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On Silver Spirit's three-day preview cruise from Monte Carlo to Barcelona, Trudy Redfern, Silversea's Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, UK, gives her initial impressions of Silversea's newest addition to the fleet.
More innovation: Oasis introduces digital signage, which looks like a giant iPhone (actually it's a Samsung flat-panel monitor turned on its side). The system makes it easy for guests to find their way around the ship or browse what's going on as well as restaurant occupancies.
The Avid Cruiser visits Gammelstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that represents the best-preserved example of a "church village." Villages like Gammelstad were once found throughout northern Scandinavia. The 424 wooden houses that radiate from the early 15th-century stone church, were used only on Sundays and at religious festivals to house worshippers from the surrounding countryside who lived too far away from home to return on the same day. Gammelstad is fewer than 20 minutes by car or bus from where the cruise ships dock in Luleå.
The Avid Cruiser visits Luleå, Sweden, a port of call in the Gulf of Bothnia, situated in the far north of the Baltic Sea. Among the shore excursions featured in the series of videos that follow: Gammelstad, Europe's best preserved example of a church village; Swedish Lappland, and a visit with the native Sami people; Storforsen, one of Europe's largest rapids
The galleys of Silver Spirit will have their own show in Spirit's show lounge. A new culinary programme to be introduced on Silver Spirit and extended fleetwide, "L'Ecole du Chef" will feature cooking classes and interactive workshops. One of the highlights of the programme will be "from the market to the plate," where chefs take guests to the local market to buy ingredients then return to Silver Spirit to prepare the meal together.
Taking its name from the Japanese word for "spirit," Silver Spirit's Seishin restaurant features a large, round chef's table as its centerpiece. Guests can watch the chef at work sculpting fresh sushi and sashimi. The varied menu ranges from bento lunches and a la carte specialties of seafood salad, lobster and Kobe beef to a nine-course degustation dinner.
One of my favorite tours in Stockholm, is the Viking Tour. Offered daily during the summer at 11:30 and 2:30. SEK125. 80 minutes. For more info, visit http://www.gallivantproductions.com. Highly recommended.