing through Corfu in their commercial trading ventures and leaving vestiges of their distinctive architecture in Corfu Town.
The Silversea cruise line's Silver Wind ship leaves Sorrento, Italy, on the Amalfi Coast on its way to Corfu, Greece and an Adriatric Sea cruise.
Luxury cruises allow for a customized experience built around ports, cuisine, room style, or entertainment. Not interested in a floating city, we opted for Silversea cruise's all-suite small ship experience, regularly voted "the world's best small ship cruise line." Onboard the Silver Whisper, a luxury floating hotel, we learned that Silversea's advertising slogan, "Nothing Excluded," is not hype. With 350 passengers and 270 crew, our wishes were literally their command.
A luxury cruise, like the Silversea Silver Whisper -- drop dead luxury. Do it once, do it now. And to get the most out of it, keep in mind that nothing is perfect, even luxury. So plan for that and you'll have the time of your life. In fact, once you get the hang of it, you can use these tips to turn an ordinary trip into a luxury experience.
As we embark on the wonderful cruise season, here's a helpful list of the luxury cruise lines, which is, dears, the only way to travel. And, trust me, there are bargains to be found to allow us hoi polloi to travel in such high style. Check out Silversea cruises carefully right now. And stay tuned, because I've done it.
The new trend in cruising is spending more and more time onshore in excursions, some of them overnight, the Wall Street Journal reports. This adds costs and takes away from the floating hotel experience but helps cruise lines keep financially solid.
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